|Police 'Get Back' Rare Beatles Tapes #972|
Detectives in southeast England and The Netherlands arrested six people and found hundreds of tapes of the Fab Four playing in 1969.
Police found 500 reel-to-reel tapes with dozens of songs made at the infamous "Get Back" sessions during which arguments split the band.
"The tapes themselves are the only original recordings made and may contain material which has never been previously released," City of London police said in a statement.
"This fact renders the tapes to be priceless to the record industry and collectors of Beatles memorabilia."
Beatles fans have been able to buy pirate copies of the recordings for years.
The tapes cover a key chapter in the band's history and contain songs which later formed part of the "Let it Be" album.
Police said two people were arrested on suspicion of theft and handling stolen goods in west London and four in an unnamed town west of Amsterdam in The Netherlands. No more details of the suspects were released.
The raids came after an investigation by police and the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), the London-based body which represents the global recording industry.
IFPI chairman Jay Berman praised the police operation and said music piracy had become increasingly sophisticated.
EMI Group Plc ), the British record company which owns the tapes, said it was unclear what would now happen to the tapes.
"Music piracy is a serious crime," David Munns, vice-chairman of EMI Record Music, said in a statement.
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