Early Beatles Acetate Copy That'll Be The Day 78 Record
  $   2,810


$ 2810 Sold For
Nov 5, 2010 Sold Date
Oct 29, 2010 Start Date
$   10 Start price
30   Number Of Bids
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Very rare copy of the earliest Beatles recording. 10" 78rpm record, That'll Be The Day / In Spite of All the Danger. The original was recorded in 1958, and they were the Quarry Men at the time. They were John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lowe & Collin Hanton. John Lennon sang the lead on both of these songs. It was their first recording, and they only made the demo. This recording wasn't available until it was released on The Beatles Anthology Volume 1 in 1995, and In Spite of All The Danger was edited a little. In 2000, John Lowe made 5000 copies of this super rare record, and I think this is one of those copies. This record is mostly clean, with a few light scuffs. It plays OK- you do have to play it at 78. If you have any questions, please ask. Please read the next paragraph for shipping info, or buyer may pay for and pick up items in person in Rockport, MA.

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On Nov-01-10 at 11:00:03 PDT, seller added the following information:

Hi, We did play both sides, and it plays fine. There are the usual snaps & crackles you usually think of on 78s, but no skips at all. (We think that sound is original to the old recording, though- I don't see dust in these grooves.) This record is quite clean, really. It has just the slightest marks on the surface, but no deep scratches or anything.

On Nov-03-10 at 08:47:33 PDT, seller added the following information:

Hello, There has been so much interest and so many questions, we had to do a lot more research into this record. I found out that the John Lowe copies didn't actually play, and this one does. We then thought maybe this is one of Paul's copies. We had played it at 45 on our stereo just to check it out, so we took it to a friend's to play at 78, and In Spite of All The Danger was 2 minutes 48 seconds, which is too short for the original 3 minutes and 44 seconds. So, I don't think it's one of the 50 Paul made either. Also, now I was getting to be almost sure it's a regular vinyl record, not an acetate, then we noticed that with back-lighting, there are 3 extra holes in it, hidden by the label. PLease email me if you know anything more! If you need to retract a bid, you can do that, or email me for help. Thanks everybody!

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