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180g Limited Edition Ultra Clear Vinyl with Die-Cut Sleeve!
Before they ignited Beatlemania, the Beatles auditioned for Decca Records on
January 1, 1962, in the hopes of securing a record deal. Paul McCartney, John
Lennon, George Harrison, and Pete Best performed a total of 15 songs in just
under one hour for the Decca staff, and the audition was recorded. Unfortunately
for Decca Records, they decided to pass on signing the group. However, the
audition tape of the young Beatles pre-Ringo Starr can be heard here on Limited
Edition clear vinyl!
"The historical significance of this tape is vast; it illustrates where the
Beatles were at this crucial juncture of their career. Less flatteringly, it
illustrates how vastly they improved between the time of this audition and their
first official album release, Please Please Me, 15 months later. In comparison,
the sound here is thin and awkward, rife with tentative guitar phrases, nervous
lead vocals, and stiff drumming (by Pete Best, who was still in the band at this
point). Keeping in mind that this was never intended for public release, in
hindsight one finds a great deal of potential and charm, as well as outlines of
their great harmonies. The group ended up reprising a lot of the covers, like
"Money" and "Till There Was You," on their early albums and BBC broadcasts in
much better versions; they also covered some odd popular standards ("September
In The Rain," "Sheik Of Araby") that appear nowhere else. Especially fascinating
are the three Lennon/McCartney tunes, "Hello Little Girl," "Love Of The Loved,"
and "Like Dreamers Do," which they never released on EMI, but ended up giving to
the Fourmost, Cilla Black, and the Applejacks respectively; the Beatles'
versions are much more rock-oriented and much better." - Richie Unterberger,
• Limited Edition 180g Ultra Clear Vinyl
• Limited Edition Die-Cut Sleeve
1. Like Dreamers Do
3. Till There Was You
4. Sheik Of Araby
5. To Know Her Is To Love Her
6. Take Good Care Of My Baby
8. Sure To Fall
1. Hello Little Girl
2. Three Cool Cats
3. Crying, Waiting, Hoping
4. Love Of The Loved
5. September In The Rain
6. Besame Mucho