Beatles' Decca demo tape carries $48,000 estimate


2015-06-26 13:03:59


Beatles' Decca demo tape carries $48,000 estimate

10 cover versions feature on the Beatles' rejected Decca demo tape coming to auction on November 27

Paul Fraser Collectibles,Friday 23November 2012

The master tape of the Beatles' demo recordingfor Decca on New Year's Day in 1962 is to be auctionedfor an estimated 30,000 ($47,796) in London on November 27.

The Beatles were known as the Silver Beatles in 1961

The 12 inch audio tape features mostly cover versions,includingTake Good Care of My Baby, Till There Was You, and Searchin'.

The demo tape, of which bootlegged copies exist,is curiously labelled "Silver Beatles" - the band is generally thought tohave dropped the "silver"from its namein 1960. The band had previously been known asthe Quarry Men, Johnny and the Moondogs, and the Silver Beats.

John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison are all present on the recording; Ringo Starr, however, had not yet replaced Pete Best on drums, and it is Pete who features on the tape.

Decca passed on the Beatles, signing the Tremeloes instead

On hearing the tape, record label Decca decided not to sign the Fab Four (who later signed to EMI), opting forthe Tremeloes instead, a Dagenham-based rock and roll outfit.

The Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, paid for the 10 track tape to be produced and it was from his collection that it was sold for an undisclosed sum in 2002 to an avid collector of music memorabilia.

Copyright of the songs, which belong to Apple, will not be included in the sale.

A signed copy of the Beatles' first single, Love Me Do/PS I Love You sold for $21,974 in October.

Here at Paul Fraser Collectibles we have a wide range of Beatles memorabilia available, including this autographed album page and Beatles bed linen.

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