Liverpool Today: Live At The Cavern

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 1 Disc
Release date: 8 Jun 2009


"The three acts presented capture The Cavern's almost mythical atmosphere"  RECORD COLLECTOR

CAT No: FVCD015UPC TEXT: 5055311000152

Full details

The album showcased the talents of three acts with the Cavern club’s agency, Cavern Artistes, recorded at the studio next to the legendary venue, and then overdubbed with audience and MC for a “”live”” experience. Two of these, Michael Allen and The Richmond Group, are obscure names, being otherwise unrecorded, whilst Earl Preston, the leader of the third featured act, is relatively well known, with singles released on Fontana and CBS.

Bob Wooler was the Cavern’s DJ: his place in Beatles history being secured when he got the band their first dates at the Cavern and introduced them to their future manager, Brian Epstein. Released in November 1965 on the independent Ember label, Liverpool Today documents a rare slice of Merseybeat, made doubly collectable by its association with the legendary Liverpool venue, the Cavern. In a move that was not uncommon in the sixties, the recordings were actually made in a studio, albeit the neighbouring Cavern Sounds and were then overdubbed with audience reaction plus announcements by compere Bob Wooler.

A truncated version of the album was released in the United States on Capitol. This reissue has been mastered from original tapes and marks the album’s debut on CD. Sleeve notes are by Spencer Leigh, presenter of BBC Radio Merseyside’s On The Beat. His books include volumes devoted to Merseybeat and the Cavern.



  1. I'll Be Doggone
  2. Missing You
  3. Blue Monday
  4. Telegram
  5. Evenin'
  6. Nobody But You
  7. Daddy Rolling Stone
  8. That's Alright
  9. I Shall Not be Moved
  10. Cops And Robbers
  11. I Can't Stand It
  12. Trains And Boats And Planes
  13. I Won't Let You Down
  14. I'm All Right