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The Beatles Historic Sessions, AFE Records AFELP 1018.

Published June 14th, 2012

Audio Fidelity Records, was a record company out of New York City, most active during the 1950s and 1960s. They are best known for having produced the first mass-produced American stereophonic long-playing record in November 1957. Sidney Frey (1920–1968), founder and president of Audio Fidelity, had Westrex, owner of one of the two rival stereo disk-cutting systems, cut a stereo LP disk for release before any of the major record labels, several of which had the Westrex equipment but had not yet produced a stereo disk. Audio Fidelity, Inc. was founded in 1954. A British branch, AF England, Ltd., Was established in 1959. Sidney Frey sold the company to Herman Gimbel around 1966. The company’s name was changed to Audio Fidelity Enterprises circa 1971. It purchased Chiaroscuro Records in 1976. The last known releases under the Audio Fidelity label were circa 1984.

The Beatles Histiric Sessions, 2LP set, Audiofidelity Enterprises Records, AFELP 1018. Album was released on September 25, 1981. Recorded by Ted “Kingsize” Taylor at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany between December 18 and 31, 1962. Although listed on some of the album covers, Stu Sutcliffe does not appear on these recordings, he died eight months earlier. It was reported at the time that $50,000 was spent transferring the the original 3 3/4-inches-per-second mono recordings on the professional 16-track tape. With the aid of various filters, equalisers and compressors the recordings were cleaned up. Although they cannot be regarded as high quality, the original mono recording was scarcely that anyway, the overall sound is quite acceptable considering the way they were recorded.

In 1981, AFE Records using all 30 tracks, issued this double album. As the recordings featured here have been, are or will be available from various record companies, this album has been used as a sample release. The album has a gatefold cover with The Beatles’ name extruded on the front side.

Matrix numbers: AFELD 1018 A1 / AFELD 1018 B1 / AFELD 1018 C1 / AFELD 1018 D1.

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