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Expansive CD and Vinyl Boxsets Feature Quarrymen Rarities and Previously Unreleased Gems

The Percy Phillips Studio Collection collates for the first time the remarkable and ground-breaking work done by one of British music’s unsung heroes, the producer Percy Phillips. Perhaps best known as the man who first recorded The Quarrymen, the precursors to The Beatles, Percy was also responsible for many other notable firsts, many of which are being available on this set for the first time, across four CDs and deluxe gatefold double vinyl.

Premiering as part of the International Beatle Week at an exhibition on Percy Phillips studio (August 26th), the set is a fascinating document which gives fans the chance to experience first-hand a unique part of Liverpool’s history which has been overlooked for far too long. Percy’s pioneering work changed the musical landscape around the world and offers a unique cultural and social history of post-war Britain, with recordings which offer a fascinating insight into the lives of ordinary people achieving often extraordinary things.

Founded by Percy Phillips in 1955 in a small terraced house in the Kensington area of Liverpool, Phillips Sound Recording Service was the first of its kind in the city recording and cutting discs. It was here that Percy owned a record shop and created the first recording studio in Liverpool, achieving a number of firsts in the process:

  • Cut the first disc for The Quarrymen in July 1958, John, Paul and George later to form The Beatles

  • Demonstrated the first example of musique concrete in Liverpool on 28th September 1956

  • Cut the first rock n roll record in the city in 1957 – Johnny Guitar and Paul Murphy’s “She’s Got It”

  • Cut the first disc for Liverpool’s original rock n roller, Billy Fury, and the legendary Ken Dodd in 1958.

  • Cut the first ever football pop song for Everton football club in 1963

  • The city’s first public demonstration of stereo recording

CD Tracklisting:

Disc 1:

01 UNCHAINED MELODY (North/Zaret 1955) Betty Roy and Percy Phillips. Hilda Phillips on piano. 1955
02 THIS IS YOUR LIFE Harry Wardle 1956
03 IT IS NO SECRET (Hamblen 1950) Ken Dodd. 1957
04 SHE’S GOT IT (Marascalo 1956) Johnny “Guitar” Byrne and Paul Murphy. 1957
05 MESSAGES TO EVE / WHEN YOU WORE A TULIP (Wenrich/Mahoney 1914). 1957

06 MARCH OF THE SIAMESE CHILDREN (Rodgers 1951). Christ Church Kensington Choir. 1957

07 CHRIST CHURCH CONCERT Christ Church Kensington Choir. 1957
08 BABY / HAVE IT TOLD YOU LATELY/PARALYSED Billy Fury. 1958
09 THAT’LL BE THE DAY (Holly/Allison/Petty 1956) The Quarry Men. 1958
10 PIANO MEDLEY Harry Wardle. 1960
11 CROWNING OF THE ROSE QUEEN Christ Church, Kensington. 1961
12 SOME OTHER GUY (Leiber/Stoller/Barrett 1962) The Beatles. 1963

Disc 2:

01 MEAN WOMAN BLUES (Demetrius 1957) Savva and the Democrats. 1963
02 SHAKIN’ ALL OVER (Kidd 1960) Savva and the Democrats. 1963
03 E-V-E-R-T-O-N (Stewart 1963) Everton Football Team with John Dunbar. 1963
04 THE OTHER MERSEY SOUND Liverpool Supporters Club. 1964
05 WEB OF LOVE (Byrne) Mike and the Thunderbirds. 1964
06 ON WINGS OF SONG Wirral County Girls School Choir. 1963
07 F.A CUP FINAL HIGHLIGHTS – Liverpool FC Vs Leeds United 1965
08 WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT/SHE BELONGS TO ME The Shakespeares. 1966
09 POSSESSION IS 9/10THS OF THE LAW Diane Marshall. 1967
10 EASY COME EASY GO Diane Marshall. 1967
11 STEVE LARRABY INTERVIEW 1968
12 OKI FROM MUSKOGEE (Haggard) Steve Stuart. 1969
13 MY OWN PECULIAR WAY (Dolan) Steve Stuart. 1969
14 CECELIA (Simon 1969) M2. 1969
15 LET IT BE ME (Curtis 1957) M2. 1969

Disc 3:

01 BONNY MARY OF ARGYLE (Jeffries/Nelson 1850) Percy Phillips. 1955
02 MR. SANDMAN (Ballard 1954) Carol Phillips. 1955
03 XMAS DAY Phillips Family. 1955
04 I’VE GOT SOMETHING THRILLING Betty Roy. 1956
05 THE GIRL IN THE WOOD (Gilkyson/Stuart 1951) Unknown Singer. 1957
06 TONIGHT BELOVED Ken Dodd. 1957
07 MESSAGES TO EVE / WE’LL MEET AGAIN (Parker/Charles 1939) 1957
08 CHILDREN OF THE BIBLE Christ Church Kensington Choir. 1957
09 CHRIST CHURCH CONCERT Christ Church Kensington Choir. 1957
10 PLAYING FOR KEEPS/YOU’RE RIGHT I’M LEFT SHE’S GONE/LOVE’S A CALLING Billy Fury. 1958
11 IN SPITE OF ALL THE DANGER (McCartney/Harrison 1958) The Quarry Men. 1958
12 PIANO MEDLEY Harry Wardle. 1963
13 KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF MY BABY (King/Goffin 1962) The Beatles. 1963

Disc 4:

01 PLEASE DON’T TEASE (Welch/Chester 1960) Savva and The Democrats. 1963
02 LOVE TOO MUCH Savva and The Democrats. 1963
03 EVERTON FOR ME (Stewart 1963) EFC Team with John Dunbar. 1963
04 THE OTHER MERSEY SOUND Liverpool Supporters. 1964
05 ON WINGS OF SONG Wirral County Girls School Choir. 1965
06 F.A. CUP FINAL HIGHLIGHTS – Liverpool FC Vs Leeds United 1965
07 LITTLE EGYPT / SATISFY The Shakespeares. 1966
08 I’LL TALK TO MARY ONE MORE TIME Diane Marshall. 1967
09 I’M SORRY FOR YOU MY FRIEND Diane Marshall. 1967
10 STEVE LARRABY INTERVIEW 1968
11 ME AND BOBBY MAGEE (Kristofferson) Steve Stuart. 1969
12 HOBO BILL’S LAST RIDE (Rogers) Steve Stuart. 1969
13 ABELINE (Loudermilk/Gibson/Brown/Stanton 1957) M2. 1969
14 COUSIN NORMAN (Nicholson 1969) M2. 1969

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