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The Beatles Live! At The Star-Club In Hamburg, Germany; 1962, Lingasong LNL1.

Published April 27th, 2012

Lingasong Records was a record label formed by Paul Murphy of Buk Records for the sole purpose of producing and marketing The Beatles’ “Live album Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962”. The album was released in 1977 after The Beatles lost a court case to block it. Lingasong teamed up with other record labels for distribution of the album in various countries, and the songs themselves were later licensed to other record companies.

Twist And Shout / Falling In Love Again, Lingasong NB 1. Both tracks taken from the album The Beatles’ “Live! At The Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962”. Single was released to promote the album on May 25, 1977. It was released in a plain white sleeve.

Variation A. Promotional copy.

Variation B. Standard copy.

Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962, Lingasong LNL 1,  is a double album featuring live performances by The Beatles, recorded in late December 1962 at the Star Club during their final Hamburg residency. Recorded by Ted “Kingsize” Taylor at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany between December 18 and 31, 1962. The tapes were originally described as having been recorded in the spring of 1962, an attempt to pre-date The Beatles’ June 1962 contract signing with Parlophone. However, song arrangements and dialogue from the tapes pointed to late December 1962, and a recording date of 31 December 1962 (the group’s last day in Hamburg) was commonly cited. Later researchers have proposed that the tapes are from multiple days during the last week of December; Allan Williams (The Beatles’ booking agent at the time) recalled that a total of about three hours was recorded over three or four sessions between Christmas and New Year’s Day. The album first appeared in Germany in April 8, 1977 in association with Bellaphon Records, and was released in the UK on May 25, 1977. The album has a gatefold sleeve and plain white inner sleeves.

Matrix numbers: Side 1: LNL1-A-2E; Side 2: LNL1-B-1E; Side 3: LNL1-C-2E; Side 4: LNL1-D-1E.