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Beatles Live at the BBC [CASSETTE]

The Beatles Audio Cassette
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  • Audio Cassette (1 Jun 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B000006L8P
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 26 Jun 2005
By Docendo Discimus TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
These two discs feature live-in-the-studio recordings made by The Beatles for BBC Radio between 1962 and 1965.
Over half of these 56 songs are covers, many of which were never officially released, and it's a real treat to have this often-bootlegged material available and sounding very, very good. And the lavish 46-page booklet features complete recording information, pictures, and essays by Derek Taylor and producer Kevin Howlett.
The Beatles do their best to live up to their happy-go-lucky images on a number of non-musical "soundbytes", and Paul McCartney gets to sing a couple of too-cute pop songs, but the majority of this material is simply magnificent. John Lennon sings a tough rock n' roll-rendition of Ray Charles' "I Got A Woman", McCartney rips loose on electrifying versions of "Lucilel" and "I Saw Her Standing There", and George Harrison does a credible Chuck Berry on "Roll Over Beethoven".
A couple of Arthur Alexander-covers are equally great, and Lennon performs a wonderfully tough, confident reading of "A Shot Of Rhythm & Blues" and tears through a great, punchy "Dizzy Miss Lizzy".
Their own songs sound magnificent as well. A driving "A Hard Day's Night", the clanging, circular guitar riff of "Ticket To Ride" ringing out...Well, you can check out the track list for youself.
This is a delightful 2hrs+ of music. The Beatles give it their all, and you can hear what a terrific little rock n' roll combo they were when they could actually hear each other play!
Very highly recommended.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not perfect collection 25 Feb 2005
Format:Audio CD
For years bootlegs (LPs back then, the "Live at the Beeb" series) of the BBC-radioshows were in high demand: they covered every show the Fab Four ever performed for the BBC. They would never fit on a 2CD-set. So yes, one will miss a song or two on this collection, but there are some real gems (I'll be on my way, Clarabella, Lucille - to name but three). I think they could have put on more covers that were not released on their official albums, as some performances are clearly inferior.
The BBC itself did not archive these recordings, as far as I know, though there may be acetates. Luckily most of it was recorded by fans and survived that way. Naturally the audio quality of these recordings is far from perfect (compared to their first album, which in itself was almost 'live in the studio'), but most are listenable enough. Some are really bad (Keep your hands off my baby, for one, and a couple of TV performances), but I guess these are included for their uniqueness. I could have done without the chats, especially when they are edited over the music and you can't skip the track.
All in all it's a great set that shows the Beatles'influences and for me, I think some of their covers are so much better than the originals!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars (Extended) Beatles Broadcasting Corporation 1 11 Nov 2013
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First released in 1994, `Live at the BBC' has been both remastered and re-packaged, which gets rid of the unwieldy plastic double CD boxes that always managed to get cracked or lost the lugs for the discs. That re-packaging, which is far superior, has bought it in line with most other Beatles CDs (and I'm sure the remaining ones, `Anthology', and `Let It Be...Naked', will follow). The cover photo, which was digitally altered quite a lot (see original photo), is no longer the silly sepia toned one, but contemporary black and white. (The cut-and-paste rear photo of the booklet has been cleaned up to remove Ringo's 'ghost head'.) The remastering has made it all better, not sounding as 'tinny', though there is a limit to what you can do with 50 year old recordings made from a transistor radio. But it isn't an exact re-release as this remaster has 71 tracks as opposed to the 69 on the original and a bit of speech replaced with another. Despite asking the relevant people why (that's Apple, EMI and the BBC), no reply has been forthcoming. And the booklet, too, is slightly different in terms of photo layout and content.

By far the best of the post 1970 releases, this is a showcase for songs the group would never record and gives an idea as to what most of us missed. Of the 56 musical tracks, 28 were covers never issued by the group on their official 1960s releases, one is an oddity in `From Us To You', one has a different Beatle singing, and another (a Lennon-McCartney original) was only ever performed on this one occasion. Moreover, it's those 28 songs (and the other three mentioned) which make this collection worthwhile.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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When this collection was released, prior to the Anthology series, it was the first `new' Beatles material released for many years.

Many of the songs have been previously bootlegged, but this collection has many unfamiliar tunes, including some Chuck Berry numbers and contemporary beat tunes like `Some Other Guy' and `Hippy Hippy Shake'.

The banter with BBC presenters is delightful, as is reading the fan mail and various comments and in-jokes.

The set is just short of a revelation. It's full of energy, toughness, fun and sparkle. There are some great covers, as well as slightly different versions of the usual Beatles hits. It's interesting that they seem to have put just as much thought into the covers as their own material: these songs were never 'filler', but songs The Beatles knew and loved.

The packaging and liner notes are marvellous and each disc has about 30 tracks, so the set is great value.

The only drawback of this terrific album is the sound: glorious mono, with varying degrees of low, medium and hi `fi' due to the age of the tapes and BBC recording techniques. It's not even at the standard of the official Beatles mono LPs, but it's always listenable and you soon forget about the sound, anyway.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed it.
Published 5 days ago by K T Carpenter
4.0 out of 5 stars great music
Would recommend to Beatle fans. Great collection of music from the past. CD arrived on time and plays all the old favourites.
Published 2 months ago by Tiger
5.0 out of 5 stars These recordings are priceless.
If you want to know the background stories behind these historic BBC recordings, and many other BBC recordings of the ‘60s and ‘70s by leading UK rock bands such as Led Zeppelin,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr W A Aitken
3.0 out of 5 stars The Digipack makes it lousy
The digipack makes it lousy, and seem get easily damaged. But I like the 'From Us to You' number at which different with the previous release.
Published 3 months ago by Smart Bedjo
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This was up there with the best so happy when it arrived I played it right away that same day
Published 3 months ago by Matthew J. Mccrudden
1.0 out of 5 stars Tim Rees
Not too good sent Live at the BBC Volume 2,which I already had ,so spent for something
not required.Not good
Published 4 months ago by Mr. T. F. Rees
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas present
We bought this for our son. He is a big Beatles fan. He enjoyed the Fab Fours versions of songs that other people made famous.
Published 4 months ago by STEVE LONGMIRE
5.0 out of 5 stars Great listening
As a beatles fan i can honestly say this album is excellent and it is sweet to hear the songs recorded live
Published 5 months ago by brenton thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you
Very nice condition thank you enjoyed listing to tracks and well woth the money hope to get next one soon
Published 5 months ago by len knight
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