Monday, July 15, 2013

Rare Beatles Acetate of 1964 Best of Album to Be Auctioned

The acetate for a rare Beatles album that never saw release will be auctioned off on August 9 by Heritage Auctions.

Photo: Heritage Auctions
Best of the Beatles was assembled by Capitol Records as a two-LP set in 1964 as a compilation of the group's Capitol and Vee-Jay hits to date. According to experts, Capitol was not able to release the album as planned when they found out that Vee-Jay did not lose the rights to their tracks until a later date.

Included with the album will be a letter of authenticity from Clifford J. Yamasaki of Let It Be Records in San Francisco which reads:
I certify that this 2 LP acetate of 'The Best of the Beatles' is one of two known to exist and was purchased from a Capitol Records executive for a project that was scrapped. The project: #46934-41. The date of pressing: 6-2-64
Opening bid for the album is $10,000.

The track list for the album:

Side 1
  • Twist and Shout
  • Love Me Do
  • I Want To Hold Your Hand
  • From Me To You
  • This Boy
  • Roll Over Beethoven
Side 2
  • Do You Want to Know a Secret
  • Boys
  • Ask Me Why
  • She Loves You
  • You Really Got a Hold On Me
  • Long Tall Sally
Side 3
  • All My Loving
  • P.S. I Love You
  • Please Please Me
  • Chains
  • Devil In Her Heart
  • Please Mr. Postman
Side 4
  • Misery
  • Money
  • There's a Place
  • Baby It's You
  • It Won't Be Long
  • All I've Got to Do

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