ORIGINAL AUDITION TAPE, CIRCA 1962
Company: Wizardo Records
Matrix Number: WRMB 308 A / WRMB 308 B
Release Date: June 1975
1. I GOT A WOMAN (incomplete)
2. I GOT A WOMAN (incomplete)
3. GLAD ALL OVER
4. I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND
5. THE HIPPY HIPPY SHAKE
6. SURE TO FALL (IN LOVE WITH YOU)
7. DON'T EVER CHANGE
8. A SHOT OF RHYTHM AND BLUES
9. A SHOT OF RHYTHM AND BLUES
10. NOTHIN' SHAKIN' (BUT THE LEAVES ON THE TREES)
11. I FORGOT TO REMEMBER TO FORGET (incomplete)
12. THE HONEYMOON SONG
13. LONESOME TEARS IN MY EYES
14. SO HOW COME (NO ONE LOVES ME)
15. LOVE OF THE LOVED
17. CRYING WAITING HOPING
18. TO KNOW HER IS TO LOVE HER (incomplete)
19. LEND ME YOUR COMB (incomplete)
21. I'M GONNA SIT RIGHT DOWN AND CRY (OVER YOU)
Sound quality: VG mono excepting when otherwise indicated
1, 3, 4, 6 to 8, 10, 12 to 14, 17, 18, 21: from YELLOW MATTER CUSTARD
2: from SOLDIER OF LOVE (F)
5: from OUTAKES 1
9: from STOCKHOLM (P)
11: from HAVE YOU HEARD THE WORD
15: from L.S. BUMBLE BEE (F)
16: from OUTAKES 2
19, 20: from PEACE OF MIND (F)
A collection of previously available BBC radio cuts, taken from various sources and arranged in order to distribute a record with only officially unreleased tracks, that has nothing to do with the Decca tracks. This is what Wizardo told us regarding this misleading title: "Most Beatle collectors back in the early seventies had heard about the mythical Decca Audition Tape. I think Hunter Davies was the first to talk about its existence in his Beatles biography. Up until it was finally offered for sale at the Capitol Records swap meet, ten years later, it was considered the holy grail for Beatle collectors. As a result, everybody was looking for it and there were always a million false trails with no pay off. I had been promised a copy of the tape from a collector in Houston. I was foolish to believe him but told J it looked like a sure thing. The tape of course never arrived, but J had printed one of those damn order forms listing 'The Beatles Decca Audition' as being available for sale. When I told him it wasn't happening, he had Mad Jack copy Yellow Matter Custard [NOTE - also tracks from some other records] and draw up a cover saying 'Decca Audition Tape'. No point in letting a little lie get in the way of selling records, he figured. I was furious and insisted that Mad Jack was to have nothing to do with making records, only insert artwork. I waited a couple of weeks, then convinced J we no longer needed Jack or his wife working for us. We fired both of them and never regretted it. Once a bootleg got out of the barn there was no point in trying to close the doors. I refused to provide my customers with the record, but they would insist on ordering it anyhow. I've no idea how many times those stampers got pressed on, but it was always embarrassing to me. The record never should have been made in the first place.". Nevertheless, this is not an unpleasant compilation for the time, even though quality of some songs is quite poor.
1. June 1975 (photo below the title). The original pressing came with a full-size insert printed in sepia color and the disc had the usual dark blue generic Wizardo labels; the layout is dated June 9, 1975.
All the pressings of this master were done at the Rainbo plants, and are in black vinyl. No copies in colored vinyl, pressed at the Lewis plants, were realized.
A few copies, however, were released with a simple sheet with printed track listing and the Wizardo logo on bottom right. Considering the events that occurred during the realization of this record, as described by Mr. Wizardo, these seem to be copies distributed immediately after they had been pressed, before the insert was made available.
Early 1976. A further release had labels in light blue color and the insert was in reduced size, printed with black ink.
Mid 1976. As usual of Wizardo, the company prepared another version with a new insert, that for this record was titled DEMO SESSION. The disc had light blue Wizardo generic labels, a sticker with titles was on the back cover.
INTEREST. Today musically worthless, since all the songs are available in better quality, its interest is mainy for collectors. Not the commonest of the Wizardo releases (**/*). The copy with the insert withthe typewritten titles is extremely rare and highly interesting for collectors. (****).