Attention, music pirates: It may take years, even decades, but authorities will eventually find you and bust you. That’s the lesson after a year-long joint probe by British and Dutch police led to the arrests of five suspected thieves (whose names were not released) and the discovery in Amsterdam of a hoard of rare Beatles session recordings that had been missing for 30 years. There were some 500 tapes, Dutch authorities told the Associated Press, and they appear to be recordings made during the fractious 1969 ”Get Back” sessions that ultimately yielded the ”Let It Be” movie and album, as well as many tracks never officially released.
While some of the music had been available as bootlegs over the years, the master tapes themselves had vanished in the early 1970s. ”The tapes themselves are the only original recordings made and may contain material which has never been previously released,” London police said in a statement. ”This fact renders the tapes to be priceless to the record industry and collectors of Beatles memorabilia.” Representatives for the surviving Beatles and their company, Apple Records, have yet to comment on the discovery.