3 September 2012
Assuming you have heard at least some of the audition they made for Decca, or all of it because of it all being available at our fingertips, what is your favorite performance the Beatles made of the 15 at their audition? Personally, I like Crying, Waiting, Hoping for the solo, but it's all around great to hear.
16 August 2012
I really wish at point that the Decca audition would be formally released as a 'pre-Beatle' canon title… I don't see it happening, but hey…
For me, I love the three songs which seem to be the epitome of that audition: 'Three Cool Cats', 'Crying, Waiting, Hoping' and 'Besame Mucho'.
But the whole magilla needs to be acknowledged for its' sheer awesomeness.
14 December 2009
16 August 2012
14 December 2009
1 May 2011
You can buy it on itunes, its called 'The Capricorn Tapes' and costs £10.99. Its probably available elsewhere as well (amazon £7.49), tho why you'd buy it is beyond me.
The best of the lot is Hello Little Girl. I can see that being a hit, nothing amazing but would have gotten airplay and probably reached the top 10. Love of the Loved would have have made a decent b-side with the self-penned notion being used to sell it. Not really sure why LOTL was ignored on Anthology 1 and Like Dreamers Do wasnt since LOTL is a better song having a bit more energy and drive what with the pause before the chorus and Pauls more awake vocal.
The only good cover is Take Good Care Of My Baby as i like George's vocal, it would have been interesting to here a bbc version but again there is little driving it forward, something that the bbc records have and most of these tracks lack. Memphis, Tennessee; To Know Her Is To Love Her; Sure To Fall; Crying, Waiting, Hoping; Money; Besame Mucho; & Till There Was You were all improved upon and available elsewhere and sound pretty dull here. The rest are better best left on youre computer for occasional revisiting.
It wasnt a good audition in my opinion what with 4 nervous beatles, lacklustre recordings and little energy running thru anything, and am quite happy its not had an official Apple release. I also cant see that happening as Apple like to put out records that show the beatles as being great and awesome and the Decca Auditon doesnt fit into that (tho they are happy to throw out any old tat in merchandise). Yes its historical but that doesnt neccessarily mean its good. There is better lingering in the vaults gathering dust.
3 September 2012
3 May 2012
I quite like 'Take Good Care Of My Baby' and 'Like Dreamers Do'. Really don´t like 'Hello, Little Girl', that´s for sure. Sorry, I try to like it but I just can´t.
Listening to the Decca audition, I don´t know why they weren´t accepted onto the label. They weren´t great that day and I don´t think the audition is a clear hint of what was to come over the next year or two but they don´t sound too bad either. I would´ve accepted them had it of been down to me.
''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''
12 April 2012
25 August 2012
I've always thought love of the loved was the best performance of the decca audition. I like that song
But, really, what does the term 'love of the loved' mean anyway?
As I mentioned in another thread, I think "Like Dreamers Do" is one of the few songs the group gave away (along with "Bad to Me," "World Without Love," "It's for You," "That Means a Lot," and "Sour Milk Sea") that they genuinely could've gotten away with recording themselves… providing it ended up on Please Please Me. It could've taken the spot of "Ask Me Why" on the album, relegating that song to 'non-album track' status (though I seem to like it more than most fans).
"Hello Little Girl," on the other hand, is precisely what George Martin meant when he said that when he first met the group, they really couldn't write much of anything.
23 September 2012
My favourites are The Sheik of Araby & September in the rain.
Really like George for lead and the guitar for The Sheik Of Araby that was based off Joe Brown's version of the song. As for September, it just appeals to me and I was listening to it over and over for quite awhile. Like Holsety said, it's the small mistakes that make me like it more. Though I have to admit I didn't quite enjoy Till there was you and the guitar solo in there.
10 November 2009
I love the Decca Audition. Sure, they sound very nervous, their performance might not be what was their best back in 1962, but all those 15 songs are a very interesting and enjoyable experience.
My favorites are: Like Dreamers Do, The Sheik Of Araby, Take Good Care Of My Baby, Sure To Fall (In Love With You), Hello Little Girl, Three Cool Cats, Crying Waiting Hoping, Love Of The Loved, Besame Mucho & Searchin'.
I love their version of Money here too, is more pure raw rock'n roll than the With The Beatles version, though the backing vocals are somewhat messy.
Till There was you is lovely too as it features two solos, but Paul is very nervous, the first guitar solo is played somewhat poor, and the drums get out of rhythm a few times; clearly, they improved this into a more memorable version on the With The Beatles album.
To Know Her Is To Love Her & Memphis, Tennessee are very good too as the BBC versions, but those are better.
September In The Rain, is great too, though the reverberation makes it a little unconfortable.
I am currently remastering these, as I have been fan of this audition, but the sound quality has been somewhat of a problem: Drums are very buried, trebles are somewhat inaudible and there are some cracks that are very uncomfortable (Three Cool Cats has the worst at almost the end).
Here are the ones I have done so far, I'll update it whenever I upload a new one (from here you can select the others in the playlist):
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