Offered for sale is an original U.S. test pressing of the 1977 double live album Live at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany by the Beatles.
About this copy: This copy of Live at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany is a 1977 pressing on the Lingasong label.
These discs were issued without a cover, but we’ve added a stock cover to make the album complete. The cover is M- with trace corner wear.
The discs have white labels and are labeled as test pressings, but have song titles and timings printed on them.
The discs are M- and are likely unplayed. There are some faint scuffs from the original inner sleeves, but no spindle marks on the labels, and no significant marks on the vinyl. Clean discs!
A nice copy of a rare Beatles LP and the only test pressing we’ve ever had for sale.
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. It also sold reasonably well, reaching #111 on the U.S. album charts.
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.
The album reached #111 on the U.S. album charts.
The historical interest of this album is considerable: The Beatles, on the precipice of fame, playing their last Hamburg club show on December 31, 1962 (contrary to the 1961 date given on some liner notes). The problem, from a latter-day perspective, was that the Beatles didn’t play all that well, and, more importantly, the sound is not up to par in the least, as it was captured on a primitive portable recorder. That said, it’s interesting to hear the Beatles as they were in their club days, with a set list (almost exclusively covers) of early rock & roll tunes, several of which never made their way onto any official Beatle release.
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|Country of origin:||U.S.|
|Year of Release:||1977|