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Tribute To The Cavern, Parlophone CAV 1.

Published March 30th, 2015

Release April 26, 1984. This custom-pressed album is available only at the Cavern Club in Mathew Street, Liverpool and was produced for the club by EMI to celebrate its rebuilding and the re-opening on 26 April 1984. This album almost could be called The Greatest Hits of Merseybeat, as it contain some of the most famous recordings to emerge from that area. Besides The Beatles tracks that are featured on side two, it also includes other Merseybeat artists such as Gerry and The Pacemakers and Cilla Black. One of the other interesting aspects of this album is the inclusion of sleeve notes written by Tony Barrow who wrote the sleeve notes for a number of The Beatles’ early albums and EPs. Producers: George Martin and Walter J.Ridley.

Unlaminated sleeve has a printed white sticker with red banner: “The Cavern” and red text: “Exclusively Available From The Cavern”, on the front side. In the upper right corner is a large blue-and-white banner The Cavern. Design sleeve: Shoot That Tiger.


Black labels with two white-black EMI logos and silver print, and with silver banners CAVERN on the right sides. “ALL RIGHTS OF THE PRODUCER” printed at the start perimeter print. Importantly, around the 11 o’clock position in the rimtext the wording is: “UNAUTHORISED PUBLIC PERFORMANCE, BROADCASTING, COPYING AND HIRING”. Instead, added “MANUFACTURED IN THE UK BY EMI RECORDS LIMITED” text at the end of the perimeter print. Matrix numbers: Side One: CAV 1A-1-1-1, Side Two: CAV 1B-1-1-1. Near the matrix numbers clearly visible stamps Penthouse.


Beatles The Decca Tapes.

Published March 8th, 2015

Release, 1979. On New Year’s Eve 1961, The Beatles together with Neil Aspinall loaded their equipment into a van and drove down to London. Brian Epstein travelled by train. Arrived at about 10pm they booked into The Royal Hotel in Russell Square, and then went out on the town to join the New Year revellers in Trafalgar Square. 1 January 1962, the following morning The Beatles arrived at Decca’s West Nampstead studios to find that Brain Epstein was already there. Brian was annoyed, it was approaching 11am, the time of the audition, and no one from Decca had yet arrived. Mike Smith eventually arrived at 11.30 and The Beatles began to unload their equipment only to be told that it wasn’t required and that they were to use the guitars and equipment provided. The Beatles, now in the relatively calm and controlled environment of the recording studio, ran through the songs they had selected from their repertoire, eventually recording at least 15 songs, including three of their own that they had included despite Brian’s instructions. The session finished at about 2pm and Mike Smith, impressed with their recordings, told them there would not be an immediate decision, as that would come from higher above.

For the first time, all 15 The Beatles tracks recorded on the Decca studios were published on the Circuit Records in 1979. After five years, 12 of the 15 recordings were reissued as The Complete Silver Beatles (AFLP 1047), AFE Records release, 1982. And still after five years, 12 recordings have been reissued as The Decca Sessions 1.1.62 (TOP 181), Topline Records release, 1987.

1. First pressing, 1979. As “Beatles Decca Tapes” LK4438-1, Circuit Records. On the reverse side of the sleeve is a work of historical fiction “The Untold Story of Decca Tapes”, author Grid Leek.


Variation A: Green labels, possible manufactured by Hayes’s factory, 1979. Matrix numbers: LK 4438-A / LK 4438-B.


Variation B: Red labels, and the most prominent groove, which is a similar on Decca presses. But the exact date of making and manufacturer unknown. Possible this edition is a fake.


2. Second pressing. As “The Complete Silver Beatles” AFLP 1047, Audiofidelity Enterprises Records. Released on September 10, 1982. The album contains 12 of the 15 tracks recorded on the Decca studios. See details in “Beatles on Audiofidelity Enterprises Records”.

3. Third pressing, October 19, 1987. As “The Decca Sessions 1.1.62” TOP 181, Topline Records. 12 tracks.

Top 181-1Top 181-2

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