Brit On Trial Over 'Stolen' Beatles Recordings
A British man accused of trying to sell stolen BEATLES recordings appeared in London's Southwark Crown Court yesterday (11JUL06). NIGEL OLIVER, 55, faces charges of handling stolen goods and seeking to obtain GBP250,000 ($450,000) for the tapes dating back to 1969, when the STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER icons laid down tracks for their LET IT BE album. The 504 tapes make up 80 hours of material, including more than 200 cover versions, and were allegedly passed to Oliver by two unknown Amsterdam, Netherlands, men before a 2003 Dutch police raid recovered them. NEIL ASPINALL, who manages The Beatles' Apple Corps label, told the court, "These tapes have a huge commercial value. There's lots of very unknown stuff and music they wouldn't have recorded in a normal session. "For example, they covered over 200 songs on these tapes. Songs of the day, such as BOB DYLAN." Oliver, who has been certified unfit to plead, was acting as a go-between for potential buyers in the UK. Dutch investigator RACHID BOURAMMANI, who discovered the recordings in a raid on a house in Lisse, Netherlands, says, "The tapes were stacked up in boxes on the floor of the house. There were lots and lots of them."