December 25, 2010 – 4:28 am

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Wildcat! [Madman 13/14, 2CD]

Very good home recordings.

Yes, the famous “Beatles” did briefly spell their name “Beatals” (circa 1960). This two-CD set, on Vigotone subsidiary label “Madman”, is the most thorough collection of the Liverpool home recordings made by Paul McCartney on a primitive borrowed tape recorder. These drumless recordings feature occasional bass guitar… by early member Stu Sutcliffe, and are the only recordings of him. - Philip Cohen

It was to their mutual delight that Paul’s school and John’s art college were in adjoining buildings. Now it was easy for John to find an accomplice in playing truant, and the two of them spent long afternoons together at Paul’s house in Forthlin Road, practising songs, teaching each other chords, and raiding the pantry for jam butties. Sometimes they’d play standing in the tub in the tiled bathroom to get a better echo. Their voices complemented each other perfectly, with Paul’s sweet, round tones softening the edges of John’s strained nasality. The harmony they produced, an intertwining that seemed to melt into a third, unheard voice, was lovely.

An affectionate songwriting competition developed between them, one they would use to fuel their creative spirit for years to come. One day Paul played for John a song of his own composition, and John improvised one on the spot so as not to be topped. Although they composed together for only the first year or two, they wrote over a hundred that first year.

John found that it was easy to compose the beginning melody for a song, but he got stuck for a transition and a break. Paul had a special facility for writing the “middle eight” bars. Paul’s mellow, pretty melodies in turn complemented John’s strident rock riffs. On those first afternoons in Paul’s living room, it seemed like the pieces of a vast puzzle were falling into place.
- The Love You Make: An Insider’s Story Of The Beatles, by Peter Brown and Steven Gaines

Completists might want to search out Misterclaudel’s Lapis Lazuli (2010) and Purple Chick’s Strong Before Our Birth for more early Beatles.

Thanks to Phil for sharing the tracks.

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD in full.

Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. Please try again later. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files.

Disc 1
Track 101. Wildcat #1 (1:24) (2.4MB)
Track 102. Wildcat #2 (2:24) (4.2MB)
Track 103. I’ll Always Be In Love With You (2:19) (4.0MB)
Track 104. You’ll Be Mine (1:42) (3.0MB)
Track 105. Matchbox (0:53) (1.7MB)
Track 106. “Some Days” (1:32) (2.6MB)
Track 107. Cayenne (2:28) (4.0MB)
Track 108. One After 909 (1:28) (2.6MB)
Track 109. “Well, Darling” (3:19) (5.7MB)
Track 110. “You Must Write Everyday” (2:32) (4.1MB)
Track 111. That’s Where Your Heartaches Begin (1:14) (2.0MB)
Track 112. Hello Little Girl (1:51) (3.2MB)
Track 113. The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise (2:30) (4.5MB)
Track 114. “I Don’t Know” (Improvisation)(5:52) (9.5MB)
Track 115. “I Don’t Need No Cigarette Boy” (5:53) (Improvisation) (10.1MB)
Track 116. “That’s An Important Number” (Improvisation) (7:49) (13.4MB)
Track 117. Improvisation (4:56) (8.0MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. I’ll Follow The Sun (1:46) (2.9MB)
Track 202. Hallelujah, I Love Her So (2:12) (4.4MB)
Track 203. One After 909 (2:25) (4.2MB)
Track 204. Movin’ And Groovin’ / Ramrod (3:45) (6.1MB)
Track 205. Improvisation (11:44) (20.0MB)
Track 206. Improvisation (7:42) (13.1MB)
Track 207. Improvisation (11:06) (18.9MB)
Track 208. Improvisation (17:40) (30.0MB)

Click on the link to order The Beatles‘ Anthology series.


  2. Thank you and a Happy Chrimble To all !!

    By Paul on Dec 25, 2010

  3. Excelent,nuff said.

    By Alberto Boschini on Dec 25, 2010

  4. Sorry, I forgot: Seasons Greetings!

    By Alberto Boschini on Dec 25, 2010

  5. fantastic. thanks a lot.

    By Peter on Dec 25, 2010

  6. Thank you for this great addiction -”cough!”- addition to my collection.

    To all a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy Christmas to the brits.

    Also to all, to quote John, “You have a lucky face. The end.”

    By 2yrsnojob on Dec 25, 2010

  7. all I want for 2011 is for someone to come up with comparable yardbirds tracks..this kind of stuff is gold..merry christmas everyone!

    By sluggo on Dec 25, 2010

  8. Thanks, once again, Phil and bigo! What a treasure for the holidays!

    By Namoosedog on Dec 26, 2010

  9. only addiction is Jane’s Addiction…witch i’ve never seen here yet…what’s up w/that…that’s who you should be jammin’ to…
    merry christmas all…

    By James on Dec 26, 2010

  10. here my christams present to you all.
    jane’s addiction

    the roxy
    hollywood , ca

    now here soem good live shit…

    By James on Dec 26, 2010

  11. Take your obsession to the proper thread or website, numbnuts.

    By Not James on Dec 29, 2010

  12. James, checkout janes addiction (#7 on 2010’s top ten) streaming free on Wolfgang’s Vault. Then please heed the “Not James” request.

    By 2yrsnojob on Dec 29, 2010

  13. A bit rough but history in the making. Thanks BigO and Phil. Nice to have these.

    By Matt on Jan 2, 2011

  14. James… thanks for the link. It’s a decent gig :)

    But lighten up and enjoy what IS available here (and even you have to admit there’s a lot here, even if it’s a bit light-on in some areas.)

    and to the BigO team - A very happy new year guys, and my continued thanks for all you do. Keep ‘em coming, please!

    By tony on Jan 2, 2011

  15. Surely that’s Ringo speaking at the very end of Matchbox

    By Chris Maddock on Jan 6, 2011

  16. Brand NEW Paul McCartney song beatle-like here is the link to listen to it! album coming out 10-15-13 also named NEW!–new-paul-mccartney-song

    By 5yrsnojob on Aug 29, 2013

  17. kind of has that “all you Need is Love” pop sound doesn`t it ?

    By sluggo on Aug 29, 2013

  18. Yeah, a bit of a march to it, but the harmonies sound beach boy like. I Like IT!

    By 5yrsnojob on Aug 29, 2013

  19. if u want to dl the audio from youtube -

    By darth on Aug 29, 2013

  20. no thanks ,I`ll wait and buy it.

    By dropkick sarge on Aug 30, 2013

  21. sure u will. my offer wasnt for u. i doubt u know how to dl from youtube anyway. it was for the intelligent ppl here who do know how.

    By darth on Aug 30, 2013

  22. …said the troll who said he never casts the first stone.

    By barth on Aug 30, 2013

  23. Thank you bigO. Track 206 (Improvisation) is missing.

    By California Jim on May 11, 2014

  24. The only thing I was able to download from the “html page” was some sort of pop-up virus. Bummer.

    By bob on May 11, 2014

  25. Hi,

    Any chance of re-upping the tracks linked from the HTML pages?


    By Steve on Mar 2, 2015

  26. Nice to listen to yet another early Beatles bootleg, although most of it, is such bad quality recording that it sounds like punishment to me… And yet, if some people think is worth their available hard disc space, why not.

    By Theo on Mar 11, 2015

  27. Great Bootleg !!! But why cant I download Track 2 on Disc 2?

    By Sarah Novak on Mar 18, 2015

  28. Hello!
    Thanks for Beatles.
    Its missing files like track1 and 2 in first cd.
    Please re-up this one, thanks again :-)

    By Jeramen on May 12, 2016

  29. @ Chris Maddock: it may sound like Ringo but can’t be him. At the time Ringo wasn’t near the other ones in any way. They didn’T even had any drummer. Must be because of those Liverpuldian accents. According to Mark Lewihson, the tape session recorded that day included John, Paul and Stu. George wasn’t even present and Pete would be hired only for the Hamburg trip. Ringo would appear only in 1962, that’s two years after that recording.

    And yes a lot of tracks seems to be missing from download, that’s sad.

    By mrbelette on Nov 25, 2016

  30. Thanks mrbelette. Your coming to this post allowed me to remember to get 3 of the 4 improvisations that I missed dl 6 years ago. Like California Jim 2 1/2 years ago, track 206 now only leads to a realty site.

    By ScarRad on Nov 25, 2016

  31. Missing Tracks: 107, 114 - broken links!

    By Jeff Powell on Nov 4, 2017

  32. repeating in the hope you see One of these:

    Jeff - total guess here ;) but - that could be because it is a 7 year old post?
    Not sure how you got you to any of it, because my understanding was the old posts are not active at all (part of the cash crisis because too few people are willing to donate for the goodies offered)
    If you emailed management they MIGHT be able/willing to reactivate those for you - especially if you are a donor.
    worth a try I guess.

    By (the real) Tony on Nov 4, 2017

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