In the Beginning

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Before beginning their recording career, the Beatles recorded a few tracks in Hamburg in 1961 as the backing group for British singer Tony Sheridan. Reissued in countless different packages around the globe after the Beatles became famous, this should in no way be considered their first album; not only were their skills rudimentary, but Sheridan takes all but one of the lead vocals on this set of fairly tame covers of popular and early rock standards. Several tracks are of interest: "Ain't She Sweet," with a lead vocal by John Lennon, was a small American hit single in 1964; the driving instrumental "Cry for a Shadow" was written by Lennon and George Harrison; and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Before beginning their recording career, the Beatles recorded a few tracks in Hamburg in 1961 as the backing group for British singer Tony Sheridan. Reissued in countless different packages around the globe after the Beatles became famous, this should in no way be considered their first album; not only were their skills rudimentary, but Sheridan takes all but one of the lead vocals on this set of fairly tame covers of popular and early rock standards. Several tracks are of interest: "Ain't She Sweet," with a lead vocal by John Lennon, was a small American hit single in 1964; the driving instrumental "Cry for a Shadow" was written by Lennon and George Harrison; and "My Bonnie," with Paul McCartney's shouts clearly audible in the background, was responsible for bringing the group to the attention of Brian Epstein.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2000
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 731454926829
  • Catalog Number: 549268
  • Sales rank: 24,852

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ain't She Sweet (2:14)
  2. 2 Cry for a Shadow (2:25)
  3. 3 Let's Dance - Tony Sheridan & The Beat Brothers (2:36)
  4. 4 My Bonnie - Tony Sheridan (2:43)
  5. 5 Take Out Some Insurance on Me, Baby - Tony Sheridan (2:55)
  6. 6 What'd I Say - Tony Sheridan & The Beat Brothers (2:42)
  7. 7 Sweet Georgia Brown - Tony Sheridan (2:32)
  8. 8 When the Saints Go Marching In - Tony Sheridan (3:21)
  9. 9 Ruby Baby - Tony Sheridan & The Beat Brothers (2:55)
  10. 10 Why - Tony Sheridan (3:01)
  11. 11 Nobody's Child - Tony Sheridan (3:56)
  12. 12 Ya Ya, Pts. 1-2 - Beat Brothers (5:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Beatles Primary Artist
Tony Sheridan Track Performer
Beat Brothers Track Performer
Technical Credits
Lee Dorsey Composer
George Harrison Composer
John Lennon Composer
Tony Sheridan Composer
Ben Bernie Composer
Morris Levy Composer
Clarence Lewis Composer
Morgan Robinson Composer
Maceo Pinkard Composer
Kenneth Casey Composer
William Crompton Composer
Traditional Composer
Charlie Singleton Composer
Waldense Hall Composer
Charles Pratt Composer
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