To celebrate their return to 363 Oxford Street, HMV is giving away super-rare vinyl to customers all this week. The prizes will be on a first-come-first-serve basis and doors open at 8 a.m. On Monday, the shop will be giving away promo EP pressings of The Beatles Live On Air Vol 2, a new compilation of rare radio performances. In fact, the HMV store played a crucial role in Beatles history. The band's manager, Brian Epstein, visited the shop in February 1962 to see if general manager Bob Boast could help them land a record deal. Boast suggested they take Epstein's two reel-to-reel tapes (recorded in a Decca audition) to the first floor, where they could transfer the songs to 78rpm demonstration discs- much easier to hawk around town. While the HMV engineer, Jim Foy, was cutting the discs, he got excited about what he heard and initiated a conversation with Epstein that led to a call to the top floor of HMV to Ardmore & Beechwood, a music publishing subsidiary of EMI. A chap called Sid Colman came down to listen to the recordings and eventually invited Epstein upstairs to discuss business. This serendipitous chain of events at HMV led to The Beatles signing with EMI and George Martin.
Stop in tomorrow morning and try to pick up one of the rare EPs of The Beatles On Air. Elvis fans can get a limited-edition color pressing of his 1956 album on Tuesday. Hopefully some of our agents in London will be successful. happy hunting! More vintage photographs of the HMV Oxford Street store below.
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