I think it was the only speed available to be cut by HMV Oxford street at
the time. Associated Redifusion - a UK ITV franchise - were also still
cutting 78rpm acetates at this stage too.
Are these not just cuts from the Decca audition tape? If so the recordings
themselves are not that rare, which hardly makes them holy grail territory.
If not then it's something different altogether.
As a historical artifact, however, as a disc made personally for George
Martin by Brian Epstein and pretty much the reason why they got their
contract, it's something altogether different.
I would have thought the acetate made in Hamburg with Lu Walters would be
the ultimate holy grail though.
On 26 February 2016 at 13:05, seva, soundcurrent mastering <
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> i'd think it's a 78 simply because there were so many of those machines
> already in place, it's cheaper and straight to portable product playable
> "anywhere". there's been a few 78s from the mid 50's to early 60's people
> have brought to me for transcription (although most are wartime, 2 decades
> previous). after all, if it works, don't buy something new. j
> On Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 7:14 AM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>
> > Why would they have made a 78RPM disk in 1962? Was this cut on an old
> > 78-era disk recorder, no tape involved? If so, why, in 1962?
> > -- Tom Fine
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> > Subject: [ARSCLIST] 'Holy Grail' Beatles record to be auctioned
> > An extremely rare and valuable Beatles record that was found
> >> languishing in a loft is to be auctioned next month.
> >> Described as "a Holy Grail item", the 1962 10-inch record of Till
> >> There Was You and Hello Little Girl lay forgotten in the home of Les
> >> Maguire for decades.
> >> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-35660169
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