June 5, 2015 – 5:14 am

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Great Scott! It’s… The Beatles [MasterJedi MJ1502, CD1 and 2 of 6]

Outtakes. Very good soundboard.

Bernard Webb (Mythology of the Beatles):

Capital Radio DJ Roger Scott was chosen to narrate the Beatles At Abbey Road show. A keen collector of obscure rock artefacts, he was apparently given access to a different cache of Abbey Road tapes, and even flagrantly presented snippets on a nine-part American Westwood One radio show, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band: A History Of The Beatles Years 1962-1970, broadcast in 1984.

Outtakes from songs such as “Do You Want To Know A Secret”, “A Hard Day’s Night”, “I Feel Fine”, “Ticket To Ride”, “Help!”, “Day Tripper”, “We Can Work It Out” and “Paperback Writer” were all mixed into the programmes. Before his death in 1989, Scott apparently sold the tapes to benefit his estate, and virtually complete session tapes of each of the above songs soon appeared on various bootlegs.

Click here for Bernard Webb’s How Rare Outtakes From Their Sessions Found Their Way Out Of Abbey Road Studios.

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Thanks to MasterJedi for all the efforts; g-force for sharing these tracks at the Bootlegzone Forum; and to Tmangia for keeping them alive elsewhere on the net.

MasterJedi’s notes:

The complete recordings of Roger Scott - Together for the first time

Presented here for your listening pleasure are all of the available in-line copies of Beatles tapes liberated from Abbey Road Studios by British DJ Roger Scott. When needed, they have been restored to the correct speed, to the correct EQ, and to the correct channel alignment. All major dropouts have been repaired by using EQ only. Finally, the selections have been lightly supplemented by more complete Scott and non-Scott recordings where appropriate by precisely matching the speed, EQ, and noise.

A big thank you goes out to John C Winn. Without him and his amazing book “Lifting Latches”, several of these recordings would not have been identified as Scott tapes.

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Thanks also to Philip Cohen for running through the tracks.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Discs 3-6 will be shared over the next couple of days.

Disc 1
101. How Do You Do It (URT) - Omitted
Track 102. There’s A Place, take 1 (TIO + S2S) 2:16 (3.8MB)
Track 103. There’s A Place, take 2 (S2S) 2:03 (3.5MB)
Track 104. There’s A Place, takes 3-4 (S2S) 2:10 (3.6MB)
105. There’s A Place, take 5-6 (S2S) - Omitted
106. There’s A Place, take 7-8 (S2S) - Omitted
107. There’s A Place, take 9 (S2S) - Omitted
Track 108. There’s A Place, take 10 (S2S + TIO) 2:00 (3.4MB)
Track 109. I Saw Her Standing There, take 1 (TIO + S2S) 3:06 (5.2MB)
110. I Saw Her Standing There, take 2 (S2S) - Omitted
Track 111. I Saw Her Standing There, takes 3-5 (S2S) 2:22 (4.0MB)
Track 112. I Saw Her Standing There, takes 6-8 (S2S) 2:00 (3.4MB)
Track 113. I Saw Her Standing There, take 9 (S2S + FAAB) 2:53 (4.8MB)
Track 114. Do You Want To Know A Secret, take 7 (Boot63 + S2S) 2:46 (4.7MB)
Track 115. Do You Want To Know A Secret, take 8 (S2S) 2:05 (3.5MB)
Track 116. A Taste Of Honey, take 6 (S2S + Mono) 2:12 (3.7MB)
Track 117. A Taste Of Honey, take 7 (S2S + Mono) 2:14 (3.7MB)
Track 118. There’s A Place, take 11 (S2S) 2:05 (3.5MB)
Track 119. There’s A Place, takes 12-13 (S2S) 2:26 (4.1MB)
Track 120. I Saw Her Standing There, take 10 (S2S) 2:59 (5.0MB)
Track 121. I Saw Her Standing There, takes 11-12 (S2S) 3:36 (6.1MB)
122. Misery, take 1 (S2S) - Omitted
Track 123. Misery, takes 2-5 (S2S) 2:42 (4.5MB)
Track 124. Misery, take 6 (S2S) 2:10 (3.6MB)
125. Misery, take 7 (S2S) - Omitted
Track 126. Misery, takes 8-9 (S2S + TIO) 1:50 (3.1MB)
Track 127. Bonus - Do You Want To Know A Secret, takes 7-8 in stereo (Boot63 + S2S) 4:51 (8.2MB)
51 mins

Disc 2
201. From Me To You, takes 1-2 (S2S) - Omitted
Track 202. From Me To You, take 3 (S2S) 1:55 (3.2MB)
Track 203. From Me To You, take 4 (S2S) 1:51 (3.1MB)
204. From Me To You, take 5 (S2S) - Omitted
Track 205. From Me To You, takes 6-7 (S2S) 2:16 (3.8MB)
206. Thank You Girl, take 1 (S2S) - Omitted
Track 207. Thank You Girl, takes 2-4 (S2S) 2:34 (4.3MB)
208. Thank You Girl, take 5 (S2S) - Omitted
Track 209. Thank You Girl, take 6 (S2S) 2:19 (3.9MB)
Track 210. Thank You Girl, takes 7-13 (S2S) 4:01 (6.8MB)
Track 211. From Me To You, take 8 announcement and master edit (S2S) 2:11 (3.7MB)
Track 212. From Me To You, remnants of takes 8-13 (S2S) 1:51 (3.1MB)
213. One After 909, takes 1-2 (S2S + SS) - Omitted
Track 214. One After 909, take 3 (S2S + SS) 1:47 (3.0MB)
Track 215. One After 909, takes 4-5 (Anthology + SS) 3:43 (6.2MB)
Track 216. Messages To Australia (MTA) 2:10 (3.6MB)
Track 217. Hold Me Tight, takes 20-21 (TIO + SS) 3:36 (6.1MB)
Track 218. Hold Me Tight, takes 22-24 (SS) 4:02 (6.8MB)
Track 219. Hold Me Tight, takes 25-26 (SS + S2S) 3:01 (5.1MB)
Track 220. Hold Me Tight, takes 27-28 (SS + S2S) 1:54 (3.2MB)
Track 221. Hold Me Tight, take 29 (SS) 2:46 (4.6MB)
Track 222. Don’t Bother Me, take 10 (SS) 2:47 (4.7MB)
Track 223. Don’t Bother Me, takes 11-13 (SS) 3:51 (6.5MB)
Track 224. Bonus - From Me To You, mono version in stereo (S2S) 1:56 (3.3MB)
Track 225. Bonus - Thank You Girl, mono version in stereo (S2S + Mono) 2:03 (3.4MB)
53 mins

* Omitted tracks were included on “Bootleg Recordings 1963″, the download-only copyright extension collection from Capitol/Universal.

URT: Ultra Rare Tracks (Swingin’ Pig)
TIO: Take It Off (HMC)
S2S: Studio 2 Sessions at Abbey Road (Yellow Dog)
FAAB: Free As A Bird CD Single (Apple)*
Boot63: The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963 (Apple)
Mono: Beatles in Mono CD Box Set (Apple)*
SS: Studio Sessions (Tobe Milo)
Anthology: The Beatles Anthology CDs (Apple)*
MTA: Message to Australia (Yellow Dog 2004)
TM: True Masters (Geritol)*
AHDNBlu: A Hard Day’s Night Blu Ray 5.1 soundtrack*
UM: Unsurpassed Masters (Yellow Dog)
Red: The Beatles 1962-1966 UK Red Vinyl (Pbthal)*
CCC: Complete Christmas Collection (Yellow Dog)
UCC: The Ultimate Christmas Collection (Yellow Dog 2003)
AHOTBY: Sgt Pepper: A History Of The Beatle Years (RMW)
Audifon: Anthology (Audifon)
UT: Unsurpassed Masters (Unique Tracks)
ADITL: A Day In The Life (Yellow Dog 2001)
MM: More Masters (Roaring Mouse)*
MT’05: Miscellaneous Tracks (Yellow Dog 2005)
USB: The Beatles USB Box Set (Apple)*
RT: Rare Tracks (Red Square)
MT(UC): Ultimate Collection Miscellaneous Tracks (Yellow Dog)
PST: The Peter Sellers Tape (Masterdisc)*
RB: Rockband Multitracks*

* indicates non-Scott sources used for short augmentation only

Click here to order The Beatles’ Bootleg Recordings 1963.

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  1. 22 Responses to “THE BEATLES - GREAT SCOTT!”

  2. Thanks so much for this! I have some of the Yellow Dog & Swinging Pig CDs that they reference here that I found at a flea market years ago.Listening to this is a treat! Thank you for existing BigO! Can’t wait for the rest.

    By Starrwatts on Jun 5, 2015

  3. Wow. This is great because it gives you a reason (if you need one) to go back down Beatle Memory (or Penny) Lane. I just got back from a great 4-day cabin trip in Big Sur, CA, looked on Big O, saw this - this caps it off. This evening is going to be Beatles - drenched. Thanx again Big O!

    By Daniel Kershner on Jun 5, 2015

  4. For Starrwatts: My first introduction to bootlegs in general was one of those flea markets - a gigantic flea market in Pasadena College parking lot, Pasadena, CA. There were all kinds of bootleg venders there - unbelievable! I felt like I had been dropped into another musical world. Luckily the need and want for this stuff marches on!

    By Daniel Kershner on Jun 5, 2015

  5. with 104mins and 52songs minus 12 of them it could fit on one cd easily. i dl’d this entire thing in less than 40 seconds. woohoo. ty. i wonder how many items are here that arent on other items i have dl’d.

    By darth on Jun 5, 2015

  6. Forgive me but…Isn’t this Purple Chick Take Nine Thousand?

    By harmon on Jun 5, 2015

  7. good one harmon

    By dropkick sarge on Jun 5, 2015

  8. was Job Hunter -

    These sound terrific!
    Just the thing after my ear-splitting 1/2 hour in the tube, known as brain MRI. My eyes turned bloodshot!

    By ScarRad on Jun 5, 2015

  9. It was annoying but it felt good exploring my other sources, and helped me appreciate what I have, when I made these whole.

    By ScarRad on Jun 5, 2015

  10. Great that you offer this to those who don’t already own. Since I have all the Swingin’Pig and
    Purple Chick discs, along with numerous other labels I’ll pass. I do love the service BigO offers and truly appreciate all they they do. Thank you BigO!!!!!!!!!!

    By Webwar on Jun 6, 2015

  11. A very nice collection for those folks who don’t have these in other packages. When these were first released the excitement among us collectors was unsurpassed! Pun intended. Anyway, thanks for posting these.

    By Belmo on Jun 9, 2015

  12. @darth, can you please tell me what program you use to download a whole page like this (40-50 songs) in one shot?

    It’s mighty tedious to D/L a group of tracks this large, as great as they may be.


    By dorgunr on Jun 9, 2015

  13. there are several. 2 of them stand out among most collectors. mipony is the most popular. its also the easiest to use. btw.. both of the 2 i have used are free. most of them out there are free of course. the problem with mipony however is that while it isnt definite that it will crash.. when it does.. it does forever. i have experienced crashes with that program that make it such that the only recovery is a reinstallation of windows. thats not acceptable to me. the other program is jdownloader. it can crash and it has on me but if and when it does it is fixable. and if not it can be uninstalled and reinstalled. its not as easy to use as mipony but once u get the hang of it.. life is simple.
    after i dl’d this item i went looking for the 59 song bootleg recordings 1963. i found it in a couple of mins and dl’d that. while dl’ing that i also dl’d the new 3 cd set of sticky fingers. thats fabulous btw. the reason i dl’d the beatles 59 song item is that i wasnt happy missing the 12 songs above. course it has 47 songs in addition to that doesnt it. one of my fave items is the 439? song box set of bbc material that came out over 20 yrs ago. i bought that and then ultimately sold my copy after making audio tapes of it. then i lost my copies of the tapes. i was pissed. so then a few years later like in 06 i believe i found the box online and got it again.
    its every song that they ever did from 63 to 66 on the bbc i believe. a few years after i originally bought that box they came out with another cd or two that had more songs that had been discovered since the box was issued. of course they officially released a 2 cd set of bbc tracks. that was ridiculous. i am not very into live beatles. im far more into studio outtakes with them. there are far more bands that are live bands. with clapton the dead floyd and jimi etc u have live shows. but with beatles dylan and stones..their studio stuff and how the songs came to be and alternates demos outtakes etc thats more fascinating to me.
    pity there isnt more kinks and other brit bands represented with studio outtakes like this.

    By darth on Jun 9, 2015

  14. @darth - Thanks for the info!

    By dorgunr on Jun 10, 2015

  15. Darth, the Beatles BBC set of which you write was released on the Great Dane label. People, such as myself, who had purchased the set direct from the label, were mailed a free CD of the newly discovered BBC show, in excellent sound, containing five Beatles cuts, along with the other bands’ performances. You are incorrect that this boxed set includes every performance of the Beatles from the era on the BBC. Well over one hundred BBC Beatles performances are presumed lost forever, because the BBC, due to the high cost of recording tape, wiped and reused most of the original BBC Beatles tapes. Most of what remains is sourced from acetates and vinyl disc copies that were made for rebroadcast or broadcast in other territories. In a number of cases, both Great Dane, and EMI made use of primitive tape recordings that Brits made in their homes, by positioning a tape recorder microphone next to a radio or TV speaker. One or two enterprising amateur engineers connected their radio speaker output wires directly to the recorder input, resulting in marginally better sound quality. Unfortunately, many Beatles performances have apparently not survived on disc or primitive tape, although hope springs eternal. As a matter of fact, the second official EMI set of BBC recordings includes a couple of gems not found on the otherwise definitive Great Dane box set, so unissued BBC cuts probably exist somewhere. Your post implied that the BBC recordings are live. On the contrary, the vast majority of them were recorded in a two-track studio that the BBC often contracted with for pop music groups. Typically, the Beatles would lay down an instrumental track in one to three takes and then use the second track to overdub vocals. The Great Dane set has a couple of examples of cases where the vocals were bumped to the first track, along with the instruments, in order to open the second track for guitar solo overdubs. Because acetates survive of both the pre and post overdubbed versions, both are included on the Great Dane set. I must take issue with your assertion the Beatles were not a good live band. I will grant you that they were inconsistent, especially in the case of George and John, but when they were on, they were incendiary. Certainly superior to the Stones or the Kinks of the pre ‘66 era. Unfortunately, the absence of monitor speakers made it impossible for the four to hear themselves play, and live recording of rock bands was just being perfected when the Beatles quit touring. The Indiana State Fair, Houston, and Australia shows all exist in excellent mono soundboards, and they prove the excellence of the Beatles as a live entity. I do, however, agree that the Beatles were more interesting in the studio, which is why I own every note that is available of the Beatles recording.

    By Lightning Popkins on Jun 21, 2015

  16. i didnt imply that it was everything that they ever did for the bbc nor did i imply that it was all live. i know that much of the recordings that were done were wiped so that the tapes could be reused. thats all common knowledge. im not a newby and i read all the same stuff u did. anyone 30 yrs old or more knows this stuff. many radio shows have explained all that many many times. however that giant 9 or 10 cd box that came out many years ago was as complete as it could be with approx as i recall something like 439 tracks on it. then a few years later they came out with the entire thing on a single cdrom. but before that happened there was a new cd of material that they found that had never been found previously. another 20 or 25 tracks. if one goes to tube7 they can find these recordings and i too have what i am sure is every studio recording i have ever seen by the fab4. tons of overlap of course. i love studio sessions. and i love them by all the artists and bands that i especially collect with avid interest. its a pity that there isnt more material like this on bands that also came from that same era. there is a wealth of information about studio sessions for bands such as kinks hollies moodies etc. but the actual recordings are far and few between. i recently obtained 40 entire sessions from 66-95 totalling 3.5 gig of the grateful dead studio sessions that are not released. i wish i had such stuff by more bands. i love that stuff.
    as for the bbc box btw.. there were quite a number of the recordings that were wiped that only existed in collectors hands because they recorded them at home and even tho the bbc wiped their tapes fans had the recordings. the box set isnt from the bbc archives of course. thats why its called a bootleg. it isnt an official product. when i said its all of the material i meant its all that is available. sure there were perfs that are lost forever. its all the stuff that can be offered. and even then they found stuff after the production of the box. and for ppl who think they have it all.. kinda like u.. new stuff shows up all the time.. like this item on this page. 40-50 yrs later.

    By darth on Jun 21, 2015

  17. R.I.P George Martin.

    By Happy Camper on Mar 9, 2016

  18. Musician Ross Hannaford from daddy cool,and Singer Jon English have both passed away this week, so far its been a bad year for the music world wide ,ross was a founding member of daddy cooland Jon English was one of oz biggest rock stars 70s/80s and also lots of stages plays etc

    By skinned knees on Mar 10, 2016

  19. GEORGE MARTIN died! Does nobody give a shit? This is THE man who made the beatles THE BEATLES! Oh never mind… I should know better than to interrupt your pissing contests.

    By Happy Camper on Mar 11, 2016

  20. RIP George Martin

    By COREY M on Mar 11, 2016

  21. Whilst it is sad George Martin has passed, not everyone will feel the same about it Happy Camper. I’m not that big on The Beatles myself. I have tried to get into them and understand why everyone loves them a few times to no avail.

    I was upset and couldn’t believe there was not more said when Cash, Dio and more recently Lemmy died. We all see things differently I guess…

    By Crack on Mar 11, 2016

  22. RIP Van Winkle

    By Je Suis Darth on Mar 11, 2016

  23. Crack, agreed that no one has to like anything. Taste is subjective. But this seeming ignorance and disregarding of the groundbreaking contributions of a behind-the-scenes giant of rock history is, to say the least, disappointing on a music blog.

    But we are living in an age where people cheer on the flaccid orange-dyed dick of a trump. All hail the dumbass flash-in-the-pan idiots!

    By Happy Camper on Mar 11, 2016

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