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The Beatles: The BBC Archives: 1962-1970
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93 of 98 people found the following review helpful
Over the last three decades several series and/or CD box sets have boastfully purported to be "The Beatles the Complete BBC Sessions," the most recent being up to 25 CDs and having an accompanying DVD. No such collection can possibly be complete: This book, written by BBC Producer and Author, Keven Howlett documents all of the Beatles BBC Radio and TV appearances from 1962-1971, showing sadly how much of the original BBC material was erased, lost, stolen. Most of the BBC Sessions that are in existence (and make appearance on the Live At The BBC (Remastered) and the forthcomingOn Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2 are because they were home-recorded by dedicated fans using primitive remote microphones and reel-to-reel recorders to make recordings of the radio broadcasts. Thankfully much video material has been saved, as previously cataloged in Jon Winn's "Lifting Latches." This book will also work as a companion to the 1st and forthcoming 2nd BBC Radio sets as well as the aforementioned 'complete' BBC collections.

I like these sort of reproduction books, with removable documents, ticket stubs, mini-flyers and posters. This was an aspect of Beatles history that well deserves a magnification, and the fan will get it here! Wonderful stuff for us Beatlemaniacs these days!

Be aware that due to different publishers, there are different prices for the UK and U.S. Editions of this book. The material contained is identical in each edition, but the U.S. box is slightly smaller, NOTE about different versions of the book/box:
The UK box dimensions are 300mm x 300mm x 63mm and the publisher is BBC Books. Publication date: 17 October 2013.
The US box dimensions are 274mm x 274mm x 38mm and the publisher is Harper Design. Publication date: 29 October 2013.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
TOP 100 REVIEWERon November 28, 2013
"The Beatles: The BBC Archives" by Kevin Howlett is a collection of the transcripts of The Beatles' appearances on BBC Radio/Television from 1962 to 1970.

Kevin Howlett who is recognized expert on group appearances on the BBC spent three decades of his career writing about The Beatles, and also running a radio show where he was discussing their appearances on BBC.
Therefore, this book can be considered as collection of everything on which he worked his entire professional career.

He nicely presented his book dividing it into several chapters, each covering one year of their career, from 1962 up to the 1970; each chapter starts with an introduction on two pages where author is describing what were the major events that marked that year in States, UK and worldwide, not only in music, but also what was happening in movies, TV, even politics.

After this brief prelude, each chapter is providing chronologically listed appearances of The Beatles during particular year, how and why they were on the BBC radio or TV programs, intertwining it with the transcripts of interviews that were conducted during these appearances.

Due to the reason that they stop appearing in radio and TV from year 1965, it was very interesting to read about their interviews in remaining years that were given by group members in special circumstances.
In this part of book even readers which are very familiar with The Beatles will be able to learn some new information about group like for example who decided for group to stop appearing in media.

In last part of book, reader will find nice list of people and songs that impacted The Beatles, starting from Motown singers, Chuck Berry, Elvis and some more which are not so famous to general public.

Overall, this is an interesting book for The Beatles fans, even to those who thought they had and knew everything about their favorite band because author managed to give a comprehensive overview of one part of their career that proved crucial considering all what followed thereafter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2014
This Beatles: The BBC Archives: 1969-1970 is a really nice book. It has some great interviews, fabulous pictures and nice stories as well as a list of songs that were played by The Beatles on each of the shows. If you are looking for something on The Beatles and the BBC radio shows, this is the book to get. It will go great with The Beatles At The BBC (Volumes 1&2) CD's that have been released by Apple Records. There is a complete Beatles At The BBC package, but it is not an official Apple release. It is hard to find and fairly expensive.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2014
I enjoyed reading the book itself very much, and I was happy not to pay the hefty price that the paper version goes for, but I foolishly assumed that a book that was hyped as much as it was for showing illustrations of contracts and letters and such would have larger renderings of those illustrations on my screen. I'm viewing on a Kindle Fire HDX and the illustrations are miniscule and pixelated to the point of uselessness. With legible graphic content, this would be an outstanding example of the potential of ebooks. As it is, it's a grossly lost opportunity. If you're looking to see the pictures, learn from my mistake and spend the money on the paper book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2014
Great book with interest and exclusive material of the Beatles at the BBC and just price.
I recommend it.
Thank you.
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on December 23, 2013
Just in time with the new Beatles album, Mr. Howlett does a painstaking work showing each session he could find on the boys at the BBC. Good info, if a bit scarce on some dates due to the fact that some tapes were lost, taped over, or simply stolen. A good addition to my ever growing collection of Beatles stuff. Quick hint for hardcore Beatles buyers like myself: if you have the Beatles Compleat BBC performances ( the 90's bootleg box set ) you should put those albums while reading this book. It's kind of refreshing to read and listen to the material Howlett talks about here but hasn't seen the light of day officially...yet.
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on February 11, 2015
Perhaps a bit more detail than would interest some, but I found it fascinating how hard The Beatles worked to become THE BEATLES. This book shows and proves how it wasn't just timing or luck that propelled the group to the toppermost of the poppermost. The band maintained an exhaustive schedule for years before becoming the icons they became. As this book shows in incredible detail the band worked for their eventual rewards.
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on January 3, 2014
For those of you who collect and love listening to the Beatles BBC songs this is the book for you. The author goes
to great length in documenting the Beatles history with the BBC and it is a most fascinating read. Great pictures throughout this book and just love the entire packaging with some bonus goodies to boot... I am glad I picked this one up..
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11 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2013
Kevin Howlett, who I know nothing about except that he wrote the liner notes for the "Live At The BBC" CD; has written this wonderful book about the Beatles' appearances on BBC Radio and Television from 1962-1970. I've only skimmed through it, but so far it looks like an interesting read based on real facts. After this, not much more needs to be written about The Beatles. This book compliments Mark Lewisohn's Beatles books quite well. A good Christmas gift for a Beatles fan, and the timing is right with the soon to be released second volume of BBC recordings coming out in November.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I've only glimpsed parts of the book. But regarding the BBC Beatles' performances that were recovered and I have heard, we need to thank Mr. Howlett for his work that will go down in music history. One song, an original apparently created by Paul, stands out. It is called "I'll Be On My Way"...key of A major. This Buddy Hollyesque song is almost a "Beatles" song, ready almost to be a hit. Maybe the verse of the song, consisting of six measures, the part with the chords B major, E major, B major, E major F sharp major, B major, then a quick E major, which leads to the A major of the chorus....I.E. The "Verse" of the song......may have not met Paul's standards for release, and George during his guitar solo seems lost at the end and groping....but the chorus is magnificent! Suggestion: Does Paul want to rewrite the verse a bit, and , of course, strengthen the guitar solo, then release the song as a new BEATLES song for 2014??? On You Tube, comments are very positive regarding even the current version...which was performed but ONCE by the Beatles......at the BBC! PAUL: Will you delight the world and consider doing this? Mr. Howlett helped us hear this song back in 1994, I believe it was. ---Harold Benson, keyboard musician, USA
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