This album is well-described as a lot of historical recordings of the early gestation of the Beatles, along with a lot of demos or alternate takes of songs from their first few albums and singles. If you're a fan, it's great stuff to hear every once in awhile. I especially enjoyed the tracks that show them building "Eight Days a Week"--you hear the almost off-the-cuff musicality of the four lads as they work out the harmonic structure of the song.
But all that's not enough to recommend the album highly. The reason to get this album is the presence of five tracks at the end of Disk One, live tracks recorded in 1963 before an enthusiastic, but not hysterical audience. This is the best, maybe the only, good documentation of the greatness of the Beatles live, before Beatlemania destroyed their ability to perform. True, their early songs were recorded "live" in the studio, and we have the BBC stuff, so you can hear them playing together on other recordings, but this stuff is really special. Fiery, tight, powerful, s--t-hot, it just leaves you wanting more. You get "I Saw Her Standing There," "From Me to You," "Money (That's What I Want)," "You've Really Got a Hold on Me," and "Roll over Beethoven." The audio is rich and clean.
Supposedly, according to the liner notes, there were 7 songs recorded for this session, which was done for a Swedish radio broadcast. Where are the other two? Overall, I'm surprised that this rare documentation of the Beatles doing what made them famous initially, performing as the very best straight-ahead rock and roll band of its day and maybe any day, hasn't been culled into an "Early Live Beatles" CD of its own. And, are we certain that no other live recordings of this quality exist?