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7 March 2021
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The Beatles – Complete Studio Recording Sessions Anthology

This is not a bootleg of the complete Beatles sessions. It is, however, a collection of a heck of a lot of them – a 62-disc set that contains literally days of alternate takes, banter, home recordings, and other Beatles miscellany. Enjoy.

The Beatles – A/B Road: Complete Get Back Sessions

Another massive Beatles bootleg (83-disc set), with a pretty damn cool story behind it – in January 1969, the Beatles went to the effort of taping everything as they rehearsed for the planned Get Back album / concert / film. A group of bootleggers have dutifully stitched all of it together from hundreds and hundreds of 16-minute tape reels, and it’s all here for your listening pleasure.

Background regarding the Get Back Sessions.

https://www.the-paulmccartney-…..-sessions/

[Mod note: links led to pages where some officially released material can be downloaded and has therefore been removed.]

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I peruse archive all day long getting live Dead shows as well as other artists, its a wonder I’ve never cone across it before. The solo outtakes are marvelous and really easy to download using the Grateful Grabber. Thanks to you SB i’m going to delete photos apps and messages to clear space for this influx of sessions I’ve added to my collection. I’ve spent the day titling and organizing the blank sessions from Paul and John from that collection as well as adding artwork and listening through. What a great way to spend a Sunday. 

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I know what you mean Walt! My ears are swollen and molded into the shape of my Beats headphones. Not to mention a loud ringing noise like I’ve been to a concert and sat in front of the stacks. a-hard-days-night-ringo-14 I’m not really sure what to make of the Get Back Sessions. Maybe the first time in my life that there is more material than I can handle. paul-mccartney

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A/B road was the only bootleg my dad had, and it was the first I that I listened to outside of some Revolver sessions that include Mark 1. Needless to say I’ve been in search of anything I can get my hands on ever since

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16 March 2021
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sigh butterfly said
The Beatles – Complete Studio Recording Sessions Anthology

This is not a bootleg of the complete Beatles sessions. It is, however, a collection of a heck of a lot of them – a 62-disc set that contains literally days of alternate takes, banter, home recordings, and other Beatles miscellany. Enjoy.

The Beatles – A/B Road: Complete Get Back Sessions

Another massive Beatles bootleg (83-disc set), with a pretty damn cool story behind it – in January 1969, the Beatles went to the effort of taping everything as they rehearsed for the planned Get Back album / concert / film. A group of bootleggers have dutifully stitched all of it together from hundreds and hundreds of 16-minute tape reels, and it’s all here for your listening pleasure.

Background regarding the Get Back Sessions.

https://www.the-paulmccartney-…..-sessions/

[Mod note: links led to pages where some officially released material can be downloaded and has therefore been removed.]

  

Having located it I’ve cherry picked through a few things I didn’t know so far.The real winner for me is I Want You (She’s So Heavy) with a 14 minute and 9 minute run through that with a bit of judicious editing (for those who don’t consider what happened on Anthology to be sacrilege) it’s pretty complete. Amazing how much improved things got from around 27th January onward.

26 March 2021
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What can anyone tell me about sides 3 & 4 of an old vinyl bootleg I’ve had for years and dug out of the crate? Called Pop Go The Beatles/Youngblood, Sides 1 & 2 are very good BBC radio recordings in great quality. Side 3 however also appears to be BBC recordings but sound like recorded with a hand held microphone in front of the radio, truly terrible and virtually unlistenable, sub-titled “Stramash 1962” – a Scottish colloquialism I believe for a riotous assembly. Side 4 claims to be “The Beatles Christmas Show Dec 22, 1963, Liverpool Empire”. It sounds like a ‘side of stage’ recording. Track listing:

 

From Me To You 1:12

I Saw Her Standing There 2:35

All My Loving 2:06

Roll Over Beethoven 2:14

Boys 2:03

‘Til There Was You 2:10

She Loves You 2:16

This Boy 2:13

I Want To Hold Your Hand 2:19

Money 2:43

Twist And Shout 2:16

 

Does this look like it is correctly identified? Wasn’t there a panto built around this tour? Thanks for any info.   

26 March 2021
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There is no recording of any of the 1963 Christmas shows, there was the audio feed of the ‘It’s The Beatles‘ BBC TV special, recorded and broadcast on the 7th December (the tv show itself was heavily cut up after broadcast and the complete programme doesn’t circulate on the underground) and that has the same listing as yours, especially with the shortened ‘FMTY’.

The 1962 tracks will all most likely be BBC radio recordings from 1963 & 1964 (‘Memphis, Tennessee’ could be 1962 without hearing it first). Looking at a track listing here (could be a different boot but many back then were copied and put out on different labels with different covers) looks like excerpts of songs which was common back in the day.

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27 March 2021
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It’s strange that in an era of live jazz recordings not only being regular but a huge part of artist output in ‘popular’ music it just wasn’t. The massive number of Miles Davis concerts available at the time and still more that have emerged after he died, most in excellent quality for instance. And yet it took James Brown to finance his own recording of what became “Live at the Apollo” for the record companies to sit up and take notice that concert recordings of ‘pop’ could sell…it isn’t as though there wasn’t plenty of expertise in how to set up and record among jazz producers, and yet the few scraps available of The Beatles are technically limited. Even Motown have some pristine live recordings from early 60’s revues that have only been latterly released-  check out the Tammi Terrell complete solo recordings set, a real surprise, I thought they would be just for completeness but far from it.

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Coincidentally I’ve just received a mailshot from Townsend Music who I subscribe to and the Liverpool EmpireEmpire.jpgImage Enlarger

concert is being released on 21/5/21. Now these are a reputable company, so presumably this is a ‘grey’ market release rather than a bootleg? I hope theu’ve managed to clear the sound up someone for anyone thinking of shelling out £20…

 

Townsend Music Online Record Store – Vinyl, CDs, Cassettes and Merch – The Beatles – Live at the Liverpool Empire 7th December 1963 Red

7 May 2021
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Mod edit: Originally, this post began a new thread titled Kum Back Tracklist. I moved the post here for better context.

1. Get Back

2. The Walk

3. Let It Be

4. Teddy Boy

5. Two Of Us

6. Don’t Let Me Down

7. I’ve Got A Feeling

8. The Long And Winding Road

9. For You Blue

10. Dig A Pony

11. Get Back (Reprise)

10 May 2021
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Old Soak said
Coincidentally I’ve just received a mailshot from Townsend Music who I subscribe to and the Liverpool EmpireEmpire.jpgImage Enlarger

concert is being released on 21/5/21. Now these are a reputable company, so presumably this is a ‘grey’ market release rather than a bootleg? I hope theu’ve managed to clear the sound up someone for anyone thinking of shelling out £20…

 

Townsend Music Online Record Store – Vinyl, CDs, Cassettes and Merch – The Beatles – Live at the Liverpool Empire 7th December 1963 Red

  

Isn’t this in the public domain so anyone can release it? A lot of Beatles shows are appearing on small labels and in no better quality than every bootleg release out there. No idea why you’d want to pay £20 for something that is available freely for nothing online, especially when the company selling it presumably have no legal hold on it. 

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30 July 2021
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What about the photo of the cover art.

 

mod note: this post was in a thread called ‘‘Beatles : Artifacts I, cover art’ and so is referencing the bootleg set from the 90s

8 March 2022
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I’m listening to Anthology Revisited and really enjoying it, but I’d love to have a reference list for where the bits and pieces come from. Does such a thing exist?

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9 March 2022
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Mark Lewisohn in The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions: “On this day, 1 June 1967, perhaps the most celebrated day in their career, The Beatles went into the studio and recorded nothing but untitled, unplanned, highly tedious and – frankly – amateurish instrumental jams, with a bass guitar, an organ, lead guitar with reverb, guitar strings being scraped, drums and tambourine. the single-minded channelling of their great talent so evident on Sgt Pepper ’s Lonely Hearts Club Band did seem, for the moment, to have disappeared.”
 
Has this recording ever surfaced?
 
Seems like they did a fair amount of this sort of free form jamming circa MMT that I’d love to hear it if it’s out there.
15 November 2022
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Came across a box set gifted to me many years ago and I completely forgot I had. It’s Thirty Days + “Let it be” the film, 20 disc set + 48 page booklet. Anyone know of this or have any info about it? 

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I really like my Brazilian (Fold down) mono rips of the Abbey Road & Let It Be LPs. Really good bass & very nice highs.  

They are surprisingly well done.

 

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Beatles : 1967 – A.K.A. Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band – Bootleg

Hi There. I have a copy of this but I can’t find any information about it anywhere. Can you let me know a bit about it?

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Welcome @SatanicAvocado (that would be a great name for spicy guacamole) paul-mccartney

Here’s the basic info. The bootleg album has been released three times, so very popular. 

The Beatles A.K.A. Sgt. Pepper ‘s Lonely Hearts Club Band: 1967 (Released 1988)

Unofficial Compilation Album Containing Outtakes from The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper ‘s Lonely Hearts Club’ and ‘Magical Mystery Tour ‘ Sessions.

Cover made to look like an official Parlophone ‘Sgt. Pepper ‘s . . .’ but it’s fake.

Lyrics on the back.

Track Listing – this LP contains:

A1 Sgt. Pepper ‘s Inner Groove (added to very beginning of Day In the Life, not listed on jacket or label)
A1 A Day In The Life (Take 6, mono)
A2 Strawberry Fields Forever (John’s Demo, mono)
A3 Only A Northern Song (Mono)
A4 Penny Lane (Take 9 with Trumpet Ending), mono
A5 All You Need Is Love (Broadcast Version, mono)
A6 It’s All Too Much (with Extra Verse, fake stereo)
A7 A Day In The Life (Common Version with complete intro, stereo)

B1 Magical Mystery Tour (Take 9, mono)
B2 The Fool On The Hill (Demo, mono)
B3 Instrumental Loops from Magical Mystery Tour (mono)
B4 Blue Jay Way (Mono mix)
B5 Your Mother Should Know (Basic Tracks, mono)
B6 I Am The Walrus (Take 17, mono)
B7 Christmas Time (Is Here Again) (complete take, mono)

Original cover and LP labels

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I was on twitter and Paul McCartney “liked” my reply about reissuing the Early Tapes- All the rare, bootlegged material from their pre-fame days. 

*Star-Club (Red Sails in the Sunset, Red Hot…)

*Cavern Club (Some Other Guy..)

*Woolton-Fete (Audition)

*Lost Tapings (My Love Is Like a Bird with a Broken Wing… , You’re In My Little Book, Years Roll Along, Pinwheel Twist)

*Decca (September in the Rain …)

*Tony Sheridan (Swanee River, Ruby Baby…)

A lot of these are bootlegs.

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I recently picked up a Paperback Writer / Rain 45.  The cover has the butcher image both front and back.  Please see images.  I have been unable to find any reference to a single release with this cover.  Can anyone shed any light for me?Paperback-Writer-back.jpegImage Enlarger

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