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1962 Live at the Star Club in Hamburg [Live, Original recording remastered]

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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 26, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Walters Records
  • ASIN: B00004WEU2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,763 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By Cthulhu
Format:Audio CD
I bought "The Beatles Live! at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962" as a double vinyl album back in the late 1970s. It was on some label called Lingasong. Back then, I didn't even know that any such recordings existed, so I was thrilled. I absolutely loved it (raw, relaxed & loose, with the Beatles sounding more than a little looped, goofing and interacting with the crowd), though I later heard a lot of criticism about the sound quality. True, the recordings weren't professionally made---so what? That's all there is. Later on I discovered that "I Saw Her Standing There", "Ask Me Why", and "Twist And Shout" were also recorded at that time, when I found (and purchased) yet another vinyl packaging of the recordings. Looks like the only thing I'm missing so far is "Hully Gully", unless somebody's sitting on some more recordings somewhere out there in Pepperland.

My problem with the above collection is that it is missing 7 songs from the 1962 live performance(s): "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry Over You", "Where Have You Been All My Life", "Besame Mucho", "'Till There Was You", "Little Queenie", "Be-Bop-A-Lula", and "Hallelujah I Love Her So", which are on that first double vinyl I bought. I would definitely miss them.

Yes, I know some of those missing are on another CD, but rather than trying to chase down stray songs hither and thither with a butterfly net in one hand and money in the other, I think I'll just transfer my vinyls to CD. Seems a lot less trouble.

I wish somebody would just get off the pot and release the whole dang performance and be done with it. I mean, IT'S BEEN 44 YEARS. They were a social phenomenon, a revolution in pop music; this is History.

Make it a box set, with Astrid's photos of them performing. Yeah, right.
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Rare Early Live Recordings by the Beatles October 27, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Since they surfaced in the '70's, these live performances have surfaced every few years, with so-so sound and liner notes. The good news is that "1962 Live at Star Club in Hamburg" is the best packaging of these amazing performances to date. The sound is still very rough, but its significantly better than previous releases. The marginal sound quality is the only thing that keeps this CD from earning a fifth star. The booklet is excellent, with extensive liner notes and rarely seen photos, and those responsible have clearly gone to great lengths to put this package together.
In any case, there is no denying that even at this early stage the Beatles were a great, great live act. The chance to hear the Beatles playing a club date is a rare and special treat. The songs are a mix of rock & roll, r & b, rockabilly and pop standards, with only a couple of originals. Still, any fan of the Beatles, or rock history in general, will want to hear these recordings. The band was less than a year away from becoming stars in England, and one can clearly perceive that talent and originality that would make them an international sensation by early 1964.
There has been some question with past releases of this material as to whether the record companies involved have a legal right to issue it. With this nice little package, the question may come up yet again. So, if you are a die-hard Beatles fan, you will certainly want this very special artifact, but you may want to buy it as soon as you see it, before it disppears again from the market.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Still looking for the definitive Star Club release November 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
First thing first, I have to admit that I am COMPLETELY obsessed with the Beatles' Star Club recording (as well as the Decca Sessions and the Tony Sheridan sessions)....the circumstances behind the recording, the sound quality, the endless repackagings in the eighties and beyond, the fact that the tape exists which is of incredible historical value. I first heard part of the recording on a tape I used to own called THE BEATLES EARLY YEARS (Volume 1) from Phoenix Records. It is amazing that someone prior to Beatlemania had the foresight to record a complete set featuring lots of cover tunes which never made their way onto an EMI Parlophone release. But only ONE recording from the Hamburg era exists. I wish I could go back in time with a state-of-the-art recorder and record every show they played there every night. I wish I was alive in 1962 and living in Hamburg just for the sole purpose to see the Beatles in action and set up recording equipment in front of them every time they played. Oh it's just a dream, can't do anything about it now!!!!!!

Consequently I have purchased quite a few versions of the Star Club tapes on both vinyl and CD. Unfortunately the various record companies (unknown labels such as Lingasong and Audiofidelity) have failed to produce the ultimate complete album of the show with all the songs and no cuts, splices or edits. Every version I have comes up short. When I came across this release entitled BYE BYE STAR CLUB 1962 LIVE AT THE STAR CLUB, I knew from looking at the back sleeve that this was far from complete....only 22 tracks whereas the complete tape apparently contains about 35 (by the way the intro and HULLY GULLY do not count as tracks).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars George....wow!
I am a Beatles fan, just want to get that out of the way. I have a vivid memory of riding the school bus home when I first heard "I Want To Hold Your Hand" over the speakers. Read more
Published on April 18, 2011 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars for the Material, 3 for the Presentation
I have purchased multiple versions of the various Star Club releases, in an effort to obtain the most complete version possible. Read more
Published on January 26, 2011 by Jesse Ross
4.0 out of 5 stars Beatles Live
This is a little disappointing because some songs are missing.But it's a real nostalgic look at them before they hit the bigtime. Read more
Published on December 21, 2009 by Y2bjs Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but a goodie
This is a great CD for a someone that truly likes everything Beatles. The sound quality is low but to get to hear raw live Beatles is worth it.
Published on June 4, 2008 by Corey A. Thorpe
4.0 out of 5 stars Rare edition
This is a collector's item of the Beatles at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany 1962. However, there are so many recordings that add and omit songs done at this destination. Read more
Published on March 7, 2008 by GTTF
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - a must-have for the serious Beatles fan.
Though I am certain that there is some material missing from the actual performance on this CD, what is here is fantastic- fairly clear, considering the conditions under which they... Read more
Published on May 15, 2007 by Physics Fan
2.0 out of 5 stars incomplete concert!!
I HAD the original two-LP set; my favorite song was the one chosen as the opener for the LP: "Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry Over You". With THAT song missing! Read more
Published on February 26, 2007 by pn
5.0 out of 5 stars The Magical Mystery Tour
The Star Club performance has bounced around in some form since the 1970s, initially as a double-album import on the Lingasong Records label. Read more
Published on September 21, 2006 by Best Of All
4.0 out of 5 stars Correction
Please do not be misled by previous reviews. These recordings were made in December, 1962. Pete Best was let go in August, 1962, and Stuart Sutcliffe died in April of '62. Read more
Published on February 24, 2006 by Paul C. Guthrie
4.0 out of 5 stars The title is a bit misleading..read on
I was fooled by the title...and stand corrected....the review I previously wrote and deleted ..was for the original Star Club CD and not this current selection. Read more
Published on February 22, 2005 by Lee J. Davito
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