Beatles Recordings Reference Library
These are informational and reference articles about
the recordings of the Beatles archived over the years from the
pages of the rec.music.beatles newsgroup. Most of these articles
are not available at other Beatles sites.
Also see the Beatles Reference Library for Beatles history-related articles.
4 Track Tapes - History and
complete list of all the short-lived pre-recorded 4-Track Beatles tapes
made in the U.S.
78 RPM Records - Several articles about
the rare Beatles 78s that were made by EMI in India in the sixties.
8 Track Tapes - History and
complete list of all the very popular but now obsolete pre-recorded
8-Track Beatles tapes made in the U.S.
Abbey Road Japanese CD - Two articles
with details about
the now rare, very first ever official Beatles CD.
Anna - An article about the VeeJay
single Anna (Go To Him), possibly the rarest Beatles 45.
Apple By The Numbers - A Chronological
list of every 45 released in the US on the Apple lable.
Artifacts - A track by track listing of
the three Artifacts CD sets.
The Beatles at the Beeb - An article from
Audio Media magazine about the making of The Beatles Live At The
The Beatles on CD - The quick answer
from Allan Kozinn to why it took so long for the Beatles to come out
BBC Box Set by Great Dane - A track by track
list of The Complete BBC Sessions made by Great Dane in Italy, including
rough estimates of the sound quality of each track, and including all
known BBC performances, even ones not on the Great Dane Set.
Before Capitol - The history of
Beatles records in the U.S. on the Vee Jay, Swan and Tollie labels.
The Butcher Cover - An article posted by
Saki talks about the real background of the Yesterday and Today
Capitol Records - The history and
details of Beatles records in the U.S. on the Capitol label.
Cassette Tapes - History and
complete list of all the pre-recorded Beatles cassettes made in the U.S.
CHOBA B CCCP - A detailed list of the
many physical variations of Paul's live CHOBA B CCCP albums made in
the USSR, and by the way, how do you pronounce CHOBA B CCCP?
The Decca Tapes - Where did the
recordings popularly known as "The Decca Tapes" really come from? This
article attempts to find out.
Die Beatles - The German lyrics and
their English translations of the two songs the Beatles recorded for
their German fans.
Free As A Bird - An article in which
Paul describes some details in the making of Free As A Bird.
Free As A Bird Clues - A listing
of all the Beatles references, definite and maybe, contained in the
Free As A Bird video.
Go To The Source - A detailed list of
all of the origins of the songs the Beatles covered during their career,
including all the covers they performed for the BBC.
Hamburg Tapes - The story of the
recent fight over the Beatles tapes made at the Star Club in Hamburg.
Hey! Bungalow Bill! - An article
about the derivation of the spanish guitar intro that preceeds
Bungalow Bill on the White Album.
History of Bootlegs - The story of
the origin of Beatles bootleg LPs that came out in the seventies.
Also see The Beatles and Bootlegs.
Introducing The Beatles - Everything
you've always wanted to know about the first American Beatles LP (but
were afraid to ask...) Probably the most counterfeited Beatles LP ever,
this tells you how to know if you have an original.
It Don't Come Easy - A detailed article
describing the making of Ringo's song It Don't Come Easy.
Let It Be - Another heavily counterfeited
LP in the late sixties, this article compares a legitimate and a counterfeit
Let It Be LP.
A List Of Lists - An article containing
five lists of which Beatle did what on which Beatles song.
Lost Formats - This article describes
the Beatles recordings that were made on Playtapes and Pocket Discs, two
recording mediums that today are more obsolete than even 4 tracks and 8
The Lost Ringo Album - An in-depth
article on the album that Ringo recorded in 1970 but has never been
Picture Sleeves - A chronological history of all
of the Beatles Picture Sleeves made in the US and UK.
Reel-To-Reel Tapes - History and
complete list of all the pre-recorded Beatles reel-to-reel tapes made in the
Revolution No. 9 - An article about
Revolution Number 9 on the White Album, including interviews with John and
analyis showing how the track is autobiographical.
Tape Oddities - A list of reel to reel,
8 track and cassette tapes made in the US that were different from their
What Color Is Your 45? - A description
of all of the recently released colored Beatles singles from Capitol.
Yellow Dog CDs - The complete list of
all the Yellow Dog Collector's CDs as of July, 1994.
Yesterday - Saki collects all the
facts that we know about how the song Yesterday came to be, and
an article with the original "Scrambled Eggs" lyrics.
This page last updated April 6, 1999.