sábado, 10 de diciembre de 2011

· "Hamburg Raw Beat" The Beatles

There have been a lot of variations of the Hamburg tapes released over the years, starting off with the Lingasong LP's in 1977. One thing in common with all the releases is that they altered the original recordings in one way or another. From removal of the between-the- songs dialogue, or song edits to loop portions of the track, to even fake stereo (as usual). This release is not going to try and re-invent the wheel. It simply presents some raw cassette transfers (speed corrected) that have been traded between collectors for many years.

The first twelve tracks here are from the bootleg Mach Shau! (Savage SC 12620) which contained alternate versions of songs such as I’m Talking About You and Roll Over Beethoven plus unadulterated versions of Till There Was You, A Taste Of Honey and Where Have You Been All My Life, all of them transferred from an original tape to vinyl.
Then the next five songs came directly from a raw tape which today belongs to a private collector in Germany. That tape contains a total of 15 songs of which only seven feature the Beatles. Here we have five of them: Hippy Hippy Shake, A Taste of Honey [rec. 30/12/62], Reminiscing, Ask Me Why [rec. 30/12/62] and I Saw Her Standing There [rec. 30/12/62]. The rest of titles included are almost certainly performed by Ted "Kingsize" Taylor and the Dominoes. This tape circulated in the mid 90's and was later brought into the public eye by Fuego Entertainment in 2008 when they announced it to be a future release. Of course Apple put an end to that.
The last five songs are from the famous "sampler" tape, copied by Allan Williams in 1978, which contained seven Star Club songs in their unadulterated original form. These are: Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey, Shimmy Like Kate, Falling in Love Again, Roll Over Beethoven [rec. 25/12/62], and Sweet Little Sixteen.

Enjoy it!


01- A Taste of Honey I
02- Till There Was You
03- Where Have You Been All my Life?
04- Lend Me Your Comb
05- Your Feet’s Too Big
06- Talkin’ ‘Bout You
07- To Know Her is To Love Her
08- Everybody’s Trying to Be my Baby
09- Matchbox
10- Little Queenie
11- Nothin’ Shakin’
12- Roll Over Beethoven I
13- Hippy Hippy Shake
14- A Taste of Honey II
15- Reminiscing
16- Ask Me Why
17- I Saw Her Standing There
18- Kansas City/Hey, hey, hey, hey!
19- Shimmy Shimmy
20- Falling in Love Again
21- Roll Over Beethoven II
22- Sweet Little Sixteen

1 comentario:

  1. Thank you for posting this. A nice supplement to Purple Chick's "Star Club" discs. Listening to Allan Williams's sampler tape, it's easy to see why he had such a hard time convincing anyone these recordings had any commercial potential.