Brian Epstein’s copy of the Decca Audition tape of the Beatles is estimated to fetch up to £80,000 at Sotheby’s London.
The rare recording will go under the hammer during the online sale “The Beatles,” which features memorabilia ranging across the British band’s performing career. (malaymal)
This audition tape was recorded at the Decca studio in the London suburb of West Hampstead on New Year’s Day in 1962 — just a few weeks after the Beatles’ notorious live performance at the Cavern. – Listen below
The yet-to-be-discovered band notably performed 15 songs for their first commercial test for Decca, including Money, Till there was you,The Sheik of Araby, Like Dreamers Do and September in the Rain.
Paul McCartney took the lead on the vocals for seven songs, while John Lennon and George Harrison were each on the lead for four songs.
With about 200 songs in the Lennon-McCartney catalog, Paul and John agreed on the primary authorship of nearly every track.
In his autobiography, A Cellarful of Noise, manager Brian Epstein recalled that Decca’s senior A&R Dick Rowe assured him at the time that “guitar bands are out.”
While this unsuccessful audition entered the annals of music history, Epstein’s copy of the Decca Audition tape is now hitting the auction block at Sotheby’s London.
The recording, which will lead the auction house’s “The Beatles” online sale, is expected to sell for between £50,000 and £70,000 (around RM271,247 andRM379,746).
Although recordings from the Decca session surfaced in the mid-1970s, Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn noted that this audition tape is unique.
“The tracks themselves are not unique — the first bootlegs of the Decca session appeared in the mid-70s and three of these seven tracks appeared on ‘The Beatles Anthology I.’ But this tape has a uniquely important provenance and played a significant role in the early history of The Beatles,” he said in a statement.