Early Beatles Bootlegs Slated For Release

A US indie label claims it is releasing previously unheard early recordings from rock legends The Beatles.

Miami-based Fuego Entertainment claims to have forged a deal to release fifteen live recordings of the Beatles playing at Hamburg's Star Club in 1962.

The recordings are said to include performances of Hank Williams' 'Lovesick Blues', Maurice Williams' 'Do You Believe' plus other classics like 'Twist and Shout' and 'Hippy Hippy Shake'.

They are the property of Florida-based UK promoter Jeffrey Collins, who says he got the original recordings off a DJ he represented at the time who was at the Star Club on the night. Although of poor quality, Collins digitally remastered the recording in the early nineties to make them good enough to release.

Presumably Collins is keen to see the recordings released asap, because the European copyright on them runs out in 2012. Sales could receive a boost from the the long-awaited digital release of The Beatles' official EMI-owned catalogue via legit download platforms, something that is now widely expected to happen this year.