The Beatles’ audition tape famously rejected by a record executive in 1962 has finally been uncovered after 50 years.
The fledgling group were told “they had no future in showbusiness” as guitar groups were “on the way out” following the audition.
The decision by a Decca Records executive proved to be one of the worst made in music history.
Within months John, Paul, George and original drummer Pete Best had signed with EMI and went on to become the greatest band of all time.
Now the original safety master tape, a 10-track demo the group recorded at Decca’s London studios on New Year’s Day 1962, has come to public light for the first time.
It is thought the Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein held on to the tape he had paid to make and later gave it to an executive associated with EMI.
He sold it in 2002 to a prolific buyer of music memorabilia. He is now selling it at auction with a pre-sale estimate of 30,000 pounds.
The recording has never been officially released and the sound quality on it is said to be pristine. […]
I was more of fan of The Doors, The Stones, and Hendrix than of the Beatles. Nevertheless, I’d love to hear this…