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musicNEWS: Tourist Finds Lost Beatles Tapes?


07-13-04
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A British man that was visiting Australia to attend a wedding may have discovered some lost Beatles tapes and a wealth of Beatles memorabilia in a suitcase he purchased at a flea market. 

Fraser Claughton had purchased the suitcase at a flea market and once he opened it he discovered a collection of photographs, concert programs and some sealed tapes that were reportedly labeled  "Abbey Road … not for release".  The tapes are said to contain 270 minutes of outtakes and music from the Fab Four, including some experimental material with alternate versions or segments of songs. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the tapes also include one previously unreleased song titled “I’m In Love”. 

The tapes have yet to be authenticated. They have been sent to the Beatles’ record company, Apple, for examination. 

Some Beatles historians are reportedly speculating that the collection could be from former Beatles roadie Mal Evans. Others are skeptical and question how the material ended up in Australia. The ready answer to that question is the fact that Evans was with the Beatles in 1964 when they toured the country. 

Legend has it that Evans was compiling a secret Beatles collection and some believe that this suitcase may be a substantial part of it. Evans was shot and killed by Los Angeles police in 1976, after wielding what turned out to be a fake gun. 

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