The Beatles ‎– The Decca Sessions 1.1.62

Topline Records ‎– TOP 181
Vinyl, LP, Unofficial Release


A1 Three Cool Cats
A2 Memphis
A3 Besame Mucho
A4 The Sheik Of Araby
A5 Till There Was You
A6 Searchin'
B1 Sure To Fall
B2 Take Good Care Of My Baby
B3 Money
B4 To Know Her Is To Love Her
B5 September In The Rain
B6 Crying, Waiting, Hoping

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  • Barcode: 082333077218

Other Versions (5 of 68) View All

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
GW-05577 The Beatles Raw Energy(CD, Comp, Unofficial, Pap) Guess Who (3) GW-05577 Russia 2014 Sell This Version
AR 30 003 The Silver Beatles* Silver Beatles(LP, Album, Pic) All Round Trading AR 30 003 Denmark 1982 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
AFELP 1047 The Beatles The Complete Silver Beatles(LP, Unofficial) AFE AFELP 1047 UK 1982 Sell This Version



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November 4, 2015
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.