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The Beatles from Cavern to Star-Club: The Illustrated Chronicle, Discography and Price Guide 1957-62 Hardcover – 20 Oct 1997

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  • Hardcover: 470 pages
  • Publisher: Premium Forlag AB (20 Oct. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9197189472
  • ISBN-13: 978-9197189477
  • Product Dimensions: 29.6 x 21.8 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 838,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are looking for a book about the Hamburg years, then get ready to part with some money. This book is the Bible.
It covers everything in extraordinary detail - maybe TOO much detail sometimes.
You've got the story - interviews with the people who were there (Tony Sheridan, Burt Kaempfurt...) - the album covers - a price guide...
He even talks about releases made around the world.
He clears up a lot of the mysteries as well - for example, who played on the Sweet Georgia Brown song.
A great book.
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By Quiverbow TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Feb. 2014
Before we go any further, one thing that has to be made apparent is that we will probably never know exactly what The Beatles and Tony Sheridan recorded back in June 1961 and May 1962. Some of those whom were present at the time cite certain tracks as having been recorded whilst others claim they were not. There are the well documented and irrefutable songs such as `Ain't She Sweet', `My Bonnie', `If You Love Me Baby', `Sweet Georgia Brown', `Nobody's Child', `Cry For A Shadow', `The Saints' and `Why', but other songs have been rumoured to have been taped. Despite exhaustive research, no one has, or will, come up with a definitive answer.

Hans Olof Gottfridsson is one such person to delve into the murky waters of those sessions and has come up with an exhausting but incredibly informative book on the Beatles' early career. Billed as a chronicle, discography and price guide, it's the first of these that is more interesting, as very little recorded material before October 1962 has been officially released and any price guide is not only subjective but also out of date the day it's published. (The discography section includes recordings known to have been made but which remain unissued, legal or otherwise, alongside superfluous releases from Sheridan and a couple of other people.) What isn't open to speculation is that the eight Polydor recordings have probably been issued more times than any other songs by anyone.

Translated from, I'm assuming, Swedish, some of the early text in this heavyweight book is familiar ground for Beatle aficionados but included within that often encountered narrative are interviews with those who played a part; Carole Higgins (Percy Phillips' daughter), the other Quarrymen, Roy Young, Johnny 'Guitar' Byrne, and a few others.
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finally early beatles gets more attention.
in this book the subject is beatles early carrier and including the quarry man years in this ivestigation on who playes what on the hamburg recordings 1961-62 with tony sheridan is included aswell as iformation about all overbubbed versions and singles the explaining about the recording of swanne river in the same session as sweet geírogia brown may 62 are included however here shows that the beat brothers also did a recording of the song and its not a hundred procents sure if it was beatles or beatbothers playing on the only existing recording relesed however much of the iformation about the beatles backing tony sheridan in the rocking early days in hamburg an ep is also an ep is also included with the existing recording of swanne river my bonnie with german intro sweet georgia brown tony's and beatles original version without overbubbed vocal from 1964 original recording and aswell the recording of my bonnie all four tracks in stero!
great book beatles backing singer and don't forget great giutarist tony sheridan!
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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3.0 out of 5 stars Comparable to Bruce Spizer's depth of detail, but about Hamburg and Hamburg recordings -- 21 Aug. 2015
By JNagarya - Published on Amazon.com
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On one hand, an almost overwhelming amount of useful information. (Want label variations? this has that and then some).

On the other, it needs a professional editing, particularly as concerns word-breaks. And the vertical half-page of text, half-page blank, makes reading difficult. Open the text up -- use the full page. And enlarge the font a point or two.

I would still not want to omit this from my Music/Beatles library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, Great Find 9 Oct. 2013
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I searched long and hard for this book and it was worth it. Lots and lots of details of their 1960-1962 period and in handsomely bound form.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 28 Jun. 2016
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Perfect transaction. Recommended
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