Label: Star-Club Records - 6435 056 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Germany • Genre: Rock • Style: Beat
The album was released in in two different versions, comprising a total of 30 songs by the Beatles. The performances were recorded on a home tape machine using a single microphone, resulting in a low fidelity recording.
Ted "Kingsize" Taylor began to investigate possible marketing of the tapes in The tapes were eventually bought by Paul Murphy and subjected to extensive audio processing to improve the sound, leading to the album. Although the poor sound quality limits its commercial appeal, the album provides historic insight into the group's club act in the period after Ringo Starr joined but before the emergence of Beatlemania.
The Beatles were unsuccessful in legally blocking the initial release of the album; the recordings were reissued in many forms untilwhen the group were awarded full rights to the performances.
The Beatles' five residencies in Hamburg during to allowed the Liverpool band to develop their performance skills and widen their reputation. Drummer Pete Best was added to the band Eminence & RedMoon Feat. Holly Drummond - Changes August to secure their first Hamburg booking, where they played for 48 nights at the Indra Club and then 58 nights at the Kaiserkeller.
The Beatles returned to Hamburg in November and December for their fourth and fifth engagements there, which had been booked for the Star-Club many months in advance.
Unlike their previous three trips to Hamburg, their drummer was Starr, having replaced Best in August. The Beatles were reluctant to return for their final two-week booking, which started 18 December, as they were gaining popularity in Britain and had just achieved their first charted single with " Love Me Do ".
The tapes were originally described as having been recorded in the spring ofan attempt to pre-date The Beatles' June contract signing with Parlophone. The tapes captured The Beatles performing at least 33 different titles, plus some repeated songs. The others were an assortment of cover versions17 of which would be re-made by The Beatles and appear on their various studio albums or Live at the BBC.
For example, "Mr. Moonlight" has a much quicker tempo, a guitar-based instrumental break, and an intentionally altered lyric with Lennon proclaiming he is on his "nose" instead of his "knees"; "Roll Over Beethoven" was described as "never taken at a more breakneck pace". The recording equipment and method resulted in the tapes being unmistakably low fidelity.
The vocals, even in the best cases, sound "somewhat muffled and distant". Much of The Beatles' Do You Love Me - Johnny And The Hurricanes - Live At The Starclub between songs is audible, which includes addressing the audience in both English and German, as well as repartee among themselves. The banter is irreverent and coarse at times, an aspect of their stage act that would soon Beathoven - The Cult Of Bass - Paradise under the influence of manager Brian Epstein.
Taylor said he kept the tapes at home, largely forgotten until when he decided to look into their marketability. Midnight Sun - Sigh - Gallows Gallery project was never finished and the engineer later relocated, with the tapes being among many items left behind.
InWilliams, Taylor, and the engineer gained access to the abandoned office and recovered the tapes "from beneath a pile of rubble on the floor. Murphy eventually bought the tapes himself and formed a Do You Love Me - Johnny And The Hurricanes - Live At The Starclub company, Lingasongspecifically for the project. After an unsuccessful attempt by The Beatles to block it, the song Live! Over the next two decades, the recordings were licensed to several record companies, resulting in numerous releases with varying track selections.
InPickwick Records performed some additional audio filtering and equalisation of the songs on the Lingasong US version, and released it over two volumes as First Live Recordings ; the set included the song " Hully Gully " Solidarity Forever - Joe Glazer - Live At Vale was mistakenly credited to The Beatles,  but was actually performed by Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousersanother act on the Star-Club bill.
Ina bootlegger known as Ive Got Life To Live - Connie Eaton - Ive Got Life To Live, who had already found infamy by issuing several titles with controversial covers and content, issued his own bootleg version of the Star Club tapes without any of the editing found on the official releases, entitled The Beatles vs.
Lingasong's CD release of the original set prompted another lawsuit from The Beatles in ; the case was decided in in favour of The Beatles, who were granted ownership of the tapes and exclusive rights to their use. Harrison appeared in person to provide evidence in the case, and his testimony was cited as an important factor in the judge's decision.
Harrison characterised the claim that Lennon gave Taylor permission for the recording as "a load of rubbish", and added: "One drunken person recording another Do You Love Me - Johnny And The Hurricanes - Live At The Starclub of drunks does not constitute business deals.
The album had limited commercial success, reaching a peak position of No. Rolling Stone reviewer John Swenson called the album "poorly recorded but fascinating" and commented that it showed The Beatles as "raw but extremely powerful.
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Random House. Retrieved 20 June Archived from the original on 1 November Track lengths are taken from the original Bellaphon labeling, which excludes dialogue between songs.
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