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Encyclopedia > The Beatles bootlegs
The cover of Kum Back; the first ever Beatles bootleg album to hit the market.

The Beatles are one of the most bootlegged acts in music history. Bootleg records of the group began showing up in the late 1960s. These bootlegs contained unreleased material that was illegally recorded, stolen or leaked from the band's record label EMI. In the 1980s, compact discs and videos began to replace records as prevalent forms of bootleg material. Image File history File links Copyright-problem. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... For other uses, see Bootleg. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... For other uses, see EMI (disambiguation). ... “CD” redirects here. ... The video cassette recorder (or VCR, less popularly video tape recorder) is a type of video tape recorder that uses removable cassettes containing magnetic tape to record audio and video from a television broadcast so it can be played back later. ...


One of the first Beatles bootleg was Kum Back, which was created from an early acetate put together by engineer Glyn Johns on March 10, 1969. The acetate included rough mixes and versions of songs that would eventually be released on Let It Be. A copy of the acetate had leaked out by September 1969, when radio stations around the country were playing music from the as yet unreleased album. In the fall, the Kum Back bootleg showed up in record stores. Bootlegs of a second mix made by Johns on May 28 also began to hit the black market. In sound recording an acetate disc is a reference audio disc used during production of a gramophone record (e. ... Glyn Johns (born February 15, 1942 in Epsom, Surrey, England) is a recording engineer and record producer. ... March 10 is the 69th day of the year (70th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... “Let It Be” redirects here. ... May 28 is the 148th day of the year (149th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Let It Be Sessions (aka the Get Back Sessions) material is still the primary source for Beatles bootlegs. Hundreds of hours of recordings exist featuring the band rehearsing new material, as well as classic rock'n'roll covers. The cover of Kum Back; the first ever Beatles bootleg album to hit the market. ... In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ...


Most of the better-quality, heavily bootlegged songs have since been released (usually in superior quality) on Live at the BBC & The Beatles Anthology CD series. For the Dire Straits album, see Live at the BBC (Dire Straits album). ... The Beatles Anthology is the name of a documentary series, a series of three albums and a book, all of which focus on the history of one of the worlds most popular rock band The Beatles. ...

Contents

Commonly Bootlegged Material

The following is a list of some of the most common bootlegged recordings by the Beatles.


The Quarrymen/Silver Beatles Era

The Quarrymen Show (The Day John met Paul), 1957

On Saturday, 6th July 1957 The Quarrymen played a show at summer fete of St Peter's Parish Church. Later that day, a young 15 year old Paul McCartney met John Lennon for the first time back stage. The two were introduced to each other by a mutual friend, Ivan Vaughan (who played tea-chest bass with the group). In 1994, Bob Molyneux, a retired policeman, rediscovered a reel-to-reel tape he had made of the show while experimenting with a Grundig portable tape recorder. The tape contained a poor quality recording of the Quarry Men performances of Lonnie Donegan's "Puttin' On The Style" and Elvis Presley's "Baby, Let's Play House". The tape was put up for auction in September that year and was sold by Sotheby's to EMI for £78,500, making it the most expensive recording sold at auction. Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... The Quarry Men (sometimes Quarrymen) were a little-known skiffle group formed around Liverpool, England in March 1957 by John Lennon. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an iconic English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Boyhood friend of John Lennon, and later schoolmate of Paul McCartney. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Lonnie Donegan MBE (29 April 1931 – 3 November 2002) was a skiffle musician, possibly the most famous of them all, with more than 20 UK Top 30 hits to his name. ... “Elvis” redirects here. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Sothebys (NYSE: BID) is the worlds second oldest international auction house in continuous operation. ... For other uses, see EMI (disambiguation). ...


EMI attemped to clean the recordings up for the bands forthcoming The Beatles Anthology. However, it was decided that the recording was still unsuitable to be played on a television program, so the recording still remains unrealeased till this day. A 30 second clip of "Puttin' On The Style" was released by Sotheby's to promote the auction, this has appeared on several bootlegs since then. The Beatles Anthology is the name of a documentary series, a series of three albums and a book, all of which focus on the history of one of the worlds most popular rock band The Beatles. ...


Rehearsals at Paul's House, 1960

A tape of music recorded by the band in 1960. The recording featured early versions of many songs that would later be recorded by the band in the studio. A couple of songs from this recording were included on the first disc of The Beatles Anthology. These include Well Darling, Johnny Johnny, That's The End, I Don't Need No Cigarette Boy, Matchbox, One After 909, Cayenne, Hello Little Girl, That's When Your Heartaches Begin, Wildcat, I'll Always Be In Love With You, Some Days, Hallelujah I Love Her So, You'll Be Mine, The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise, I'll Follow the Sun, You Must Write Everyday, Movin' And Groovin, Ramrod and An Important Number. The Beatles Anthology is the name of a documentary series, a series of three albums and a book, all of which focus on the history of one of the worlds most popular rock band The Beatles. ... Matchbox Superfast box art. ... One After 909 is a song by The Beatles, written primarily by John Lennon (credited to Lennon/McCartney) and originally released in 1970 (see 1970 in music) on the album Let It Be. ... Cayenne was an instrumental track by The Beatles on the 1995 album Anthology 1. ... Youll Be Mine is a short song, composed by Lennon/McCartney in The Beatles early years. ... The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise is a popular ballad with lyrics by Gene Lockhart and music (Toronto 1918) by the concert pianist Ernest Seitz, who had conceived the refrain when he was 12. ... Ill Follow the Sun is a song by the Beatles. ... Look up ramrod in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


The Decca Records Audition Tapes (January 1st, 1962)

A few songs from this recording were included on the first disc of The Beatles Anthology. Most bootlegs include all 15 songs from the original demo; "Like Dreamers Do" (Lennon/McCartney), "Money (That's What I Want)" (Bradford/Gordy), "Till There Was You" (Wilson), "The Sheik of Araby" (Snyder/Wheeler/Smith), "To Know Her Is To Love Her" (Spector), "Take Good Care Of My Baby" (Goffin/King), "Memphis" (Berry), "Sure To Fall (In Love With You)" (Perkins/Cantrell/Claunch), "Hello Little Girl" (Lennon/McCartney), "Three Cool Cats" (Leiber/Stoller), "Crying, Waiting, Hoping" (Holly), "Love Of The Loved" (Lennon/McCartney), "September In The Rain" (Warren), "Besame Mucho" (Velasquez/Skylar), and "Searchin'" (Leiber/Stoller). Due to the questionable copyright status of these tracks (the Beatles had not yet signed to EMI when they were recorded), the Decca tapes were a frequent mainstay of grey-area CDs in the late 1980s and early 1990s; in particular, several pseudo-legitimate Japanese and European discs offered the material in varying configurations. Legal action by Apple, however, soon sent the Decca auditions back to the world of bootlegs. They also were released on numerous vinyl compilation albums beginning in the early 1980s. Most of the "grey-area" releases omit the three Lennon-McCartney songs. Fourteen of the fifteen tracks appeared on a series of coloured vinyl singles (issued with picture sleeves depicting The Beatles at various points in their career) on the Deccagone label, released in 1978 through Strawberry Fields Forever, Joe Pope's fanzine. The following year, all 15 Decca audition tracks appeared on the Circuit Records bootleg album The Decca Tapes. The Beatles Anthology is the name of a documentary series, a series of three albums and a book, all of which focus on the history of one of the worlds most popular rock band The Beatles. ... Music sample The Beatles Money (Thats What I Want) ( file info) Problems? See media help. ... Till There Was You is a song written by Meredith Willson for his 1957 musical play The Music Man, and which also appeared in the 1962 movie version. ... The Sheik of Araby is a song that was written by Harry Smith, Francis Wheeler and music by Ted Snyder in 1921. ... To Know Him Is To Love Him is a song by Phil Spector, recorded by his first band, the Teddy Bears. ... Memphis, Tenneesse is a song by legendary rock & roll singer-songwriter Chuck Berry. ... Hello Little Girl is a song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney in 1957 and was used as one of the songs at The Beatles unsuccessful Decca audition in 1962. ... According to the liner notes to The Beatles Anthology 1, Three Cool Cats was one of the fifteen songs recorded for their Decca Records audition on New Years Day, 1962, at the Decca Studios in London. ... Crying, Waiting, Hoping is a song by Buddy Holly. ... September in the Rain is a popular song. ... B same Mucho, which translates to Kiss Me a Lot in English, is a Spanish song written in 1940 by Consuelo Velazquez before her sixteenth birthday. ... Searchin was a song written by Leiber and Stoller specifically for The Coasters on the Atco Records label, a subsidiary of Atlantic Records. ...


The Star Club Tapes

In December 1962 The Beatles did a two-week stint at the Star Club in Hamburg. At that time Adrian Barber made a tape for Ted "Kingsize" Taylor, which re-surfaced in the seventies and became the source for several semi-legal compilations.


The tape is rough, but captures a raucous show. Some of the songs, such as "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Ask Me Why", would later appear on Beatles records. There are many of the typical covers, but also some not available elsewhere, such as Arthur Alexander's "Where Have You Been?", Tommy Roe's "Sheila", Frank Ifield's "I'll Remember You", Marlene Dietrich's "Falling In Love Again" and Fats Waller's "Your Feet's Too Big".

Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962, 1977.

The Star Club tapes are historically intriguing for capturing The Beatles performing many of their newer songs with a rawness similar to their pre-fame, Hamburg days. Musically and as characters they allow themselves to be altogether less cuddly than their mop-top personae would soon dictate. Image File history File links TheBeatles-albums-liveatthestarclub1962. ... Image File history File links TheBeatles-albums-liveatthestarclub1962. ... Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962. ...


As with the Decca Records audition tapes, the Star Club tapes became the basis for several semi-legitimate releases, debuting on the album Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962 (on Lingasong records) in 1977. (The UK and USA versions of this album had slightly different track listings; a later release, The Beatles' Historic Sessions, included all 30 tracks contained between the two Lingasong versions.) The initial releases contained liner notes implying that the recordings had been made in the spring of 1962, on a night when Ringo Starr happened to be sitting in for Pete Best on drums; actually, the recordings date from late December 1962. The December recording date means the rights to the tapes belong to EMI, which signed The Beatles in June 1962. In a letter reproduced in a bootleg CD booklet, John Lennon wrote, "the sleeve note, apart from being inaccurate, seems to have been written with a court case in mind." This continued into the CD era, with a surprising twist: one of the numerous reissues of the Star Club tapes was by none other than Sony, which decided to test the grey-area status of the tapes (most other quasi-legal CD issues were by smaller European and Japanese labels). The release was quickly withdrawn after Apple threatened legal action. Some critics of Sony point to its release of the Star Club tapes as evidence that its anti-bootlegging/pro-intellectual-property stance only applies to its own intellectual property. It has been suggested that Decca Music Group be merged into this article or section. ... Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962. ... Sony Corporation ) is a Japanese multinational corporation and one of the worlds largest media conglomerates with revenue of $66. ...

The cover of The Complete BBC Sessions: the nine-CD set of The Beatles' BBC appearances by Great Dane Records.

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The BBC Sessions

The Beatles regularly recorded live in studio for the BBC. In addition to performing their own material, they often did covers of other artists like Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, and Ray Charles. These sessions often were passed off as studio outtakes on many 1970s-era bootlegs. The popularity of Beatles BBC discs reached its apex with a celebrated nine-CD set by Great Dane Records, which aimed to supplant the varying configurations of BBC discs available on bootleg, while presenting the material in chronological order and in the best quality available at the time. The popularity of this release directly led to the official, Beatles-sanctioned Live at the BBC 2-CD set. While the official disc did collect many of the otherwise-unreleased cover versions performed by The Beatles on the BBC, it did nothing to stem the tide of BBC bootlegs; in fact, collectors and archivists continue to discover new and improved sources for the BBC session material, much of which makes its way into internet bootleg. The current, "most-complete" version is an eleven-disc set available for free on the internet. In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... For the Weezer song, see Buddy Holly (song). ... Charles Edward Anderson Chuck Berry (born 18 October 1926, St. ... For the composer and conductor of the Ray Charles Singers, see Ray Charles (composer). ... For the Dire Straits album, see Live at the BBC (Dire Straits album). ...


Live Concerts (1962 - 1966)

The Beatles performances at the Hollywood Bowl and Shea Stadium shows, as well as many other concerts, frequently appear on bootlegs. Portions of two Hollywood Bowl shows were compiled into an officially released album, The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl, released in 1977. Another song from those concerts ("Baby's in Black") was released in 1996 as one of the CD "B-sides" of the newly-recorded "Real Love" single. In recent years, audience live tapes of Beatles shows surfaced according to journalist Peter Palmiere. The most recent are two Memphis, Tennessee shows from the 1966 USA tour. The quality is fair at best but any undiscovered concerts documented on audio and/or video is considered to a Holy Grail discovery. Also uncovered is a possible recording from the Toronto 1966 show. Hollywood Bowl in 2005. ... William A. Shea Municipal Stadium, usually shortened to Shea Stadium, is an American baseball stadium in Flushing, New York. ...


Studio Outtakes (1962 - 1970)

The cover of the unreleased Sessions album: an EMI compilation album of session outakes that was prevented from release by the surviving members of the band in 1985.

A surprising number of Beatles session tapes are available on bootlegs. These range from complete or semi-complete session tapes—for example, the morning sessions for the Please Please Me album—to more fragmentary samplings and/or alternate mixes and performances derived from acetates. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Sessions was an album by The Beatles, planned by EMI in 1985, but never released because of objections by the Beatles themselves. ... For other uses, see EMI (disambiguation). ... This article is about the album. ... Acetate, or ethanoate, is the anion of a salt or ester of acetic acid. ...


History

The first studio outtake to appear on bootleg was the White Album outtake "What's The New Mary Jane", in 1972. This fell into the hands of bootlegers via an acetate that John Lennon had traded to a friend. Later, in 1977, rough mixes of "I Am The Walrus" and "The Fool On The Hill" appeared due to a Radio Luxembourg broadcast. The self-titled double album The Beatles, released by the Beatles in 1968 at the height of their popularity, is often hailed as one of the major accomplishments in popular music. ... Whats The New Mary Jane is a song written by John Lennon and performed by The Beatles. ... Acetate, or ethanoate, is the anion of a salt or ester of acetic acid. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Music sample I Am the Walrus Problems? See media help. ... The Fool on the Hill is a song by The Beatles. ... Radio Luxembourg (1933-1992, 2005-)was an important forerunner of pirate radio and modern commercial radio in Europe. ...


But it wasn't until 1977 when The Beatles EMI contract had expired that the company re-opened the vaults for unreleased material for a future "outtakes" album. The first batch of songs to leak came from a in-house compilation cassette that contained: The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... For other uses, see EMI (disambiguation). ...


"Leave My Kitten Alone", "One After 909" (the 1963 recording), "If You've Got Troubles", "Christmas Time (Is Here Again!)", "That Means A Lot", "Come and Get It", "Rip It Up / Shake Rattle And Roll", "Not Fade Away" (from the "Get Back" sessions), "Dig a Pony" (the full-length version without the edits). One After 909 is a song by The Beatles, written primarily by John Lennon (credited to Lennon/McCartney) and originally released in 1970 (see 1970 in music) on the album Let It Be. ... Come And Get It was the name of a song composed by Beatle Paul McCartney for the movie The Magic Christian (which starred fellow Beatle Ringo Starr) and made popular by the group Badfinger. ... Music sample Get Back ( file info) Problems? See media help. ... Dig A Pony is a song by The Beatles, originally released on Let It Be, and later rereleased on Let It Be. ...


In 1981, in-house engineer John Barrett was given the task of cataloguing the complete collection of recordings from the bands seven-year career with EMI. The fruits of these labours gave way to two projects: an audio/video tour of Abbey Road Studios called The Beatles Live At Abbey Road (which opened on 18 July 1983) and a planned outtakes album which was to be called Sessions, which was cancelled by the surviving members of band. With both the audience recordings of the studio tour and the leaked promos of Sessions a wealth of previously unheard material was now available for the black market. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 199th day of the year (200th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Sessions was an album by The Beatles, planned by EMI in 1985, but never released because of objections by the Beatles themselves. ...


In the following years much more was leaked until EMI finally in 1995 released the six-CD Anthology series, which featured many of the mentioned in superior quality. The Beatles Anthology is the name of a documentary series, a series of three albums and a book, all of which focus on the history of one of the worlds most popular rock band The Beatles. ...


Home Demos

Rough performances of early versions of songs that were either later recorded by the band or by other artists. Most of these tapes were sent to the bands publishing company Dick James Music and Northern Songs and have since found their way via auctions and private sales into the hands of bootleggers. Some of the most commonly found demos include: Dick James (born Reginald Leon Vapnick, in 1920, in London died 2 January 1986) was the singer of the Robin Hood and The Buccaneers themes, from British television in the 1950s and was a friend and associate of renowned record producer George Martin. ... Northern Songs Ltd. ...

If I Fell is a song by the Beatles which first appeared on the 1964 album A Hard Days Night. ... We Can Work It Out is a song written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon and released by The Beatles as a double A-sided single with Day Tripper. The song is a classic instance of true Lennon-McCartney collaboration, its authors meeting more closely in a single song only... Look up Michelle in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... She Said She Said is a song by The Beatles from their 1966 album Revolver, recorded in June of that year. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the song by The Beatles. ... You Know My Name (Look Up the Number) was issued as the B-side of The Beatles single Let It Be on 6 March 1970. ... Cilla Black (born 27 May 1942) is an English singer and television personality. ... Hey Bulldog is a song by The Beatles which first appeared on the Yellow Submarine soundtrack album in 1969. ... Ive Got a Feeling is a song by The Beatles, from the 1970 album Let It Be. ... This article is about John Lennon song. ... For other uses, see Dont Let Me Down. ... Cold turkey is a slang expression describing the actions of a person who gives up a habit or addiction all at once. ...

The White Album Demos aka The Kinfauns Demos

The Beatles recorded demos of almost the entire White Album with acoustic guitars in May 1968 at George Harrison's Esher house, Kinfauns.
The demos also included a number of songs that did not make it to the final album, included: Esher is a town in the Surrey borough of Elmbridge in South East England near the River Mole. ... Mid-1960s home of George Harrison, lead guitarist of The Beatles. ...

  • "Child of Nature": later released by Lennon, with different lyrics, as "Jealous Guy".
  • "Circles": later released by George Harrison on his "Gone Troppo" album.
  • "Sour Milk Sea": a song later recorded by Jackie Lomax as one of the earliest Apple Record singles (written by Harrison).
  • "Junk": later released by McCartney on his McCartney album and a demo recording was also included on "The Beatles Anthology".

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The Christmas Recordings

Each year, the Beatles recorded an flexi disc EP of comedy and music that was sent to members of their fan club. After the group's break up in 1970 these recordings were compiled as an LP released via their fan club called From Then To You (The Beatles' Christmas Album in the US). Since this album has had no official general-public release on LP or Compact Disc, portions frequently appear on bootlegs. One song, "Christmas Time (Is Here Again)" was released to the general public for the first time in 1995 on the "Free As A Bird" single. Flexi disc in a magazine The flexi disc is a phonograph record made of a thin vinyl sheet with a molded-in spiral stylus groove, and is designed to be playable on a normal phonograph turntable. ... EP can stand for: EP is the IATA code for Iran Aseman Airlines Extended play, a music recording (usually consisting of several tracks, but shorter than a typical album) European Parliament, the parliamentary body of the European Union Evolutionary psychology, a belief that psychology can be better understood in light... A fan club is a group that is dedicated to a well known person, group, idea (such as history) or sometimes even an inanimate object (such as a famous building). ... This article or section includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... The Beatles Christmas Album (USA) aka From Then To You (UK), was a 1970 compilation album of the Christmas records issued by The Beatles Fan Club. ... “CD” redirects here. ... Free As A Bird is a song, single and video released by The Beatles in December 1995 as part of their reunion and promotion around the release of the video documentary Anthology and their Anthology 1 compilation album. ...


The Get Back/Let It Be Sessions

Let It Be Sessions

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Twickenham Studio Rehearsals

In January of 1969, the group got together with director Michael Lindsay-Hogg to film the rehearsals for the bands first live concert in 3 years. They recorded the sessions both as audio and video - planning a TV documentary, then later, an album. Fighting within the group led to most of the plan being scrapped. However the footage from this rehearsals was released the following year instead as a feature film: Let It Be. The Beatles also rehearsed unrecorded songs such as "Watching Rainbows", and several songs that would become Beatles solo material, including "All Things Must Pass" and "Hear Me Lord'" (later released by Harrison), "Gimme Some Truth" (later released by Lennon), "Teddy Boy", "Hot as Sun" and "The Palace of the King of the Birds" (also known as "The Castle of the King of the Birds") (later released by McCartney). Sir Michael Edward Lindsay-Hogg, 5th Baronet (b. ... For the Taiwanese film whose foreign title translates to the same name, see 無米樂 Let It Be is a 1970 film about the Beatles rehearsing and recording songs for the album Let It Be in January 1969. ... Watching Rainbows is an unreleased song by The Beatles recorded on January 14, 1969 during the massive Get Back sessions at Twickenham Studios. ... from the album Anthology 3 Length 3:05 Label EMI, Apple Records Anthology 3 track listing Oh! Darling (Disc Two, Track 9) All Things Must Pass (Disc Two, Track 10) Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues (Disc Two, Track 11) All Things Must Pass is a song written by George... Hot As Sun is an instrumental penned by Paul McCartney and included on his 1970 album McCartney coupled with the non-song Glasses (which also contained a snippet of Suicide, another unreleased Paul McCartney tune). ...


From the 1970s, the recordings from the film crew’s Nagra tape recorders (which were used to record the audio that would later be synch to film) would be bootlegged many times. Usually, bootleggers would compile the most interesting moments in to a single album release. In the early 1990’s, a bootleg company known as Yellow Dog Records created the Day By Day, a 38 part CD series composing the Nagra tape recordings in their entirety. Also, the releases were a big jump in audio quality from the murky releases that had come before them. Nagra is a generic term referring to any of the series of professional audio recorders produced by Kudelski S.A., based in Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland. ... Yellow Dog was the prominent publisher of Beatles bootlegs. ... Day by Day is a Beatles bootleg series presented by the publisher Yellow Dog that presents the entire (more or less) series of Nagra tape rolls used to record the Let It Be sessions. ...

Let It Be Sessions Volume II

In January 2003, following an investigation by The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry and London detectives, police raids in England and the Netherlands recovered nearly 500 of the original Nagra tapes. Five people were arrested. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) is a trade organisation representing the recording industry. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...


After the raid, an online bootleg trader known as Purple Chick continued the Day by Day series and also release their own A/B Road collection.


The Rooftop Concert

Although their original plans for a live concert fell through, The Beatles did perform on January 30, 1969 on top of the Apple Building at 3 Savile Row, London. The full performance (which was recorded and filmed for the Let It Be album/film) included the following songs: Apple Records logo, featuring a Granny Smith apple. ...


"Get Back #1", "Get Back #2", "Don't Let Me Down #1", "I've Got a Feeling #1", "One After 909", "Dig a Pony", "God Save the Queen" (which has surfaced on the German bootleg On the Rooftop), "I've Got a Feeling #2", "Don't Let Me Down #2", and "Get Back #3". Portions of this concert were seen in the Let It Be film. Three tracks of this session, namely "Dig a Pony", "I've Got a Feeling" and "One After 909", were used by Phil Spector to compile the Beatles' final album to be released, Let It Be and the complete concert was issued on a number of bootleg releases. For the Taiwanese film whose foreign title translates to the same name, see 無米樂 Let It Be is a 1970 film about the Beatles rehearsing and recording songs for the album Let It Be in January 1969. ... “Let It Be” redirects here. ...


A Toot and a Snore in '74 (After the break up)

A Toot and a Snore in '74: the only known recording of John Lennon and Paul McCartney together after The Beatles broke up.

There are hundreds of bootlegs based on the solo careers of members of the band. However, a noteworthy inclusion is the only known recording of John Lennon and Paul McCartney together after the break up of the group in 1970. A loose jam involving the two (which also included: Stevie Wonder, Harry Nilsson, Jesse Ed Davis and Bobby Keys) was recorded at Lennon's Los Angeles beach house on March 31, 1974. The recording did not surface until 18 years later when a portion of it was released on bootleg as A Toot and a Snore in '74. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A Toot and a Snore in 74 is a rare bootleg album of the one and only jam session in which John Lennon and Paul McCartney played together after the break-up of the Beatles. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an iconic English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris),[1] is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Jesse Ed Davis (September 21, 1944 – June 22, 1988) was an American guitarist. ... Bobby Keys is a saxophone player. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... is the 90th day of the year (91st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... A Toot and a Snore in 74 is a rare bootleg album of the one and only jam session in which John Lennon and Paul McCartney played together after the break-up of the Beatles. ...


Material Still Un-Bootlegged

Although most of the outtakes and unreleased tracks from The Beatles' ten year recording career have leaked from the vaults of Abbey Road Studios, there are still a few holy grails out there that fans are waiting to hear: This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

  • Baby, Let's Play House: This Elvis Presley cover is one of two songs recorded during a show at the Woolton fête in July 1957 (on the day John first met Paul) by the pre-Beatles band, The Quarrymen. The second song, Puttin' On The Style, had a very poor quality 30 second excerpt released during the tape's auction in 1994. After extensive audio restoration, excerpts from both songs were included the BBC radio documentary The day John met Paul broadcast on 26th June 2007; hence, this song is unlikely to remain un-bootlegged for much longer.
  • Tip of My Tongue: Several takes of this song were recorded by the Beatles on 26 November 1962 at EMI Studios. Unsatisfied with the results, they gave the song to Tommy Quickly to record instead.
  • Love You To (take 1): In contrast to the Indian-flavoured released version, Take 1 of Love You To featured George Harrison on acoustic guitar and vocals, with Paul McCartney providing occasional backing vocals. At this stage, the song was tentatively titled Granny Smith.
  • Carnival Of Light: A 15-minute experimental track recorded during the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band sessions. The recording has not surfaced on released or bootleg recordings. Carnival of Light has proved one of the most sought-after unreleased Beatles tracks, and fans were dismayed that The Beatles (especially Paul McCartney), having advanced it for inclusion on Anthology 2, decided to withdraw it as a poor use of 15 minutes worth of disc space, at the request of Ringo Starr and George Harrison.
  • Helter Skelter (take 3): This earlier more bluesy version of the song lasted an epic 27 minutes and 11 seconds. It has been claimed by some that the recording no longer exists, although George Harrison mentioned it in an interview about the time of the The Beatles Anthology project that he had recently listened to the session tape. Although an edited version of take 2 (4 minutes 37 seconds of its 12 minutes 35 seconds) was released in as part of The Beatles Anthology 3 CD set 1996, take 3 has been long sought after since its first mention in Mark Lewisohn’s The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions. (It was actually first mentioned in "The Beatles A to Z" in 1980.)
  • Anything: Recorded during Sgt Pepper on 22 February 1967 (during the overdub session for A Day in the Life). Another experimental recording consisting of 22 minutes and 10 seconds of drum beat, augmented by tambourine and congas. It's unclear whether this was a bed track for one song or an excerpt of another. In any case the track wasn't overdubbed further or even mixed down.
  • Etcetera: During the White Album sessions, Paul quickly recorded this song and no one has heard of it since.[1]
  • Now and Then/I Don't Want to Lose You/Miss You: A song from the reunion sessions in the mid 1990's. Originally a Lennon demo recorded in 1979, the surviving members started work on the song on March 20th and 21st, 1995. The band recorded overdubs for the track; however there was a hum on the original demo cassette that was too difficult at the time to remove. If released, the song would have been a contender for the band's third reunion single and it would have been included on The Beatles Anthology 3 album. Although the song has appeared in its original demo form on bootleg, the recordings from the 1995 session still remain unreleased. Throughout 2005 and 2006, press reports speculated that McCartney and Starr would release a complete version of the song in the future. On April 29, 2007, it was reported in the Daily Express that the song may be released to coincide with the Beatles catalogue being released for the first time via digital download. As of the time of writing, the only available recording of this song is Lennon's original demo (complete with the "electronic buzz" embedded in the recording). The overdubs added in 1995 by the other surviving members has yet to surface.
  • All For Love: Another song from the reunion sessions recorded May 15th and 16th, 1995. The song was written by both Harrison and McCartney, making it the second ever collaboration, after the 1958 composition In Spite Of All The Danger. For reasons unknown, the song was shelved.
  • Grow Old With Me: The third unfinished reunion track. Lennon's original demo (recorded in 1980) was first issued in 1984 on his posthumously released Milk and Honey album. Like all the Anthology sessions, tracking took place at Mill Studios in Sussex, England. Recording started from February 11th to early March, 1994 and resumed again on March 20th and 21st 1995. McCartney later said in an interview that, "John's original demo required too much work." so all work on the track was aborted. Although the "Threetles" version of the song has yet to be heard, a version of the demo recording with a newly recorded string section by George Martin was eventually released on the John Lennon Anthology box set in 1998.

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Fake Bootlegs

A number of songs have been fraudulently passed off by bootleggers as unreleased Beatles songs. These outfakes include: Outfakes are FAKE outake recording passed off as real ones mostly with Beatles recordings some early ones are: Have You Heard The Word - Tin Tin & Maurice Gibb Peace Of Mind - turned out to be merely some stoned bootleggers with a tape recorder and too much time on their hands. ...

  • "I Love You Too": Song by The Fourmost containing a singer that sounds very similar to Paul McCartney
  • "We Are The Moles": Song by Simon Dupree and the Big Sound, and once thought to feature Ringo Starr on lead vocals
  • "Bye, Bye, Bye,": Beatles spoof by radio DJ Kenny Everett
  • "Have You Heard The Word": Lennon soundalike track featuring Maurice Gibb
  • "It's Gonna Be Alright": A hit by Netherland rock group Smyle
  • "Cheese And Onions": A parody song, performed on Saturday Night Live by Neil Innes (and available on The Rutles album and film), with such an accurate impression of John Lennon by Innes that this was mistaken as a true Beatles outtake by some fans
  • "L.S. Bumblebee": 1967 record by Peter Cook and Dudley Moore which spoofed psychedelic music with Moore singing a Lennon-like lead vocal
  • "Ram You Hard": reggae single by a group called John Lennon & the Bleechers
  • "Shades Of Orange" and "Loving Sacred Loving": Both sides of a single by the obscure British psychedelic band The End. Both tracks have also incorrectly been credited to the Rolling Stones (they were produced by Bill Wyman).
  • "People Say" and "I'm Walking": A single by a duo named 'John and Paul'
  • "I Wonder": An uptempo song by the American band 'The Gants'. The lead singer is a Lennon sound alike and the lyrics and instrumentation bear more than a passing resemblance to Lennon compositions, going so far as to even include a very Lennon-esque instrumental break
  • "N. Bourbaki's (or Borbaki's) Multicoloured Jam":The B-side of an obscure single by an Arkansas-based garage band called Campbell's Lavender Circus.
  • "That Thing You Do": The theme from the movie of the same title, as performed by The Oneders
  • "My Goat Just Died (Today)": A single by an obscure band called The Hamburger Bunns[citation needed]
  • a National Lampoon parody of John Lennon ranting called "Magical Misery Tour", from the album National "Lampoon Radio Dinner" featuring vocals by Tony Hendra (later the "manager" of Spinal Tap)
  • "Carnival Of Light": Although the recording has not surfaced on released or bootleg recordings, a minute-long MP3 track containing backwards, speeded-up guitars and feedback, has turned up on file sharing systems, purporting to be the outtake. Which is actually a misnamed track by the Lord of Boothferry recorded mid-2000.
  • "Peace of Mind": One of the most famous of the Beatles "outfakes". Supposedly a demo recorded around 1967 and "found" by bootlegers in a trash can at Abbey Road Studios.
  • "Oh, I Need You" (also labeled as "Oh, I Want You"): A low-quality recording sounding much like a Lennon song written during early sessions for the album Abbey Road and purported to have been recorded sometime in February 1969. It is actually believed to have been a song by the band Mortimer who were signed to Apple Records in 1968 after George Harrison heard them play a floor show in the Apple offices. This is most likely why it was mistaken to have been an unreleased Beatles song.

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Remasters

EMI have come under considerable criticism for neglecting the Beatles catalogue. While some artists' works, such as The Beach Boys and The Rolling Stones, have received several remasters during the CD era, The Beatles' recordings have been issued only once in the latter 1980's (the thirteen UK studio albums were released on compact disc in 1987; two volumes of Past Masters, collecting non-LP sides, followed in 1988). Since then, remastering technology has moved on and many fans consider the sound quality of the official releases to be lacking, although this may stem from the demands of the surviving Beatles. The Beach Boys are an American rock and roll band. ... “Rolling Stones” redirects here. ...


Given this, several bootleggers have undertaken remasterings of the entire Beatles catalogue. Since they do not have access to the original studio master tapes, they have typically gone back to pristine audiophile vinyl releases played back on high-quality turntable and amplification equipment and digitised using high resolution equipment. Chemical structure of the vinyl functional group. ...


The Millennium Remasters series[1][2] has released 24-bit remasters of all the Beatles' UK albums in both Mono and Stereo (except Abbey Road and Let It Be which are solely in Stereo). Similarly, Dr. Ebbetts has undertaken an extensive remastering of both the UK and U.S. Beatles releases, often releasing several versions of each based on different sources.[3] “Let It Be” redirects here. ...


Bootleggers

Some bootleggers have made a point of making their releases look as legitimate as possible. One bootlegger in particular, a fan from New Zealand, Leon Throf, designed each of his bootlegs to look like legitimate Apple Records releases. Also, each of the elaborate covers parodied the cover of an official Beatles album. Throf's titles include "Reintroducing The Beatles", "Please Release Me", "Withered Beatles", "A Knight's Hard Day", "Beatles For Auction", "Fuck!", "Rabbi Saul", "Revolting", "Dr.Pepper", "Tragical History Tour", "The Little Red Album", "Mellow Yellow", "Broad Road", "Hey Julian", "Let It End", "Lifting Material From The World", "A Nightmare Is Also A Dream" and "Grave Posts".


See also

The Beatles takes and early versions of songs that have been released are still collectables. ... For the Dire Straits album, see Live at the BBC (Dire Straits album). ... The Beatles Anthology is the name of a documentary series, a series of three albums and a book, all of which focus on the history of one of the worlds most popular rock band The Beatles. ... Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962. ...

Bibliography

  • Belmo (1997). The Beatles Not For Sale: The Beatles' Musical Legacy as Archived on Unauthorized Recordings. Collector's Guide Publishing. ISBN 0-969-80809-7. 
  • Unterberger, Richie (2006). The Unreleased Beatles: Music and Film. Backbeat Books. ISBN 0879308923. 

References

External links

  • Kum Back - The story of the first Glynn Johns actate.
  • Doug Sulpy website - Site run by the most prolific author of books and magazines about Beatles bootlegs, now including a forum.
  • An incomplete history of Beatles Bootlegs
  • About the Dr.Ebbetts Remastered Beatles Releases
  • BootlegZone.Com - an ever growing site listing 3500+ Beatles bootlegs

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One of the first Beatles bootlegs to be sold illegally was Kum Back, which was created from an early acetate put together by engineer Glyn Johns on March 10, 1969.
Carnival of Light has proven to be one of the most sought-after of unreleased Beatles tracks, and fans were dismayed that the Beatles, having advanced it for inclusion on Anthology 2, decided to withdraw it as a poor use of 15 minutes' disc space.
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The Beatles are said to have been pleased with the result and attended its highly publicised London premiere, although every one of The Beatles thought their own voices (narrated by actors) were not quite right, whilst saying that the other three were perfect.
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