Offered for sale is a rare copy of the 1977 double live album Live at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany by the Beatles, with one of the two discs pressed on promo-only red vinyl.
About this copy: This copy of Live at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany is an original 1977 pressing on the Lingasong label, and this copy is a bit unusual in that one disc is black vinyl and one disc is red vinyl.
The first disc (containing sides 1 and 4) is a stock copy on black vinyl.
The second disc (containing sides 2 and 3) is a promotional copy pressed on red vinyl. The label on this disc says “DJ Copy – Not For Sale.”
Both the black vinyl disc and the red vinyl disc are M- and appear to be unplayed.
The cover is M- and is still in the shrink wrap. There is a bit of wear at the corners.
A nice copy of a record that’s hard to find on red vinyl.
Background: Live at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany is a recording of one of the Beatles’ last performances in Hamburg in late 1962, right before they became famous.
As Ringo Starr had joined the band the previous August, he was playing during the band’s two week stay in Germany.
The manager for another band brought a tape recorder to one of the performances and recorded both his band and the Beatles, using a tape recorder with a single microphone.
The tapes were largely forgotten for years, but in 1977, the then owners of the tapes spent $100,000 cleaning up the sound and released them as a double album on the newly-formed Lingasong label.
The album, while poor in sound quality, did have some artistic significance and the album’s release also inspired Capitol Records to release the Live at the Hollywood Bowl album later that same year.
Though most promotional copies of Live at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany were pressed on black vinyl, a few were pressed on either red or blue vinyl. Both the blue vinyl and the red vinyl pressings are quite rare.