Beatles — Live Club Gig – [ 2 hours!!! RARE audio ]



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One of my favorite live tapes is the roughly recorded “Beatles at the Star Club” album. It’s just good and crunchy. However, when I discovered this really rare version, you can hear it’s obviously processed from something much closer to the original source. Not only is that obvious because of the additional material (e.g, long talk breaks) but also the gentler, more life-like production. (If you know of the location of the original I would love to hear it!)

The original source tape was obviously in mono but whoever engineered this two-hour version [ called Zu Laut or “Too Loud” in German ] did a decent job of bringing out the sound, with artificial strereo. They did this by applying reverb to the low bass and the high treble, but not the vocals or guitar in the mid-range, and it makes you feel like you’re a little more present in the room. Most attempts of adding reverb are pretty gruesome, but I respect this effort.

Also on this channel, I have also posted my own upgrade to this with selected cuts edited down to one hour and the sound cranked up a bit for a general audience, mostly by increasing the bass and the treble volumes and adding a little more compression.

(In addition, on this channel, I edited a version of the Star Club that is really over-cranked just for fun — mostly to attempt to even out the treble/bass volumes from that production.)

I like all of the versions of the Star Club recordings — it really showcases why they always hearkened back to those zealous gigs — yet I also understand why some modern listeners can’t digest them. To me they all have pluses and minuses. But this here is a special rarity, for those who love this stuff. Maybe one day we will get to hear the original recording!

Enjoy!

I saw this set list on a web site:

BEATLES:

Be-Bop-A-Lula (with Fred Fascher on vocals)
I Saw Her Standing There
Hallelujah, I Love Her So (with Horst Fascher on vocals)
Red Hot (with John on organ/final 23 seconds recontructed)
Sheila (first four bars reconstructed)
Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey
Shimmy Like Kate
Reminiscing
Red Sails In The Sunset
Sweet Little Sixteen
Roll Over Beethoven
A Taste Of Honey (final 40 seconds reconstructed)
Nothin’ Shakin’ But The Leaves On The Trees
I Saw Her Standing There
To Know Her Is To Love Her
Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby
Till There Was You
Where Have You Been All My Life?
Lend Me Your Comb
Your Feet’s Too Big
I’m Talking About You
A Taste Of Honey
A Taste of Honey (fragment)
Matchbox
Little Queenie
Roll Over Beethoven
Road Runner (soundcheck)
The Hippy Hippy Shake
I’m Talking About You (partial)
Reminiscing (partial)
A Taste Of Honey (with Tony Sheridan on backing vocals?)

I Remember You (some looping still present)
Ask Me Why
Besame Mucho
Mr. Moonlight
Falling In Love Again
I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) (final 2 seconds reconstructed)
To Know Her Is To Love Her (partial)
Shazam (soundcheck)
The Hippy Hippy Shake
I’m Talking About You
Glad All Over (fragment) (a further 42 seconds exist)
Long Tall Sally
Twist and Shout
Taste of Honey

KINGSIZE TAYLOR AND THE DOMINOES
Money (That’s What I Want)
Sparkling Brown Eyes
Lovesick Blues
First Taste Of Love
Dizzy Miss Lizzy
Do You Believe
Ooh Poo Pah Shimmy
Twist And Shout

CAROL ELVYN AND THE STAR CLUB COMBO
Big River

CLIFF BENNETT & THE REBEL ROUSERS
Hully Gully

Sets are not necessarily in chronological order.
Recorded December 18 – 31, 1962.

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NEW! Beatles Complete Recording Sessions — 2018 — [ Amazon ]

Notes:

1. This was processed using analog multi-band compressors to even out the frequencies, giving it a more full, vintage sound.

2. This was not taken form an original source, so the sound could be cleaned up further, of course.

3. If you see me re-post this, I probably found a way to upgrade. Sometimes when you watch later or on another platform you see correctable glitches. FYI.

Here’s my book on the “Voice of Love”:

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4 Responses

  1. Dave Nevins -- Beatles says:

    One of my favorite live tapes is the roughly recorded "Beatles at the Star Club” album. It’s just good and crunchy. However, when I discovered this really rare version, you can hear it's obviously processed from something much closer to the original source. Not only is that obvious because of the additional material (e.g, long talk breaks) but also the gentler, more life-like production. (If you know of the location of the original I would love to hear it!)

    The original source tape was obviously in mono but whoever engineered this two-hour version [ called Zu Laut or "Too Loud" in German ] did a decent job of bringing out the sound, with artificial strereo. They did this by applying reverb to the low bass and the high treble, but not the vocals or guitar in the mid-range, and it makes you feel like you’re a little more present in the room. Most attempts of adding reverb are pretty gruesome, but I respect this effort.

    Also on this channel, I have also posted my own upgrade to this with selected cuts edited down to one hour and the sound cranked up a bit for a general audience, mostly by increasing the bass and the treble volumes and adding a little more compression.

    (In addition, on this channel, I edited a version of the Star Club that is really over-cranked just for fun — mostly to attempt to even out the treble/bass volumes from that production.)

    I like all of the versions of the Star Club recordings — it really showcases why they always hearkened back to those zealous gigs — yet I also understand why some modern listeners can't digest them. To me they all have pluses and minuses. But this here is a special rarity, for those who love this stuff. Maybe one day we will get to hear the original recording!

    Enjoy!

    Notes:

    1. This was processed using analog multi-band compressors to even out the frequencies, giving it a more full, vintage sound.

    2. This was not taken form an original source, so the sound could be cleaned up further, of course.

    3. If you see me re-post this, I probably found a way to upgrade. Sometimes when you watch later or on another platform you see correctable glitches. FYI.

    Here's my book on the "Voice of Love":
    https://www.amazon.com/Surrendering-Abundance-Receiving-Spirit-Filled-Messages/dp/1512049239/theofficiapet-20

    http://www.davenevins.com

  2. Enrico Sanchez says:

    30:44 Paul: "A lied (song) which John's gonna hate- Taste of Honey". John: "I love it!" Never heard that exchange before. 32:35 Never heard this extra verse either. 51:23 John: "I don't know whether you can understand me or not, but piss off."

  3. Dave Nevins -- Beatles says:

    I saw this set list on a web site:

    BEATLES:

    Be-Bop-A-Lula (with Fred Fascher on vocals)
    I Saw Her Standing There
    Hallelujah, I Love Her So (with Horst Fascher on vocals)
    Red Hot (with John on organ/final 23 seconds recontructed)
    Sheila (first four bars reconstructed)
    Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey
    Shimmy Like Kate
    Reminiscing
    Red Sails In The Sunset
    Sweet Little Sixteen
    Roll Over Beethoven
    A Taste Of Honey (final 40 seconds reconstructed)
    Nothin' Shakin' But The Leaves On The Trees
    I Saw Her Standing There
    To Know Her Is To Love Her
    Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby
    Till There Was You
    Where Have You Been All My Life?
    Lend Me Your Comb
    Your Feet's Too Big
    I'm Talking About You
    A Taste Of Honey
    A Taste of Honey (fragment)
    Matchbox
    Little Queenie
    Roll Over Beethoven
    Road Runner (soundcheck)
    The Hippy Hippy Shake
    I'm Talking About You (partial)
    Reminiscing (partial)
    A Taste Of Honey (with Tony Sheridan on backing vocals?)

    I Remember You (some looping still present)
    Ask Me Why
    Besame Mucho
    Mr. Moonlight
    Falling In Love Again
    I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) (final 2 seconds reconstructed)
    To Know Her Is To Love Her (partial)
    Shazam (soundcheck)
    The Hippy Hippy Shake
    I'm Talking About You
    Glad All Over (fragment) (a further 42 seconds exist)
    Long Tall Sally
    Twist and Shout
    Taste of Honey

    KINGSIZE TAYLOR AND THE DOMINOES
    Money (That's What I Want)
    Sparkling Brown Eyes
    Lovesick Blues
    First Taste Of Love
    Dizzy Miss Lizzy
    Do You Believe
    Ooh Poo Pah Shimmy
    Twist And Shout

    CAROL ELVYN AND THE STAR CLUB COMBO
    Big River

    CLIFF BENNETT & THE REBEL ROUSERS
    Hully Gully

    Sets are not necessarily in chronological order.
    Recorded December 18 – 31, 1962.

  4. Enrico Sanchez says:

    At long last, a complete version of Red Hot? Amazing!

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