When was the “Love Me Do” master tape lost?

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  1. Dogma says:

    wow!! so cool to learn about this stuff but if what you say it's true, how come that the anthology series says that Ringo came to the studio expecting yo play but GMartin didn't let him so the first one on drums was White not Ringo and so the single was first than the album, right?? are they wrong??

  2. wogew says:

    From the Wikipedia entry on "Love Me Do":
    "Love Me Do" was recorded by the Beatles on three different occasions with three different drummers:

    The Beatles first recorded it on 6 June 1962 with Pete Best on drums, as part of their audition at EMI Studios at 3 Abbey Road in London. This version (previously thought to be lost) is available on Anthology 1.
    By 4 September, Best had been replaced with Ringo Starr (producer George Martin did not approve of Best's drumming; the decision to fire Best was not his, however), and on that day the Beatles with Starr recorded a version again at EMI Studios.
    One week later, on 11 September, the Beatles returned to the same studio and they made a recording of "Love Me Do" with session drummer Andy White on drums, as Martin was unhappy with Starr's performance on 4 September and he was relegated to playing tambourine. As the tambourine was not included on the 4 September recording, this is the easiest way to distinguish between the Starr and White recordings.

  3. bri286 says:

    Hi Roger.

    This is not a comment on the "love Me Do" piece, but this seems to be the easiest way to contact you directly…

    Firstly – thanks a million for your superb blog, of which I've been a fan for several years; you're certainly the first place I look for Beatle news! I'm a particular fan of Purple Chick, so I'm always looking for updates on new releases, etc.

    Secondly – I'm hoping that you'll be able to help me with a problem I've encountered since a recent external hard disc crash lost me all my Purple Chick material (and just about every other FLAC file I had…). Thankfully I'd already committed every PC release to CD so I have the recordings and can EAC them back to my computer, and I've recovered the main artwork from BootlegZone via the Purple Chick site, but the one thing I don't seem to be able to find online is the majority of the disc labels, which I believe is your speciality…

    Could you possibly assist by directing me to the right place(s) to find these, so that I can complete my collection?

    Best regards


  4. The Fab 4 says:

    Another possible whereabouts of the master tape. What with it being released in Canada and Norway etc. Is it possible that EMI simply sent them the master without making a copy? I know a similar thing happend with the 2 track tape for FBI by The Shadows. There is no stereo tape for that in the EMI archive and yet it exists on an a US surf guitar compilation from the 60's.

  5. georgefromhenley says:

    Hi – in Germany they had for the March 1963 release the Ringo version too. The reason was simple. They got the order to transfer the record "until the tape comes". The tape was wiped in October 62 and there was no tape to wait for… Also the German "Beatles Hits" EP had that Ringo version.

  6. M H Wilson says:

    It was common practice for EMI to destroy the master after the record was released. This soon changed after Love Me Do (maybe that had something to do with EMI decided not to destroy the master tape after that).

  7. . says:

    “Anthology 1” has Pete Best, “Past Masters 1” has Ringo, and “Please Please Me” has Andy.

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