Star Club raw tape preview
|Sounds quite nice to these ears! Your mileage may vary.|
A preview of samples from the “raw tape” version of The Beatles Live at the Star Club, Hamburg, 1962 was posted on YouTube yesterday. This is an auction preview, since the tape is due up for auction by Ted Owen & Co on April 1st. The audio sample is also available at the Ted Owen website. The website says: “Headling is the historic Beatles 1962 Hamburg Star-Club original master recording tapes, containing the complete collection of masters and stereo album mixes that became the top selling ‘Gold’ awarded LP ‘Live At The Star Club’.”
Beatles historians have no use for the fake stereo masters made in 1977, of course, but the full lot is described thusly:
I’d say the real deal here is item #1: The original unedited mono Master 7″ safety reels. The bidding starts at £40,000 and the estimated sales price is £100,000 – £150,000.
Meanwhile, bootlegger Misterclaudel have just released what they claim is a CD version of the raw, unedited tape.
Misterclaudel’s press release in Japan says it is the 1973 raw tape (made from transferring the contents of the damaged 1962 reel tape to a new reel tape, or several new reel tapes). We are awaiting the release to reach us.