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on 17 August 2013
This is a product that will appeal strongly to confirmed and dedicated Beatle fans, as these are recordings the group (with Pete Best on drums) made nearly a year before their first official release of the Love Me Do single in October 1962

I am very impressed with the sound quality on this vinyl version of The Decca Tapes. Considering the performances are raw takes and the limited studio time that was given over to this early incarnation of The Beatles, this is a very presentable set of recordings from January 1962. It is certainly the best sounding version of these historic recordings that I have heard. They will never be audiophile quality but I must praise Doxy Records on this release.

This release is on heavyweight 180g vinyl. My copy is completely flat, the spindle hole is central and the vinyl is without any non-fill issues, which seem to plague so many heavy pressings at the moment. The inner sleeve is poly lined and the cover is laminated. It feels like a quality package. The liner notes on the back sleeve are very well written and present a deliberate "historical fiction" of the recordings. They are very amusing.

It is also a massive bonus to get a CD version too. I wouldn't hesitate in getting this product. I am not sure to what extent the run is limited but as a massive Beatle fan, I would advise other fans to get this as soon as possible.
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on 18 December 2015
History in the making.

Having purchased an official release of the "Decca Tapes" on CD some years ago, I can honestly say that this is not the best example of that historic recording but it is worth adding to your collection. However, my only gripe albeit, a big one, is the packaging. Nothing wrong with the familiar picture used on the face side of the sleeve but on the rear side, for some inexplicable reason, the makers have chosen to reproduce a work of fantasy detailing the short history of each of the fifteen recordings laid down in a hour's long session engineered by the original drummer from The Shadows, Tony Meehan. However, the script here suggests that not only did The Beatles "pass" the Decca audition but that the label went on to release a string of unsuccessful singles using tracks from that session. What absolute rubbish! Not only were Decca one of the most sophisticated recording companies at that time and would never have issued anything less than perfect but the audition tape, if you wish to call it that, was never even owned by them. The recording was paid for and delivered to Brian Epstein who was now managing The Beatles and wanted something to demonstrate their versatility whilst trying to get them bookings as well as that all important recording contract, hence the eclectic mix of songs on the tape. I can see that whoever wrote this piece was, perhaps, simply trying to be entertaining but for such a historic event presented as an original vinyl long player, the joke lets it down as a collector's item. The music on the other hand is reasonably good and had this actually been an audition then The Beatles may have found success six months earlier than they did with "Love me do". Incidentally, it wasn't because the Decca boys thought that "guitar groups were on the way out" which they were but because they already had a similar group to The Beatles in mind who were based in London rather than Liverpool and therefore much easier to work with. Perhaps the person responsible for the sleeve notes on this might want to put together the definitive history of how Brian Poole and The Tremolos went from working the pubs and clubs of North London to become the biggest band in the world and selling close to a billion albums before deciding to call it a day eight years later and opening up a string of men's outfitters.
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on 9 October 2013
I bought it mainly for the CD (I haven't got a record player these days). Loved every track I am a Beatles fan and it fully lived up to my expectations. Haven't taken the vinyl out of its packaging but it feels sturdy enough just like the last reviewer commented a high quality product. My collection is almost complete, just waiting for part 2 of the BBC live series due in November
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on 21 February 2014
Warning - All Tracks are edited short

I am a Beatles fan and have been for years. If you have no other option then get this; BUT all tracks have been edited and are shorter than they should be - for example the track Searchin' previously was 3 minutes 46 seconds; this one is only 3 minutes 2 seconds. If that doesn't bother you then go for it. The obvious question is why - it cant be available space on a CD.

I am sorry but as far as I am concerned this is a con
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on 13 November 2013
What more can I say - fab, gear, fave rave !
Been after the full sessions for ages, get it while you can.
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on 31 December 2013
Very pleased to add these tracks to my collection. The sound quality is definitely the best that one can expect from such archive material - quality exceeds that found on Anthology 1 for the five tracks on that album. Ideally, would prefer buy an Apple/Beatles official release of this material but that doesn't look likely anytime soon!
As to the tracks themselves: all 15 tracks from their audition are present and in the running order as recorded on 1st January 1962. The Beatles sound nervous and hesitant at times but I think that only adds to the charm of the recordings. Perhaps surprisingly it's young George Harrison that has the strongest vocals! As everyone knows The Beatles failed this audition for Decca Records but it was a tape from this session which helped their manager Brian Epstein secure them a contract with George Martin at Parlophone/EMI records later in 1962. According to accounts I have read Decca executives used to listen to these recordings once The Beatles were famous and drown their sorrows wondering how on earth they didn't see any potential in them!
Did The Beatles hold a grudge towards the Decca executives? Perhaps initially after all nobody likes to be told they've failed however just over a year later George Harrison advised Decca to sign a group he liked called The Rolling Stones - I wonder whatever happened to them!
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on 3 January 2014
Excellent examples of their very early work. Only comment was that the cd did not have a case. But a "must have" for a Beatle Fan who saw them in the 60's
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on 25 December 2013
Gorgeous sounding vinyl! It astounds me that anyone ever said, "no," to these guys! Even before they were the Beatles, they were better than anything around!
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on 5 January 2014
... and still worth a listen for anyone else. Good quality recordings too. It is worth it just to get the tracks that they did not record for EMI.
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on 10 April 2014
very good worth it great service if you like the Beatles its worth getting great value as well. Beatles fan! get it.
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