...AND THE BEATLES WERE BORN
Matrix Number: NPLP 11044 A / NPLP 11044 (printed) 12-9-73 (handwritten)
Release Date: September 1973
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
7. DIDDY WAH DIDDY
9. FRYING PAN
11. A QUICK ONE WHILE HE'S AWAY
Sound Quality: VG-mono
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!
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.
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. The LP was pressed from a new matrix, numbered OC 505 A / OC 505 B, with the 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. Despite the lack of interest regarding its musical content, this record is significant in discography since it is the first Italian bootleg. It is nowadays not anymore very common, not even in Italy (***). The copy is rare, but, apart from this, it has a limited value (**).