Wait: You Mean an Unknown Beatles Recording Was Sitting in a Drawer for Half a Century?

The Beatles are the most studied, most documented band in history. Every one of their 240-ish songs have been catalogued, dissected and carefully assessed. All the master tapes are safely locked away with everything present and accounted for. There’s nothing more we can learn or discover about the Beatles.

Or is there?

The BBC reports on a tape of a Beatles performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool that’s been sitting in a drawer for fifty years.

Beatles undiscovered tape
Photo: Johnny Hamp

This recording was made four weeks before they released their debut single. Up until this week, no one seemed to know it existed.

The tape will be auctioned for charity in Liverpool on November 4. How much will it fetch? Unknown, but a little research reveals that five acetates were pressed from this tape. Four of them are still missing but a fifth one was sold off at auction in 1993 for £16,000.

More at the BBC.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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