Beatles CDs

  • Side One (Empire Theatre, Liverpool 7th December 1963)
    1. From Me To You
    2. I Saw Her Standing There
    3. All My Loving
    4. Roll Over Beethoven
    5. Boys
    6. Till There Was You
    7. She Loves You
    8. This BoySide Two
      1. I Want To Hold Your Hand
      2. Money
      3. Twist And Shout
      4. From Me To You/Third Man Theme
      5. I Saw Her Standing There/She Loves You
      6. Twist And Shout/From Me To You
      7. All My Loving
      8. She Loves You/Twist And Shout
      Side Two Tracks 1 – 4: Empire Theatre, Liverpool 7th December 1963; Track 5: Little Theatre, Southport 27th August 1963; Track 6: Albert Hall, London 18th April 1963; Track 7: Elstree Studios, Borehamwood 2nd December 1963; Track 8: Manchester 20th November 1963
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    Jazz; rock’n’roll; blues; music hall; guitar instrumentals; tin pan alley; rockabilly; dance band; soul; bolero; skiffle; trad; R&B; country; old-time; Broadway; doo-wop; folk; high school pop; Motown - the Beatles’ early influences are so wide-ranging that the Beatles Beginnings series of discs could quite easily pass for an introduction to the history of twentieth century popular music. Covering the period 1957-60, the first disc in the series Quarrymen One investigates skiffle and the other music that the individual members of the group grew up listening to before rock’n’roll burst on to the scene. Alerting all Beatles fans! In fact, alerting anyone with even just a passing interest in music of Twentieth century popular music, for here’s a terrific series of albums they may well want to check out... superbly researched booklets, each volume will delve into the music that inspired, influenced and shaped the Beatles individually and’s the very stuff that changed the world and forged the greatest band of all time. As the music rings out ... you can almost hear the Beatles metamorphosing inside your ears as they listened, learned and immersed themselves, letting these songs open doors and fire their imagination: there was to be no looking back - an absolute gas. Colin Hall R2 Every baby-boomer whose life has been soundtracked by pop will be more than merely familiar with most of the items here, whether ‘Long Tall Sally', 'Roll Over Beethoven', 'Matchbox', 'Honey Don't' and 'Words Of Love', all revived on disc by The Beatles after they'd left the runway. Almost as potent a selling point is Nick Duckett's entertaining and informative thirty-page essay within a package that is as likely to engross the general cultural historian as much as fans of this particular act. Alan Clayson - The Beat RANDB004
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    The Beatles established a repertoire of over 600 tunes, allowing them to tailor their set to the occasion for jazz clubs, strip clubs, folk clubs, working men’s clubs, church dances and rock’n’roll joints. Almost all of the songs they learned were released in the UK and from 1957 onwards, they avidly followed the weekly music charts and kept up to date with the records that did not make the hit parade. Before naming the Beatles in the summer of 1960, they were the Quarrymen. Quarrymen Two looks at the band’s rock’n’roll influences. RANDB006
  • Liverpool To Hamburg 1960-1961 For the first six years of their career, the Beatles were essentially a covers band. When they were captured live on tape in two sets at the Star Club in Hamburg in December 1962, they played thirty-two songs, only two of which were their own compositions. Going into 1961, Silver Beatles sees the group broadening out their repertoire to include some of the Latin-influenced ‘uptown R&B’ numbers currently in vogue, along with more rock’n’roll, rockabilly and some gospel-style numbers. This is an excellent compilation of songs...if you have volumes one and two and enjoyed them, this one is even better. Ernie Sutton British Beatles Fan Club Magazine RANDB007
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    At the start of their career, the Beatles were essentially a covers band. By 1963, they had established an impressive repertoire of over 600 songs; their enthusiasm for popular music of all genres enabled them to play to a wide range of audiences, but in 1961-1962 they were mainly performing at the famous Cavern Club. Part four of the Beatles Beginnings series of CDs, The Cavern Club finds the Fab Four broadening out to include Latin-influenced songs, uptown R&B and dance craze numbers along with more rock’n’roll, rockabilly and easy listening items. A must for any Beatles fans who are interested in finding out more about what inspired them and what shaped their musical sensibility. With fully illustrated 28-page booklet. R003
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    Part of a series investigating the Beatles’ early influences and the cover songs they loved to perform, this CD covers the period between Ringo Starr joining the group and the start of Beatlemania in early 1963. It brings together pop, R&B and early soul records that the Beatles had in their live set in 1962. A must for any fans who are interested in finding out more about what inspired the Fab Four, Star Club gives us an accurate picture of what they would have sounded like if we’d been there at the time. With fully illustrated 32-page booklet. R004
  • With fully illustrated 24-page booklet Late ‘62 through to mid ‘63, the Beatles’ live set and their recordings consisted mainly of cover versions of contemporary black American pop. I Saw Her Standing There and Ask Me Why were the only two band originals played at the Star Club in December 1962, and a set list from a ten-song show in April ‘63 contained only four of their own songs. Yet by the end of the year, the Fab Four were making history with their own unmistakable sound. This CD contains a mixture of songs taken from their 1963 live set and songs they recorded same year, along with other music that influenced their own compositions at this crucial time. A must for Beatles devotees and for any fan of early sixties pop. The "Beginnings”series strikes again with another spectacular collection of original recordings that in this case inspired or influenced The Beatles... the accompanying booklet has extremely thorough and welcome annotation. I applaud whomever performed the extensive research that resulted in these fascinating choices. Their other series, "How Britain Got the Blues", is every bit as good (if not better, as each set of this 4-part series is a 2-CD extravaganza of great cuts). Bravo to History of RnB Records for these releases and the outstanding music scholarship that accompanies them. William Stout R011
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    No artist works in a vacuum. Young men of their time, passionate music lovers who in their formative years had access to an unprecedented range of pop music thanks to Brian Epstein's NEMS record shop, Lennon, McCartney and Harrison listened, borrowed and reshaped quite an array of tracks, processing these borrowings into their own unmistakable sound. Named after their first publishing company, this CD, with accompanying booklet, sheds light on the Beatles' creative process. Listen to these tracks and see how some of the best loved songs in pop music were formed. R015
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    DISC ONE 1950-1957 DISC TWO THE VILLAGE FETE DISC THREE 1958 DISC FOUR THE END OF THE QUARRYMEN Here are the 100 or so songs they are documented as having performed along with a few of their teenage party pieces with which they would entertain family and friends. It is no exaggeration to say that the entire "Beatles Beginnings”series is an important set of historical documents. Even without regard to the Beatles, this is a collection of "Singles of Significance"...The producers of this series pored over Beatles biographies to compile a list of the songs and musicians the Beatles cited and performed. The work behind this set is scholarly...provides an opportunity to get right to the core of the Beatles influences immediately and effortlessly... Buy it, hear it, and appreciate it forever. Malachi Beale With fully illustrated 24-page booklet RANDB022
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    From the Grosvenor to the Top Ten Club Summer 1960 to Summer 1961 300 Shows in 365 days and nights The Beatles Early Repertoire’s 123 tracks includes 78 songs previously unpublished in the series along with 44 tracks that have appeared on other discs. This set brings together all the songs that were introduced into the newly-named Beatles repertoire during the period when they were a five-piece band with Pete Best on drums and Stuart Sutcliffe on bass. With fully illustrated 24-page booklet. The sound is very good - clean with a period feel for music from this era--typical of releases from this label. The 24 page booklet is stuffed with information on the music, plus period photos, album covers, record labels, and other ephemera which help put the music in better perspective. This is a cool little set of music in one nice, neat box set, for deep Beatles fans interested in what influenced them way back in 1960-61. Even as a collection of different music styles and performers, this is a pretty nice look at music from this era. Stuart Jefferson Amazon RANDB039