on 11 March 2014
The "Beginnings" series strikes again with another spectacular collection of original recordings that in this case inspired or influenced The Beatles. This is the third in a 6-disc set on The Beatles. As with others in the series (2 on the Rolling Stones and one each on The Kinks and The Who), the accompanying booklet has extremely thorough and welcome annotation. It breaks down the tracks into 8 categories: Beatles studio recording; Radio broadcast; Beatles solo recording; Demo or studio outtake; Performed Live; Live Recording Available; Influential on Beatles recording; and Get Back Sessions. I applaud whomever performed the extensive research that resulted in these fascinating choices. I hope that History of RnB Records is planning discs on The Yardbirds, The Animals and Jimi Hendrix as well.
Their other series, "How Britain Got the Blues", is every bit as good (if not better; each of the four sets in this series is a 2-disc musical adventure). Bravo to History of RnB Records for these releases and the outstanding musical scholarship that accompanies them.