Thursday, 2 January 2014

1963: The public domain tracks

The Italian Great Dane BBC boxed set was legally released in the nineties,  due to an older copyright law in the country.
2013 ebbed out without a follow-up to the iTunes-only release Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963. Thus, unless they sneaked out a vinyl boxed set somewhere unmonitored by us, around 50+ tracks from 1963 should now have entered the public domain in Europe. These are tracks that remain in The Beatles' vault, still unreleased. Of course, there's nothing very interesting there, these are tracks much like the afore mentioned iTunes release, a hodge podge of studio tracks, demos and BBC recordings. We provided a list of them in a previous blog post.

Since most of them have appeared on bootleg releases in the past, the tracks are circulating. More of them may be in high end private collections. Grey market compilations like last year's I Saw Her Standing There may now appear. Furthermore, the tracks can now be freely used as soundtracks to commercials or in upcoming movies. Of course, royalties will have to be paid, but that's a formality.

We promised to take you through the BBC tracks released on Bootleg Recordings 1963, so let us take a look:

An asterisk (*) denotes they didn't use a bootleg source, a hash sign (#) denotes having used Purple Chick BBC collection as a source..

*16 Some Other Guy "Saturday Club" 26.01.63 The end comment is not on a bootleg. The first two notes are from a bootleg, whereas the rest of the song is an upgrade from the previously booted source.
*17 Love Me Do "Saturday Club" 26.01.63 This song has been incomplete on bootlegs
18 Too Much Monkey Business is wrongly attributed to "Saturday Club", 26.01.63 according to iTunes, but is in fact from "Pop go the Beatles" 11.06.63. Poor quality.
#19. I Saw Her Standing There - Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" / 16th March, 1963
#20 Do You Want To Know A Secret from "Saturday Club", but not from 26.01.63 which is the date used by iTunes. The track is in fact from 25.05.1963.
#21 From Me To You "Saturday Club" but not 26.01.63. It's from 25.05.1963.
#22. I Got To Find My Baby - Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" wrongly labeled as 26.01.1963, is actually from 29.06.1963.
#23. Roll Over Beethoven - Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" / 29th June, 1963
#24. A Taste Of Honey - Live At BBC For "Easy Beat" / 23rd June, 1963
#25. Love Me Do - Live At BBC For "Easy Beat" / 20th October, 1963
#26. Please Please Me - Live At BBC For "Easy Beat" / 20th October, 1963
#27. She Loves You - Live At BBC For "Easy Beat" / 20th October, 1963
#28. I Want To Hold Your Hand - Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" / 21st December, 1963
#29. Till There Was You - Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" / 21st December, 1963
#30. Roll Over Beethoveen - Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" / 21st December, 1963
#31. You Really Got A Hold On Me - Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 4th June, 1963
#32. The Hippy Hippy Shake - Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 4th June, 1963
#33. Till There Was You - Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" /11th June, 1963
#34. A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues - Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 18th June, 1963
#35. A Taste Of Honey - Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 18th June, 1963
#36. Money (That's What I Want) - Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 18th June, 1963
*37. Anna - Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 25th June, 1963 From an upgraded source, but some tape damage patched with a booted source.
*38. Love Me Do - Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 10th September, 1963 An upgrade with less distortion than the booted version.
*39. She Loves You - Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 24th September, 1963 Upgrade
*40. I'll Get You - Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 10th September, 1963 Upgrade
*41. A Taste Of Honey - Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 10th September, 1963 From a new source, but a bit muffled
*42. Boys - Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 17th September, 1963 From a new source, but a bit muffled, plus suffering some tape damage.
*43. Chains - Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 17th September, 1963 Upgraded source.
*44. You Really Got A Hold On Me - Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 17th September, 1963 Upgraded source.
*45. I Saw Her Standing There - Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 24th September, 1963 Upgraded source, with less distortion than previously booted version.
*46. She Loves You - Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 10th September, 1963 This is actually the same performance as the one on track 39, but this recording is in slightly poorer quality.
*47. Twist And Shout - Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 24th September, 1963 From a new source, has less distortion than the previously booted source, but suffers from some tape damage.
#48. Do You Want To Know A Secret - Live At BBC For "Here We Go" / 12th March, 1963
49. Please Please Me - Live At BBC For "Here We Go" / 12th March, 1963
#50. Long Tall Sally - Live At BBC For "Side By Side" / 13th May, 1963 From the Great Dane BBC set!
#51. Chains - Live At BBC For "Side By Side" / 13th May, 1963
#52. Boys - Live At BBC For "Side By Side" / 13th May, 1963
#53. A Taste Of Honey - Live At BBC For "Side By Side" / 13th May, 1963
*54. Roll Over Beethoven - Live At BBC For "From Us To You" / 26th December, 1963 From an upgraded source, much clearer than previously booted.
#55. All My Loving - Live At BBC For "From Us To You" / 26th December, 1963
*56. She Loves You - Live At BBC For "From Us To You" / 26th December, 1963 From an upgraded source, much clearer than previously booted.
#57. Till There Was You - Live At BBC For "From Us To You" / 26th December, 1963

A CD-Rom which accompanied the Purple Chick BBC collection (2004)

The studio tracks were analyzed previously.

5 comments:

db said...

Good useful info —— thank you. If there's something to be learned here it's that the folk holding the keys to the vaults could save some face by consulting with folk like Roger first.

The Butobi Brothers said...

Any more studio outtakes going to be officially released by the Beatles?

Internotional Times said...

I'm reliably informed that it is now Apple's legal advice that unreleased archive material which was stolen property when it was bootlegged, remains stolen property and that this overarches the copyright-expiry issues.
In other words, grey market it at your own risk :P

Robert Freeman said...

It is incorrect to state that "the tracks can now be freely used as soundtracks to commercials or in upcoming movies. Of course, royalties will have to be paid, but that's a formality."

To sync even a public domain recording of a musical composition to video content you need permission of the owner of the copyright in the composition.

feelingfine said...

No you don't! If it's public domain you can't do anything about it at all - unless the MUSIC is still copyrighted ie: publishing. If for example the publishing as well as the recording rights are out of date, the original artist has no say in the matter whatsoever. Take that from me.