Friday, 25 February 2011
Records, My Rare Vinyl LP's (The Merseyboys)
This must be the rarest LP I own. It is a 1964 Merseyboys album composed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison. I don't know much about this record, and why they released it, since the first Beatles album was released in 1963. I do believe it was made before 1964 however, I only date it from the copyright date. It contains songs from Please Please Me, which is confusing because it seems like this would have been their first album had they not changed to The Beatles and took on Rongo as the drummer. It must be after The Quarrymen and before The Beatles.
In the top right hand corner is the word Decca, which is the studio that turned down The Bealtes in 1962. They were turned down by a number of record companies by this time. George Martin had produced studio recordings of their songs (this was with Pete Best who would be sacked from the band this year).
This album could be one of the original demos they recorded for Decca and was subsequently rejected because "guitar music is on the way out" and "The Beatles have no future in show business." However, The Beatles would later hire Ringo Starr and become signed to Parlophone, and would record from 1963 - 1970 twelve criticality and commercially successful albums and would become one of the greatest bands in history.