Unearthed Beatles Abbey Road demo involved in a $10 million court battle

News 16/06/2020

A demo video recording of The Beatles unearthed in 2018 is set for a big court battle, thought to be worth around £5 million ($10 million NZD).

Back in June 1962, The Beatles performed at Abbey Road Studios for the first time. The demo of their performance was recorded by music label EMI, who had told their sound engineer Geoff Emerick to destroy it since it was of poor quality.

However, the sound engineer secretly kept a hold of the demo in its original box inside a personal safe in his home in Los Angeles.

It was only when Geoff died aged 72 in 2018 was the audio unearthed by his estate.

Now, Universal Music Group (who acquired EMI) are battling Geoff Emerick’s estate for ownership.

The footage includes the song ‘Love Me Do’ and was shot before Ringo Starr joined The Beatles as drummer.

A source told The Sun: “It’s been estimated at £5million but could be worth much more.”

Geoff’s estate believe they are entitled to keep the demo due to finder’s law, however Universal argues that the law doesn’t apply since the sound engineer was told to destroy the recording.

Despite wanting it destroyed, Universal all these years later want it back. They know how huge this find is.