Nobody can deny that this gem of a find is an important historical document from a time when The Beatles were about to emerge. Nothing much exists from around this period, especially Live recordings, and this has Ringo Starr on drums!! But, Oh to have a Hamburg Beatles Live show from 1960 during the Stu Sutcliffe era!!! That would be a real gem!!!
The sound quality of this recording is excellent for its time and there is no doubting that Rory Storm was a great frontman and showman with his attempts at copying the rockers of the period, but here the positives end for me.
For the most part the band is out of time with the vocalist and each other. Each song seems laboured in the extreme and the audience reaction between songs sums it up for me. There is little or no enthusiasm from the crowd, if indeed it was a crowd. The backing vocalists are also out of time with each other. It's very easy to see why The Beatles emerged from the hundreds of Liverpool bands to become what they were.
The popular myth is that Ringo Starr replaced Pete Best in the Beatles in mid 1962 due to his superior drumming ability. Well on the evidence of this 1960 recording he had a long way to go!!! His drumming on this recording leaves a hell of a lot to be desired. Out of time and variations in the speed of his drumming are two of the problems. I suspect the real reason Best was ejected was his popularity with the girls and the fact he didn't "fit in" with the other 3. On most of the recordings i've heard featuring Pete Best his drumming was very good!!
Ending on a plus note, the bonus Demo recordings at the end of the disc are quite nice. The harmonies on these are much better and there is a nice version of Cathy's Clown included.