‘THE BEATLES CONCIERTO EN MADRID 2 JULIO 1965’ – Legal Bootleg. UPDATE: Now with ordering link

Beatles Madrid 65 cover

To be released in the near future thanks to the copyright expiring after 50 years:

A limited edition 220 gram vinyl album plus CD with same content and a book containing 50 photographs of the Beatles in concert and in their hotel, by photographer Francisco Barahona. The name of the label is Cocodrilo Records. Those not able or willing to buy this package can listen to the recording online for free.
Track list::
Twist and Shout (Medley-Russell)
She’s a Woman (Lennon-McCartney)
I’m a Loser (Lennon-McCartney)
Can’t Buy Me Love (Lennon-McCartney)
Baby’s in Black (Lennon-McCartney)
I Wanna Be Your Man (Lennon-McCartney)
A Hard Day’s Night (Lennon-McCartney)
Everybody’s Tryin’ to Be My Baby (Perkins)
Rock and Roll Music (Berry)
I Feel Fine (Lennon-McCartney)
Ticket to Ride (Lennon-McCartney)
Long Tall Sally (Johnson-Penniman-Blackwell)

The recording made by José Luis Alvarez is supposedly in good quality.

Link to the vinyl (+ CD) edition

[Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with the site selling the product nor do I get any commission]

Beatles Madrid r2r

The master tape, recorded on a Grundig reel-to-reel on 2 channels with four AKG microphones, and mixed live. Brian Epstein had given his permission and a signed contract still exists.


The story behind the recording:

Brian Epstein liked to take trips to Spain, we remember the trip he invited John Lennon to in April of 1963. In April of 1965 on another trip to Spain, Brian met Alvarez, who worked for the Spanish music publication FONORAMA.

One topic that came up was the relatively low number of record sales by the Beatles in Spain. A number of 3,800 is usually mentioned but was this for a certain/the latest release or the total amount of all records sold by the Beatles. Now the latter would be hard to believe, considering how many titles had already been released by Spring of 1965: Four LP’s, up to 16 EP’s and five singles.

The way Alvarez tells it, Brian even felt that the band was not as popular in Spain as in other European countries and there was no point in visiting Spain on the upcoming short European tour. Apparently, there were all of 2,000 record players in Spain at that time, explaining the suppressed sales figures but that these record players were put to good use at local street parties and the Beatles were definitely very popular, Alvarez emphasized. In the end, Brian could be persuaded to include Madrid and Barcelona in the tour schedule.

Beatles 65 sales

Beatles sales figures for Southern European countries mentioned in this 1965 Canadian newspaper article.

There is just one problem here: A contract exists that shows that Brian agreed to those two concerts in early February of that year:

Beatles Spain 65 contractBeatles Spain 65 contract 2In the end it must have come down to a promoter guaranteeing a certain fee and less about sales figures.

Fotografía de archivo (julio 1965) del cartel anunciador del concierto que ofrecieron The Beatles en la Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas de Madrid, hace 40 años. Vertical.

Hand painted concert ad

Beatles Madrid ad 2Beatles Madrid poster

jose-luis-alvarez BeatlesAlvarez (wearing a tie) with Paul and John in Madrid.

Beatles Madrid 2John, public persona face firmly in place

Beatles Spain 65Beatles Madrid 65 2


  1. John said:

    This blog suprises me from day to day….., comes regulary with amazing stories , i’ve never heard off.
    This is suche great page in this never ending..( hopefully…) book.
    Can you please make a chapter so i can send you pics from bootleggers tools and so on…?? So anybody with any knowledge about this great part of music history can tell their lines and/or can send scans or pictures..and ask questions…. !!

    • Thank you, John. I am trying to offer a blog that’s different from any other, at least English language blog. I have become aware that bootleg blogs were/are a lot more common in Japan.

      Why couldn’t you send me those images now to my email address?

      Sorry for not having had time to advance the forum idea.

      • John said:

        ok..will try so send you pics …..

  2. thewaymouth said:

    TY for the tip. The album cover sounds cool at least.

    Yeah, it’s amazing… There’s all these rightful to some extant complaints about not getting compensated when folks share official material. While at the same time all the copyright expirations going on — in Europe (not just say, Italy, but the UK), you can legally sell 20-year-old, HQ FM recordings of unreleased material, without authorization or compensation to the artist recorded.

    PS Love the Patti boot collection. Suggested post: I Never Talked To Bob Dylan. After college I went back to school just to play Patti fuck with the future, your future, and of course, my future.

    • I NEVER TALKED TO BOB DYLAN will be included once I get to the Swedish Stoned Records label.

  3. Hi there,

    I checked with some Spanish experts and Beatles fans and these are the news I got: http://on.fb.me/1g2JjQJ

    It is in Spanish but it means something like the following:

    ‘I receive a lot of messages asking about the imminent publication of a vynil and CD with the Beatles concert on July 1965 that was taped by José Luis Álvarez, according to him.
    On January23rd, 1996 I was on a Beatles TV show from Mariscal Romero with Torrebruno and Álvarez (via telephone).
    Álvarez ackowledeged that Torreebruno’s presentation was a fake. And that he went with Torrebruno to the Italian studio to make a new recording of the presentation, in 1992.
    A year later, Álvarez started to sell a CD with the alleged recording of Madrid and many unwaries bought.
    But these are the real songs on the record: a) From the Paris concert of June 20, 1965 (Evening concert)
    “Twist & Shout”, “She’s a Woman”, “I’m a loser”, “Can´t Buy Me Love”, “I Wanna Be Your Man” y ” A Hard Day´s Night” ; b) from the same concert but the night session: “Everybody´s Trying To Be My Baby”, “Ticket To Ride” y “Long Tall Sally”; and c) from the Tokio concert on June 30, 1966: “Baby´s In Black”, “Rock And Roll Music” and “I Fell Fine”.’

    This expert recommends not to buy it. But I guess the record might be worth it because of the booklet and pictures, though.

    Note: The online version on youtube mentions that the original sound is from the Hollywood Bowl concert on August 29, 1965.

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