The Beatles Story (BBC 1972)

Auctioned on eBay in April 2005.

The is the first extensive BBC Radio documentary on The Beatles and was assembled in the winter of 1971-1972. Produced by Johnny Beerling and hosted by BRian Matthew it was aired on BBC Radio One on Sunday nights at 5pm from May through August 1972.

Later in 1972, the series was sold to the U.S. for syndication.The U.S. version trimmed each episode to make room for commercials. The original BBC broadcasts were 55 minutes but, as described by the auction below, these reels are 46 minutes long. So this must be the U.S. version.

For details of the contents of these reels,
see John C. Winn's book, Lifting Latches.

See a 1973 14 reel updated and expanded version of the series - here.

AUCTION DESCRIPTION:

BEATLES STORY SET OF 13 TAPES

ONE OF THE MOST UNUSUAL
AND UNIQUE ITEMS ON EBAY

Item location:
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom

THIS MUST BE ONE OF THE MOST UNUSUAL AND UNIQUE ITEMS TO COME UP FOR SALE ON E-BAY. THE BEATLES STORY IS A 13 ORIGINAL 10" REEL TO REEL TAPE SET. THIS WAS RECORDED FOR BROADCAST ON THE BBC IN THE EARLY 70s. THESE TAPES WERE SENT OUT FOR THE USE OF OTHER RADIO STATIONS. THIS SET COMES FROM LONDON WAVELENGTH INC. 51st NEW YORK. ALL TAPES HAVE ONE WEEKS BROADCAST AND ARE APPROXIMATELY 46 MINUTES LONG AND ALL COME IN STEREO.THE WRITING ON THE FRONT OF THE BOX SAYS FROM TOP TO BOTTOM, LONDON WAVELENGTH LOGO, METALLIC TAPE, MONO STEREO, THE BEATLES STORY, THE AUTHENTIC B.B.C. PRODUCTION, PART # AND TIME HAND-WRITTEN ON, A S I LOGO, A DIVISION OF A S I COMMUNICATIOS INC. (P) BBC 1972. ALL TAPES ARE IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. NUMBERS 1 AND 2 COME IN WHITE BOXES AND TAPE IS ON METAL SPOOLS, ALL THE REST ARE IN BROWN BOXES AND ARE ON PLASTIC SPOOLS.

THIS IS A PIECE OF BEATLES HISTORY IN THE MAKING!!!

HEAR THE BEATLES' STORY TOLD BY BRIAN MATTHEWS, FULL OF INTERVIEWS WITH ALL FOUR OF THE LADS, HEAR WHAT THE BEATLES HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE SPLIT-UP, AND HOW PAUL McCARTNEY SOUNDED BEFORE HE JOINED THE GROUP, AND MUCH , MUCH MORE. A FANTASTIC ADDITION TO ANY BEATLES COLLECTION.