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


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1. You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me-The Miracles
2. Twist And Shout-The Isley Brothers
3. Some Other Guy-Ritchie Barrett
4. Boys-The Shirelles
5. Devil In His Heart-The Donays
6. I’m Talking About You-Chuck Berry
7. Anna-Arthur Alexander
8. Chains-The Cookies
9. Baby It’s You-The Shirelles
10. Candy Man-Roy Orbison
11. Cathy’s Clown-The Everly Brothers
12. Runaway-Del Shannon
13. What’s So Good About Good Bye-The Miracles
14. I Really Love You-The Stereos
15. Taste Of Honey-Lenny Welch
16. I Want A Guy-The Marvelettes
17. Diamonds-Jet Harris & Tony Meehan
18. Walk Right In-The Rooftop Singers
19. Fortune Teller-Benny Spellman
20. You Don’t Understand Me-Bobby Freeman
21. (You Can) Depend On Me-The Miracles
22. Whistle My Love-Joe Brown
23. Time Changes Things-The Supremes
24. Keep Your Hands Off My Baby-Little Eva
25. Soldier Boy-The Shirelles
26. Moonlight Bay-The Drifters
27. Trambone-Chet Atkins
28. Pas De Deux-Tchaikovsky
29. Please Mr. Postman-The Marvelettes

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Weight0.125 kg