Some news from late last week that I’d missed–a previously unheard early recording of The Beatles has been discovered.
This 15 track set was recorded at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany a short while after the Ted Taylor recordings and boast different and perhaps better takes of “A Taste of Honey” and “Hippy Hippy Shake” (using Tony Sheridan as a 5th Beatle). These are the only two songs found on the original Star Club releases with which this recording should not be confused.
This is an historical recording because it was the very first time that Ringo Starr actually played with The Beatles “live” after replacing Pete Best on the drums.
Other tracks make good use of Kingsize Taylor’s Band “The Dominoes” who utilize their piano on such Beatles favorites as “Money,” “Twist and Shout” and “I Saw Her Standing There” all of which were subsequently used on The Beatles’ first studio recordings for E.M.I.
What makes this album truly unique are the eight songs not available on any previously released L.P.s or singles — which include Paul McCartney singing Hank Williams’ “Lovesick Blues” and George Harrison vocalizing Maurice Williams’ “Do You Believe.” One of the most outstanding tracks on this album must be “Ask Me Why” showing just how John Lennon and Paul McCartney became such a winning combination.
Wonder how long until the download is available?