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The Beatles - Alf Together Now

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Scan submitted/created by [- Wicked Annabella -]
HQ Scans:
Publisher: Spank Records
Reference :SP-148
Date :2001
Made In :
Quality :AAD
Booklet & packaging :4-page booklet with description of the auctioned tapes.
Total duration: 69:16

Comments
Liner notes:

The recordings on this disc once belonged to The Beatles' chauffeur, Alf Bicknell. While we have plenty of informal tapes of the later Beatles (the "Get Back" sessions, for instance), these are much more uncommon for the early 1960's. Portions of these tapes were previously available on "The Garage Tapes" and "Maybe You Can Drive My Car," but all of the available recordings have been gathered together here, and most of the material is of significantly better quality than those two discs.

As for the performances themselves, there's little to say, "Don't Bother Me" was recorded sometime between August 19th and 24th, 1963, as George was composing the tune. "Rockin' / Rollin'" seems to have been a very early attempt at home double-tracking (as a bonus, we've added a stereo version of this, which was originally included on "Anthology +"). "If I Fell" cornes from early 1964, and is a very rare surviving example of a John Lennon composing tape from this era. In addition to the home demos, there are some off-line "in the studio" recordings here as well - most significantly, outtakes of "Please Mr. Postman" and "It Won't Be Long," from July 30th, 1963 which appear nowhere else. Wrapping things are are some audio verite tapes of the Boys (and Gerry Marsden) goofing on passersby, singing along with the radio, and offering some rather twisted Bible recitations.

Admittedly, this material isn't the best of quality, but this is, most certainly, the best quality version of this tape to surface. We hope you enjoy this audio time capsule of the early Beatles.


Lots:
500
An Interesting Reel-to-Reel Tape Recording Made by The Beatles in A Studio Control Room at EMI Abbey Road, July 1963, the recording made externally during a recording session by The Fourmost, with producer, George Martin, and engineer Norman Smith, and, appearing towards the end of the sequence. George Harrison and Ringo Starr, The Fourmost recording 'Hello Little Girl' given to the group exclusively by Lennon, the composer. The Fourmost recording another song, probably 'Little Egypt' (never released), and Billy J.Kramer recording at Abbey Road, and two alternative, unreleased. takes of 'Mr. Postman' and two alternative, unreleased, takes of 'It Won't be Long'
The recording of 'Hello Little Girl" by The Fourmost took place on 24th July 1963, halfway through The Beatles week long residency at Weston-super-Mare. It would appear, therefore, that The Beatles left Weston-super-Mare on the morning of 24th July, attended the recording in the afternoon, then rushed back again to appear on stage for their first house at about six o'clock the same evening.
This, together with tots 501, 507, 515 and 525 compile tape recordings made by The Beatles in } 963/64 on a portable machine which they carried with them. The recordings include George Harrison composing his first song 'Don't Bother Me', several attempts by John Lennon alone at recording 'If I Fell' and the group in conversation, at play and in the studio. These fwe lots are sold without copyright.
£5,000-8,000

501
An Important Reel-to-Red Tape
Recording Made by The Beatles, 1963 comprising John Lennon and Paul McCartney singing 'Tell Me True' and 'Over The Rainbow', McCartney instrumentals, 'Michelle' instrumental (presumably played by Paul McCartney), 'Three Coins in a Foutain', nursery rhymes with a child (possibly Ruth and Paul McCartney), and John Lennon and Paul McCartney singing 'Rockin' and RolhV
£15,000-20,000

507
An Important Reel-to-Reel Tape Recording Made by John Lennon, early 1964, comprising several attempts by John Lennon at a demo recording of 'If I Fell', taped solo by Lennon in a non-studio location, in this recording Lennc i experiments with different keys and guitar patterns
£]0,000-12,000

525
An Amusing Amateur Reel-to-Reel Tape Recording Made-By The Beatles, July 1963, comprising George Harrison, Paul McCartney and'Gerry Marsden (joined near the end of the sequence by John Lennon) reading from The Bible in their own and assumed voices, together with the hymns 'The Lord Is My Shepherd' sung by John Lennon and 'There is a Green Hill' sung by the assembled company, followed by Gerry Marsden in a vehicle asking passers-by for directions to various places in the town, towards the end of this section it becomes apparent that George Harrison and John Lennon are also with Gerry Marsden
This tape was recorded at Weston-super-Mare during the week of 22-27 July 1963 when The Beatles and Gerry and the Pacemakers shared a twice-nightly six-day concert residency at the town's Odeon Cinema. Both groups stayed at The Royal Pier Hotel and the recording could bave been made in one of the hotel bedrooms reading from a Gideon Bible
£5,000-8,000

515
An Important Reel-to-Reel Tape . Recording Made by George Harrison, mid-1963, comprising George Harrison composing his first ever song, 'Don't Bother Me' together with guitar exercises, recorded in a Bournemouth hotel room in August 1963
£10,000-12,000
Alf Bicknell, the Beatles' former chauffeur, was responsible for this year's highlight five reel-to-reel tapes given him by John Lennon on clearing out the liznousine. After the auctioneer had read a statement from EMI and Apple that anyone making bad use of the recordings (and we all know what that means) would be heavily prosecuted, bidding could start on the tapes, proclaimed to be worth some £ 60,000.

Lot 500 contained two different takes each of 'It Won't Be Long' and 'Please Mr Postman' (estimate £ 5000-5000, sold for £ 5200).

Lot 501 had two unreleased songs by Paul, Tell Me True' and 'Over The Rainbow', an instrumental of 'Michelle' and John and Paul doing a song called Rockin' And Rollin' (est £ 15-20,000, sold for £ 11,500).

Lot 507 had several takes of John experimenting with 'If I Fell' (est. £ 10-20,000, sold for £ 6500); lot 515 contained George playing guitar excercises and composing his first song, 'Don't Bother Me' (est £ 10-20,000, sold for £ 7500)

Lot 525 has John, Paul, George and Gerry Marsden reading from the Bible and singing the hymns The Lord Is My Shepherd' and There's A Green Hill Far Away', as well as putting on comic voices to ask bemused residents of Weston-super-Mare the way to the golf course (est. £ 5000-3000, sold for £ 5500). Mr Bicknell has every reason to be satisfied with the result, which will enable him to publish his upcoming book.


(transcription by Tilleul)

Core collection    Track identified    Version validated    Lyrics available    Version details available    Audio excerpt available    Participants list available   
1.
Improvisation(-)
0:03
Other type of track
The Machine Clicks On
(date unknown)
The Beatles
2.
If I Fell(Lennon/McCartney)
0:12
Song
Core collection
Identified
Version validated
Version details available
Composing Sequence #1
Breakdown
Jan 1964
HR.52
The Beatles
Breaks down as John realizes he's playing too slow.
3.
If I Fell(Lennon/McCartney)
2:34
Song
Core collection
Identified
Version validated
Version details available
Composing Sequence #2
Jan 1964
HR.53
The Beatles
A complete run-through.
4.
If I Fell(Lennon/McCartney)
0:29
Song
Core collection
Identified
Version validated
Version details available
Composing Sequence #3
Incomplete
Jan 1964
HR.54
The Beatles
Starts mid-song.
5.
If I Fell(Lennon/McCartney)
0:39
Song
Core collection
Identified
Version validated
Version details available
Composing Sequence #4
Breakdown
Jan 1964
HR.55
The Beatles
Another breakdown.
6.
If I Fell(Lennon/McCartney)
0:10
Song
Core collection
Identified
Version validated
Version details available
Composing Sequence #5
Incomplete
Jan 1964
HR.56
The Beatles
The tape cuts off after a few seconds.
7.
Dialogue(The Beatles Section)
0:04
Other type of track
Are You In Coventry?
(date unknown)
The Beatles
8.
Don't Bother Me(Harrison)
5:29
Song
Core collection
Identified
Version validated
Version details available
Composing Sequence
Aug 1963
HR.38
The Beatles
Recorded between 19-24 Aug 1963.
9.
Dialogue(The Beatles Section)
0:03
Other type of track
Taping Noise
(date unknown)
The Beatles
10.
Jam(unknown)
0:22
Song
Core collection
Identified
Version validated
Home Recording
(date unknown)
HR.39
The Beatles
11.
Dialogue(The Beatles Section)
0:04
Other type of track
Taping Noise
(date unknown)
The Beatles
12.
Jam(unknown)
2:29
Song
Core collection
Identified
Version validated
Home Recording
(date unknown)
HR.40
The Beatles
13.
Michelle(Lennon/McCartney)
0:59
Song
Core collection
Identified
Version validated
Home Recording
(date unknown)
HR.41
The Beatles
14.
Jam(unknown)
0:10
Song
Core collection
Identified
Version validated
Home Recording
(date unknown)
HR.42
The Beatles
15.
Jam(unknown)
1:23
Song
Core collection
Identified
Version validated
Home Recording
(date unknown)
HR.43
The Beatles
16.
Jam(unknown)
1:07
Song
Core collection
Identified
Version validated
Home Recording
(date unknown)
HR.44
The Beatles
17.
Three Coins And A Fountain(Styne/Cahn)
1:34
Song
Core collection
Identified
Version validated
Home Recording
(date unknown)
HR.45
The Beatles
18.
(Medley)(unknown)
1:51
Medley title
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
 
Dialogue(The Beatles Section)
Song
Taping Noise
(date unknown)
The Beatles
 
Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary(Trad.)
Song
Core collection
Identified
Version details available
Home Tape
1963
The Beatles
July-August, 1963 at various locations.
Listed as "Nursery Rhymes"
19.
Rockin' And Rollin'(unknown)
0:58
Song
Core collection
Identified
Version validated
Version details available
Backing Track #1
(date unknown)
HR.46a
The Beatles
Instrumental backing track.
20.
Rockin' And Rollin'(unknown)
0:15
Song
Core collection
Identified
Version validated
Version details available
Backing Track #2
(date unknown)
HR.46b
The Beatles
Same as 20 but with some guitar in the foreground.
21.
Rockin' And Rollin'(unknown)
1:47
Song
Core collection
Identified
Version validated
Version details available
Backing Track #3
Horn
(date unknown)
HR.47
The Beatles
Toy horn overdub. Guitar and drums at the end too.
22.
Dialogue(The Beatles Section)
0:34
Other type of track
Version validated
Version details available
Conversation
Listening To The Radio
Jul 1963
The Beatles
Barely audible conversation over a Spanish-type instrumental
23.
Rockin' And Rollin'(unknown)
1:12
Song
Core collection
Identified
Version validated
Version details available
Backing Track #4
Vocals
(date unknown)
HR.48
The Beatles
Vocals overdub.
24.
Improvisation(-)
1:40
Song
Core collection
Identified
Version validated
Version details available
Studio Session
Piano/Drum Instrumental
30 Jul 1963
SS.ETC.04
The Beatles
Recorded during "Please Mr Postman" sessions.
25.
Please Mr. Postman(Holland/Bateman/Gorman/Dobbins/Garrett)
2:15
Song
Core collection
Identified
Version validated
Version details available
Take 7
30 Jul 1963
SS.WTB.07.07
The Beatles
E: Norman Smith
2E: Richard Langham
26.
Please Mr. Postman(Holland/Bateman/Gorman/Dobbins/Garrett)
2:34
Song
Lyrics available
Version details available
(date unknown)
The Beatles
According to Sulpy, this is nothing but the released version only in minor quality.
27.
It Won't Be Long(Lennon/McCartney)
2:22
Song
Core collection
Identified
Version validated
Version details available
Unknown Take #1
30 Jul 1963
SS.WTB.01.unk1
The Beatles
Take

False Start 11,12,13,15,16
Complete 14,17
Take 17 being labelled Best

Edit
False 19
Complete 18,20,21,22,23
Edit 21 being labelled Best
28.
It Won't Be Long(Lennon/McCartney)
1:58
Song
Core collection
Identified
Unkown Take #2
30 Jul 1963
SS.WTB.01.unk2
The Beatles
29.
Dialogue(The Beatles Section)
0:17
Other type of track
Version validated
Version details available
Conversation
Listening To The Radio
Jul 1963
The Beatles
Barely audible conversation over a Spanish-type instrumental
30.
Love Me Do(Lennon/McCartney)
1:24
Song
Version validated
Version details available
Radio
BBC, Pop Go The Beatles #06
10 Jul 1963
BBC.28.04
The Beatles
Presenter: Rodney Burke
Producer: Terry Henebery
Broadcast on 23 July 1963
Show 6 and 7 were taped on the same day
Listed as "Love Me Do" (BBC).
Probably "Love Me Do" played on the BBC radio
31.
Dialogue(The Beatles Section)
9:58
Other type of track
Version validated
Version details available
Bible Readings
Jul 1963
The Beatles
22-27 July 1963 at the Royal Pier Hotel in Weston-Super-Mare. Beatles with Gerry Marsden.
32.
Dialogue(The Beatles Section)
0:03
Other type of track
Taping Noise
(date unknown)
The Beatles
33.
Tammy Tell Me True(unknown)
0:40
Song
Core collection
Identified
Version validated
Version details available
Radio Singalong
1963
The Beatles
John & Paul singing along with the radio.
Presumed date: July/August 1963.
34.
Over The Rainbow(Harburg/Arlen)
1:23
Song
Core collection
Identified
Version validated
Version details available
Radio Singalong
1963
HR.50
The Beatles
John & Paul singing along with the radio.
Presumed date: July/August 1963.
35.
Dialogue(The Beatles Section)
1:22
Other type of track
Version validated
Version details available
Asking For Directions
Jul 1963
The Beatles
July 22-27, 1963 at various locations around Weston-Super-Mare. Beatles with Gerry Marsden.
36.
Dialogue(The Beatles Section)
2:23
Other type of track
Version validated
Version details available
Asking For More Directions
Jul 1963
The Beatles
22-27 July 1963 at various locations around Weston-Super-Mare. Beatles with Gerry Marsden.
37.
Dialogue(The Beatles Section)
2:48
Other type of track
Version validated
Version details available
Still Asking For Directions
Jul 1963
The Beatles
22-27 July 1963 at various locations around Weston-Super-Mare. Beatles with Gerry Marsden.
38.
Dialogue(The Beatles Section)
1:57
Other type of track
Version validated
Version details available
Still Asking For Directions
Jul 1963
The Beatles
22-27 July 1963 at various locations around Weston-Super-Mare. Beatles with Gerry Marsden.
39.
Dialogue(The Beatles Section)
4:35
Other type of track
Listening To A Record And Talking
1963
The Beatles
40.
Dialogue(The Beatles Section)
1:26
Other type of track
Version validated
Distorted Voice
(date unknown)
The Beatles
41.
Rockin' And Rollin'(unknown)
1:36
Song
Identified
Version validated
Version details available
Reconstruction
(date unknown)
The Beatles
A reconstruction of the whole song by a bootlegger, taking tapes recorded by The Beatles as an exercise.
42.
Hello Little Girl(Lennon/McCartney)
1:50
Song by another artist
Overdub Session
The Fourmost
(date unknown)
Beatles Related
The Fourmost
43.
Hello Little Girl(Lennon/McCartney)
0:39
Song
Overdub Session Take 14
The Fourmost
(date unknown)
Beatles Related
The Fourmost
44.
Hello Little Girl(Lennon/McCartney)
1:10
Song
Overdub Session Take 15
The Fourmost
(date unknown)
Beatles Related
The Fourmost
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: BootmanOn 23 Feb 2002 at 23:38 CET
If there exists a collection of recording that you need in order to complete your collection, the best thing a bootleg company can do is collect it all into one compilation. Thats what the deceased Vigotone's counterpart, Spank, did for all these Alf tapes. If you haven't heard any of these recordings, there are many cool things to put a smile on your face. What will make it hard to keep smiling is the quality (which isn't much of a surprise since the tape was homemade in the mid 60's and left in a garage for a couple decades!)
Review by: EdselOn 08 Mar 2002 at 01:18 CET
Well... It is what it is. Honestly, I don't know if every fan really needs to hear muffled tapes of the Beatles yelling, goofing and asking for directions, but I guess most of us are completists so we'll end up owning this stuff anyway. I liken this to removing the Mona Lisa from its frame, so you can see the paint flecks and fingerprints on the back of the canvas. Interesting, yes. Necessary, no.
Review by: jacob82001On 15 Oct 2002 at 01:22 CET
The demos and recording sessions are pretty interesting although the sound quality is less than stellar. The private tapes of random conversation seem to go on for hours, though. I almost fell asleep trying to listen to this disc. For completists only!
Review by: SLY xOn 26 Nov 2002 at 22:55 CET
I agree with those above. For completists only. You gotta be in the mood to get through the whole thing at one sitting.
Review by: The57thBeatleOn 05 Jan 2003 at 00:59 CET
I agree with all of the above (except maybe for Bootman's rather enthousiastic rating...), but what if we'd read in the papers that 40 minutes of unreleased material was found in someone's attic, wouldn't we all be DYING to hear that material? It's here now and available, so why complain? Of course it sounds shitty and the contents aren't THAT shocking, but isn't it rather superb that it has been released in SOME way? "Rockin' and Rollin'" is right up there in the 'funny Beatle' hilarious moments Top 10 with You Know My Name and so on.
Review by: beatlescollectorOn 21 Jan 2004 at 04:43 CET
I love listening to this bootleg - it's just so direct and funny!
The outtakes and demos (esp. 'Don't Bother Me') are (of course) also awesome and at all - it's the COMPLETE thing!

Just too funny that the bootleggers had the audacity to print the complete auction notes in the booklet - even the sentence:
'After the auctioneer had read a statement from EMI and Apple that anyone making bad use of the recordings (and we all know what that means) would be heavily prosecuted, bidding could start on the tapes.'

THANK YOU, VIGOTONE!!!
Review by: manicsOn 27 Jan 2005 at 21:27 CET
Not the best sounding bootleg but it does have some intresting bits and pieces. I would say that this is really only for serious obbsessive Beatle bootleg fans!
Review by: easyriderOn 14 Oct 2006 at 10:21 CET
This bootleg is like Shit!!!!!!!!!!!
Review by: BadLittleKidOn 12 Feb 2007 at 23:44 CET
Despite the sound quality is crap, the content just rocks!!!

Musically, it offers few elsewhere unavailable demos and two monitor room versions of "It Won't Be Long". Therefore this bootleg also becomes valuable because no other versions of "It Won't Be Long" exsist anymore. The Bible recitations are hilarious even if you can't even make clear what they are saying, especially Lennon's interpretations are sheer fun. Hopefully he's not in hell because of those...
Review by: addsfsdsOn 26 May 2007 at 01:15 CET
Well, the quality isn't all that crap as people are saying. I really enjoy listening to this disc. Nice to hear the boys having fun singing along with the radio!
Some core material here!!!
Review by: PattieOn 13 Nov 2007 at 00:40 CET
Most of this stuff is on the "Complete Home Recordings" 1963 set. Nothing really new...
Review by: The BeaTlesOn 20 Nov 2007 at 20:54 CET
essential
Review by: BEATLEDOOD55On 22 Dec 2007 at 08:03 CET
Fidelity is rough on the ears but the recordings are rare so I guess it's worth owning. The picture on the booklet is obscure.


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Filename: sp148
Originally filled by: tilleul
Date of creation: 22 Dec 2001 17:00:35
Last filled by: Aidanymous
Last Revision Date : 19 Dec 2011 02:06:06
Online on : 22 Dec 2001
Type of media: Bootleg CD


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