London, Jan. 11: A collection of rare tapes of recordings by the Beatles, which disappeared 30 years ago, have been recovered after they were offered to a record company for £270,000.
The 500 reel-to-reel tapes, which were made in what became known as the group’s Get Back sessions during the creation of the Let it Be album, are described as unique.
They contain hundreds of hours of fascinating rehearsals, dialogue and alternative versions of songs released elsewhere. The surviving Beatles are understood to have been told that the tapes have been recovered. Last night police were questioning a man and a woman they suspect were employed in the Beatles’ Abbey Road studios at the time of the alleged theft in the early 1970s.
They have also seized large amounts of Beatles memorabilia. The pair were arrested in west London yesterday as undercover detectives met a man allegedly among those trying to sell the tapes to EMI, the record company.
The investigators showed the man part of the money. At the same time, at an “ordinary maisonette in suburban Amsterdam”, a number of Dutch people with the tapes were meeting undercover officers from the Netherlands police, with the rest of the money. When the man in London and the Dutch people agreed by mobile telephone to complete the sale, police made the arrests.