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Booklet great, CD trash
on 7 December 2009
The booklet is well written and names the accurate versions the Quarrymen / the young Beatles performed cover versions of.
On the CD, however, too many of these are substituted with insignificant versions.
Their true inspirations - original or cover versions, were on track 8 Lonnie Donegan, track 9 Ramblin' jack Elliott, track 10 Jerry Lee Lewis, track 11 Leadbelly, track 15 Duane Eddy or Bing Crosby, 16 own arrangement based on a mix of this version and Gene Vincent and Carl Perkins', track 17 Chet Atkins, track 21 Gene Vincent, track 22 Joe Broiwn, track 23 Chubby Checker, tracks 25-26 Elvis Presley, track 27 either Don Gibson, Tony Orlando, Jerry Lee Lewis and/or Joe Brown.
Track 13 is the song that inspired Carl Perkins' Matchbox, which was the one they played. The last track (28) claimes to be recorded by poet Thomas Dekker, which I find hard to believe, since he died in 1632.
The Quarrymen and early Beatles played mainly straight covers of popular songs at first, and that is what we'd like to hear, to get a glimpse of what they might have sounded like. With this CD it's impossible, and many essential songs are missing. Keep the booklet and trash the disc, it's a waste of money. Let's hope the second CD in this series is better.