The Beatles' formative years in the clubs of Hamburg have tended to be somewhat underrepresented in the band's carefully regulated canon of official releases. Relegated to bootlegs and pricey collectors' editions, the product of these years has slowly become available to the public to complete the Beatles' story. Beatle historian Geoffrey Giuliano has culled together sessions recorded as the Beatles backed up fellow expat Tony Sheridan, along with rare interview recordings on THE SAVAGE YOUNG BEATLES IN HAMBURG 1961.
Stories about the Beatles' excess during the years before their success are common, and on THE SAVAGE BEATLES, interviews with Pete Best (who had yet to be ousted when these recordings were done), the other Beatles and band "handler" Horst Fasher describe an oat-sowing of the wildest variety. The eight recordings, produced by legendary German bandleader Bert Kaempfert, were the first truly professional recordings the band did; on them, the band is rich in spirit and drive, not to mention chops (thanks to constant gigging), though displaying only a glimmer of the studio magic that would define their place in history.