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The Beatles: 10 Incredible Rarities You Can Listen To Right Now

A rare Paul and George co-credit here with George providing the guitar solos for Paul’s song. In Spite Of All The Danger was the first original song recorded by The Quarrymen, the band featuring Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon who would later morph into The Beatles.

The track was recorded live in a makeshift studio with the band playing into one microphone, hung from the ceiling. The Quarrymen paid for the recording and we’re given just a single copy on a 78rpm shellac disc which the band had to share between them. That original copy, with a cover of Buddy Holly’s That’ll Be The Day on the flip side, was named as the world’s most valuable record by Record Collector magazine in 2004.

Paul McCartney owns that copy and likely isn’t selling but you can hear the track for yourself on Anthology 1. The country tinged, Elvis inspired number does little to suggest the greatness that will follow but it has a charm of its own. Not least in the “ooh-ah-oo-eh” backing vocals.

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