ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Beatles Two Rarest Vinyl Records are from Germany

Updated on June 28, 2012

I was going through my collection of vinyl records and LP's and came across two of the most rare of all Beatle LP's produced. No, these are no the Vee-Jay records, or the Swan records released in the USA in 1963, these are from Hamburg, Germany.

Released sometime in the late 60's or early 70's, these albums were released by Audifon Records, then in Hamburg on Freheit 34.

The first one is called, Youngblood, and contains recordings of the band in late 1962 on Side 1. while on Side 2, their performance at the Beatles Christmas Show on Dec. 22, 1963, when Beatlemania is clearly evident in the concert. What makes it interesting is Side 1 has the band doing all covers of other songs from Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, Buddy Holly, and others. While the quality of the recording is so-so, one could see why they were a hot rock band. So much energy given to every song. Side 2, is the first ever time their concert was recorded with no separation between songs. So, after they do "I Want To Hold Your Hand", Paul and John act as MC's, talking to the crowd, joking with them, teasing them, really working them. Of course, the girls screams are shrieking at high decibels. Then, they launch into "Money", the place goes crazy. They clearly had learned well in Hamburg in 1961. While the songs on Side 2 are all familiar, their vocals are all different from how we are used to hearing them. For example, in She Loves You, the key is lower because John is the lead singer until Paul takes over in certain sections. The recording released that went to #1, is in a different key and Paul is the lead singer. In, Roll Over Beethoven, John is singing it, not George, which is on the first LP. All My Loving is also different musically.

The second LP is, Watching Rainbows. This is The Beatles in 1968\69. It is a combination of recordings from the Get Back sessions and Abbey Road.There is some unreleased material on this I don't recall on the Anthology series, like, "Watching Rainbows", a blues rock song that has a long guitar jam in it. "Mean Mr. Mustard" is faster with some good lead guitar solos, it is over four minutes long! While, "Early in the Morning", is throwback to their Hamburg days just rocking out. The version of "Two of Us" on this LP is much faster also, not the slower one that was released on Let It Be. Finally, there is John really singing like a honky tonk country western artist in, "A fool Like Me and You Win Again". It is almost a parody.

All in all, Watching Rainbows is of better studio quality. Both provide a unique audio of them in 1962-3 and 1968-9. I am sure the record run on them was very low, maybe not even a thousand made. Glad I was such a determined fan.

Of the British bands that invaded America in 1964, which is your favorite?

See results


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)