Saturday, 14 September 2013

The Beatles "On Air - Live at the BBC Volume Two" - Pre Order Now!


New 2 CD and Vinyl LP Collections Feature 40 Performances from The Beatles’ 1963-1964 BBC Radio Broadcasts

In 1994, The Beatles’ Live at the BBC was released to worldwide acclaim - hitting number one in the U.K., number three in the U.S. and selling more than five million copies within six weeks. Now, a new companion to The Beatles’ first BBC collection, On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2, will be released Monday, November 11 in 2 CD and 180-gram vinyl packages with a 48-page booklet.

"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." (Ringo)

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.

"We used to drive 200 miles in an old van down the M1, come into London, try and find the BBC and then set up and do the program. Then we’d probably drive back to Newcastle for a gig in the evening!" (George)

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. When first broadcast, pop fans were amazed to hear such witty irreverence on the rather formal BBC and it is great fun to hear these extracts now. In addition, On Air releases, for the first time, the group’s candid interviews for the Pop Profile series recorded in November 1965 and May 1966.

"An exhilarating portrait of a band in the process of shaping its own voice and vision." (Rolling Stone, on 1994’s Live At The BBC)

Ten of On Air’s songs were never recorded by the group for EMI in the 1960s, including two making their debuts with the new release: The Beatles’ direct-to-air performance of Chuck Berry’s "I’m Talking About You" and a rocking cover of the standard "Beautiful Dreamer." On Air also includes different versions of six rarities heard on the 1994 BBC collection: Little Richard’s "Lucille," Chuck Berry’s "Memphis, Tennessee," Chan Romero’s "The Hippy Hippy Shake," Ray Charles’ "I Got A Woman," and two songs they learned from records by Carl Perkins, "Glad All Over" and "Sure To Fall".

"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." (Paul)

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Live At The BBC Vol 1

Newly remastered for reissue on November 11, The Beatles’ first Live at the BBC album sounds and looks better than ever. This collection of the group’s BBC sessions mixed versions of their hits with a treasure trove of 30 songs The Beatles performed on air but never released on record in the 1960s. The compelling track list ranged from a rare performance of the little known Lennon-McCartney original "I'll Be On My Way" to covers of classic rock ’n’ roll and contemporary rhythm and blues songs.
In the studios of the British Broadcasting Corporation, The Beatles performed music for a variety of radio shows. On Air - Live at the BBC Volume 2 presents the sound of The Beatles seizing their moment to play for the nation.

On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2 is now available for pre-order via your local official Beatles Stores or your local retailer

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