It would have got five stars, as the performances reflect what a great rock and roll band The Beatles were. However, the recording is bootleg quality: not really surprising as the songs were recorded by a an old reel to reel deck at the back of the club, through one mike.
John Lennon once commented that The Beatles were at their peak as a band pre-fame, and in some ways this set bears out this argument. The approach, playing and singing is almost punk, with George's guitar sounding quite loud and aggressive and Ringo (not Pete Best) bashing hell out of the drums. Chuck Berry's 'Talkin 'Bout You' is perhaps the best example, but there are others, too, like 'I Saw Her Standing There'.
There is also an enjoyable sloppiness to the music, but this adds to the atmosphere. Of course, being The Beatles, you get lots of good cover versions and stuff like Taste of Honey, in which John tells the audience to stop talking, which almost cracks Paul up! You also hear the group backing one of the Star Club waiters.
However, as well as the poor sound, the set is incomplete and misses many songs which were on the old LPs. For some silly reason, it does include 'Hully Gully', which is not by The Beatles.
Recommended for all Beatles fans, but do preview it before purchase.