Unreleased Beatles Reel-to-Reel Tape Recently Found
August 1, 2008 by Charlie
Liverpool Daily Post reports that an unreleased tape recorded by the Beatles had been unearthed. The 7-inch wide reel-to-reel was found in the attic of a house in Liverpool. The Philips reel-to-reel tape was not played since the 1960s.
The recording of “Don’t Put Me Down Like This” and number of unreleased versions of The Beatles’ hits including ‘I Feel Fine’ and ‘I’m A Loser’, was discovered by a man going through his father’s effects after his death. The tape along with a recording of an uncontrolled fit of giggling involving Paul McCartney and the late John Lennon.
Beatles Blog Wogew Reports that the material was most likely reel 1 of two reels from the recorded session of BBC TV programme ‘Top Gear’, which took place on Septemeber 17, 1964.
You might have the chance to win this unique tape if you have around $12,000.00 to $26,000.00 to burn. The tape will be auctioned off August 5th by Cameo Auctioneers in Midgham, Birkshire. The auctioneer, John King, of Cameo Auctioneers said: “It’s a real time capsule, an audio snapshot of the Beatles in the youth when they were having fun, laughing, giggling and buzzing off each other.”
Beatles expert Phil Coppell, from Liverpool, believes either Paul McCartney or Yoko Ono will step in and buy the rare recording of the Beatles
Coppell said: “This is a great find and very exciting for Beatles fans everywhere.
“But unfortunately, it seems unlikely that anybody will get to hear it anytime in the near future. If it is something which is missing from the Anthology then it is likely someone at Apple will step in and buy it up at auction.
“Perhaps it was taken from Abbey Road – there are hours and hours of recordings which were deemed not good enough to be released.
“I’m sure there will be some interest from Paul McCartney or Yoko Ono to secure it for the Beatles’ estate.
“They are the most likely people to buy it and sadly it might prove to be the case that Beatles fans will never get to hear it.”
‘Don’t Put Me Down Like This’ was written and recorded by American soul singer Derek Martin and was a B-side of a single issued in 1963.
It was among John Lennon’s favourite records and a copy of it was found on his personal jukebox from the period.
The double sided tape lasts 30 minutes and includes eleven songs either composed by McCartney and Lennon or cover versions.
Due to uncontrollable laughter and boyish antics, it takes the lead men three attempts to complete the song ‘I’ll Follow The Sun’.
Source: Liverpool Daily Post