Beatles try to block historic bootleg

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The Beatles are trying to block the release of an album of "lost" songs recorded during Ringo Starr's first performances with the group.

The eight unreleased songs date from 1962 when the Fab Four agreed to do a few final gigs at Hamburg's Star Club, where they had performed as a fledgling band.

The songs include Paul McCartney and John Lennon singing an early B-side, Ask Me Why, McCartney singing Hank Williams' Lovesick Blues, and George Harrison doing Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs' Do You Believe.

The gigs - performed after the band shot to worldwide fame with Love Me Do - are believed to have been their first live performances after Ringo Starr replaced Pete Best on drums.

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