Historical Decca Audition Tape (Misterclaudel mccd-119)
Decca Studios. West Hampstead, North London, England, January 1, 1962
Je Pope’s Deccagone Single Masters: 01. Money 02. Sheik Of Araby 03. Memphis 04. Three Cool Cats 05. Sure To Fall 06. September In The Rain 07. Take Good Care Of My Baby 08. Till There Was You 09. Crying, Waiting, Hoping 10. To Know Her Is To Love Her 11. Besame Mucho 12. Searchin’ 13. Like Dreamers Do 14. Hello Little Girl 15. Love Of the Loved
The Decca Tapes Circuit LP Version 16. Like Dreamers Do 17. Money 18. Till There Was You 19. Sheik Of Araby 20. To Know Her Is To Love Her 21. Take Good Care Of My Baby 22. Memphis 23. Sure To Fall 24. Hello Little Girl 25. Three Cool Cats 26. Crying, Waiting, Hoping 27. Love Of The Loved 28. September In The Rain 29. Besame Mucho 30. Searchin’
The Decca Audition Tape has been released on Topline Records [TOPCD 523], Yellow Dog Records [YD 061], Dr. Ebbetts [PMC6211], Togal Records, Smilin’ Ears  and countless other labels.
“The Decca audition is the name given to the now famous Beatles audition for Decca Records at their Decca Studios in West Hampstead, North London, England, before they reached international stardom. Decca’s decision to reject the group is considered to be one of the biggest mistakes in music history”.
” A few songs from this recording were included on the first disc of The Beatles Anthology. Most bootlegs include all 15 songs from the original demo, “Like Dreamers Do” (Lennon/McCartney), “Money (That’s What I Want)” (Bradford/Gordy), “Till There Was You” (Wilson), “The Sheik Of Araby” (Snyder/Wheeler/Smith), “Tp Know Her Is To Love Her” (Spector), “Take Good Care Of My Baby” (Goffin/King), “Memphis” (Berry), “Sure To Fall (In Love With You)” (Perkins/Cantrell/Claunch), “Hello Little Girl” (Lennon/McCartney), “Three Cool Cats” (Leiber/Stoller), “Crying, Waiting, Hoping” (Holly), “Love Of The Loved” (Lennon/McCartney), “September In The Rain” (Warren), “Besame Mucho” (Velasquez/Skylar), and “Searchin” (Leiber/Stoller)”
“Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Pete Best traveled to London for their morning studio audition with Mike Smith, Decca Records A&R rep. The Merseyside group banged out 15 numbers onto reel to reel in under an hour selected by Brian Epstein to represent their performance strengths. The live mono two-track recording did not allow for any over-dubbing. The studio session was basically hurried and unproductive”.
“The group was annoyed that Smith turned up late, having spent the night before seeing in the new year. Smith further unnerved them by insisting they use Decca’s amplifiers, having judged The Beatles’ own gear to be substandard”.
“Although nerves meant The Beatles didn’t perform at their best, all four members and Brian Epstein were confident that the session would inevitably lead to a contract with Decca. The label, meanwhile, was erring toward Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, who had also auditioned that day. The official reason given, meanwhile, was that “guitar groups are on the way out, Mr. Epstein”. These words would become infamous, and Dick Rowe (A&R head) later became known as “the man who turned down The Beatles”. He did, however, sign The Rolling Stones on the recommendation of George Harrison”.
Listening to The Decca Audition Tape is like traveling through time in a time capsule. The songs have a vibrant warm feel to them. I personally take a preference to The Decca Tapes Circuit LP Version as compared with the Joe Pope’s Deccagone Single Masters as the former sounds more open, lively and a bit brighter. The recording quality is excellent all around. Misterclaudel notes that mccd – 119 was compiled & digitally remastered by Gil Moocho and this release comes with their standard thick and glossy tasteful and informative inserts and is recommended.