27 August 2010
50 years ago, New Year's Day. The Beatles are down in London making their recording test with Decca Records. Beatles Plus 50
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Decca were probably right to turn them down but there was little difference in what the beatles offered that day, which is all you can go on at an audition, and the music being released in 1961. If the beatles hadnt of gotten anywhere and the tape had been leaked years later i doubt many people looking back would have seen it as a big loss, again based on that single audition.
Decca's Mike Smith saw them play at the Cavern before the audition. From what I can tell, the label was disappointed with how they sounded in the studio (inexperienced compared with their live show).
George Martin considered recording their debut album live, and even went to Liverpool to see them at the Cavern (they'd already done two singles by then). Obviously he eventually decided to record Please Please Me in the studio in a day, just like the Decca songs (which took just an hour or so).
So you had two label representatives following a broadly similar path, but ending up with the opposite conclusions. I find that quite interesting.
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