...AND THE BEATLES WERE BORN

Company: Napoleon

Matrix Number: NPLP 11044 A / NPLP 11044 (printed) 12-9-73 (handwritten)

Release Date: September 1973

Country: Italy

 

SIDE A

1. Paul intro BOYS

2. John intro A HARD DAY'S NIGHT

3. Paul intro LONG TALL SALLY

4. TWIST AND SHOUT

5. YOU CAN'T DO THAT

6. Paul intro ALL MY LOVING

 

B

7. DIDDY WAH DIDDY

8. MOONCHILD

9. FRYING PAN

10. BLUEBIRD

11. A QUICK ONE WHILE HE'S AWAY

 

Sound Quality: VG-mono

 

Source:

1 to 6: from  LIVE AT SHEA (Kustom Records version)

7 to 9: Captain Beefhart & his Magic Band (EX)

10: the Buffalo Springfield (EX)

11: the Who, "Rock'n'roll circus'' December 11.68 (EX); tracks 7 to 11 taken from the bootleg LP GULP!

COMMENTARY

This was the first Beatles bootleg released in Italy. Actually, it was realized as a legit italian release, with the S.I.A.E. (Italian Society of Authors and Publishers), the Italian copyright collecting agency, stamp on the label. As for its content, it was a senseless collection of tracks from two bootlegs, LIVE AT SHEA and GULP!, the latter being a record featuring, among other highlights, performances of the Rolling Stones Rock 'n' Roll Circus, originally released in August 1971.

RELEASES

1. September, 1973 (photo below the title). This album was originally released with a red printed cover having an identical design on both sides. It does not mention the other artists’ songs. The original had a light blue Napoleon Records label, saying (erroneously) that these songs also featured Tony Sheridan. The matrix is dated 12-9-73 (Italian dating system, thus September 9, 1973).

1980. For unknown reasons, considering its completely useless content, this record was reproposed in 1980, always under the Napoleon label, titled AO VIVO, with full color printed jacket, light blue fading to white labels, with fake titles on side B, and from a new matrix numbered OC 505 A / OC 505 B, with old numbers SQ-703 NPLP  110044 A/ SQ-703 NPLP  110044 B scratched. According to the indication on the label, this was supposedly pressed in Brazil, but we cannot confirm it.

 

INTEREST. Surely useless for its musical content, this record is anyway important from the discographical point of view, being it the first italian bootleg. It is nowadays not anymore very common, not even in Italy (***). The copy is rare, but, apart for this, it has a limited value (**).

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