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On Air - Live At The BBC Vol 2 [Double CD]

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  • Audio CD (11 Nov 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: UMC
  • ASIN: B00F3VOL38
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 649 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. And Here We Are Again - Rodney Burke
2. Words Of Love
3. How About It, Gorgeous? - Rodney Burke, George Harrison
4. Do You Want To Know A Secret
5. Lucille
6. Hey Paul.... - Lee Peters, Paul McCartney
7. Anna (Go To Him)
8. Hello! - Lee Peters, John Lennon
9. Please Please Me
10. Misery
See all 34 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. I Saw Her Standing There
2. Glad All Over
3. Lift Lid Again - Paul McCartney, Brian Matthew
4. I'll Get You
5. She Loves You
6. Memphis, Tennessee
7. Happy Birthday Dear Saturday Club
8. Now Hush, Hush - Brian Matthew, Paul McCartney, John Lennon
9. From Me To You
10. Money (That's What I Want)
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A new companion to The Beatles’ first BBC collection, On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2, is presented as a 2CD or 180-gram vinyl packages. On Air’s 63 tracks, none of which overlap with The Beatles’ first BBC release, includes 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. 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 from 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.” On Air also features BBC recordings of 30 well-loved songs from The Beatles’ catalogue, including five number ones and other favorites such as: “I Saw Her Standing There,” “Twist And Shout,” “Do You Want To Know A Secret,” “Boys,” “Please Mister Postman,” “Money,” “And I Love Her,” and “If I Fell.” Like its critically acclaimed predecessor, On Air - Live at the BBC Volume 2 includes audio of The Beatles talking to DJs Brian Matthew and Alan Freeman and Pop Go The Beatles hosts Lee Peters and Rodney Burke.

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THE BEATLES On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2 (2013 UK 63-track 2-CD album set - a digitally remastered and repackaged issue of 1996 release featuring BBC recordings spanning 1962-1965 with bonus interview tracks. Housed in a 6-panel fold-outdigipak picture sleeve with 48-page booklet - still sealed)

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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All together on the wireless machine 11 Nov 2013
By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Between March 1962 and June 1965 The Beatles performed a total of 52 BBC sessions. Some 275 performances were taped, comprising 88 unique songs (as some songs were repeated at various sessions).

Out of these 88 songs, 36 were never recorded for the Beatles' studio albums, so therefore it wasn't surprising that the majority of these were included on the first release, Live At The BBC, originally issued in 1994 and now available as a 2013 remaster.

Whilst this does mean that this second collection is slightly less essential than Volume 1, On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2 does contain a couple of songs never previously officially released - Chuck Berry's "I'm Talking About You" and the evergreen "Beautiful Dreamer", a favourite from their Hamburg days. There are also a number of alternative versions of songs released on Volume 1, such as "Memphis, Tennessee", "The Hippy Hippy Shake" and "Lucille" but most of the songs on this CD are BBC versions of tracks from the Beatles albums and singles of the period.

The BBC's recording facilities at the time were quite primitive, so whilst the BBC recordings lack the polish of the Beatles own album versions they're not without interest, as it's fascinating to hear these essentially "live" performances.

In addition to the 40 songs, there's 25 or so speech tracks, interspersed between the music. They capture the heady, early days of Beatlemania very well, as the fabs banter with the various DJ's hosting the shows, such as Brian Matthew, Alan Freeman, Lee Peters and Rodney Burke.

There are also four interviews each lasting about eight minutes (one per Beatle) recorded by Brian Matthew in 1965 and 1966 for the series Pop Profile.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Live At the BBC - The Collection 11 Nov 2013
By Marc B
Format:Audio CD
This is a review of the Live At The BBC - The Collection but contains specific reference to On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2, hope people find it useful.

When Live At The BBC was released in 1994 it kicked off a major archival excavation that culminated in the Beatles Anthology Project but to my mind the Live At The BBC was the most interesting of these archival releases and the one that I have listened to the most over the years. It wasn't without it's flaws though and with the bootleg releases that included most of their complete shows, a volume 2 seemed like a no brainer. So it's a surprise that it's taken nearly 20 years for that to happen, especially as volume 1 shifted something like 5 million units.

Anyway, with regards to volume 1 the question is whether its worth purchasing the remaster if you already have the original from 1994. I would certainly say yes, if you don't have volume one then its essential and the stronger of the 2 volumes as it contains the most unreleased tracks. Although there isn't any new music or major upgrades in sources to what you would already have, the use of noise reduction is a lot better and less heavy handed than the previous issue and the key thing is the completely unnecessary cross fading between tracks have been removed, meaning you can compile both volumes chronologically without cutting of the start or end of tracks. There are also a few more snippets of dialogue like the inclusion of the amusing introduction from George to Soldier of Love, wish they'd also included the equally amusing intro to the Honeymoon Song or the `Honeyboot Song' as George calls it because of his `terrible nose'.

As for `On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2' this is long overdue.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On Air - Live at the BBC Vol 2 11 Nov 2013
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Nearly twenty years since the first Beatles at the BBC album comes Volume 2, nicely packaged in a double CD digi pack with a 46 page booklet. In my opinion it was worth buying the actual CD rather than downloading the music simply for the informative booklet, with an introduction by Paul, all the track details and lots of photographs. I know you can download it on your ipod, but the actual paper version is easier to read and ideal to peruse while you sit down and enjoy this great collection.

It is a slight shame that we don't get to hear the fun openings for shows, such as 'Pop Go the Beatles', which the band recorded specially. However, these CD's are packed with really good quality tracks and interview snippets as the Beatles read out cards and generally cause mayhem in the studio. George reads out a very strange card about the Flowerpot Men (Bill and Ben, not flower power just yet), Paul is asked about his 21st birthday party (not quite the success he suggests, as all fans know!), Ringo calls John a "College Puddin'" and both John and Paul are heard laughing at George when they are asked about writing the songs for "A Hard Days Night," among lots of other interview clips. Most of the songs are excellent quality and they include lots of early hits as well as great cover versions, showing how versatile the Beatles were and giving you an idea of the set list they would have played live in Liverpool and Hamburg. The poorest audio is heard on John singing Chuck Berry's, "I'm talking about you," which was presumably worth including because of its rarity. There are lots of early tracks on here which the Beatles never recorded and they give you an excellent flavour of the band in those early days. Lastly, there are four bonus interviews, approx 8 minutes, for each member of the group.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
If you like the beatles you will love this all the early hits and much more a must for Beatles fans.
Published 3 days ago by MR JOHN W LEEKEY
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Album
Great follow up to the first 'Live at the BBC' album.My favourite group of all time and completes my 'Masters' CD Collection
Published 14 days ago by Mr. Peter J. Meech
4.0 out of 5 stars NIce Numbers, Nice Recordings but Less Rare Number
It has nice numbers, nice recordings but less rare number. If you look for the rare number, you are not supposed to buy this album. Find out the bootleg release :D
Published 18 days ago by Smart Bedjo
5.0 out of 5 stars Lennon does Berry!
Not quite as startingly original as Volume 1, but worth it just to hear John Lennon ripping into Chuck Berry standard, 'Talking bout you". Read more
Published 21 days ago by J. W. Rainey
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice partner to volume 1
OK, perhaps inevitably, it's not as good as the first volume. There are also several songs which appeared on volume 1, albeit different recordings. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Hounddog8
5.0 out of 5 stars Legends at the BBC
Capers ear days of the Bates and m dad loves it This was before they made it big in America
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Tristan R. Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beatles fan? if so...
.... just buy it. You know you@ll love it :-). The fab four are still the best ever original 'boy band'!
Published 1 month ago by ianwas
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a present for Beatles fan
I bought this as a present for my husband who is a massive Beatles fan and very knowledgeable on their music. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs K Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent publication
I gave the highest score since I like everything in this edition. I immediately wanted it as soon as it learned of the release. And now I am very pleased to receive my order!
4.0 out of 5 stars On Air - Live at the BBC Vol 2
A little bit of history a little bit of nostalgia and a big bit of cash in Mr McCartney's bank account! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ali Mac
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