The Beatles

Liverpool May 1960

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Taken from over 80 minutes of a meandering, drummer-less jam recorded by the boys in the group's infancy, this material has also shown up on some other packages. All but the hardest of hard-core fans should be warned: this is abysmal stuff. If the Beatles could rightly be considered as the Mt. Everest of rock & roll, this catches them at the point where they were emerging from the Dead Sea. They can't hold a beat, play in tune, or even make it through most tunes. Most of this couldn't even be called "songs" -- it's just earnest fooling around, in which they're obviously just coming to grips with basic instrumental competency and ensemble playing, jamming on endlessly tedious bluesy instrumental passages, occasionally humming, scatting, or (even) singing lyrics. This has undeniable historical interest, but if you must hunt it down, start with The Quarrymen Rehearse with Stu Sutcliffe Spring 1960 first. Seemingly taken from the same tape, it has them playing actual songs, not formless instrumentals, and includes the genuine tunes ("I'll Follow the Sun," "Hallelujah I Love Her So," and "The One After 909") that do surface on Liverpool May 1960.