Live At The Star Club In Hamburg Germany 1962 • Beatles UK album

UK double vinyl album Live! At The Star-Club In Hamburg, Germany 1962

‘Live! At The Star-Club In Hamburg, Germany 1962’ UK album – front cover
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‘Live! At The Star-Club In Hamburg, Germany 1962’ UK album – back cover
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  • Label: Bellaphon BLS 5560
  • Released: July 1981
  • Peak position:
    NME – #27;
    Record Retailer – Didn’t enter

Side A: I Saw Her Standing There / Roll Over Beethoven / Hippy Hippy Shake / Sweet Little Sixteen / Lend Me Your Comb / Your Feet’s Too Big
Side B: Twist And Shout / Mr. Moonlight / A Taste Of Honey / Besame Mucho / Reminiscing / Kansas City/Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!
Side C: Nothin’ Shakin’ (But The Leaves On The Trees) / To Know Her Is To Love Her / Little Queenie / Falling In Love Again / Ask Me Why / Be-Bop-A-Lula / Hallelujah, I Love Her So
Side D: Red Sails In The Sunset / Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby / Matchbox / Talkin’ ‘Bout You / Shimmy Shake / Long Tall Sally / I Remember You

All tracks by McCartney/Lennon except (2,4,15,23) Berry, (3) Romero, (5) Twomey/Wise/Weisman, (6) Benson/Fisher, (7) Medley/Russell, (8) Johnson, (9) Scott/Marlow, (10) Velázquez/Skylar, (11) Ousley, (12) Leiber/Stoller/Penniman, (13) Fontaine/Colacrai/Lampert/Gluck, (14) Spector, (16) Lerner/Hollander, (18) Vincent/Davis, (19) Charles, (20) Grosz/Kennedy, (21,22) Perkins, (24) Piron/Smith/Goldsmith, (25) Johnson/Penniman/Blackwell and (26) Schertzinger/Mercer

This was recorded during their two-week stint at the Star-Club in December 1962.

Adrian Barber was in charge of the club at the time, and his pet project was an on-stage recording facility that he was busy testing on every act that played. One of other acts on same bill as The Beatles was Kingsize Taylor, who, upon hearing of the tapes, asked Barber for a copy. Seeing as The Beatles hadn’t hit the big time yet, Taylor had no reason not to hand them over. A few years later, of course, Taylor couldn’t believe his luck and tried selling them off to Brian Epstein for a tidy sum of money. Epstein had a quick listen to them but was rather unimpressed by the lousy sound, and only offered him twenty quid, which Taylor refused.

A few years later Taylor gave the tapes to John …

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UK double CD album (Re-release) Live! At The Star-Club In Hamburg, Germany 1962

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‘Live! At The Star-Club In Hamburg, Germany 1962’ UK album – Lingasong CD label
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  • Label: Lingasong LING 96
  • Released: 1995

CD 1: I Saw Her Standing There / Roll Over Beethoven / Hippy Hippy Shake / Sweet Little Sixteen / Lend Me Your Comb / Your Feet’s Too Big / Twist And Shout / Mr. Moonlight / A Taste Of Honey / Besame Mucho / Reminiscing / Kansas City/Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! / Nothin’ Shakin’ (But The Leaves On The Trees)
CD 2: To Know Her Is To Love Her / Little Queenie / Falling In Love Again / Ask Me Why / Be-Bop-A-Lula / Hallelujah, I Love Her So / Red Sails In The Sunset / Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby / Matchbox / Talkin’ ‘Bout You / Shimmy Shake / Long Tall Sally / I Remember You

All tracks by McCartney/Lennon except (2,4,15,23) Berry, (3) Romero, (5) Twomey/Wise/Weisman, (6) Benson/Fisher, (7) Medley/Russell, (8) Johnson, (9) Scott/Marlow, (10) Velázquez/Skylar, (11) Ousley, (12) Leiber/Stoller/Penniman, (13) Fontaine/Colacrai/Lampert/Gluck, (14) Spector, (16) Lerner/Hollander, (18) Vincent/Davis, (19) Charles, (20) Grosz/Kennedy, (21,22) Perkins, (24) Piron/Smith/Goldsmith, (25) Johnson/Penniman/Blackwell and (26) Schertzinger/Mercer

Total running time: 59.01

Three years after this version came out they tried to re-release it again, and Apple took them back to court. This time however, The Beatles had a bit more luck and the judge decided to halt any further releases of the Star-Club songs. George Harrison even put in an appearance, saying that “even if John had given Taylor his permission to tape The Beatles’ performance, that did not make it legal for the tape to be turned into an album. One drunken person recording another bunch of drunks does not constitute a business deal.”

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