The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963 is released on iTunes

2.30pm, Tuesday 17 December 2013 (4 months ago)

A set of previously unreleased outtakes, demos and BBC recordings by The Beatles has been released on the iTunes store.

Download on iTunesThe Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963 contains 59 tracks which are being issued to prevent them falling out of copyright.

Copyright law in the European Union last for 70 years if recordings have previously been officially released, or 50 years if they have not.

The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963 cover artwork

The song collection first appeared on iTunes’ New Zealand store, where it retailed for $15.99. However, it was later withdrawn and reappeared at $69.99. The US and UK stores followed, retailing at $39.99 and £34.99 respectively.

The tracks, which include demo recordings of two songs never performed by The Beatles – Bad To Me and I’m In Love – have all previously appeared on bootleg. The official release is designed to stop the recordings entering the public domain.

Following a recent change to the law, the master tape for the Please Please Me remains under copyright protection until 2033, but the unreleased recordings from the sessions would not.

12 Responses to “The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963 is released on iTunes”

  1. SirFrankieCrisp

    So what exactly prompted this? Can we expect to see something very similar to this coming out every year so the music recorded during that time doesn’t go out of copyright as well?

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  2. Gseventh

    Getting to this party late. Hope this is not a repeat question: Does this mean that this is ALL that is in the vaults from 1963, or is it just the tracks that have escaped over the years and needed the copyright protection?

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  3. Roberto

    To answer your question, Gseventh, this stuff is all available on bootlegs. They have many hours more from the studio which haven’t already been traded or sold or on bootlegs by collectors, but this is stuff that I bought on european bootlegs in the early 90s.

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  4. Keith Shauger

    It appears, where the studio out takes are concerned, that only complete takes are being released as there are countless false starts, breakdowns and edit pieces on the bootlegs that aren’t presented on the iTunes set.

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  5. fredthepig

    It’s too bad these are mastered in the old Vocals-on-one-side-instruments-on-the-other faux stereo instead of mono. Plus this is way overpriced for a bootleg, even an official one. They’ll never “stop the recordings from entering the market when bootlegs are available free all over the InterWebs.

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    • TheOneBeatle

      Actually fredthepig, these were remastered in their original, two-track, true stereo mixes, not faux mixes. And I am glad that for once they did that, as there were some tracks available in mono only.

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  6. Bill

    Just on iTunes, not in a physical format? For some of us older folks who don’t mess with that stuff, how do I go about getting this, short of buying bootlegs (which I won’t do)…

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