Lawyers for the Beatles sued Friday to prevent the distribution of unreleased recordings purportedly made during Ringo Starr's first performance with the group in 1962.
The dispute between Apple Corps Ltd., the London company formed by the Beatles that helps guard their legacy, and Fuego Entertainment Inc. of Miami Lakes stems from recordings the Fab Four apparently made during a performance at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany.
Eight unreleased tracks are said to be among the recordings, including Paul McCartney singing Hank Williams' "Lovesick Blues" and McCartney and John Lennon singing "Ask Me Why."
Fuego Entertainment says the recordings were legally made. "Don't claim that these were just bootlegged," said Fuego president Hugo Cancio. "It's not like today, that you just go in with a phone or a blackberry and you record."
The lawsuit contends that the recordings are of poor quality and that circulating them "dilutes and tarnishes the extraordinarily valuable image associated with the Beatles."
Uh, really?? What a stupid argument. So, I'm supposed to believe that someone is going to hear these tapes and say "Oh, my God! Revolver and Abbey Road must actually suck!"
And I don't see how The Beatles could make this argument when they themselves released tracks on the first Anthology disc which could only charitably be called low-fi. ("In Spite Of All The Danger" anyone?)
Give the fans a break. Most of them won't want to buy the thing in the first place.