The Decca Audition (1962)
Decca: “Nah… We’ll Go With The Tremoloes”
FROM THE 2010 ARCHIVES: These recordings, as innocent as they are, continue to pillage the reputation of Decca Records, who – after listening to this 35 minute audition tape from January 1st, 1962 – decided to pass on the most important beat group in history. Somewhere there are aged Decca board members (and their offspring) still waking up in cold sweats over this single, administrative decision. To be fair… you can’t really blame Decca. While well-recorded, this amateurish set of live-in-the-studio 50s chestnuts was hardly a slam dunk. Even Lennon & McCartney’s three original compositions (“Like Dreamers Do,” “Love Of The Loved” and “Hello Little Girl”) were all abandoned by the time The Beatles first entered Abbey Road studios with George Martin, just 6 months later. Still, it was Martin who heard what he was hearing and wisely signed The Beatles to EMI (after numerous other labels passed on the golden opportunity)… and he unknowingly changed the world in the process. So, light a candle to George Martin’s
living memory and raise a glass of bitter ale to his inexplicable foresight, because all our lives changed as a result. Pete Best mans the drum chair. Note McCartney on the cover, already working on his look for future press photos. Amazingly, this unauthorized CD – reportedly ripped and mastered by Dr. Ebbetts – is available at Amazon, HERE. Sir George Martin, the only legitimate “5th Beatle,” passed away Tuesday, March 8th (HERE). His elegance will be sorely missed.
Like Dreamers Do (2:38)
Money (That’s What I Want) (2:26)
Till There Was You (3:02)
The Sheik Of Araby (1:44)
To Know Her Is To Love Her (2:38)
Take Good Care Of My Baby (2:30)
Memphis, Tennessee (2:23)
Sure To Fall (In Love With You) (2:05)
Hello Little Girl (1:42)
Three Cool Cats (2:27)
Crying, Waiting, Hoping (2:05)
Love Of The Loved (1:54)
September In The Rain (1:57)
Besame Mucho (2:42)
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