Silver Beatles* ‎– Silver Beatles

This MR gathers all different "The Decca Audition" releases with different Tracklists. The Beatles was known at the time by the name Silver Beatles.
All song performed in The Decca Audition:
1. Like Dreamers Do
2. Money (That's What I Want)
3. Till There Was You
4. The Sheik of Araby
5. To Know Her Is to Love Her
6. Take Good Care of My Baby
7. Memphis, Tennessee
8. Sure to Fall (In Love with You)
9. Hello Little Girl
10. Three Cool Cats
11. Crying, Waiting, Hoping
12. Love of the Loved
13. September in the Rain
14. Bésame Mucho
15. Searchin'


Memphis 2:15
3 Cool Cats 2:15
Crying, Waiting, Hoping 1:58
To Know Her Is To Love Her 2:31
Sure To Fall 1:58
Take Good Care Of My Baby 2:22
Besame Mucho 2:34
September In The Rain 1:49
Sheik Of Araby 1:38
Searchin' 2:57

Versions (44)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
AR 30003, AR 30 003 Silver Beatles* Silver Beatles(LP) All Round Trading, All Round Trading AR 30003, AR 30 003 Denmark 1982 Sell This Version
LK 4438-1 The Beatles The Decca Tapes(LP, Album, Mono, Pic, Unofficial) Circuit Records (3) LK 4438-1 UK 1979 Sell This Version
LK4438-1 The Beatles The Decca Tapes(LP, Unofficial, Mono) Circuit Records (3) LK4438-1 UK 1979 Sell This Version
LK4438-1, ECC F11339-533 The Beatles The Decca Tapes(LP, Unofficial, Mono) Circuit Records (3), Circuit Records (3) LK4438-1, ECC F11339-533 UK 1979 Sell This Version
38356 The Silver Beatles* Dawn Of The Silver Beatles(LP, Unofficial, Ltd, Num) PAC Records 38356 US 1981 Sell This Version
BSR 1111 Silver Beatles* Like Dreamers Do(3xLP, Mono, Pic, Unofficial) Backstage Records (6) BSR 1111 US 1982 Sell This Version
BSR2201 The Silver Beatles* Like Dreamers Do(LP, whi + LP, Pic) Backstage Records (6) BSR2201 US 1982 Sell This Version
AR 30 003, MC-AR 30003 Silver Beatles* Silver Beatles(Cass) All Round Trading, All Round Trading AR 30 003, MC-AR 30003 Denmark 1982 Sell This Version
ORL 8665 Silver Beatles* Silver Beatles(LP) Ricordi International ORL 8665 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
AR 30 003 Silver Beatles* Silver Beatles(LP, Album, Pic) All Round Trading AR 30 003 Denmark 1982 Sell This Version
AR 31003, WM 31003 Silver Beatles* Silver Beatles(LP, Comp) World Music (2), World Music (2) AR 31003, WM 31003 Europe 1982 Sell This Version
AR 2452 Silver Beatles* Silver Beatles(LP, Comp) All Round Trading AR 2452 US 1982 Sell This Version
AW-25020 (M) The Beatles Silver Beatles(LP, Mono, Comp) Trio Records AW-25020 (M) Japan 1982 Sell This Version
AR 30 003 Silver Beatles* Silver Beatles(LP, Mono, Pic) Audio Rarities AR 30 003 US 1982 Sell This Version
AR 30 003 Silver Beatles* Silver Beatles(LP, Pic) All Round Trading AR 30 003 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
ORK 78665 The Beatles Silver(Cass, Album) Ricordi International ORK 78665 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
AR-2452, AR 2452 Silver Beatles* The Complete Silver Beatles(LP, Comp) Audio Rarities, Audio Rarities AR-2452, AR 2452 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
AR-2452, AR 2452 Silver Beatles* The Complete Silver Beatles(LP, Comp) Audio Rarities, Audio Rarities AR-2452, AR 2452 US 1982 Sell This Version
AFELP 1047 The Beatles The Complete Silver Beatles(LP, Unofficial) AFE AFELP 1047 UK 1982 Sell This Version
UXP-762-V, XP-762 The Beatles The Silver Beatles(LP, Mono + 7", Pic) Overseas Records, Overseas Records UXP-762-V, XP-762 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
BWY 72 The Beatles 1962 The Audition Tapes(LP) Breakaway BWY 72 UK 1983 Sell This Version
MALPS-648 The Beatles Birth Of A Legend(LP) Music World MALPS-648 Australasia 1983 Sell This Version
AR-30003 The Beatles Silver Beatles(LP, Pic) Audio Rarities AR-30003 Denmark 1983 Sell This Version
FM 14511 The Beatles Silver Beatles(LP, Album) Famous Music FM 14511 Greece 1985 Sell This Version
30CP-55 The Silver Beatles* The Silver Beatles(CD, Unofficial, Mono) Overseas Records 30CP-55 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
TOP 181 The Beatles The Decca Sessions 1.1.62(LP, Unofficial) Topline Records TOP 181 UK 1987 Sell This Version
PULS 005 The Beatles In The Beginning ...(CD, Comp, Unofficial) Pulsar PULS 005 Netherlands 1989 Sell This Version
PULS 005 Beatles* The Decca Tapes(CD, Unofficial) Pulsar PULS 005 Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
YD 011 The Silver Beatles* The Original Decca Tapes & Cavern Club Rehearsals(CD, Mono, Unofficial) Yellow Dog Records (2) YD 011 Luxembourg 1991 Sell This Version
MDCD 005 The Silver Beatles* The Complete Decca Audition (CD, Unofficial, Ltd, Num) Masterdisc (5) MDCD 005 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
YD 061 The Beatles The Decca Tapes, Speed Corrected(CD, Unofficial) Yellow Dog Records (2) YD 061 Luxembourg 1995 Sell This Version
CDC 010162 The Beatles New Year's Day(CD, Album, Mono, Unofficial) Apple Records (3) CDC 010162 US 2001 Sell This Version
PMC 6211 The Beatles The Decca Audition(CDr, Mono, Unofficial) Apple Records (3), Dr Ebbetts PMC 6211 US 2007 Sell This Version
TOCP-6211 The Beatles The Decca Audition(CD, Unofficial, Vin) Parlophone (2) TOCP-6211 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
G.R. 675 The Beatles Where Are We Going, Boys? The Definitive DECCA Tapes(CD, Unofficial) The Godfatherecords G.R. 675 Europe 2011 Sell This Version
DOK326 The Beatles The Decca Tapes(LP, RE, Unofficial, Mono + CD) Doxy DOK326 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
SB-18 The Beatles Raw Energy(CD, RM, Unofficial) Romance Records (2) SB-18 US Unknown Sell This Version
none The Beatles Raw Energy(Cass, Unofficial, RM) Romance Records (2) none US Unknown Sell This Version
HIS 11182 The Beatles Silver Beatles(LP, Unofficial) Historic Records HIS 11182 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
AR-2452 Silver Beatles* The Complete Silver Beatles(Cass, Comp) Audio Rarities AR-2452 US Unknown Sell This Version
LK 4430 The Beatles The Decca Tapes(CD, Comp, Unofficial, Dig) Decca LK 4430 Unknown Sell This Version
LK-4438 The Beatles The Decca Tapes(CD, Comp, Unofficial, Dig) Decca (3) LK-4438 Unknown Sell This Version
ORC 12880 The Beatles The Silver Beatles(CD, Unofficial) Not On Label (The Beatles) ORC 12880 Unknown Sell This Version
ZAP 1047 ( LK-4438 ) The Beatles The Untold Story Of The Decca Tapes(LP, Unofficial) Fifteen-Track Gap ZAP 1047 ( LK-4438 ) Unknown Sell This Version

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November 4, 2015
referencing The Decca Sessions 1.1.62, LP, Unofficial, TOP 181
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.


December 10, 2012
referencing 1962 The Audition Tapes, LP, BWY 72
Liner Notes

The story is a familiar one even today, 20 years AB (After the Beatles). An aspiring, hardup pop group from a musically unfashionable English province trying to make the big time. An audition for a major record company. Brash over-confidence in the group's van travelling down to London. Nervous, uneasy conversation with the important A&R man. Heart flutter at the sight of the red light.

The fastidious after session self-questioning during the long journey home and the seemingly unending wait until news of the dreaded rejection arrives.

With a few rare exceptions, all musicians, be they solo artists, instrumentalists or groups, have at some time gone through this agonizing procedure. The Beatles, a group destined to change the entire course of popular music, whose members influenced (perhaps unwittingly) virtually every aspect of an entire generation, were not one the exceptions.

Early in November 1961 Brian Epstein, the dapper manager of NEMS, a prosperous record store in Liverpool's city centre, had become aware of the Beatles, a local beat combo who regularly played in a nearby club called the Cavern.

Epstein paid a visit to one of the group's lunchtime sessions and was so captivated by what he saw that within a few days he arranged a private meeting and offered to manage them. They were sceptical, and sensing that he needed to pull off a major coup to seal their final approval, Brian promised to use his power as a major North-West record retailer to secure them a recording contract. Word soon found its way to the head of A&R (artists and Repertoire) at Decca in London, that an important company client had a group to audition and, within the week, his young assistant was despatched to the Cavern to see the Beatles in their natural surroundings. Although impressed with their live performance he wanted to see how the group would react in the confines of a recording studio before offering the prized contract.

So it was that on New Year' Eve 1961, the Beatles - John, Paul, George and luckless drummer Pete Best, later to be controversially ousted in favour of Ringo Starr on the eve of the group's success - travelled down from Liverpool to London in an old beat up van, battling against driving snowstorms which caused them to lose their way near Wolverhampton. Their destination: an audition for the mighty Decca organisation, and the big time.

At 11am the next morning, an icy New Year's Day, the Beatles and Brian Epstein, who had journeyed to London to see his boys first step up the ladder to success, arrived at Decca's cold West Hampstead studios and waited.

Back home the Beatles were renowned for their raucous stage act and their relentless pursuit to be different from other local groups. This attitude was perfectly reflected in their musical repertoire, where they would perversely sandwich eccentric rocked up arrangements of old standards like Moonglow, Besame Mucho, Beautiful Dreamer, The Sheik Of Araby and even Falling In Love Again between the staple diet of Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry and Little Richard numbers.

Brian Epstein persuaded the Beatles that they should present to Decca a well balanced MOR selection, equally spotlighting their talent for performing unusual standards, rock, and their own compositions.

Twelve of the tracks nervously laid down that fateful day at Decca are included on this album. A slice of rock'n'roll history, miraculously preserved like a time capsule for over twenty years. Only two of the songs were later recorded for EMO release, John's unusually timid vocal treatment of Barret Strong's 1960 Tamla Motown hit Money (That's What I Want) and Paul's wistful rendition of Till There Was You from the 1957 stage musical The Music Man, which had also been an American top thirty hit for Anita Bryant in 1960.

The remaining ten tracks presented here include two more very apprehensive John Lennon lead vocals: To Know Her Is To Love Her, a 1958 hit for the all-girl group the Teddy Bears (with her's substituted for him's), written by Phil Spector, and an over-reverent version of Chuck Berry's brilliant Memphis, Tennessee. A nervous but little more self-assured Paul; McCartney handles the lead on Besame Mucho, originally a 1943 crooner by Jimmy Dorsey but, more importantly for the Beatles, also a 1960 recording by the Coasters. Paul also takes lead vocals on another Coasters song, the Lieber-Stoller composition Searchin' from 1957; Sure To Fall (In Love With You), a country and western song written and first recorded by Carl Perkins, an idol and enormous influence on the Beatles; and a melodic version of September In The Rain, written by noted film tunesmiths Harry Warren and Al Dubin for the 1937 movie Melody For Two. American jazz singer Dinah Washington had a version of the song in the UK charts in late-1961, no doubt prompting the Beatles cover.

Years after the Beatles split in 1970, George Harrison bemoaned the minor role assigned to him by John and Paul for his own contribution to the group's success. Yet in their formative years he played a key part in their make-up, if not by writing his own material like Lennon and McCartney, then by singing the lead vocals on a good deal of their stage repertoire. Such was the case at the Decca audition where his young, wavering voice (George was not yet 19) was prominent on four songs: Three Cool Cats, another 1959 Coasters song from the prolific pens of Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, performed with great gusto and exuberance by the Beatles; Crying, Waiting, Hoping, an obscure Buddy Holly B-side from 1959; The Sheik Of Araby, another Beatles crowd pleaser (not arf!) Originally written for the 1940 movie Tin Pan Alley; and Take Good Care Of My Baby, a number one hit on both sides of the Atlantic for Bobby Vee in 1961, written by husband and wife team Gerry Goffin and Carole King, songwriters of great stature in the early sixties.

As is now history, Decca passed up their golden opportunity to sign the Beatles in favour of Brian Poole and The Tremeloes, who hailed from nearby Dagenham in Essex. They weren't the only record company with eggs on their faces within twelve months. The Beatles were also rejected by many other record companies in early 1962, including EMI subsidiaries HMV and Columbia. So they were in good, if not rich, company.

Brian Epstein made one last desperate attempt to persuade Decca to sign the Beatles. In March 1962 he travelled alone to London to plead with the company's hierarchy. Their blunt retort was that guitar groups were on the way out. Epstein walked out in a furious rage grandly proclaiming, as did every manager of the time, that his group would one day be bigger than Elvis Presley...


Writer/researcher MARK LEWISOHN is the author of Here There and Everywhere: The Beatles on Stage, to be published in 1984. He also has his own regular columns in various Beatles fan magazines, and has assisted a great many authors, newspapers and periodicals, radio and television stations, with his specialist knowledge.


April 3, 2011
referencing Silver Beatles, LP, Mono, Pic, AR 30 003
Given that the catalog # is the same as the regular LP release (release 1576258), there are good chances that the label would be the same as well: All Round Trading.


March 14, 2011
referencing Silver Beatles, LP, AR 30003, AR 30 003
My copy has AR 31003 on the record cover and "world music" on the vinyl itself


October 2, 2010
referencing Silver Beatles, LP, Mono, Pic, AR 30 003
My copy has two black and white photos and the text:

All rights reserved
Made in Denmark
P 1983 ncb

AR - 30003