The Beatles’ First Recordings to Be Released in Honor of 50th Anniversary
It has been nearly fifty years since the Beatles first stepped foot inside a recording studio to begin work on their debut record. In honor of the anniversary, fans of the Fab Four will have the opportunity to get their hands on some of their first recordings, which are being released for the first time in North America.
'The Beatles With Tony Sheridan: First Recordings: 50th Anniversary Edition' is set to hit stores in November on a special two-CD package. In addition to the music, the album comes complete with a specially designed book that contains a trove of concert and intimate photos taken by Astrid Kirchherr and others who spent time with the Beatles in the early stages of their career.
The book also includes copies of handwritten biographies by each member of the group, signed contracts, original artwork taken from posters and records, and text by Hans Olof Gottfridsson, who has spent years researching the Beatles.
The rare tracks were recorded back in 1961 when the Beatles worked with German Polydor, prior to their involvement with Capitol Records in 1964 when they released their debut record, 'Please Please Me.' Many of the Polydor tracks feature Tony Sheridan on lead vocals, however, John Lennon sings lead vocals on 'Ain’t She Sweet.' The album will also include an instrumental track of George Harrison playing 'Cry for a Shadow.'
'The Beatles With Tony Sheridan: First Recordings: 50th Anniversary Edition' will become available for purchase starting November 8 through Time Life. In the meantime, fans can purchase another album in honor of the Beatles: 'Fab Fan Memories.' The album contains narration from Louis Harrison, older sister of the late George Harrison. It also includes some of the Beatles biggest hits, performed by the Liverpool Legends of Branson, Mo., and the WannaBeatles out of Nashville, Tenn.