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Lost Decca Sessions [Special Edition, Original recording remastered, Collector's Edition]

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3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD
  • Format: Special Edition, Original recording remastered, Collector's Edition
  • Label: Recall Records
  • ASIN: B000VJ3BYC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,823 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Authorized Lost Decca Sessions cd's are only available from Recall Records. 1. Money 2. The Shiek of Araby 3. Memphis 4. Three Cool Cats 5. Sure To Fall 6. Take Good Care Of My Baby 7. September In The Rain 8. 'Till There Was You 9. Crying, Waiting, Hoping 10. To Know Her Is To Love Her 11. Besame Mucho 12. Searchin' 13. Like Dreamers Do 14. Hello Little Girl 15. Love Of The Loved

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100 of 103 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Caveat Emptor January 4, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
For what this is,the item description says it all.If you are a Beatles fanatic,this is a must have.If you aren't,beware.Anyone who is used to hearing studio master quality,this is not it.While the songs have been cleaned up compared to the worst bootleg versions,they are not really very high quality.That's the down side.The up side is that this is the first CD I have ever seen with the entire Decca session recordings.I have heard all of these recordings on various bootlegs over the years and almost all of them have appeared in better sound somewhere,but,in order to get all of those better sounding versions,you would have to track down at least a half dozen different CD's and drop over a hundred dollars.So,if all you want is the complete Decca session,this is your best choice.
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66 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEATLES LOST DECCA SESSIONS FOUND !!!! September 17, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Through the years, we've heard snippets of these songs, many of which were often scratchy renditions. Not anymore. Recall Records ([...]) has removed most of the unwanted noise from songs that were only available on bootlegs and and as a single issue here and there, including the Anthology I recordings.

All 15 songs come presented on colourful cd's, which are sure to become collectors items. Anyone who has seen my reviews knows that when I say "collector's items"--- I mean it. I haven't seen these songs in one place, on one cd, anywhere else, not even Russia's CDMaximum have got these in their entirety !!

Now the collection is really complete, starting with the songs that Brian Epstein hand carried all over England in search of a recording contract for the Beatles, in the days before Ringo Starr. John, Paul, and George sing their early material, together, clearly, for the first time. My initial favourite from the get go was cut #8...'Til There Was You,' sung by Paul McCartney as it first sounded prior to it's offical release in 1963 on the U.S."With The Beatles."

Other songs include George Harrison's singing 'Take Good Care of My Baby", John Lennon on 'To Know Her is to Love Her' and both Paul McCartney and John Lennon teaming up on 'Hello Little Girl' and 'Sure to Fall'. Pete Best, still touring as I write this, is featured on the cd as the Beatles drummer.

I have to admit that some of the songs get into your head and still cause your foot to tap, even if the cd is no longer playing. Depending upon the quality of the device you'll be using to reproduce the sound, little bits come out that haven't been heard this bright in many, many years. Very little track noise can be heard and none of it will take away from the songs, at all.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars True stuff November 16, 2007
By whtva
Format:Audio CD
You have to be a nut like I am about the Beatles to buy and enjoy this, but I have been very pleasantly surprised to find this album is exactly what it claims to be - the Decca sessions. This is the raw stuff, Decca's big, historic Mistake (not signing the Beatles). There are no originals (Lennon-McCartney) here, and the songs are not something that anyone but an enthusiast will enjoy, compared to the Beatles' later work. But this is the real deal - the first studio recordings by the band alone (not backing Tony Sheridan). Best, the sound quality is just fine.

I don't know how this small company got the rights to market these recordings as they say they the do, but this album is a very pleasant surprise and a happy addition to a collector's pile.

There are many, many moments of musical interest, starting with the clear but raw sound here - the boys played poor quality instruments, you can hear it -- they were just poor kids, banging their hearts out - continuing with - sorry Pete Best fans - how poor a drummer Pete Best was (compare these versions with the now-available BBC versions of the same covers to see how superb Ringo Starr is, bless him - and how plodding Pete Best is, sorry again) -- and continuing with the unanswered question, that we don't have to answer, thankfully
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for Beatles fans, avoid if not. January 7, 2008
Format:Audio CD
From the open note of "Money" to The coda at the end of "love of the loved" this CD a performance of unique Beatles History, I'd heard 6 of the tracks on the Beatles Anthology CD collection (Shiek of Araby, Three Cool Cats, Besame Mucho, Searchin', Like dreamers do and Hello Little Girl) and mistakenly thought that was all that existed of the Beatles Decca audition, but as my interest and knowledge of Beatle history grew I discovered that not to be the case.

Discovering this on amazon I was undecided whether to purcase it, and I am so glad that I did. I had read and heard bad things about the audition tapes but they're actually pretty good. The Beatles here sound more fresh and new than ever, over two years before "I want to hold your hand" was number one in America and eight months before "love me do" (there first single) was released in Britain. Here they are in the classic days of the Cavern Club and Hamburg this Cd is an anparrelled glimpse into a period often unknown.

As a performance the CD does vary in quality, though the audio sound quality is good, the performance of the band alternates in quality, although having prevously recorded with Tony Sheridon the year before, the Beatles sound very nervous, especially at the beginning, but the CD picks up and by the end the performances are near perfect. Pete Best's drumming is fine, although it isn't as good as Ringo's he still does a pretty good job. John Lennon's rhythm guitar is powerful on rock numbers and sweet and melodic on the slower ballads, his singing is also fresh and powerful. Paul McCartney's bass playing is simple, but why complicate anything on an audition? His singing isn't at it's best, indeed the perfomance of "Til there was you" is off pitch and lacks the power later recordings of the song have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pete Best does not keep time as well as Ringo which ...
This is for the die-hard Beatles fan only. The group is not a tight as they would be after eventual signing by EMI records, but they do show potential. Read more
Published 11 days ago by SixtiesMan
1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware.
Buyer beware. This is a bootleg. This is not an official Apple or Beatles release. Proceed with caution & be sure to research before you purchase.
Published 2 months ago by William D Wolford
3.0 out of 5 stars Historic
The music is really not that good. But this is a very historic day in the life of the Beatles. I've read so much about this day in books that i just had to have the complete cd. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Connie J.
5.0 out of 5 stars for the history alone
like the Star Club Live tape, this is worth it (for myself anyway) for the historical significance alone. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Douglas B. Barr
2.0 out of 5 stars From an LP? Really now!?!?!
For those of us who have the "Like Deamers Do" LP from 1982 or the Dawn of the Silver Beatles LP from way back when, these are pulled right from the vinyl... Read more
Published 9 months ago by P Parker
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost the beginning
The Beatles' audition for Decca Records is presented here in mono. The Decca Audition tracks that do appear on The Beatles "Anthology 1" release are in slightly better... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Pete and the others who were geniuses of music....
I recently saw Pete Best in concert and i could tell he wasn't as good as Ringo on drums but...his humility and kindness was inspiring. Read more
Published 16 months ago by beatlesexpert
5.0 out of 5 stars Claudio Landeros
El producto llego a tiempo y en buenas condiciones y el embalaje estuvo correcto, espero comprar mas cosas a futuro.
Published 22 months ago by Claudio
1.0 out of 5 stars Definitely from a very noisy LP
This cd is definitely not from any master tapes... unless the Beatles were auditioning along with a noisy turntable running! Read more
Published on February 3, 2012 by Richard Hancock
5.0 out of 5 stars Beatlemaniac
Lost Decca SessionsExcellent CD.It epitomizes the group in their pre-Ringo Starr period. As this was an audition, some anxiety can be felt in the vocals (especially Paul... Read more
Published on February 2, 2012 by Glenn Romano
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