September 30, 2011 8:14

The Beatles' early recordings with Tony Sheridan to be released

Double CD will be accompanied with rare photos and artwork

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The Beatles' earliest recordings with singer Tony Sheridan are set to be released.

A deluxe double CD set entitled 'The Beatles With Tony Sheridan: First Recordings' will compile tracks cut by the quartet, with former sticksman Pete Best on drums, in Hamburg, reports Variety.

The band performed with Sheridan as Polydor artists after music executive Bert Kaempfert discovered them performing in a German nightclub in 1961.

The Beatles' numbers include 'Ain't She Sweet', which sees John Lennon taking up vocal duties and the George Harrison-penned instrumental 'Cry For a Shadow'. It is set to be released in the US on November 8. No date has yet been set in the UK.

The release will be accompanied by a booklet full of rarely seen photographs, taken by one-time Beatles guitarist Stuart Sutcliffe's fiancee Astrid Kirchherr, band contracts, poster art of early shows and handwritten biographies by each member of the group.

New documents recently revealed The Beatles refused to play to a "segregated crowd" when they toured the US in the mid-1960s.

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