Recorded on January 1, 1962, in London, this is maybe the most famous audition tape in popular music history, an audition that altered the course of music. The Beatles, in their Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Best incarnation, recorded these 12 rollicking covers for the Decca label in just under an hour. They were eventually rejected by the label and went on to sign with EMI subsidiary Parlophone, and the rest, as they say, is history. Had they signed with the label in the winter of 1962, would they have become the band that changed the world? Who knows . . . but what is clear is that this was a great band, even in infancy, and these great rock and roll covers not only show their potential, they’re a damn fun listen in their own right. 180-gram vinyl. Includes download code.