The Decca Audition

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  1. Tony Littman says:

    I remember clearly the unbounded elation of obtaining the first four Deccagone singles in 1977. After the terrible quality of Beatles bootlegs until that point, here were high quality, unheard Beatles tracks, the excitement was overwhelming. I picked up the other three Deccagone singles soon after, then the album which had the final missing track, Take Good Care Of My Baby.

  2. Phil D says:

    One of the illustrated “Deccagone” singles is in fact The Royal Variety Show E.P. The 15th track, “Take Good Care Of My Baby” was issued separately as a one sided black vinyl single in a b/w correct period picture sleeve.

  3. Phil D says:

    Excellent article by the way.

  4. Dave H says:

    Great article, thank you.

    Maybe a 60th Anniversary Box?

    Fingers crossed.

  5. Glenn Milam says:

    I bought the original Deccagone records from Joe Pope’s Strawberry Fields Forever magazine in the mid to late 70s. He slowly released 14 of the songs. Then he said he had been ripped off and rush released an LP of all 15 songs in a plain white cover.

    Decca probably did them a favor by turning them down. George Martin was a major part of their success.

  6. MrSeanRoper says:

    Great article. My first exposure to the tapes was that picture disc with the White Album era photos.

  7. Reader says:

    It may be worth remembering that, when Lennon was commenting on the Decca audition, he was probably commenting on a Bootleg that he thought was the Decca audition, but was actually BBC sessions.

  8. Terry says:

    “In the end, by definition, Decca didn’t turn down the Beatles. Brian Epstein rejected Decca.” Mark Lewisohn’s words, and one of the overlooked revelations in Tune In. Epstein was offered a Beatles release on Decca but on unfavourable terms, and so he politely declined it.

    • Steve Bradley says:

      Hi Terry, yes I mentioned this in my blog. The claim ‘Brian rejected Decca’ while true is a little hollow – Brian could have paid *any* record label to release Beatles records, and he was only offered this as a compromise *because* Decca had rejected the group.

  9. Terry says:

    Is that right? You could pay a major label to release a record? If so, I wonder why Brian didn’t do so before EMI came in with a contract.

  10. David Fisher says:

    I bought a CD of the Decca Sessions in the 90’s which I asked Pete Best to sign when his band played to a pitifully small audience at The Secombe Theatre in Sutton, Surrey. We chatted to the band afterwards and nearly hosted an after-show party at our house when the band were told that there was no local nightlife. Alas we had a very “straight” housemate who would have disapproved of the kind of “herbal recreation” Pete’s young guitarist had in mind 😉 so it didn’t happen. Pete was very humble and charming – lovely man. This was shortly after the release of Anthology if I remember correctly so he had had his well deserved financial windfall. It was rumoured that he became a millionaire overnight – don’t know how accurate that was?

    I also got to help set up Pete’s drum kit at the Colchester Arts Centre on the same tour where my pal Tiv was the sound engineer. The band got lost in the one-way system and we went to rescue them, travelling in the back of the van to guide them to the venue. Happy days.

  11. Excelent writing and investigation. Thank you so much for posting this. Today I’m doing a special feature of these recordings and the story of this sessions on my radio program. Thanks a lot. Muchas gracias!

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