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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 09:14 AM

Rejected Beatles audition tape discovered

Rejected Beatles audition tape discovered
The Beatles' audition tape famously rejected by a record executive in 1962 has finally been uncovered after 50 years.
The fledgling group were told "they had no future in showbusiness" as guitar groups were "on the way out" following the audition.

The decision by a Decca Records executive proved to be one of the worst made in music history.

Within months John, Paul, George and original drummer Pete Best had signed with EMI and went on to become the greatest band of all time.

Now the original safety master tape, a 10-track demo the group recorded at Decca's London studios on New Year's Day 1962, has come to public light for the first time.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/the-beatles/9695499/Rejected-Beatles-audition-tape-discovered.html

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pintobean Nov 2012 OP
HopeHoops Nov 2012 #1
pintobean Nov 2012 #2
HopeHoops Nov 2012 #3
FredStembottom Nov 2012 #4
TrogL Nov 2012 #5
edbermac Nov 2012 #6
FredStembottom Nov 2012 #8
edbermac Nov 2012 #7

Response to pintobean (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:19 AM

1. Shit. No audio of it?

 

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Response to HopeHoops (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:49 AM

2. There's money to be made

so, not yet.

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Response to pintobean (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:13 AM

3. Shit, damn, fuck, and piss - in that order.

 

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Response to pintobean (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:58 AM

4. 10 track?

There were a lot of 3 track studios then. And The Beatles managed to cram all that stuff they did onto 4 track machines......

But 10?

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Response to FredStembottom (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:13 PM

5. I'm wondering if they mean 10 songs

Unless somebody managed to take a 10-track digital recorder (used in early computers) and somehow jury-rig it to do audio.

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Response to FredStembottom (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:14 PM

6. No, 10 songs on a 2 track mono tape.

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Response to edbermac (Reply #6)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 01:37 AM

8. Makes more sense.

I overthought it!

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Response to pintobean (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:19 PM

7. Some of the released Decca songs were on the Anthology, the others have been unreleased.

Heard them and to be blunt they're not all that great. I can imagine that the unreleased tracks are pretty lousy. Don't think you'll hear anything approaching masterworks like Hey Jude or A Day In The Life.

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