A UNIQUE recording made by The Beatles in the 1960s has been unearthed in the attic of a house in Liverpool.
The recording of "Don’t Put Me Down Like This" was discovered by a man going through his father’s effects after his death.
It was found on a 7-inch wide, reel-to- reel Philips tape along with a recording of an uncontrolled fit of giggling involving Paul McCartney and the late John Lennon.
Auctioneer John King, of Cameo Auctioneers of Midgham, Berkshire, said the tape is expected to attract worldwide interest when it is sold next week.
Mr King said: "It’s a real time capsule, an audio snapshot of the Beatles in the youth when they were having fun, laughing, giggling and buzzing off each other.
"Among the numbers they cover on the tape is a recording of ‘Don’t Put Me Down Like This’.
"Our research shows that there is no other known recording of the Beatles playing that number."
Beatles expert Phil Coppell, from Liverpool, believes either Paul McCartney or Yoko Ono will step in and buy the rare recording of the Beatles
He said: "This is a great find and very exciting for Beatles fans everywhere.
"But unfortunately, it seems unlikely that anybody will get to hear it anytime in the near future. If it is something which is missing from the Anthology then it is likely someone at Apple will step in and buy it up at auction.
"Perhaps it was taken from Abbey Road – there are hours and hours of recordings which were deemed not good enough to be released.
"I’m sure there will be some interest from Paul McCartney or Yoko Ono to secure it for the Beatles’ estate.
"They are the most likely people to buy it and sadly it might prove to be the case that Beatles fans will never get to hear it."
Don’t Put Me Down Like This was written and recorded by American soul singer Derek Martin and was a B-side of a single issued in 1963.
It was among John Lennon’s favourite records and a copy of it was found on his personal jukebox from the period.
The double sided tape lasts 30 minutes and includes eleven songs either composed by McCartney and Lennon or cover versions.
Due to uncontrollable laughter and boyish antics, it takes the lead men three attempts to complete the song I’ll Follow The Sun.
"Fortunately he played the tapes to find out what was on them and realised that he had something when he heard what appeared to be The Beatles," Mr King said.
"The vendor was sorting out his late father’s things and they included a number of audio tapes. It’s very thrilling to come across something from The Beatles that is completely unique after all this time.
"When I first listened to this tape it really made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. It sent a shiver down my spine.
"Potentially the value of a unique Beatles recording is enormous.
"We have estimated it at £8,000 to £12,000 but the value could go much higher." than that because we are getting worldwide interest."
The identity of the man who found the tape is not being revealed but it is thought that he father was in the music industry.
The tape will go under the hammer next Tuesday, August 5.