All big Beatles fans are familiar with the “Star Club Recordings.” They were recorded on a home tape recorder by a fan in the crowd at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany, on December 31, 1962. Originally released on vinyl in 1977, it sounds awful, but it’s the only recorded evidence we have of the Beatles kicking ass as a balls-out garage band.
And now, Billboard is reporting that Fuego Entertainment plans to release never-before-heard Beatles live recordings made in 1962 at the Star Club. Fuego says its collection includes previously unheard tracks, such as covers of Hank Williams’ “Lovesick Blues” and Maurice Williams’ “Do You Believe.”
Hardcore Beatles maniacs are skeptical. After streaming the one full track and 3 clips available (for $4.95!), the consensus is:
• “I Saw Her Standing There” is the booted-but-not-released version.
• “Hippy Hippy Shake” is the released version.
• “Lovesick Blues” is the booted version (not the Beatles).
• “A Taste Of Honey,” however, is new.
Could be interesting. But it’s probably not what Fuego is claiming it is.