March 5, 1963 plus The Decca Tape

The Beatles

Number

Year

Format

VT-123

1994

CD / CDR

  
Packaging:

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Front Cover

Back Cover


Disc Variations:

CD (VIGO-123)(1994)

CD (VT-123)(1996)

CDR

Note: there are two CD versions.  The first (released in 1994) has the matrix "VIGO-123".  The later version (released in 1996) has "VT-123" as its matrix number.
 

Jewel Case Insert:

The jewel case insert has the following information:

- Liner notes stolen by Vigotone; written by Mark Lewisohn  (reproduced below)

 

As mentioned above, this title was released three times.  Twice on CD and then once on CDR.  The CD with matrix numbers "VIGO-123" was the first release.  The CD with the matrix number "VT-123" was the second release.  And the CDR was the third release.

All versions have slightly different running times:

45 Tracks - Total Time:

VIGO-123

VT-123

CDR

73:22 74:01 73:55

(1 - 13) From Me To You

1. Take 1 1:29 1:29 1:29
2. Take 2 1:58 1:59 1:59
3. Take 3 1:49 1:52 1:52
4. Take 4 1:48 1:51 1:51
5. Take 5 2:12 2:15 2:15
6. Takes 6 & 7 2:12 2:15 2:15
7. Track 2 Take 8 2:11 2:11 2:11
8. Edit Piece 1 Take 9 0:18 0:18 0:18
9. Edit Piece 2 Take 9 0:28 0:28 0:28
10. Edit Piece 2 Take 10 0:12 0:12 0:12
11. Edit Piece 4 Take 11 0:21 0:21 0:21
12. Edit Piece 5 Take 12 0:09 0:09 0:09
13. Edit Piece 6 Take 13 0:21 0:19 0:19

(14 - 25) Thank You Girl

     
14. Take 1 2:05 2:08 2:08
15. Take 2 / 3 False Starts 0:15 0:33 0:33
16. Take 4 1:58 2:00 2:00
17. Take 5 2:03 2:05 2:05
18. Take 6 2:16 2:19 2:19
19. Edit Piece 1 Take 7 0:15 0:15 0:15
20. Edit Piece 1 Take 8 0:29 0:28 0:28
21. Edit Piece 1 Take 9 0:30 0:30 0:30
22. Edit Piece 1 Take 10 0:35 0:35 0:35
23. Edit Piece 1 Take 11 0:45 0:45 0:45
24. Edit Piece 1 Take 12 0:55 0:55 0:55
25. Edit Piece 1 Take 13 0:31 0:29 0:29

(26 - 30) The One After 909

26. Take 1 1:20 1:23 1:23
27. Take 2 2:57 2:57 2:57
28. Take 3 1:50 1:39 1:39
29. Take 4 2:32 2:39 2:39
30. Edit Piece Take 5 1:17 1:18 1:15

The Complete Decca Audition

31. Like Dreamers Do 2:36 2:36 2:36
32. Money 2:25 2:24 2:24
33. To Know Her Is To Love Her 2:37 2:37 2:37
34. Memphis 2:23 2:23 2:23
35. 'Til There Was You 3:01 3:01 3:01
36. Sure To Fall 2:04 2:04 2:04
37. Besame Mucho 2:42 2:42 2:42
38. Love Of The Loved 1:53 1:53 1:53
39. Hello Little Girl 1:40 1:40 1:40
40. Three Cool Cats 2:26 2:25 2:25
41. September In The Rain 1:55 1:55 1:55
42. Take Good Care Of My Baby 2:28 2:28 2:28
43. Crying, Waiting, Hoping 2:04 2:04 2:04
44. The Sheik Of Araby 1:43 1:43 1:43
45. Searchin' 3:06 3:07 3:04

So, why was this title remastered?  This comes reproduced from the Vol. 5, No. 1 (March/April 1996) issue of the 910 Newsletter:

"Vigotone has remastered their "March 5, 1963" cd to upgrade the sound quality on some of the "From Me To You" and "Thank You Girl" performances.  While the packages are the same, you can tell the two apart because the matrix number etched on to the old disc is VIGO-123, while on the new disc its VT-123."

So, there you have it!

And we add:

The CDR version is must be the remastered version.   It sounds fine, with no drop-outs.  (Don't look for a matrix number as CDRs don't have them!)

 

Back Cover Text:

TUESDAY MARCH 5, 1963 STUDIO TWO EMI STUDIOS, LONDON

          Five days after writing it on the Helen Shapiro coach, the Beatles recorded 'From Me To You' this day at EMI.  It began the session as the B-side of their third single; during the session, however, it was promoted to premier status over the previously preferred 'Thank You Girl', also taped this day (under the working title 'Thank You Little Girl') which became the new B-side.   The Beatles worked in studio two between 2.30 and 9.00 pm - although the session had been booked for 2.30-5.30 and 7.00-10.00 - recording 13 takes of 'From Me To You' and the same number of 'Thank You Girl'.  The single was issued by EMI on Thursday, April 11.
          With some studio time remaining, the Beatles were keen to record two more Lennon-McCartney titles, 'The One After 909' and 'What Goes On' - although, in the end, it was possible only to tape the former.  Five takes were recorded but the result was deemed unsatisfactory and this version remains unissued (until now).  The Beatles returned to the song during the Get Back sessions hence its inclusion on the album Let It Be, and they returned to 'What Goes On' for Rubber Soul. --- MARK LEWISOHN - (used without permission)

 

Liner Notes:

THE TRUE STORY OF THE DECCA AUDITION
Monday January 1, 1962

          Then a "bank holiday" only in Scotland, the Beatles undertook their most important assignment to date this fresh New Year's day morning: their first formal audition for a British record company, Decca.
          Recording at the company's London studio - situated less than two miles from rival EMI's Abbey Road - the Beatles nervously taped 15 songs, chosen by Brian Epstein to show off every facet of their talent.  The likely order of performance was: ‘Like Dreamers Do’, ‘Money (That’s What I Want)’, ‘'Til There Was You’, ‘The Sheik Of Araby’, ‘To Know Her Is To Love Her’, ‘Take Good Care Of My Baby’, ‘Memphis’, ‘Sure To Fall (In Love With You)’, ‘Hello Little Girl’, ‘Three Cool Cats’, ‘Crying, Waiting, Hoping’, ‘Love Of The Loved’, ‘September In The Rain’, ‘Besame Mucho’, and ‘Searchin'’.  In other words, three Lennon/McCartney compositions (‘Like Dreamers Do’, ‘Hello Little Girl’, and ‘Love Of The Loved’), two eccentric arrangements of old standards, seven cover versions of 1950's material - encompassing rock and roll, R&B and C&W - two soft ballads and a contemporary chart hit.
          It's unlikely the Beatles were given any opportunity to perform more than one take of any song, and each was recorded strictly live onto two-track mono tape, no overdubbing permitted.  Decca's A&R assistant Mike Smith was in the control room - it was he who had seen the Beatles at the Cavern Club 19 days earlier - and the audition began aroung 11.00 am, ending approximately an hour later.
          Had they done enough to pass?   Smith promised to let Epstein know.

--- MARK LEWISOHN (used without permission)

   

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