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BEATLES WITH TONY SHERIDAN, THE

BEATLES POP - HAMBURG DAYS

bear family



deluxe 2cd w/ 100pp booklet

Released: 16th Sep 2022

£29.99


Now this is something special! A true sensation in the history of Beatles reissues - The Liverpool foursome - still without Ringo Starr and billed as The Beat Brothers - made their first recordings with Tony Sheridan in 1961.

McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and drummer Pete Best). He and the group had withstood the rigors of playing up to eight hours per night in Hamburg joints. As John later said, "I grew up in Hamburg, not Liverpool." Legendary producer Bert Kaempfert recorded the now-famous songs, and they were released on Polydor. They were the earliest commercial recordings by the Beatles, and for four decades the original vinyl releases have been very highly sought-after. Since the dawn of the CD era, the Polydor recordings have been available, but mostly as uninspired 8-song discs with a single piece of colored paper pretending to be a booklet. No one ever seemed to care about the different versions, and wealth of mixes and variations that existed in several archives around the world. Following up on an idea by the Hamburg journalist and author Bernd Matheja ('1000 Nadelstiche') and in cooperation with Swedish Beatles specialist Hans Olof Gottfridsson ('The Beatles - From Cavern To Star-Club') Bear Family proudly presents all available recordings of Tony Sheridan & The Beatles / Beat Brothers. An incredible 38 (!!!) versions from the so-called 'Polydor Years', all lovingly restored from tapes that -in some cases- were considered non-existent or lost. Finally, collectors get stereo and mono, partly overdubbed versions, takes with different lyrics and much more! But that's not all! There's an incredible book accompanying this milestone release. Very rare documents, single picture sleeves, and rare photos tell the story of these songs, and the four young men from Liverpool, then at the dawn of their careers. Here is one of the building blocks of modern music. Truly the most exciting event in Beatles archeaology in a long, long time THE FIRST STAY IN HAMBURG, AUTUMN 1960 For most of the autumn of 1959 the group still known as the Quarry Men or Johnny and the Moondogs included John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison, but in January 1960 John's schoolmate at Liverpool College of Art, Stuart Sutcliffe, joined the band, making them a quartet. Sutcliffe was a talented young man, but his talents did not extend to music. He was John's friend, though, and became the bass player. For John, Paul, George and Stuart the spring and early summer of 1960 were filled with final school exams, a tour of Scotland backing Johnny Gentle, and a rotating cast of drummers. They made plans to become professional musicians after leaving school, and, at the beginning of 1960, they took up John and Stuart Sutcliffe's suggestion that they change their name to the Beatles. Besides Sutcliffe, another new member entered the scene in 1960. It was Pete Best, a drummer hastily recruited for the Beatles' first engagement in Hamburg in August 1960. The notorious St. Pauli district in Hamburg was a new experience for the five young lads from Liverpool. The city's nightlife and the long hours on stage quickly made them into more accomplished musicians, and more experienced young men. Sutcliffe dubbed his friends, "the great Romeo John Lennon and his two stalwarts, Paul and George", the Casanovas of Hamburg. The first stay in Hamburg was not a great success. They didn't get along very well with Bruno Koschmider, the manager of the clubs they worked. After a while, they got in trouble with the German Aliens Police due to the fact that George Harrison was underaged and Paul McCartney and Pete Best were accused of setting fire to their quarters. Because of this, they were all, except Stuart Sutcliffe, back home in Liverpool again in time for Christmas. Ironically, Sutcliffe, who had complained in letters that he was tired of the musician's life and seemed the one most eager to return home, was the only one to stay. He had met a German girl by the name of Astrid Kirchherr who became his girlfriend. Astrid was to play her own part in the history of the Beatles, being one of the first photographers to document the group's early years. ABOUT THE RECORDINGS The Beatles' first professional recordings were originally made to two-track tape. The music was recorded on one track, and the vocals on another. These were then mixed for release. Unfortunately, the original two-tracks have been lost or recorded-over, and all that remains is a variety of mixdowns, with varying degrees of reverb. These new transfers from those tapes are still clearer than any previous edition of these first Beatles recordings, bringing us closer than ever to those sessions, now forty years old. The reconstruction of who's playing what is based on aural evidence as well as information gathered from record covers, original letters, and old and new interviews with those present. Hans Olof

BEATLES POP - HAMBURG DAYS

  1. My Bonnie (german intro) -Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  2. My Bonnie (english intro) -Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  3. My Bonnie (without intro) -Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  4. The Saints -Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  5. Cry For A Shadow -Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  6. Why (Can't You Love Me Again) -Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  7. Nobody's Child -Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  8. Ain't She Sweet - Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  9. If You Love Me, Baby/Take Out Some Insurance- Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  10. On Me - Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  11. Sweet Georgia Brown - Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  12. Sweet Georgia Brown (new lyrics)- Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  13. Sweet Georgia Brown (US vers.) -Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  14. If You Love Me, Baby/Take Out Insurance On -Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  15. Me (US vers.) -Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  16. Ain't She Sweet (US vers.) -Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  17. Nobody's Child (US vers.) -Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  18. Cry For A Shadow (medley vers. 2) -Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  19. Swanee River (with intro) -Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  20. Swanee River (without intro) -Tony Sheridan & The BeatlesTracklisting CD #2:
  21. My Bonnie (German intro) -Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  22. My Bonnie (engl. intro) -Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  23. My Bonnie (without intro) -Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  24. The Saints -Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  25. Cry Fro A Shadow -Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  26. Why (Can't You Love Me Again) -Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  27. Nobody's Child -Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  28. Ain't She Sweet -Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  29. If You Love Me, Baby/Take Out Some Insurance -Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  30. Me (US vers.) -Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  31. Sweet Georgia Brown - Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  32. Sweet Georgia Brown (new lyrics) -Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  33. My Bonnie (medley vers.) -Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  34. The Saints (medley vers.) -Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  35. Cry For A Shadow (medley vers. 1) -Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  36. Cry For A Shadow (medley vers. 2) - Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  37. Swanee River (with intro) -Tony Sheridan & The Beatles
  38. Swanee River (without intro) - Tony Sheridan & The Beatles