Beatles, six cassettes of original and unreleased recordings up for auction

A collection of six rare cassettes of original and unreleased recordings by Beatles was put at auction on the site Gotta Have Rock and Roll from an antique collectora Phil from Charlotte, North Carolina, for an estimated value between 300 thousand and 500 thousand dollars. As reported by TMZthe man would come into possession of the named tapes The Beatles Derek Taylor Never-Before-Heard Collection of Lost Beatles Recordings five years ago during a trip to India. In the beginning the tapes would have belonged to Derek Taylor, the former Fab Four press officer also known as the “fifth Beatle”. To avoid damaging the material, Phil would only play the tapes once.


The audio cassettes contain real gems. The first tape contains album recording rehearsals Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band made between 1966 and 1967 in Kenwood, John Lennon’s English estate. The second and third cassettes house the recordings of an unreleased album by George Harrison with the brit rock group Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Bandone version of the song While My Guitar Gently Weeps with Jimmy Page on guitar and the unpublished ones Do You Remember, Nothing Ever Changes And Urban Spaceman. The fourth tape plays an interview with Lennon of 1969 in which the singer-songwriter reflects on his relationship with Yoko Ono, while the fifth contains on the contrary the analysis of the woman on the bond with your partner. Finally, the sixth audio cassette plays unreleased recordings of Christmas music recorded by Lennon, Ono and Kyoko Chan Cox, the daughter born from her first marriage. As reported by the auction site, according to the first owner Derek Taylor the material on the cassettes was edited, recorded and mixed for release in 1969 by Zapple Records, a subsidiary of Apple Records, the British record company founded by the Beatles. The project, however, was later shelved.