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The Beatles - Live! At The Star-Club In Hamburg, Germany; 1962

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Scan submitted/created by [aral2]
Publisher: BELLAPHON
Reference :BLS-5560
Date :1977
Made In :New York, USA
Quality :Raw
Booklet & packaging :Bellaphon/Lingasong Records
Total duration:

Comments
Album Liner Notes:
What can be said about the Beatles that has not already been said or written many times before? The truth is - very little. The history of the Liverpudlian group has been chronicled many times during the last 15 years and inevitably will be repeated in the years to come. More than any pop group before them, and any who have followed since, the "Fab Four" from Liverpool created a whole new wave of music which long ago installed them safely in the annals of pop history.

Now though, for the very first time, Beatles' fans can hear the embryo music which paved the way for what was to erupt on an unsuspecting world in the mid and late Sixties. Any pop fan could tell you about how the group’s early performing days at the Hamburg Star-Club in West Germany first showed their potential to an audience outside Liverpool - until now however that music has been lost to all except those relative few who are privileged to hear it first-hand. What you are now holding in your hands is effectively a large slice of pop history...these two albums contains some two dozen songs given the inimitable Beatles treatment, blemishes and all. Many of the songs were to appear later on the group's first studio albums for Parlophone, EMI, and became essential conclusions (sic) in their stage performances during the ensuing months after they swept to success with "Love Me Do" and "Please Please Me", others had seemingly been lost for all time, at least until the production of these albums which now enable everyone to hear the Beatles as they were during those long-ago but still raw and exciting years when every beat group from Liverpool worth its salts was attempting to become part of "the Hamburg Scene."

The appearance on record of this unique Beatles recording has in itself being (sic) a major saga worthy of inclusion in a Cecil B. DeMille-type movie. During the Sixties Ted “Kingsize” Taylor and the Dominoes were an integral part of this Hamburg Scene - as well as claiming to be the first beat group to come out of Liverpool - and it was during one such visit to the Star-Club that Taylor recorded some three hours of performance with his domestic tape recorder and using a single microphone. Amongst the groups whose music was caught on tape were Taylor and the Dominoes, Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers, and - the Beatles.

When the Beatles returned to Liverpool, the tape was for a time forgotten. Kingsize Taylor later offered the material to Brian Epstein who turned it down on the grounds that it would not be commercially viable - although he did offer UK 20 pounds all the same. The tape was eventually rediscovered.

The Hamburg recordings include pre-EMI versions of “Twist and Shout”, “A Taste of Honey”, “Kansas City”, “I Saw Her Standing There”, “Roll Over Beethoven”, “Long Tall Sally”, and “Ask Me Why”. It has been said that the Beatles’ best years as a performing group was (sic) between 1962 and 1963 but these recordings firmly illustrate that even before the group signed with EMI, their potential was dynamite. A lot of time and considerable financial investment has been spent on each of the 20-plus tracks, transferring the original mono takes to 16-track and improving their sound quality. It should be emphasized however that no way has the actual music been interfered with - nothing has been added or detracted from the Beatles’ original performance, all that has been (sic) is that the tape has been “cleaned” and what were originally very raw recordings have now become extremely listenable product.

Of course the music isn’t what you would expect to hear from a studio in 1977 but despite that these recordings were made before the Beatles became “name” artists, their music even then had that undeniable drive which took them to the top. The music has immense appeal, both as a collector’s item and as a general item. What you will be listening to is a piece of musical history, and two albums which must become treasured additions to any Beatle (sic) fan’s record collection.

To recap on those Hamburg days, the Beatles first visited West Germany in late 1960 when the group’s line-up was still John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe (who was to die tragically young) and drummer Pete Best. Playing Hamburg either made or broke every Liverpudlian beat group that worked there but it was soon obvious to everyone that this was one group which would be going places. After returning to Liverpool in early 1961 to do a residency at the now-legendary Cavern Club, the Beatles made a second trip to Hamburg in April 1961 during which visit they recorded several titles with Tony Sheridan for a German Record Company. It was during one visit to Hamburg that these tapes originated and, as luck would have it, although Ringo Starr did not officially join the group until August 1962, which was just about the time the Beatles were having their first recording sessions for EMI, he happened to be “sitting in” for Pete Best ont the very night that Ted Taylor decided to make some amateur recordings with his portable machine.

And so to the actual recordings. After a rather garbled German introduction we go straight into “I Saw Her Standing There” which features an identical arrangement to that which appeared on the Please Please Me LP. “Roll Over Beethoven” has George giving a full-throated vocal; “Hippy Hippy Shake” was a number two hit for Swinging Blue Jeans in early 1964 but even two years before that the Beatles were featuring it as a standard inclusion in their live performances. John Lennon comes to the fore on “Sweet Little Sixteen.”

The album throws up a few surprises - for instance a complete rip-off of Frank Ifield’s best-seller of that period, “I Remember You”, featuring Lennon on the harmonica. Paul McCartney does a surprisingly straight version of the old Marlene Dietrich classic, “Falling in Love Again”, while George Harrison features on the Phil Spector classic, “To Know Her is To Love Her.”

No matter how many thousands of words were written about the Beatles, the only way for anyone to appreciate their full appeal is to listen to the music. It explains everything. The Beatles’ music has managed to span every generation and as ambassadors of pop, no one is likely to beat them. The Star-Club recordings tell all. The music is raw, vital and exciting and goes a long way to demonstrating why John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr became such musical legends. The humor, the sheer talent and the audience excitement almost hits you in the eyes...

Until now these tapes have been heard by no more than a handful of people but it is right that these Hamburg moments should be shared with the millions of Beatles fans worldwide. Four years ago the respected British pop music magazine Melody Maker reviewed the Hamburg tapes as they were in their original state and declared that the music neither injured the reputations of the artists or (sic) insulted the intelligence of the listeners. The writer declared that the recordings were a “unique and important document” of the most musical unit of the last decade. More than that they are history and provide the best insight in tothe early life of the Beatles which most people had thought lost for good.

Chris White
London, March 1977

Credits:
Producer and director of engineering and production: Larry Grossberg
Associate production and sequencing: Mitchell Margo/Larry Halpern
Remix engineer: Jim Zipf
Assistant engineers: Kathy Dennis/Lucy Laurie
Post production and editing: John Battaglia
Technical assistance: Bob Troeller
Remix, editing, processing and post production: Sound Ideas Studios, New York, N.Y.
Album Design: Ely Besalel

Core collection    Track identified    Version validated    Lyrics available    Version details available    Audio excerpt available    Participants list available   
1.
Introduction(The Beatles Section)
0:34
Concert intro/announcement
Concert
Hamburg
31 Dec 1962
The Beatles
Disc 1 - Side 1
2.
I Saw Her Standing There(Lennon/McCartney)
2:22
Song
Version validated
Lyrics available
Concert
Hamburg, Star Club
25 Dec 1962
C.621225.02
The Beatles
3.
Roll Over Beethoven(Berry)
2:15
Song
Version validated
Lyrics available
Concert
Hamburg, Star Club
25 Dec 1962
C.621225.18
The Beatles
4.
The Hippy Hippy Shake(Romero)
1:42
Song
Version validated
Concert
Hamburg, Star Club
31 Dec 1962
C.621231.02
The Beatles
Listed as Hippy Hippy Shake.
5.
Sweet Little Sixteen(Berry)
2:45
Song
Version validated
Concert
Hamburg, Star Club
25 Dec 1962
C.621225.09
The Beatles
6.
Lend Me Your Comb(Twomey/Wise/Weisman)
1:44
Song
Version validated
Lyrics available
Concert
Hamburg, Star Club
28 Dec 1962
C.621228.04
The Beatles
7.
Your Feet's Too Big(Benson/Fisher)
2:18
Song
Version validated
Concert
Hamburg, Star Club
28 Dec 1962
C.621228.05
The Beatles
8.
Twist And Shout(Russell/Medley)
2:03
Song
Version validated
Concert
Hamburg, Star Club
25 Dec 1962
C.621225.07
The Beatles
Disc 1 - Side 2
9.
Mr. Moonlight(Johnson)
2:06
Song
Version validated
Concert
Hamburg, Star Club
25 Dec 1962
C.621225.28
The Beatles
Listed as Mr. Moonlight.
10.
A Taste Of Honey(Marlow/Scott)
1:45
Song
Version validated
Version details available
Concert
Hamburg, Star Club
28 Dec 1962
C.621228.01
The Beatles
This version is unedited but the sound quality is terrible.
It is the only version to feature an extra verse.
11.
Besame Mucho(Velazquez/Skylar)
2:36
Song
Version validated
Lyrics available
Concert
Hamburg, Star Club
25 Dec 1962
C.621225.10
The Beatles
12.
Reminiscing(Curtis)
1:41
Song
Version validated
Concert
Hamburg, Star Club
31 Dec 1962
C.621231.05
The Beatles
13.
Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey(Leiber/Stoller/Penniman)
2:09
Song
Version validated
Lyrics available
Concert
Hamburg, Star Club
25 Dec 1962
C.621225.14
The Beatles
14.
Nothin' Shakin' (But The Leaves On The Trees)(Colacrai/Fontaine/Lampert/Cleveland)
1:15
Song
Version validated
Lyrics available
Concert
Hamburg, Star Club
28 Dec 1962
C621228.11
The Beatles
Disc 2 - Side 3.

Listed as Ain't Nothing Shaking Live the Leaves on a Tree.
15.
To Know Her Is To Love Her(Spector)
3:02
Song
Version validated
Lyrics available
Concert
Hamburg, Star Club
28 Dec 1962
C.621228.07
The Beatles
16.
Little Queenie(Berry)
3:51
Song
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
The Beatles
17.
Falling In Love Again (Can't Help It)(Hollander/Lerner)
1:57
Song
Version validated
Lyrics available
Concert
Hamburg, Star Club
25 Dec 1962
C.621225.17
The Beatles
Listed as Falling in Love Again.
18.
Ask Me Why(Lennon/McCartney)
2:26
Song
Version validated
Audio excerpt available
Concert
Hamburg, Star Club
31 Dec 1962
C621231.06
The Beatles
19.
Be-Bop-A-Lula(Vincent/Davis)
2:29
Song
Version validated
Lyrics available
Version details available
Concert
Hamburg, Star Club
25 Dec 1962
C.621225.01
The Beatles
It's usually assumed that Horst Fascher is singing but it's in fact his brother Fred Fascher.
Horst sings on "Hallelujah I Love Her So" (according to Sulpy and Gottfridsson).
Listed as Be Bob Ba Lula.
20.
Hallelujah I Love Her So(Charles)
2:10
Song
Version validated
Lyrics available
Version details available
Concert
Hamburg, Star Club
25 Dec 1962
C.621225.03
The Beatles
Horst Fascher is singing this one.
Listed as Halleluja I Love Her So.
21.
Red Sails In The Sunset(Kennedy/Williams)
2:00
Song
Version validated
Lyrics available
Concert
Hamburg, Star Club
25 Dec 1962
C.621225.11
The Beatles
Disc 2 - Side 4
22.
Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby(Perkins)
2:25
Song
Version validated
Lyrics available
Concert
Hamburg, Star Club
28 Dec 1962
C.621228.08
The Beatles
23.
Matchbox(Perkins)
2:35
Song
Version validated
Version details available
Concert
Hamburg, Star Club
28 Dec 1962
C.621228.09
The Beatles
John on lead vocals.
24.
I'm Talking About You(Berry)
1:48
Song
Version validated
Lyrics available
Concert
Hamburg, Star Club
25 Dec 1962
C.621225.06
The Beatles
Listed as Talkin' 'Bout You.
25.
Shimmy Like Kate(Piron/Smith/Goldsmith)
2:17
Song
Version validated
Lyrics available
Concert
Hamburg, Star Club
25 Dec 1962
C.621225.15
The Beatles
Not certain if this is the correct title or correct composers.
26.
Long Tall Sally(Johnson/Penniman/Blackwell)
1:45
Song
Version validated
Concert
Hamburg, Star Club
25 Dec 1962
C.621225.16
The Beatles
27.
I Remember You(Mercer/Schertzinger)
1:54
Song
Version validated
Concert
Hamburg, Star Club
25 Dec 1962
C.621225.12
The Beatles
Listed as Remember You.
Core collection    Track identified    Version validated    Lyrics available    Version details available    Audio excerpt available    Participants list available   


Song Song Studio chat Studio chat
TV/Radio chat/jingle TV/Radio chat/jingle Interview Interview
Cover by another artist Cover by another artist Film Music/Orchestral Film music/orchestral
Concert intro/announcement Concert intro/announcement Advertising Advertising
Song by another artist Song by another artist Medley title Medley title
Book chapter Book chapter
Other type of track Other


Reviews

Review by: jonny brook, big_g90@hotmail.comOn 24 May 2000
I loved this album because it is a tribute to what i believe to be the best time of their career or though it does not have pete best on it who i believe was originally better than ringo
Review by: halfjapaneseOn 11 Apr 2002 at 20:02 CET
Chris White's notes are inaccurate, uninformative, poorly written, and clearly were never edited. I'd also like to ask everyone listed in the credits what they *really* did to the tape.

Nevertheless, this is a great and historic document. Sure the sound is rough and the tape was butchered. Some have characterized the performances as relatively lackluster or dispirited. To them, this was The Beatles going through the motions as their final Hamburg contract drew to a close. I can't agree. They're raw and exciting. I only wish more recordings of this era would be found (there are, of course, some more songs from Hamburg available on other boots).


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Filename: BLS5560
Originally filled by: halfjapanese
Date of creation: 27 Dec 2001 21:18:18
Last filled by: Aidanymous
Last Revision Date : 09 May 2012 16:47:15
Online on : 16 Mar 2005
Type of media: Official Vinyl


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