The “lost” Cavern Club tape
|Live at the Cavern Club, 1962.|
In mid-1962, “a fan in the audience” at the Cavern Club in Liverpool recorded a Beatles’ performance, more-or-less in full. It’s the only full-length recording of them live known to exist prior the Star Club tapes from late December 1962.
On August 29th 1985, the tape was auctioned and sold at Sotheby’s in London. Sotheby’s said it was recorded in February or March of 1962, but this can’t be accurate, as one of the covers they play wasn’t released until May and didn’t reach British charts until June. Most say the show was recorded in June or July of 1962. It’s definitely Pete Best on drums. Sotheby’s sold it that day for £2,310. Who bought it? Paul McCartney of course!
Nobody knows anything about the sound quality. The setlist (as recorded anyway) is:
– Words of Love
– What’s Your Name
– Roll Over Beethoven
– Ask Me Why (listed as ‘Tell My Why’ by Sotheby’s, but that’s almost surely an error)
– The Hippy Hippy Shake
– Til There Was You
– Hey! Baby
– If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody
– Please Mister Postman
– Sharing You
– Your Feet’s Too Big
– Dizzy Miss Lizzy
– I Forgot to Remember to Forget
– I Wish I Could Shimmy Like my Sister Kate (aka: Shimmy Like Kate; aka: Shimmy Shimmy)
– Memphis, Tennessee
– Young Blood
– Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)
McCartney has neglected to release the tape to the public. This blog post was prompted when someone asked me what I would ask Paul McCartney about, if I just had one question. My question would be: Why, oh why haven’t you released this tape to the fans? You had the opportunity around The Beatles’ Anthology! If the three others voted no, give me the tape and I’ll get it to bootleggers who would leap at the opportunity to release this! What are you saying, it sounds just as bad as the Hamburg Star Club recordings? We LOVE the Hamburg Star Club tapes! We promise you, we will still remain Beatles fans even if the tape sounds crappy, we won’t deflect to the Rolling Stones or anything! Please, please us – some of us don’t have long to live and we would die happy if we could just have one listen to this. Pretty please with sugar on?