The Quarrymen - In Spite of All the Danger
“In Spite of All the Danger” is one of the first songs recorded by The Quarrymen, then composed of John Lennon,Paul McCartney, George Harrison, pianist John Lowe and drummer Colin Hanton.
The song was written by McCartney and Harrison, and is the only song to credit the two alone. It is believed to have been recorded on Saturday 12 July 1958 (three days before Lennon’s mother’s death). However, that recording date is disputed by the group. The recording was made at Percy Phillips’ home studio in Liverpool. It cost 17 shillings and six pence.
Only one copy of “In Spite of All the Danger” recording was made, and each band member kept the acetate disc for a week. Lowe was the last to have it, keeping it for nearly 25 years. In 1981, Lowe attempted to sell it at auction, but McCartney intervened and purchased it from him. McCartney had engineers restore as much of the record’s sound quality as possible and then made approximately 50 copies of the single that he gave as personal gifts to family and friends. In 2004, Record Collector magazine named the original pressing as the most valuable record in existence, estimating its worth at £100,000, with the 1981 copies made by McCartney coming in second on the list at £10,000 each.