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Live At The BBC - The Collection [Box set]

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  • Audio CD (November 11, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Capitol Records (Universal)
  • ASIN: B00FMF3R0I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,257 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Beatle Greetings (Speech)
2. From Us to You
3. Riding on a Bus (Speech)
4. I Got a Woman
5. Too Much Monkey Business
See all 34 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Crinsk Dee Night (Speech)
2. A Hard Day's Night
3. Have a Banana! (Speech)
4. I Wanna Be Your Man
5. Just a Rumor (Speech)
See all 35 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. And Here We Are Again (Speech)
2. Words of Love
3. How About It, Gorgeous? (Speech)
4. Do You Want To Know a Secret
5. Lucille
See all 34 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. I Saw Her Standing There
2. Glad All Over
3. Lift Lid Again (Speech)
4. I'll Get You
5. She Loves You
See all 29 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

In 1994, The Beatles' Live at the BBC was released to worldwide acclaim - hitting number one in the U.K. and number three in the U.S. and selling more than five million copies within six weeks. Now comes a new companion to The Beatles' first BBC collection, On Air Live at the BBC Volume 2. On Air's 63 tracks, none of which overlaps with The Beatles' first BBC release, include 37 previously unreleased performances and 23 previously unreleased recordings of in-studio banter and conversation between the band's members and their BBC radio hosts.

In the studios of the British Broadcasting Corporation, The Beatles performed music for a variety of radio shows. Live At The BBC and On Air - Live at the BBC Volume 2 presents the sound of The Beatles seizing their moment to play for the nation. Thrilled to hear these exciting recordings again, Paul McCartney said, 'There's a lot of energy and spirit. We are going for it, not holding back at all, trying to put in the best performance of our lifetimes.'

Between March 1962 and June 1965, no fewer than 275 unique musical performances by The Beatles were broadcast by the BBC in the U.K. The group played songs on 39 radio shows in 1963 alone. Ringo Starr said in 1994, 'You tend to forget that we were a working band. It's that mono sound. There were usually no overdubs. We were in at the count-in and that was it. I get excited listening to them.' On their busiest BBC day, 16 July 1963, The Beatles recorded 18 songs for three editions of their Pop Go The Beatles series in fewer than seven hours.

Packaging Slipcase includes:
The Beatles Live at The BBC -
2 CDs packaged in soft pack, 56 songs (plus 13 intros) recorded live by the Beatles in the BBC studios between 1962 and 1965, 48 page booklet. /
The Beatles on Air-Live at The BBC Volume 2 - 2 CDs packaged in soft pack, 63 tracks total, 37 unreleased performances, 23 tracks of in-studio banter, 48 page booklet with rare photos and an introduction by Paul McCartney, Compiled and researched by producers Kevin Howlett and Mike Heatley.

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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab Four Fans Rejoice November 11, 2013
Format:Audio CD
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles' first album "Please Please Me." The four lads from Liverpool were the biggest thing in popular music during the 1960s, and many folks still think they're the biggest thing in pop. Nearly everything they played, sang, said, and did was recorded, so there's a deep back catalog of words and music, a remarkable quantity of it still unissued by the copyright holders. Bootlegs exist, of course, but their quality and provenance are highly variable, and their cost can be exorbitant. "The Complete BBC Sessions," for example, a rare nine-CD box set produced in Italy in 1993, contains portions of 44 BBC appearances, but it will set you back hundreds of dollars - if you can find it.

John, Paul, George, and Ringo appeared no less than 52 times at the Beeb between 1962 and 1965, performing for "The Light Programme" at the beginning of their careers both in studio and before audiences on a variety of live shows. However, it's been nearly 20 years since the first volume of selected recordings from that era, "Live at the BBC," was officially released in 1994. It was a phenomenon, a number one box set that sold in the millions. It's been remastered and paired with a new set entitled "On Air - Live at the BBC Volume 2," which at last brings us more of these broadcasts, two CDs full of great music, youthful exuberance, wit and humor. Both boxes contain 48-page booklets with an introduction (the second one by Sir Paul), a long essay, numerous photos, session details, and track-by-track commentary.

The first volume included 56 musical performances and 13 tracks of dialogue; 30 of the songs were previously unreleased by the BBC, EMI, Apple or Capitol.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific collection of The Fabs' BBC recordings November 17, 2013
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Between March 1962 and June 1965, The Beatles appeared on 53 radio shows for the British Broadcasting Corporation (the BBC, a.k.a. "The BEEB.") The numbers are staggering: 275 performances of 88 different songs, 36 which were never recorded on the group's EMI records. Unfortunately, the BEEB did not keep most of the tapes or transcription discs of the original broadcasts; the only reason that we have them today is because enterprising Beatle fans taped them off the air on home recorders. Bootleg albums of the BBC recordings began to appear in the late 1960s. In 1982, using tapes acquired from fans and bootleggers, the BBC put together a radio series, THE BEATLES AT THE BEEB (a.k.a. THE BEEB'S LOST BEATLES TAPES), which was syndicated worldwide to high ratings and critical acclaim. My first serious taste of the BBC recordings came in 1989, with a two-CD bootleg set on the Swingin' Pig label called FROM US TO YOU ("realized somewhere over the rainbow, all rights re-severed").

Finally, in 1994, Capitol/EMI released the first official version of The Beatles' BBC sessions, Live At The BBC. The two-CD set contained 56 songs, including 30 that were previously unreleased. It sold over five million copies worldwide, reaching Number One in the UK and Number Three in the U.S. Four additional BBC recordings appeared in 1995: three on the Baby It's You CD single, and a fourth recording on Anthology 1. Oddly enough, despite the BBC collection's success, Capitol Records deleted it from the catalog in 1995; after much public demand, it was reissued in 2001.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fab Four are back and better than ever! November 12, 2013
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At long last, a "NEW" Beatles album is available again. This time, it is two albums in one. 1994's "Live At The BBC" and its long-awaited sequel companion "On Air - Live At The BBC, Volume 2". Both are remastered for superior sound quality. The Beatles recorded several radio programs for the British Broadcasting Corporation from 1962 to 1965. Throughout their time on the BBC airwaves, they performed many outstanding tracks; several were original compositions and a great deal more were cover tunes that were first written and performed by other artists. This 4-disc, double CD set comprises many of these classic recordings that were exclusive to BBC radio listeners during the sixties. The end result is a unique treasure trove of music that still remains a vital force in popular culture, even 50 years later. There are songs that were featured in their 2 films "A Hard Day's Night" and "Help!"; live tracks performed in front of an audience; alternate versions of many of their hits; and a brilliant assortment of cover songs that showcased the group's remarkable talents. Even more amazing is the amount of songs the band performed for BBC radio that were not officially and formally recorded at any proper EMI sessions. In addition to all of the great music, there are special in-studio banter between the group and their respective radio hosts that display their own free-wheeling sense of humor. The boys cut loose and retain an air of freshness that still sounds as good now as when it first happened. Altogether, you can not go wrong with this double-dose of BBC radio classics. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for my husband
All the classics and so much more for the Beatle lover in your life. Nice interviews and an early sense of history right from their mouths. This was a great gift for my husband.
Published 13 hours ago by DZert Island
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeded our expectations!
This CD set exceeded our expectations! I Amazing to hear The Beatles play their favorite songs from the artists who influenced them.
Published 8 days ago by MN
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid collection of early Beatles songs
This is a solid collection of early Beatles songs and cover tunes that they performed on the BBC. Between the songs are clips of studio chatter and interview, which are thankfully... Read more
Published 9 days ago by My Two Cents
5.0 out of 5 stars I knew I would!
This is most enjoyable to listen to and to hear The Beatles performing live and experience the harmonies of these guys is just great! Read more
Published 16 days ago by Jim V
5.0 out of 5 stars thank you very much
thanks! is excellent! thanks everybody who made this cd come out possible. For us, the beatles fans is a very good mateerial.
Published 23 days ago by Belén Algorta
3.0 out of 5 stars Money Grab
This is a review of this particular album package, and not of the individual albums, which are great, of course. Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. Raiz
5.0 out of 5 stars Fan
Beatles Fan. The group that never stops giving their talent to the people who care and love their music. May it go on for the longest of times.
Published 1 month ago by Gennaro S. Bruno
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for Your Beatles Collection
A perfect gift for that person in your family who is obsessed with the Beatles, in my case, our daughter.
Published 1 month ago by Laura Barron
5.0 out of 5 stars Was a gift
So I gave this to my dad and I cannot speak for content but it was nice looking physically and he said so far he really enjoyed it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J&D
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting.
not as much fun to listen to in the car as the albums. more interesting to read about the circumstances surrounding these recordings.
Published 2 months ago by mike murphy
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I think he meant to say you'll get everything the regular release gets, the only thing extra with slip case will be just the slip case...it's limited and won't be had again and literally only a few dollars more...i'm going to go for the slipcase because it's really like 1 release rather than... Read more
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