Quarrymen single included on album
|A double album of acetates recorded in Liverpool at Percy Phillips’ studio will be released in August.|
In conjunction with the Beatle Week in Liverpool, a double album of acetates recorded at Percy Phillips’ studio in Kensington will be released. The album will feature songs found on acetates from the makeshift recording studio, which was in operation in the late fifties and throughout the sixties. Among the tracks are the two titles recorded by then Quarrymen in 1958, John, Paul, George, Colin and Duff: Buddy Holly’s “That’ll Be The Day” and the self-penned “In Spite Of All The Danger”.
The two tracks were pressed on a record – the only copy in existence – and circulated within the members of the group, until pianist John “Duff” Lowe took it with him when he moved to Australia. Many years later, he gave it to Paul McCartney – reportedly for an undisclosed sum of money. McCartney pressed up copies for his friends and family, and these are occasionally for sale through various auction houses. In 1995, the two songs ended up on The Beatles’ “Anthology 1” – although “In Spite of All The Danger” had been edited. One verse had been removed, reportedly due to an imperfection in the record.
It has not been disclosed what the source of these two tracks on this new LP record is. It could be that John “Duff” Lowe – now back in England, performing with the new Quarrymen lineup, recorded his acetate before handing it over to Paul.
Vinyl Double Album:
01 UNCHAINED MELODY (North / Zaret 1955) Betty Roy and Percy Phillips. Hilda Phillips on piano. 1955
02 THIS IS YOUR LIFE Harry Wardle. 1956
03 IT IS NO SECRET (Hamblen 1950) Ken Dodd. 1957
04 SHE’S GOT IT (Marascalo 1956) Johnny “Guitar” Byrne and Paul Murphy. 1957
05 MESSAGES TO EVE / WHEN YOU WORE A TULIP (Wenrich / Mahoney 1914). 1957
06 MARCH OF THE SIAMESE CHILDREN (Rodgers 1951). Christ Church Kensington Choir. 1957
07 CHRIST CHURCH CONCERT Christ Church Kensington Choir. 1957
08 BABY / HAVE IT TOLD YOU LATELY / PARALYSED Billy Fury. 1958
09 THAT’LL BE THE DAY (Holly / Allison / Petty 1956) The Quarry Men. 1958
10 PIANO MEDLEY Harry Wardle. 1960
11 CROWNING OF THE ROSE QUEEN Christ Church, Kensington. 1961
12 SOME OTHER GUY (Leiber / Stoller / Barrett 1962) The Beatles. 1963
01 MEAN WOMAN BLUES (Demetrius 1957) Savva and the Democrats. 1963
02 SHAKIN’ ALL OVER (Kidd 1960) Savva and the Democrats. 1963
03 E-V-E-R-T-O-N (Stewart 1963) Everton Football Team with John Dunbar. 1963
04 THE OTHER MERSEY SOUND Liverpool Supporters Club. 1964
05 WEB OF LOVE (Byrne) Mike and the Thunderbirds. 1964
06 ON WINGS OF SONG Wirral County Girls School Choir. 1963
07 F.A CUP FINAL HIGHLIGHTS – LIVERPOOL FC V LEEDS UNITED 1965
08 WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT / SHE BELONGS TO ME The Shakespears. 1966
09 POSSESSION IS 9/10THS OF THE LAW Diane Marshall. 1967
10 EASY COME EASY GO Diane Marshall. 1967
11 STEVE LARRABY INTERVIEW 1968
12 OKI FROM MUSKOGEE (Haggard) Steve Stuart. 1969
13 MY OWN PECULIAR WAY (Dolan) Steve Stuart. 1969
14 CECELIA (Simon 1969) M2. 1969
15 LET IT BE ME (Curtis 1957) M2. 1969
01 BONNY MARY OF ARGYLE (Jeffries / Nelson 1850) Percy Phillips. 1955
02 MR. SANDMAN (Ballard 1954) Carol Phillips. 1955
03 XMAS DAY Phillips Family. 1955
04 I’VE GOT SOMETHING THRILLING Betty Roy. 1956
05 THE GIRL IN THE WOOD (Gilkyson / Stuart 1951) Unknown Singer. 1957
06 TONIGHT BELOVED Ken Dodd. 1957
07 MESSAGES TO EVE / WE’LL MEET AGAIN (Parker / Charles 1939) 1957
08 CHILDREN OF THE BIBLE Christ Church Kensington Choir. 1957
09 CHRIST CHURCH CONCERT Christ Church Kensington Choir. 1957
10 PLAYING FOR KEEPS / YOU’RE RIGHT I’M LEFT SHE’S GONE / LOVE’S A CALLING Billy Fury. 1958
11 IN SPITE OF ALL THE DANGER (McCartney / Harrison 1958) The Quarry Men. 1958
12 PIANO MEDLEY Harry Wardle. 1963
13 KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF MY BABY (King / Goffin 1962) The Beatles. 1963
01 PLEASE DON’T TEASE (Welch / Chester 1960) Savva and The Democrats. 1963
02 LOVE TOO MUCH Savva and The Democrats. 1963
03 EVERTON FOR ME (Stewart 1963) EFC Team with John Dunbar. 1963
04 THE OTHER MERSEY SOUND Liverpool Supporters. 1964
05 ON WINGS OF SONG Wirral County Girls School Choir. 1965
06 F.A. CUP FINAL HIGHLIGHTS – LIVERPOOL FC V LEEDS UNITED 1965
07 LITTLE EGYPT / SATISFY The Shakespears. 1966
08 I’LL TALK TO MARY ONE MORE TIME Diane Marshall. 1967
09 I’M SORRY FOR YOU MY FRIEND Diane Marshall. 1967
10 STEVE LARRABY INTERVIEW 1968
11 ME AND BOBBY MAGEE (Kristofferson) Steve Stuart. 1969
12 HOBO BILL’S LAST RIDE (Rogers) Steve Stuart. 1969
13 ABELINE (Loudermilk / Gibson / Brown / Stanton 1957) M2. 1969
14 COUSIN NORMAN (Nicholson 1969) M2. 1969
The collection will also be released as a 4 CD boxed set.
Please note that all tracks in the Percy Phillips Collection are taken from acetate discs cut by Percy Phillips between 1955 and 1969. Wherever possible the equalisation has been made to enhance the listening quality of the Collection, but purchasers must bear in mind that these recordings were not made originally for commercial release, and are predominantly of historical interest only.
What bugs us is the inclusion of The Beatles’ acetate of the Goffin-King song “Keep Your Hands Off My Baby”, a track they recorded for the BBC, which appears on “The Beatles Live at the BBC“. Did they really make an acetate at Percy’s home studio? And “Some Other Guy”? Could it really be this version?
They mentioned in the press release trying to clean up everything as well as possible… could they have improved upon what we got with Live at the BBC and Anthology 1?
If it doesn't say Beatles on it, I want my money back!
If it doesn't say Beatles on if, I want my money back!
From the website: "Percy Phillips left an archive of recordings from his studio in the form of 70 discs that he cut between 1955 and 1969. These fragile acetate discs have been kept in excellent condition by Percy’s family and the recordings on them sound as fresh and clear now as they did all those years ago." It would be amazing (though highly unlikely) if Percy had kept a copy of the Quarrymen record, and that there are, in fact, two copies in existence. But we'll see!
Hmmm….all seems a bit dodgy. How can the two Beatles tracks be described as Percy Phillips acetates when they weren’t recorded there? And I can’t believe there would be another source for the Quarrymen tracks other than the one we already know about…so have these been taken from the anthology recordings? Plus lots of tracks, which though vaguely interesting, Beatles fans won’t really care about….and probably in a lo-fi quality – hardly repeat listening….all sounds a bit bootleggy to me….and all for £45. I think I’ll wait a couple of years till they’re trying to get rid of un-sold copies for £10 at the convention.
I think SOG and KYHOMB are from this acetate of a Saturday Club broadcast:
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percyphillips.com/the-complete-collection/ has a wide range of scans.
4th row is a disc of Some Other Guy/Beautiful Dreamer
Does this help source the track?
Wonder what was on side 1?
Note the sleeve says cut in studio or from customers tracks, so it could have been
Brian or someone else coming in with a tape.
At first glance, it has the two Quarryman recordings and what, as far as we know, recordings taped from the radio in the same manner as the rest of the BBC recordings that gave us the vast majority of songs that the boys recorded between 1962-1965. It sounds similar, in intent, to those American cash-in releases from VJ, etc.
Four cds for four songs which we know and own seems a bit off but, if you're interested in Liverpool, it gives a slice of life that is quite unique.
I'm not going to buy it. It's not really about the Beatles.