Photo taken at the Majestic Ballroom in Birkenhead on 10 April 1963
The rare alternate front cover. Photo taken in Liverpool near the Albert Docks in late September 1962 by Peter Kaye
The 1970s release was issued on blank, yellow Audifön (pictured), green ‘hörweite stereophonie’ and Ruthless Rhymes labels.
Release date: June 1978; Matrix BVP-005-RE
01. Too Much Monkey Business (Berry) – BBC Pop Go The Beatles #03 or #13 (listed for both dates in Way Beyond Compare); recorded 1 June 1963; Presenter: Lee Peters; Broadcast on 18 June 1963
02. The Hippy Hippy Shake (Romero) – BBC Pop Go The Beatles #13; recorded 3 September 1963
Presenter: Rodney Burke; Broadcast on 10 September 1963
03.^ Sweet Little Sixteen (Berry) (incomplete) – BBC Pop Go The Beatles #06; recorded 10 July 1963; Presenter: Rodney Burke; Broadcast on 23 July 1963
04. (There’s A) Devil In Her Heart (Drapkin) – BBC Pop Go The Beatles #10; recorded 16 July 1963
Presenter: Rodney Burke; Broadcast on 20 August 1963
05.* A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues (Thompson) (incomplete) – BBC Pop Go The Beatles #03; recorded 1 June 1963; Presenter: Lee Peters; Broadcast on 18 June 1963
06.* Memphis, Tennessee (Berry) – BBC Pop Go The Beatles #03; recorded 1 June 1963
07.* Sure To Fall (In Love With You) (Perkins/Claunch/Cantrell) – BBC Pop Go The Beatles #03
08. Youngblood (Leiber/Stoller/Pomus) (incomplete) – BBC Pop Go The Beatles #02
Recorded 1 June 1963; Presenter: Lee Peters; Broadcast on 11 June 1963
09. Crying, Waiting, Hoping (Holly) – BBC Pop Go The Beatles #08
Recorded 16 July 1963; Presenter: Rodney Burke; Broadcast on 6 August 1963
10. Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey (Leiber/Stoller/Penniman) – BBC Pop Go The Beatles #08
Recorded 16 Jul 1963; Presenter: Rodney Burke; Broadcast on 6 August 1963
11. I Forgot To Remember To Forget (Kesler/Feathers) – BBC From Us To You #3
Recorded 1 May 1964; Presenter: Alan Freeman; Broadcast on 18 May 1964
Quality is fair to poor throughout
In the 1980’s, a reissue with matrix BVP-005 and labels pictured here used the same cover art but changed the master for side 1 as follows:
Tracks 05. – 07. were changed to the 1 January Decca Audition versions and track 03. used an upgraded version copied from the bootleg Beautiful Dreamer
The Liverpool Empire 7 December 1963 concert, as broadcast by BBC TV later that evening on “It’s The Beatles!“, survived as a recording taped from a TV speaker (including the occasional cough from a person in the room) and made its debut on Youngblood.
A few months later it was also issued on the LP DEC. 1963 on the ODD label. The final song, an unlisted “From Me To You (reprise)/Harry Lime (Third Man Theme)” is a bit more complete here.
The last four tracks on side 2 are:
Rock And Roll Music – BBC Saturday Club # 325, rec. 25 November 1964; broadcast 26 December ’64 Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby / I’ll Follow The Sun – both from Top Gear #20, recorded 17 November 1964; broadcast 26 November 1964 Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey! – BBC Saturday Club # 325
All of these tracks were altered by overdubbing here with audience screaming either by the Audifön/Ruthless Rhymes producers or someone along the tape supply chain. Original versions would appear in 1980 & ’81 on Broadcasts and Air Time – also as significant upgrades.
This Youtube clip shows all the surviving video with inline sound. “Backstage, [the Beatles] watched in disappointed amazement [at the poor audio and visual presentations the BBC came up with] on a TV set brought over from the NEMS department store.” [quote from Way Beyond Compare, p. 107]
ODD reissued the master one more time under this misleading title (also attributed to Modern Jazz Records):
While Youngblood was not spared another life on Rat-o Cat-o Records:
Matrix: ODD-Four-A & ODD-Five (erased) Four-B