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The Beatles’ first concert in Australia was at the Centennial Hall in Adelaide and was recorded for broadcast by the Sydney radio station 2SM on June 12th 1964. The group played two sets on two consecutive nights at the venue, performing the same ten songs each in each show. 300,000 people lined the 10-mile route between Adelaide Airport and the city centre in the hope of seeing them pass by. Paul recalled: ‘It was like a heroes' welcome…We came in from the airport – it was the same in Liverpool for the première of a A Hard Day's Night, with the whole city centre full of people – and the crowds were lining the route and we were giving them the thumbs up.’

The capacity of the Centennial Hall was 3,000 but there were over 50,000 applications for seats. The support acts were Sounds Incorporated, Johnny Devlin, Johnny Chester and The Phantoms. Jimmy Nicol had been lined up as the stand-in drummer because of Ringo’s sudden attack of tonsilitis, He was a well-respected session player and had accompanied such artists as Joe Brown, Billy Fury and Georgie Fame. Some years later, Nicol spoke about the experience: ‘Standing in for Ringo was the worst thing that ever happened to me.’ He said he was given a gold watch and a cheque for £22,500, but less than a year later, he was declared bankrupt with debts of over £4,000. He reportedly inspired the Sgt. Pepper’s song Getting Better. The boys kept asking him how it was all going, to which he invariably replied “It’s getting better.”

The 2SM engineers get a good sound balance after the end of I Saw Her Standing There. From the moment they start to play I Want To Hold Your Hand, the guitars and vocals are crystal clear. Unfortunately for Jimmy Nicol fans, there was no microphone on the drums. But this does give us a marvellous opportunity to assess the how the Beatles might have sounded as a three-piece. Luckily, there must have been excellent stage monitors allowing the band to hear themselves above the screaming, because the harmonies are spot on and George’s guitar playing is faultless.




Beatles Repertoire 4CD
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4 CD set

From the Grosvenor to the Top Ten Club
Summer 1960 to Summer 1961

300 Shows in 365 days and nights

The Beatles Early Repertoire’s 123 tracks includes 78 songs previously unpublished in the series along with 44 tracks that have appeared on other discs. This set brings together all the songs that were introduced into the newly-named Beatles repertoire during the period when they were a five-piece band with Pete Best on drums and Stuart Sutcliffe on bass.
With fully illustrated 24-page booklet

BONUS DISC of Aintree Institute Set June 1961
(Only available if the set is bought direct from us)
1. William Tell Overture 2. What'd I Say 3. Boys 4. Will You Love Me Tomorrow 5. Wooden Heart 6. C'mon Everybody 7. Twenty Flight Rock 8. Hallelujah! I Love Her So 9. New Orleans 10. Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues 11. Red Sails In The Sunset 12.  Crying, Waiting, Hoping 13. Over The Rainbow 14. Mean Woman Blues 15.  Lucille 16. Hey, Good Lookin' 17. Blue Moon Of Kentucky 18. Love Me Tender  19. Don't Forbid Me 20. Corrine, Corrinna 21. William Tell Overture

Disc 1
1. We're Gonna Move
2. Wild Cat
3. Alright Okay You Win
4. I'm A Hog For You
5. Words Of Love
6. Slow Down
7. Right String Wrong Yoyo
8. Thirty Days (To Come Back Home)
9. Honey Hush
10. Shout (Pts 1 & 2)
11. Bluejean Bop
12. C'mon Everybody
13. Nothin' Shakin' (Leaves On The Trees)
14. I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday
15. Little Queenie
16. Blue Moon of Kentucky
17. Bad Boy
18. Rip It Up
19. Fever
20. September Song
21. Summertime
22. Your True Love
23. Midnight Shift
24. Crackin' Up
25. Carol
26. Tequila
27. Three-Thirty Blues
28. Spanish Gypsy Dance
29. Mama Dont Allow

Disc 2
1. Lotta Lovin'
2. Gone Gone Gone
3. Down The Line
4. Vacation Time
5. Movin’ And Groovin’
6. Peaches And Cream
7. Teenage Heaven
8. Jenny Jenny
9. Clarabella
10. Peggy Sue Got Married
11. Love Of My Life
12. Wear My Ring
13. I Forgot To Remember To Forget
14. Begin The Beguine
15. Tennessee
16. The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
17. Ramrod
18. Ooh My Soul
19. I Remember
20. Heavenly
21. I Wonder If I Care As Much
22. I'll Always Be In Love With You
23. Better Luck Next Time
24. Love Me Tender
25. Don't Forbid Me
26. That's When Your Heartaches Begin
27. Peace Of Mind
28. Roc-A-Chicka
29. Stuck On You
30. Jambalaya (On The Bayou)
31. Mailman Blues

Disc 3
1. Well…(Baby Please Don't Go)
2. Money
3. New Orleans
4. Hippy Hippy Shake
5. Hallelujah! I Love Her So
6. Rock & Roll Music
7. Matchbox
8. Boys
9. Dizzy Miss Lizzy
10. Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey!
11. Up A Lazy River
12. Alley-Oop
13. Shakin' All Over
14. Stay
15. I Wish I Could Shimmy Like Kate
16. Shimmy Shimmy
17. Say Mama
18. Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying
19. Darktown Strutters Ball
20. So How Come
21. Milkcow Blues Boogie
22. Walk, Don't Run
23. Red Sails In The Sunset
24. Almost Grown
25. Tonight Is So Right For Love
26. Somebody Help Me
27. What`d I Say
28. Shine
29. Wooden Heart
30. Livin' Lovin' Wreck
31. Raining In My Heart

Disc 4
1. Piltdown Rides Again
2. Cathy's Clown
3. Corrine, Corrina
4. Apache
5. Home
6. School Day
7. Dance In The Street
8. Glad All Over
9. Hey, Good Lookin'
10. It's Now Or Never
11. Three Steps To Heaven
12. Thumbin' A Ride
13. (Baby) Hully Gully
14. You Don't Understand Me
15. Are You Lonesome Tonight
16. The Honeymoon Song
17. How High The Moon
18. Over The Rainbow
19. Will You Love Me Tomorrow
20. When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
21. Ma, He's Making Eyes At Me
22. What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes
23. It's A Long Way To Tipperary
24. Torchy The Battery Boy
25. A House With Love In It
26. The Wayward Wind
27. Loving You
28. Silver Dollar
29. Lucky Star
30. Mess Around
31. Ready Teddy

Quarrymen Repertoire
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DISC ONE 1950-1957

Here are the 100 or so songs they are documented as having performed along with a few of their teenage party pieces with which they would entertain family and friends.
With fully illustrated 24-page booklet

BONUS DISC of Grosvenor Ballroom Set 1960 from Paul's hand written set list  (Only available if the set is bought direct from us)
1.Hallelujah! I Love Her So 2. Cathy's Clown 3. That's All Right 4. One After 909 5.Stuck On You 6. Words Of Love 7. Tutti Frutti 8. I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin') 9. Long Tall Sally 10. I Wonder If I Care As Much 11. What'd I Say (Pts 1 & 2) 12. Sure To Fall 13. Red Sails In The Sunset 14. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On 15. Alright Okay You Win 16. Mean Woman Blues 17. I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine 18. Honey Don't 19.Clarabella 20. Rip It Up 21. Fabulous 22. Lotta Lovin' 23. Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey! 24. Jenny Jenny 25. Little Queenie 26. Ooh My Soul 27. Lucille 28. Lawdy Miss Clawdy


Disc 1
1. Happy Wanderer
2. Leaning On A Lamppost
3. Harry Lime (Third Man Theme)
4. Cheek To Cheek
5. Pink Champagne
6. When The Saints Go Marching In
7. The Siamese Cat Song
8. Singing The Blues
9. Honky Tonk Blues
10. Nobody’s Child
11. Rock Island Line
12. Lost John
13. Maggie May
14. Bring A Little Water, Sylvie
15. Worried Man Blues
16. Take This Hammer
17. Railroad Bill
18. Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O
19. No Other Baby
20. Streamline Train
21. I'm In Love Again
22. Heartbreak Hotel
23. Ain't It A Shame
24. Hound Dog
25. Tutti Frutti
26. Don't Be Cruel
27. When You're Smiling
28. Bye Bye Love

Disc 2
1. Be-Bop-A-Lula
2. All Shook Up
3. Twenty Flight Rock
4. Come Go With Me
5. Cumberland Gap
6. Trying to Get to You
7. Just Because
8. Guitar Boogie Shuffle
9. White Sports Coat
10. That's When Your Heartaches
11. Begin
12. Fabulous
13. Lucille
14. Mystery Train
15. That's All Right
16. Puttin' On The Style
17. Pick A Bail Of Cotton
18. Hi Lili, Hi-Lo
19. Bourrée
20.That'll Be The Day
21. Blue Suede Shoes
22. Jailhouse Rock
23. Party
24. Long Tall Sally
25. Shake, Rattle & Roll
26. Short Fat Fanny
27. Peggy Sue
28. Whole Lotta Shaking Going On

Disc 3
1. Raunchy
2. Topsy Pt 2
3. Baby Let's Play House
4. Baby I Don't Care
5. I Got A Woman
6. Mean Woman Blues
7. Blue Moon
8. Think It Over
9. Roll Over Beethoven
10. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down & Cry
11. Wedding Bells
12. It's So Easy
13. Great Balls Of Fire
14. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
15. Coquette
16. You Win Again
17. Everyday
18. Bony Moronie
19. Lend Me Your Comb
20. I'll Never Let You Go
21. Youngblood
22. Searchin'
23. Sweet Little Sixteen 
24. All I Have To Do Is Dream
25. To Know Her Is To Love Her
26. You Were Meant For Me
27. Move It

Disc 4
1. Memphis, Tennessee
2. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone
3. Ain't She Sweet
4. It'll Be Me
5. One Sided Love Affair
6. Maybe Baby
7. Baby Blue
8. High School Confidential
9. Crying, Waiting, Hoping
10. Sure To Fall
11. Johnny B Goode
12. Money Honey
13. Fools Like Me
14. Good Golly, Miss Molly
15. Three Cool Cats
16. Claudette
17. Reelin And Rocking
18. Miss Ann
19. I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine
20. You Are My Sunshine
21. I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time
22. Midnight Special
23. Boppin The Blues
24. Teddy Bear
25. Movie Magg
26. Moonglow/Theme From Picnic
27. What'd I Say 

It is no exaggeration to say that the entire "Beatles Beginnings”series is an important set of historical documents. Even without regard to the Beatles, this is a collection of "Singles of Significance"...The producers of this series pored over Beatles biographies to compile a list of the songs and musicians the Beatles cited and performed. The work behind this set is scholarly...provides an opportunity to get right to the core of the Beatles influences immediately and effortlessly... Buy it, hear it, and appreciate it forever. Malachi Beale

Aintree Institute Set 1961

Here is an attempt to conjure up the atmosphere of a Beatles show from 1961 by taking the first documented Beatles set list and presenting the songs they sang in the order in which they were performed. In order to enhance the fantasy listening experience, live performances of the music have been used where available. Drummer John Cochrane of Wump & His Werbles transcribed this list of songs the Beatles played when the two groups performed together at the Aintree Institute sometime in January/February 1961. The date can’t be pinned down to anything more specific than somewhere between the release date of the most recent record the Beatles played that night (The Shirelles Boys issued in January 1961) and the group’s departure for a season at the Top Ten Club in Hamburg at the end of March 1961. But then again, it may have been at the Lathom Hall in Seaforth...


2.  WHAT'D I SAY Gerry & The Pacemakers
3.  BOYS The Shirelles
5.  WOODEN HEART Elvis Presley
6.  C'MON EVERYBODY Eddie Cochran                     
7.  TWENTY FLIGHT ROCK Gene Vincent & Eddie Cochran       
8.  HALLELUJAH! I LOVE HER SO Horst Fascher                     
9.  NEW ORLEANS Gary U.S. Bonds

3.  OVER THE RAINBOW Gene Vincent
4.  MEAN WOMAN BLUES Elvis Presley
5.  LUCILLE Little Richard                     
6.  HEY, GOOD LOOKIN' Hank Williams
8.  LOVE ME TENDER  Elvis Presley
9.  DON'T FORBID ME Pat Boone
10. CORRINE, CORRINNA Ray Peterson

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Beatles Beginnings
Volume Seven: Northern Songs

No artist works in a vacuum. Young men of their time, passionate music lovers who in their formative years had access to an unprecedented range of pop music thanks to Brian Epstein's NEMS record shop, Lennon, McCartney and Harrison listened, borrowed and reshaped quite an array of tracks, processing these borrowings into their own unmistakeable sound. Named after their first publishing company, this CD, with accompanying booklet, sheds light on the Beatles' creative process. Listen to these tracks and see how some of the best loved songs in pop music were formed.


  1. Plumnelly - The Memphis Group
  2. Hitch Hike - Marvin Gaye
  3. Honey Hush - Fats Waller
  4. House Of The Risin' Sun - Bob Dylan
  5. Answer Me - Nat King Cole
  6. Danse Syrtaki - The Greek Three
  7. Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
  8. Mad Lad - Chuck Berry
  9. Umpa, Umpa - The Two Leslies
  10. Little White Lies/Happy Feet - Noble Sissle
  11. Stay As Sweet As You Are - Jimmie Grier
  12. Angel Baby - Rosie And The Originals
  13. Do Unto Others - Pee Wee Crayton
  14. September Song - Johnnie Ray
  15. I've Been Good To You - The Miracles
  16. Samba De Uma Nota So - Charlie Byrd
  17. Raining In My Heart - Buddy Holly
  18. Can't Believe You Wanna Leave - Little Richard
  19. I Believe To My Soul - Ray Charles
  20. You Can't Catch Me - Chuck Berry
  21. Oh I Apologize - Barrett Strong
  22. Love Letters - Ketty Lester
  23. Stewball - The Greenbriar Boys
  24. He's So Fine - The Chiffons
  25. Domino - Fernando Corena
  26. Adagio for Strings - Rob Steinberg
  27. Concerto No.5 in F Minor - Johann Sebastian
  28. Prelude for Lute BWV 999 - Johann Sebastian
  29. Adagio Molto - Vivaldi
  30. Moonlight Sonata - Ludwig van B
  31. Quodlibet - Glenn Gould
  32. Belshazzar's Feast - William Walton

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Beatles Beginnings
Volume Six: Beatlemania 1963

With fully illustrated 24-page booklet

Late ‘62 through to mid ‘63, the Beatles’ live set and their recordings consisted mainly of cover versions of contemporary black American pop. I Saw Her Standing There and Ask Me Why were the only two band originals played at the Star Club in December 1962, and a set list from a ten-song show in April ‘63 contained only four of their own songs. Yet by the end of the year, the Fab Four were making history with their own unmistakable sound. This CD contains a mixture of songs taken from their 1963 live set and songs they recorded same year, along with other music that influenced their own compositions at this crucial time. A must for Beatles devotees and for any fan of early sixties pop.

The "Beginnings”series strikes again with another spectacular collection of original recordings that in this case inspired or influenced The Beatles... the accompanying booklet has extremely thorough and welcome annotation. I applaud whomever performed the extensive research that resulted in these fascinating choices. Their other series, "How Britain Got the Blues", is every bit as good (if not better, as each set of this 4-part series is a 2-CD extravaganza of great cuts). Bravo to History of RnB Records for these releases and the outstanding music scholarship that accompanies them. William Stout


  1. You've Really Got A Hold On Me-The Miracles
  2. Twist And Shout-The Isley Brothers
  3. Some Other Guy-Ritchie Barrett
  4. Boys-The Shirelles
  5. Devil In His Heart-The Donays
  6. I'm Talking About You-Chuck Berry
  7. Anna-Arthur Alexander
  8. Chains-The Cookies
  9. Baby It's You-The Shirelles
  10. Candy Man-Roy Orbison
  11. Cathy's Clown-The Everly Brothers
  12. Runaway-Del Shannon
  13. What's So Good About Good Bye-The Miracles
  14. I Really Love You-The Stereos
  15. Taste Of Honey-Lenny Welch
  16. I Want A Guy-The Marvelettes
  17. Diamonds-Jet Harris & Tony Meehan
  18. Walk Right In-The Rooftop Singers
  19. Fortune Teller-Benny Spellman
  20. You Don't Understand Me-Bobby Freeman
  21. (You Can) Depend On Me-The Miracles
  22. Whistle My Love-Joe Brown
  23. Time Changes Things-The Supremes
  24. Keep Your Hands Off My Baby-Little Eva
  25. Soldier Boy-The Shirelles
  26. Moonlight Bay-The Drifters
  27. Trambone-Chet Atkins
  28. Pas De Deux-Tchaikovsky
  29. Please Mr. Postman-The Marvelettes

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Beatles Beginnings
Volume Five: The Star Club 1962-63

Part of a series investigating the Beatles’ early influences and the cover songs they loved to perform, this CD covers the period between Ringo Starr joining the group and the start of Beatlemania in early 1963. It brings together pop, R&B and early soul records that the Beatles had in their live set in 1962. A must for any fans who are interested in finding out more about what inspired the Fab Four, Star Club gives us an accurate picture of what they would have sounded like if we’d been there at the time. With fully illustrated 32-page booklet.

1. Love Is A Swingin' Thing - The Shirelles
2. Shot Of Rhythm & Blues - Arthur Alexander
3. Thumbin' A Ride - The Coasters
4. Nobody But You - The Lafayettes
5. If You Gotta Make A Fool - James Ray
6. Soldier Of Love - Arthur Alexander
7. Dream Baby - Roy Orbison
8. Mr. Moonlight - Dr Feelgood
9. Man With The Golden Arm - Jet Harris
10. Bring It On Home To Me - Sam Cooke
11. A Picture Of You - Joe Brown
12. Don't Ever Change - The Crickets
13. I Remember You - Frank Ifield
14. Reminiscing - Buddy Holly
15. Sheila - Tommy Roe
16. Beautiful Dreamer - Tony Orlando
17. Hey Baby - Bruce Channel
18. Open (Your Lovin' Arms) - Buddy Knox
19. One Track Mind - Bobby Lewis
20. What A Crazy World - Joe Brown
21. There's No One In The World - Jackie Lee
22. Where Have You Been All My Life - Arthur Alexander
23. I Got To Find My Baby - Chuck Berry
24. I Just Don't Understand - Ann-Margret
25. Red Hot - Ronnie Hawkins
26. Will You Love Me Tomorrow - The Shirelles
27. The Sheik Of Araby - Joe Brown
28. Send Me Some Lovin' - Sam Cooke
29. Sharing You - Little Eva

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Beatles Beginnings
Volume Four: The Cavern Club 1961-62

At the start of their career, the Beatles were essentially a covers band. By 1963, they had established an impressive repertoire of over 600 songs; their enthusiasm for popular music of all genres enabled them to play to a wide range of audiences, but in 1961-1962 they were mainly performing at the famous Cavern Club. Part four of the Beatles Beginnings series of CDs, The Cavern Club finds the Fab Four broadening out to include Latin-influenced songs, uptown R&B and dance craze numbers along with more rock’n’roll, rockabilly and easy listening items. A must for any Beatles fans who are interested in finding out more about what inspired them and what shaped their musical sensibility. With fully illustrated 28-page booklet.


1. Road Runner Bo Diddley
2. Buzz Buzz A Diddle It Freddy Cannon
3. Hippy Hippy Shake Chan Romero
4. New Orleans Gary U.S. Bonds
5. I Wish I Could Shimmy The Olympics
6. Watch Your Step Bobby Parker
7. Besame Mucho The Coasters
8. Shakin All Over Johnny Kidd
9. Leave My Kitten Alone Johnny Preston
10. Shimmy Shimmy Bobby Freeman
11. Moonglow/Theme From Picnic Morris Stoloff
12. Darktown Strutters Ball Joe Brown
13. Mighty Man Davy Jones
14. Lonesome Tears In My Eyes Johnny Burnette
15. Everybodys Trying To Be My Baby Carl Perkins
16. Don't Forbid Me Ernest Tubb
17. Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues Buddy Holly
18. Red Sails In The Sunset Emile Ford
19. Peppermint Twist Joey Dee
20. Hully Gully The Olympics
21. Apache The Shadows
22. Save The Last Dance For Me The Drifters
23. So How Come Everly Brothers
24. Honeymoon Song Marino Marini
25. Take Good Care Of My Baby Bobby Vee
26. Over The Rainbow Gene Vincent
27. September In The Rain Dinah Washington
28. Till There Was You Peggy Lee


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Beatles Beginnings
Volume Three: Silver Beatles

Liverpool To Hamburg 1960-1961

For the first six years of their career, the Beatles were essentially a covers band. When they were captured live on tape in two sets at the Star Club in Hamburg in December 1962, they played thirty-two songs, only two of which were their own compositions. Going into 1961, Silver Beatles sees the group broadening out their repertoire to include some of the Latin-influenced ‘uptown R&B’ numbers currently in vogue, along with more rock’n’roll, rockabilly and some gospel-style numbers.

This is an excellent compilation of songs...if you have volumes one and two and enjoyed them, this one is even better.
Ernie Sutton British Beatles Fan Club Magazine

1. Rock And Roll Music (Berry) Chuck Berry
2. Slow Down (Williams) Larry Williams
3. Ooh My Soul (Penniman) Little Richard
4. Dizzy, Miss Lizzy (Williams) Larry Williams
5. Bad Boy (Williams) Larry Williams
6. Carol (Berry) Chuck Berry
7. Kansas City (Leiber/Stoller/Penniman) Little Richard
8. Little Queenie (Berry) Chuck Berry
9. Honey Hush (Turner) Johnny Burnette Trio
10. Memphis, Tennessee (Berry) Chuck Berry
11. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Thomas/Biggs) Elvis Presley
12. Glad All Over (Schroeder/Tepper/Bennett) Carl Perkins
13. Too Much Monkey Business (Berry) Chuck Berry
14. Nothin' Shakin' (Colacrai/Fontaine/Lampert/Cleveland) Eddie Fontaine
15. Money (Bradford/Gordy) Barrett Strong
16. Do You Wanna Dance (Freeman) Bobby Freeman
17. Crackin' Up (Diddley) Bo Diddley
18. Well (Ward) The Olympics
19. What'd I Say (Charles) Ray Charles
20. Shout (Isleys) The Isley Brothers
21. I've Got A Woman (Charles/Richard) Ray Charles
22. Clarabella (Pingatore) The Jodimars
23. Ain’t She Sweet (Yellen - Ager) Gene Vincent
24. Three Cool Cats (Leiber/Stoller) The Coasters
25. Crying, Waiting, Hoping (Holly) Buddy Holly
26. I Forgot To Remember To Forget (Kesler/Feathers) Elvis Presley
27. Sure To Fall (Perkins/Claunch/Cantrell) Carl Perkins
28. To Know Her Is To Love Her (Spector) The Teddy Bears

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Beatles Beginnings
Volume Two: Quarrymen – Rocknroll

The Beatles established a repertoire of over 600 tunes, allowing them to tailor their set to the occasion for jazz clubs, strip clubs, folk clubs, working men’s clubs, church dances and rock’n’roll joints. Almost all of the songs they learned were released in the UK and from 1957 onwards, they avidly followed the weekly music charts and kept up to date with the records that did not make the hit parade. Before naming the Beatles in the summer of 1960, they were the Quarrymen. Quarrymen Two looks at the band’s rock’n’roll influences.

1. Baby Let's Play House (Gunter)
2. Come Go With Me (Quick)
3. Ain't It A Shame (Bartholomew/Domino)
4. Be-Bop-A-Lula (Vincent/Davis)
5. Twenty Flight Rock (Fairchild/Cochran)
6.Long Tall Sally (Johnson/Blackwell/Penniman)
7. Lawdy Miss Clawdy (Price)
8. Bye Bye Love (Bryant/Bryant)
9. Raunchy (Justis/Manker)
10. That'll Be The Day (Allison/Holly)
11. Trying to Get to You (McCoy/Singleton)
12. Mean Woman Blues (DeMetrius)
13. Lucille (Penniman/Collins)
14. Roll Over Beethoven (Berry)
15. That's All Right (Crudup)
16. Johnny B Goode (Berry)
17. Lend Me Your Comb (Twomey/Wise/Weisman)
18. Searchin' (Leiber/Stoller)
19. Youngblood (Leiber/Stoller/Pomus)
20. Words Of Love (Holly)
21. Honey Don’t (Perkins)
22. Sweet Little Sixteen (Berry)
23. Ramrod (Eddy/Casey)
24. Movin’ And Groovin’ (Eddy/Hazelwood)
25. Hallelujah! I Love Her So (Charles)
26. Matchbox (Jefferson)
27. Wildcat (Schroeder/Gold)
28. I'll Always Be In Love With You (Ruby/Green/Stept)

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Beatles Beginnings
Volume One: Quarrymen - Skiffle - Country - Western

Jazz; rock’n’roll; blues; music hall; guitar instrumentals; tin pan alley; rockabilly; dance band; soul; bolero; skiffle; trad; R&B; country; old-time; Broadway; doo-wop; folk; high school pop; Motown - the Beatles’ early influences are so wide-ranging that the Beatles Beginnings series of discs could quite easily pass for an introduction to the history of twentieth century popular music. Covering the period 1957-60, the first disc in the series Quarrymen One investigates skiffle and the other music that the individual members of the group grew up listening to before rock’n’roll burst on to the scene.

Alerting all Beatles fans! In fact, alerting anyone with even just a passing interest in music of Twentieth century popular music, for here’s a terrific series of albums they may well want to check out... superbly researched booklets, each volume will delve into the music that inspired, influenced and shaped the Beatles individually and collectively...here’s the very stuff that changed the world and forged the greatest band of all time. As the music rings out ... you can almost hear the Beatles metamorphosing inside your ears as they listened, learned and immersed themselves, letting these songs open doors and fire their imagination: there was to be no looking back - an absolute gas.
Colin Hall R2

1. Bad Penny Blues (Lyttelton)
2. Rock Island Line (trad)
3. Lost John (trad)
4. Maggie May (trad)
5. Freight Train (Cotten)
6. Last Train To San Fernando (De Vere/Padmoore)
7. Cumberland Gap (trad)
8. Puttin' On The Style (Cazden)
9. San Francisco Bay Blues (Fuller)
10. When The Saints Go Marching In (trad)
11. Midnight Special (trad)
12. Cotton Fields (trad) 
13. Match Box Blues (Jefferson)
14. When I'm Cleaning Windows (Formby/Gifford/Cliffe)
15. You Are My Sunshine (Davis)
16. Hey, Good Lookin' (Williams)
17. Third Man Theme (Karas) 
18. World Is Waiting For The Sunrise (Lockhart/Seitz)
19. Summertime (Gershwin)
20. My Bonnie (trad)
21. Ain't She Sweet (Ager/Yellen/Bernstein)
22. Sheik Of Araby (Snyder)
23. Your Feet's Too Big (Benson/Fisher)
24. Falling In Love Again (Lerner/Hollaender) 
25. True Love (Porter) 
26. That's When Your Heartaches Begin (Fisher/Raskin)
27. Beautiful Dreamer (Foster) 
28. Golden Slumbers (trad)

Every baby-boomer whose life has been soundtracked by pop will be more than merely familiar with most of the items here, whether ‘Long Tall Sally', 'Roll Over Beethoven', 'Matchbox', 'Honey Don't' and 'Words Of Love', all revived on disc by The Beatles after they'd left the runway. Almost as potent a selling point is Nick Duckett's entertaining and informative thirty-page essay within a package that is as likely to engross the general cultural historian as much as fans of this particular act.
Alan Clayson - The Beat    


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