More from year 1976
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On November 2,1976,the BEATLES reunited for a recording session at DAVLEN STUDIOS in Los Angeles & recorded five songs, both hitherto unknown facts. Paul McCartney has squelched this story for years-in 1997 a reporter in the UK was threatened with being “tied up in court for the rest of your life” had it been made public. THE SUN, given the arcane laws governing the press in the United Kingdom, backed down & did not publish it. The session allegedly ended in great disharmony with the BEATLES fighting amongst themselves and they ultimately all stormed out. The names of the songs as listed on the Davlen Studios label are as follows:
3.ROCKIN ONCE AGAIN
4.PEOPLE OF THE THIRD WORLD
In addition to the four Beatles,George Martin was also allegedly present, Len Kovner,former co-owner of Davlen Studios, can independently confirm all of the above, as can the engineers who were then present. MOMENTS IN TIME WILL BE CONDUCTING AN AUCTION OF THE ABOVE. The audiotape itself, which is present in the case, was bulk erased allegedly at the BEATLE’S insistence, to try to keep secret the fact that this session ever took place. Supposedly, an unerased version exists in the vaults at Abbey Road.
From NME, December 16, 2003:
BEATLES 70s REUNION MYSTERY!
Mystery surrounds an Internet auction site which claims to have proof that THE BEATLES reunited in 1976 for a recording session in LOS ANGELES.
The website is auctioning a recordings list and tape of five songs that the Fab Four allegedly recorded on November 2 at Davlen Studios. It is also claimed that the session ended with the band storming out of the session.
A statement on momentsintime.com said: “The names of the songs as listed on the Davlen Studios label are as follows: 1.’Happy Feeling’ 2.’Back Home’ 3.’Rockin Once Again’ 4.’People Of The Third World’ 5.’Little Girl’.
It adds: “In addition to the four Beatles, George Martin was also allegedly present, Len Kovner, former co-owner of Davlen Studios, can independently confirm all of the above, as can the engineers who were then present.”
However momentsintime.com say that the tape, which is present in the case, was bulk erased by request of The Beatles in order to keep the knowledge of the session secret.
An unerased version of the tape is rumoured to exist in the vaults of the legendary studio, Abbey Road.
However, a spokesman for Paul McCartney said: “What reunion was that? I am not aware of any Beatles reunion in the 70s.”
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