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Live At The BBC [4 CD] Box set

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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.

Track Listings

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
  6. Keep Your Hands off My Baby
  7. I'll Be on My Way
  8. Young Blood
  9. A Shot of Rhythm and Blues
  10. Sure to Fall (In Love With You)
  11. Some Other Guy
  12. Thank You Girl
  13. Sha la la la La! (Speech)
  14. Baby It's You
  15. That's All Right (Mama)
  16. Carol
  17. Soldier of Love (Lay Down Your Arms)
  18. A Little Rhyme (Speech)
  19. Clarabella
  20. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You)
  21. Crying, Waiting, Hoping
  22. Dear Wack! (Speech)
  23. You Really Got a Hold on Me
  24. To Know Her Is to Love Her
  25. A Taste of Honey
  26. Long Tall Sally
  27. I Saw Her Standing There
  28. The Honeymoon Song
  29. Johnny B. Goode
  30. Memphis
  31. Lucille
  32. Can't Buy Me Love
  33. From Fluff to You (Speech)
  34. Till There Was You

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)
  6. Roll over Beethoven
  7. All My Loving
  8. Things We Said Today
  9. She's a Woman
  10. Sweet Little Sixteen
  11. 1822! (Speech)
  12. Lonesome Tears in My Eyes
  13. Nothin' Shakin' (But the Leaves on the Trees)
  14. The Hippy Hippy Shake
  15. Glad All Over
  16. I Just Don't Understand
  17. So How Come (No One Loves Me)
  18. I Feel Fine
  19. I'm a Loser
  20. Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby
  21. Rock & Roll Music
  22. Ticket to Ride
  23. Dizzy Miss Lizzy
  24. Medley: Kansas City/Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!
  25. Set Fire to That Lot! (Speech)
  26. Matchbox
  27. I Forgot to Remember to Forget
  28. Love These Goon Shows! (Speech)
  29. I Got to Find My Baby
  30. Ooh! My Soul
  31. Ooh! My Arms (Speech)
  32. Don't Ever Change
  33. Slow Down
  34. Honey Don't
  35. Love Me Do

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
  6. Hey, Paul... (Speech)
  7. Anna (Go To Him)
  8. Hello! (Speech)
  9. Please Please Me
  10. Misery
  11. I'm Talking About You
  12. A Real Treat (Speech)
  13. Boys
  14. Absolutely Fab (Speech)
  15. Chains
  16. Ask Me Why
  17. Till There Was You
  18. Lend Me Your Comb
  19. Lower 5E (Speech)
  20. The Hippy Hippy Shake
  21. Roll Over Beethoven
  22. There's A Place
  23. Bumper Bundle (Speech)
  24. P.S. I Love You
  25. Please Mister Postman
  26. Beautiful Dreamer
  27. Devil In Her Heart
  28. The 49 Weeks (Speech)
  29. Sure To Fall (In Love With You)
  30. Never Mind, Eh? (Speech)
  31. Twist And Shout
  32. Bye, Bye (speech)
  33. John - Pop Profile (Speech)
  34. George - Pop Profile (Speech)

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
  6. Memphis, Tennessee
  7. Happy Birthday Dear Saturday Club
  8. Now Hush, Hush (Speech)
  9. From Me To You
  10. Money (That's What I Want)
  11. I Want To Hold Your Hand
  12. Brian Bathtubes (Speech)
  13. This Boy
  14. If I Wasn't In America (Speech)
  15. I Got A Woman
  16. Long Tall Sally
  17. If I Fell
  18. A Hard Job Writing Them (Speech)
  19. And I Love Her
  20. Oh, Can't We? Yes We Can (Speech)
  21. You Can't Do That
  22. Honey Don't
  23. I'll Follow The Sun
  24. Green With Black Shutters (Speech)
  25. Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!
  26. That's What We're Here For (Speech)
  27. I Feel Fine (Studio Outtake)
  28. Paul - Pop Profile (Speech)
  29. Ringo - Pop Profile (Speech)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 11, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
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  • Label: Capitol
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
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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.
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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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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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