Bosses at a little-known Miami, Florida record label plan to make history by releasing 15 lost BEATLES tunes the Fab Four recorded live in Germany.
Fuego Entertainment executives have reportedly entered into a joint venture with a British producer, who claims to own the rights to the never-before-heard Beatles tracks recorded at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany in 1962.
The producer, Jeffrey Collins, insists the tunes are part of his catalog holdings, according to Billboard.com.
Collins claims the recordings were made by a DJ he booked, as the Star Club’s promoter.
He says, “They were in terrible condition,” but thanks to digital technology he has been able to improve the quality of each live song.
Collins tells Billboard he attempted to release the tracks, which he claims are the first to feature Ringo Starr on drums, through the Beatles’ Apple Corps organization in the mid-1990s but the existing bandmates and producers weren’t interested.
He expects the release of the tracks to be met with legal problems: “Through legal channels, we will be making these albums available for release. The Beatles know these tapes exist and their lawyers know these tapes exist. It’s a matter of certain legalities.”
Meanwhile, Fuego bosses are about to embark on a legal spat with Jimi Hendrix’s estate, Experience Hendrix, LLC, over their plans to release 200 live tracks.
The Hendrix officials have threatened legal action in a bid to prevent the “inferior quality bootleg recordings” tarnishing the guitar great’s legacy.
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