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2003-Jan-10: Stolen Beatles Tapes Recovered

During raids today of members of a piracy racket in England and the Netherlands, police arrested five individuals (two British men in west London, and two Dutch men and a British man  south of Amsterdam) and recovered hundreds of "priceless" Beatles reel-to-reel tapes that were stolen in the 1970s, including some never-released tracks.   According to a spokesman for the prosecutor:
"We're investigating whether they really are the originals, but it appears to be so.  There are about 500 tapes, so there's quite a bit to research."
The tapes, that will soon will be turned over to British authorities, contain recordings made by the Beatles in 1969.  Some of tracks became part of the Let It Be album.  The rest of the tapes disappeared shortly after the sessions.

Jay Berman, chairman of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, which led the investigation with help from London detectives said:

"We applaud this exemplary police operation, which reflects the extraordinary level of international coordination that is needed to tackle the sophisticated cross-border strategies of today's organized music pirates."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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