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1st Live Recordings


The Beatles

1st Live Recordings - Hamburg, Germany, 1962
Volume One: Pickwick SPC-3661
Volume Two: Pickwick SPC-3662

From The Original Vinyl LPs


Volume One
Side One

1. Where Have You Been All My Life (1:55)
(Cynthia Weil & Barry Mann)
Screen Gems EMI Music Inc / BMI

2. A Taste Of Honey (1:40)
(Bobby Scott & Rick Marlow)
Songfest Music/ASCAP

3. Your Feets Too Big
(Benson and Fisher)
Fisher and Morley Music/ASCAP

4. Mr. Moonlight (2:05)
(R. Johnson)
Lowery Music/BMI

5. Besame Mucho
(T. Velasquez)
Peer International/BMI

6. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry Over You
(J. Thomas & H. Biggs)
Coblin Music Co./BMI

7. Be-Bop-A-Lula
(G. Vincent - T. Davis)
Lowery Music, Inc./BMI


Volume One
Side Two

1. Hallelujah I Love Her So (2:08)
(Ray Charles)
Belinda Music/BMI

2. 'Till There Was You
(Meredith Wilson)
Frank Music Corp.,/ASCAP

3. Sweet Little Sixteen (2:44)
(Chuck Berry)
Arc Music/BMI

4. Little Queenie
(Chuck Berry)
Arc Music/BMI

5. Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey (2:09)
(J. Lieber, M. Stoller & R. Penniman)
Halnat Pub./Venice Music/BMI

6. Hully Gully (1:39)
(F. Smith and C. Goldsmith)
Arvee Music Co./BMI


Volume Two
Side One

1. Nothin' Shakin' (but the leaves on the trees) (1:14)
(C. Colocrai, E. Fontaine. D. Lampert & J. Cleveland)

2. Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby
(Carl Perkins)
Knox Pub. Music Corp./BMI

3. Matchbox
(Carl Perkins)
Knox Pub. Music Corp./BMI

4. I'm Talkin' About You (1:47)
(Chuck Berry)

5. Long Tall Sally (1:45)
(E. Johnson, R. Penniman & R. Blackwell)
Venice Music/BMI

6. Roll Over Beethoven (2:12)
(Chuck Berry)

7. Hippy Hippy Shake (1:40)
(Chan Romeo)
Jonware Music Corp./BMI


Volume Two
Side Two

1. Falling In Love Again
(S. Lerner and F. Hollander)
Famous Music Corp./BMI

2. Lend Me Your Comb
(Twomey, Wyse and Weisman)
Hill & Range Songs Inc./BMI

3. Sheila (1:55)
(Tommy Roe)
Low-Twi Music/BMI

4. Red Sails In The Sunset (2:00)
(J. Kennedy & H. Williams)
Shapiro Bernstein & Co., Inc/ASCAP

5. To Know Her Is To Love Her (3:01)
(Phil Spector)
Vogue Music/BMI

6. Shimmy Shake
(Joe South & Billy Land)
Lowery Music Co/BMI

7. I Remember You (1:55)
(J. Mercer and V. Schertzinger)
Paramount Music Corp./ASCAP


This is it. Inside this package. The first recording of the Beatles - Live - Including Ringo. Along with every bit of the slop, energy, ad libbing, clowning, mocking and excitement that makes a live club band what it is...and what made the Beatles become what they became.

For those are the Beatles. This is the history. The raucous vitality of rock n' roll in its early years. You must hear this.

Lennon's irreverent, caustic wit. McCartney's "Little Richard" voice. Ringo's famous Boomp-Pa-pa-Bom-pa rock 'n' roll beat. Harrison's leads and vocal harmonies. Without studio retakes. Without over-dubs or synthesizers. The real Beatles. Real rock 'n' roll.

This album is a collector's item. It captures an explosion of energy. A rollicking Saturday night. Hamburg, Germany, 1962. The Star Club.

Every Beatlemaniac's fantasy. Seeing and hearing the Beatles Live! In a club where the audience is part of the performance. They got so big so fast that few from the U.S.A. ever had the experience.

Gather your friends, turn up the volume, and have it!

- Steven Rossi    

And for those of you who want all the background of this recording, here it is.

Liverpool singer, King Size Taylor originally recorded this first tape of John, Paul, George and Ringo for a lark. The tape was subsequently lost and not rediscovered until 1972. The Beatles' original manager, Allan Williams, found it in a deserted Merseyside office "beneath a pile of rubble on the floor."

Williams immediately launched a campaign to have the tapes released, but even once legal obstacles had been cleared, a larger one remained: the tape had been recorded with a single microphone at 3-1/4 ips on a Grundia home tape recorder, and the verdict of almost everyone who heard it, including the Beatles, was the sound quality was that the sound quality was absolutely hopeless.

But when you're dealing with a property as hot as this one, miracles can be made possible. Lingasong Records, which had obtained rights to the tape, decided to invest some $100,000 (as much as it had cost the Beatles to record Sgt. Pepper, their most extravagant work) in the most ambitious "reconstruction" job in the history of the recording industry. The monaural tape was painstakingly converted into a 16-track master recording.

Producer Larry Grossberg, Billboard reported, separated  the information track-by-track using Burwen, dbx, and Dolby noise suppressors, UREI compressors and limiters, Orban Parasound and API silibance controllers, API equalizers, Kepex noise gates, Audio Design spectrum analyzer, and an Orban stereo synthesizer.

A special group of new Ashley parametric equalizers capable of suppressing frequencies of .05 of an octave was extremely valuable in recouping practically all the rhythm tracks and bringing out substantial lead voices and background vocals when they were apparently drowned out by general extraneous sounds....

Despite the performers' own objections , aired in court too late to have any effect, the Beatles' nightclub performance came as a fascinating counterpoint to the sounds of Beatlemania at the Hollywood Bowl.

© 1977     
The Beatles Forever    
Nicholas Schaffner    
Stackpole books    

Pickwick's acquisition of these tapes presented their studio with the same problems faced by the Lingasong people. Fortunately, most of the glaring technical atrocities were remedied by the 16 track transfer and remix. But the vocals were still less than ideally recognizable. Armed with their own battery of equalizers and noise gates, Pickwick's engineers carefully altered the original tonal balance to allow the vocals more prominence in the final mix.

We happily present it to you!


Cover Art: Christine Moore

Remastering Engineering: Steven Vining

© 1979, Pickwick International, Inc. Printed in the U.S.A.
A product of Pickwick International, Inc. Pickwick Records Division, 7500 Excelsior Boulevard, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55426
Distribue au Canada par/Distributed in Canada by Pickwick Records of Canada, Ltd., 106-108 McMaster Avenue, Ajax, Ontario, Canada L1S 2E7
These recordings have been previously released by Double H Licensing Co.
Warning: Unauthorized reproduction of this recording is prohibited by Federal law and subject to criminal prosecution.

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