A month after an international police investigation recovered a trove of stolen Beatles session tapes in Amsterdam that had been missing for 30 years, investigators have found a second batch, this time in Sydney, Australia. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, police said they found the tapes, from the 1968 sessions that resulted in the two-disc set ”The Beatles” (a.k.a. the White Album), via the suspect’s classified advertisement boasting of Beatles rarities worth millions of dollars, items made rarer and more valuable by the seizure of the Amsterdam tapes.
Last month’s find included some 500 tapes from the fractious 1969 sessions that resulted in the ”Let It Be” album and movie. While they had been the source of bootlegs over the years, the original tapes had been missing for three decades. The Australian items include two reel-to-reel tapes from the White Album sessions, the Herald reports. (According to the Associated Press, however, one tape is from the ”White Album” and the other is from 1969’s ”Abbey Road.”) In addition, according to the Associated Press, police found original artwork from both the White Album and ”Abbey Road.” Police arrested a 27-year-old man at the home where the tapes were found but released him without filing charges.