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The Beatles - Circa 1960 in the Beginning
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The Beatles - Circa 1960 in the Beginning

First released: 1970, May 4

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Tracks
  1. Ain't She Sweet (2:10)
    Recorded: June 23, 1961 at Friedrich-Eberts-Halle, Hamburg, Germany
    John Lennon - lead vocal, rhythm guitar
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar
    George Harrison - lead guitar
    Pete Best - drums
    Karl Hinze - engineer
  2. Cry for a Shadow (2:22)
    Recorded: June 22, 1961 at Friedrich-Eberts-Halle, Hamburg, Germany
    John Lennon - rhythm guitar
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar
    George Harrison - lead guitar
    Pete Best - drums
    Karl Hinze - engineer
  3. Let's Dance (2:32)
    Performed by Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers (Beatles)
  4. My Bonnie (2:40)
    Recorded: June 22, 1961 at Friedrich-Eberts-Halle, Hamburg, Germany
    Tony Sheridan - lead vocal
    John Lennon - rhythm guitar, background vocal
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar, background vocal
    George Harrison - lead guitar, background vocal
    Pete Best - drums
    Peter Klemt - engineer
  5. Take out Some Insurance on Me Baby (If You Love Me Baby) (2:52)
    Recorded: June 24, 1961 at Studio Rahlstedt, Hamburg, Germany
    Tony Sheridan - lead vocal
    John Lennon - rhythm guitar
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar
    George Harrison - lead guitar
    Pete Best - drums
    Karl Hinze - engineer
  6. What'd I Say (2:37)
    Performed by Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers
  7. Sweet Georgia Brown (2:03)
    Recorded: June 24, 1961 at Friedrich-Eberts-Halle, Hamburg, Germany;
    December 21, 1961 at Musikhalle, Hamburg, Germany with lead vocals re-recorded in 1963
    Tony Sheridan - lead vocal
    John Lennon - rhythm guitar
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar
    George Harrison - lead guitar
    Pete Best - drums
    Karl Hinze - engineer
  8. The Saints (When the Saints Go Marching in) (3:19)
    Recorded: June 22, 1961 at Friedrich-Eberts-Halle, Hamburg, Germany
    Tony Sheridan - lead vocal
    John Lennon - rhythm guitar
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar
    George Harrison - lead guitar
    Pete Best - drums
    Karl Hinze - engineer
  9. Ruby Baby (2:48)
    Performed by Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers
  10. Why (2:55)
    Recorded: June 22-23, 1961 at Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany
    Tony Sheridan - lead vocal
    John Lennon - rhythm guitar
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar
    George Harrison - lead guitar
    Pete Best - drums
    Karl Hinze - engineer
  11. Nobody's Child (3:52)
    Recorded: June 23, 1961 at Friedrich-Eberts-Halle, Hamburg, Germany
    Tony Sheridan - lead vocal
    John Lennon - rhythm guitar
    Paul McCartney - bass guitar
    George Harrison - lead guitar
    Pete Best - drums
    Peter Klemt - engineer
  12. Ya Ya (2:48)
    Performed by Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers
Credits
Producer: Bert Kaempfert
Cover Photo by: Joel Brodsky

Pete Best: Drums
George Harrison: Lead vocal, Lead guitar
John Lennon: Lead vocal, Rhythm guitar
Paul McCartney: Bass guitar
Tony Sheridan: Lead vocal
Releases
1970, May 4 Polydor 24-4504 (US)
Reviews & comments
All Music Guide (2002, April 28)
Before beginning their recording career, the Beatles recorded a few tracks in Hamburg in 1961 as the backing group for British singer Tony Sheridan. Reissued in countless different packages around the globe after the Beatles became famous, this should in no way be considered their first album; not only were their skills rudimentary, but Sheridan takes all but one of the lead vocals on this set of fairly tame covers of popular and early rock standards. Several tracks are of interest: "Ain't She Sweet," with a lead vocal by John Lennon, was a small American hit single in 1964; the driving instrumental "Cry for a Shadow" was written by Lennon and George Harrison; and "My Bonnie," with Paul McCartney's shouts clearly audible in the background, was responsible for bringing the group to the attention of Brian Epstein. — Richie Unterberger

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