|Never Mind The Tremeloes - Front Artwork||Never Mind The Tremeloes - Back Artwork|
|Catalogue No.||* none *|
|Release Date||July 2011|
On 1st January 1962, some four days before the English release of "My Bonnie", the Beatles auditioned for Decca, their first for a major U.K. record label.
As history records they were turned down.
As stated above, The Beatles legendary audition for Decca took place in London on New Year's Day in 1962.
The group as it was then - John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Pete Best - travelled down from Liverpool with driver and roadie Neil Aspinall. Beset by snowstorms, the party eventually arrived just in time for the 11am audition. Brian Epstein had travelled separately on train.
The group was annoyed that Smith turned up late, having spent the night before seeing in the new year. Smith further unnerved them by insisting they use Decca's amplifiers, having judged The Beatles' own gear to be substandard.
Five of the Decca recordings - Searchin', Three Cool Cats, The Sheik Of Araby, Like Dreamers Do and Hello Little Girl - appeared on the Anthology 1 collection in 1995. The rest have been widely available on bootleg since the late seventies.
Although nerves meant The Beatles didn't perform at their best, all four members and Brian Epstein were confident that the session would inevitably lead to a contract with Decca. The label, meanwhile, was erring towards Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, who had also auditioned that day. As head of A&R Dick Rowe later remembered:
"I told Mike he'd have to decide between them. It was up to him - The Beatles or Brian Poole and the Tremeoloes. He said, 'They're both good, but one's a local group, the other comes from Liverpool.' We decided it was better to take the local group. We could work with them more easily and stay closer in touch as they came from Dagenham."Hence the title of this issue !
But the official reason given was that "guitar groups are on the way out". These words would become infamous, and Dick Rowe later became known as "the man who turned down The Beatles". He did, however, sign The Rolling Stones on the recommendation of George Harrison.
Brian Epstein didn't take rejection lying down. He travelled back to London for further meetings with Decca, even promising their sales team that he'd buy 3,000 copies of any Beatles single they released. Had Dick Rowe been informed of this, history could have been quite different.
"I was never told about that at the time. The way economics were in the record business then, if we'd been sure of selling 3,000 copies, we'd have been forced to record them, whatever sort of group they were."However, the Decca audition tapes did prove fortunate for The Beatles. Had they signed to Decca, their career may never have involved Ringo Starr, who joined the group only after George Martin expressed concerns about Pete Best's drumming. Furthermore, the audition gave Epstein some good-quality recordings of the group on reel-to-reel, enabling him to take them around the remaining London labels.
The manager of the HMV record store on London's Oxford Street suggested that Epstein transfer the recordings from reel-to-reel to disc, to enable them to be more easily played. Epstein agreed, and immediately took the tapes to a studio and pressing plant situated above the store. Engineer Jim Foy was impressed with the recordings. When Epstein told him three of the songs were original Lennon-McCartney compositions, Foy contacted Sid Coleman, of music publishers Ardmore & Beechwood (a subsidiary of EMI), who offered Epstein a publishing deal.
Epstein's priority was to get the group signed, and so Coleman arranged a meeting between The Beatles' manager and George Martin, the A&R head at Parlophone. Upon hearing the Decca recordings, Martin was sufficiently interested to offer The Beatles an audition at Abbey Road.
This CD was made available for free as a download and announced as the ultimate version of the legendary Decca tapes.
|1||Money (That's What I Want)||2:22|
|2||The Sheik Of Araby||1:40|
|4||Three Cool Cats||2:23|
|5||Sure To Fall||2:01|
|6||September In The Rain||1:53|
|7||Take Good Care Of My Baby||2:25|
|8||'Til There Was You||2:57|
|9||Crying, Waiting, Hoping||2:01|
|10||To Know Her Is To Love Her||2:34|
|13||Like Dreamers Do||2:34|
|14||Hello Little Girl||1:38|
|15||Love Of The Loved||1:50|