From Music Week,
Beatles vs. Presley in end of year face-off
The Beatles have been pitched against Elvis Presley in one of the most intriguing new release battles of Q4. The world's most successful band's new set of BBC recordings will be released in the UK on November 11, the same day a new retrospective by Presley, the biggest-selling solo artist in history, debuts at retail.
The Beatles' On Air - Live At The BBC comes 19 years after the group's double set Live At The BBC entered the UK artist albums chart at No.1 on the back of nearly 100,000 sales, according to the Official Charts Company, and to date has shifted around half-a million copies. Any new Beatles release is a big affair, especially one like this featuring previously unissued recordings, but this set is extra significant as it will be the first new Fab Four album to come out since Universal bought EMI for $1.9bn (£1.2bn). It will appear on the group's own Apple label via Universal Music Catalogue.
Its release is made all the more interesting by it appearing on the same day as The Nation's Favourite Elvis Songs, a new Sony Presley `best of ' that will be accompanied by a primetime ITV1 show counting down the UK's favourite tracks by the singer and featuring contributions from the likes of Michael Buble and Priscilla Presley.
THE BEATLES On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2 (Apple/Universal Music Catalogue) November 11
With a total of 63 tracks and with an introduction by Paul McCartney, the double album (triple vinyl) features songs and spoken word tracks from The Beatles' classic BBC UK radio broadcasts. Containing 37 previously unreleased performances and 23 newly available speech tracks, 10 of these songs were never recorded by the group for EMI in the sixties. Volume 1 was released in 1994 and went on to sell over five million globally, across all formats. Of their performances for the BBC, Paul McCartney reflects, "We are going for it, not holding back at all, trying to put in the best performances of our lifetimes".