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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

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
  11. I'm Talking About You
  12. A Real Treat - Lee Peters, Ringo Starr, John Lennon
  13. Boys
  14. Absolutely Fab - Lee Peters, George Harrison
  15. Chains
  16. Ask Me Why
  17. Till There Was You
  18. Lend Me Your Comb
  19. Lower 5E - Rodney Burke, Paul McCartney, George Harrison
  20. The Hippy Hippy Shake
  21. Roll Over Beethoven
  22. There's A Place
  23. Bumper Bundle - The Beatles, Lee Peters
  24. P.S. I Love You
  25. Please Mister Postman
  26. Beautiful Dreamer
  27. Devil In Her Heart
  28. The 49 Weeks - Paul McCartney
  29. Sure To Fall (In Love With You)
  30. Never Mind, Eh? - The Beatles, Rodney Burke
  31. Twist And Shout
  32. Bye, Bye - The Beatles, Rodney Burke
  33. John - Pop Profile
  34. George - Pop Profile

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)
  11. I Want To Hold Your Hand
  12. Brian Bathtubes - John Lennon, George Harrison, Brian Matthew
  13. This Boy
  14. If I Wasn't In America - Brian Matthew, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr
  15. I Got A Woman
  16. Long Tall Sally
  17. If I Fell
  18. A Hard Job Writing Them - The Beatles, Brian Matthew
  19. And I Love Her
  20. Oh, Can't We? Yes We Can - Alan Freeman, John Lennon
  21. You Can't Do That
  22. Honey Don't
  23. I'll Follow The Sun
  24. Green With Black Shutters - The Beatles, Brian Matthew
  25. Kansas City / Hey - Hey
  26. That's What We're Here For - The Beatles, Bernie Andrews
  27. I Feel Fine (Studio Out - take)
  28. Paul - Pop Profile
  29. Ringo - Pop Profile

Product Description

Product Description

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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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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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.
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I have to admit, it's not easy for me to listen to this album and equate what I'm hearing with the massively enthusiastic reviews for these two discs. It's difficult to treat this album as any more than it is - a collection of archive live performances The Beatles made for the BBC in the early sixties, some of which isn't of the best sound quality. I'm not stating for a minute that it isn't enjoyable or of great interest to a fan of The Beatles (any serious fan will want to own it), but for anyone who has owned Volume One for the past couple of decades, this album simply adds another volume of curios, asides and performances of songs we have all (mostly) heard before. There are the old rock 'n' roll classics The Beatles hammered out in Hamburg as live versions of singles and album tracks from their first few years of recorded output (1962 to 1965), plus a few "profile" interviews tagged onto the end. These are all good to have, it's a really lovely, quality package (featuring an interview with Paul McCartney from July 2013 in the beautifully detailed booklet) and made me smile many times throughout listening to it, but I can't see myself getting this album out to play very often now I have it... probably about the same frequency that I have Volume One, maybe once every three or four years.

I'm not criticising any aspect of this collection, far from it, it does exactly what it says on the tin, however there really is a lack of a "wow" factor on Volume Two. There was huge excitement listening to and watching the Anthology project and there were certain tracks on Volume One that really got the hairs on the back of the neck tingling.
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