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Police 'Get Back' Rare Beatles Tapes

Old 01-13-03, 01:28 PM
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Police 'Get Back' Rare Beatles Tapes

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LONDON (Reuters) - Rare tapes of The Beatles' most famous recording session were seized on Friday in an anti-piracy swoop more than 30 years after they went missing, police said.

Detectives in southeast England and The Netherlands arrested six people and found hundreds of tapes of the Fab Four playing in 1969.

Police found 500 reel-to-reel tapes with dozens of songs made at the infamous "Get Back" sessions during which arguments split the band.

"The tapes themselves are the only original recordings made and may contain material which has never been previously released," City of London police said in a statement.

"This fact renders the tapes to be priceless to the record industry and collectors of Beatles memorabilia."

Beatles fans have been able to buy pirate copies of the recordings for years.

The tapes cover a key chapter in the band's history and contain songs which later formed part of the "Let it Be" album.

Police said two people were arrested on suspicion of theft and handling stolen goods in west London and four in an unnamed town west of Amsterdam in The Netherlands. No more details of the suspects were released.

The raids came after an investigation by police and the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), the London-based body which represents the global recording industry.

IFPI chairman Jay Berman praised the police operation and said music piracy had become increasingly sophisticated.

EMI Group Plc (news - web sites), the British record company which owns the tapes, said it was unclear what would now happen to the tapes.

"Music piracy is a serious crime," David Munns, vice-chairman of EMI Record Music, said in a statement.

I don't think I have heard any of these versions of their songs, but it would be nice if they were to remaster everything and release them on CD.

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Old 01-13-03, 09:04 PM
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It would be cool. Very promising and exciting turn of events.
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Some of these are already available on the internet.
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Old 01-14-03, 04:25 PM
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Some of these are already available on the internet.
Yeah, but what is the quality of those songs?

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Old 01-19-03, 08:47 AM
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Beatles tapes from 1969 found!

According to last night's local newscast, in Europe, a box of Beatles tapes from a 1969 album attempt was recovered by the authorities from music pirates. The tapes were stolen in the early 1970's. If anyone else has more details, post them here.
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Old 02-17-03, 01:51 PM
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More Missing Beatles Tapes Apparently Found

Recordings Date From 'White Album,' 'Abbey Road' Sessions

POSTED: 3:31 p.m. EST February 15, 2003
UPDATED: 3:35 p.m. EST February 15, 2003

SYDNEY, Australia -- It's been a "long and winding road" for some Beatles recordings that went missing more than three decades ago.

Police in Sydney, Australia, raided a home and seized reel-to-reel tapes of "Abbey Road" and the Beatles record popularly known as "The White Album."

Authorities believe the tapes were stolen from the Abbey Road studios in London in 1969.

The tapes are thought to either be the original studio recordings or professional copies.

British and Australian authorities cooperated in the investigation.

A man was initially arrested but later released without being charged. It's not known how the tapes wound up in Australia.

The raid stems from a British investigation into a suspected piracy racket that led to the recovery of 500 tapes believed to be original Beatles recordings in a raid in Holland last month.

I'd love to hear more songs from 'The White Album'

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