Incoming: Beatles + Tony Sheridan 50th

 

Every track, stereo, mono, you name it, in
special collector’s layout.

 

By
Blurt Staff

 

50
years after The Beatles first entered a 
recording studio, the complete collection of those tracks will be
available for the first time in North America
when THE BEATLES WITH TONY SHERIDAN:
FIRST RECORDINGS: 50th Anniversary Edition
, is released to
stores November 8th on Time Life. 
The 2-CD set comes with a specially-designed book that is a historical
trove of concert and intimate photos taken by Astrid Kirchherr and others who
were with The Beatles during the early days of their career.  The book also includes handwritten
biographies by each member of the group, signed contracts, original artwork
taken from posters and records, and text by 
Hans Olof Gottfridsson, who has spent years researching this period of
the Beatles’ career.

 

In
North America, it is generally believed that
the Beatles’ recording career began on Capitol in 1964. Few know that it
actually began on the German Polydor label in 1961. As Gottfridsson  notes in the book for THE BEATLES WITH TONY SHERIDAN: FIRST RECORDINGS, Polydor executive
and big band leader Bert Kaempfert discovered the group in a German nightclub,
signing them to his own company and then releasing the songs through Polydor.
The night they signed the contract at Kaempfert’s kitchen table, the four Beatles
wrote brief autobiographies, reproduced here in their original
handwriting. 

 

The
set includes every recording they made for Kaempfert and Polydor in 1961 and
1962.  Multiple versions  have been released throughout the past
several decades – some in mono, some in stereo – each with distinctly different
sounds.  Most notably, the US versions of
these tracks were overdubbed with another guitar player and drummer in an
attempt to mirror the edgier sound the group had evolved into, unbeknownst to
American fans at the time of their release in 1964.   All versions of every  track, including mono and stereo mixes, are included
in the double disc set.

 

Many
of the Polydor tracks feature Tony Sheridan on lead vocals, a decision made by
Kaempfert.  However, John Lennon sings
lead vocals on “Ain’t She Sweet,” and George Harrison plays an instrumental,
“Cry For A Shadow.”

 

Below:
some of the previous collections’ cover art.

 

 

 

 

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