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Initial post: 12 Sep 2013, 13:40:27 BST
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Bengy says:
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".

Posted on 12 Sep 2013, 16:48:28 BST
Bengy says:
Details of The Beatles' forthcoming BBC album have been announced with a tracklisting including 37 previously unreleased performances.

The double On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2 will be issued in the UK on November 11 and comes 19 years after Live At The BBC topped the UK artist albums chart and reached No 3 on the Billboard 200 in the US.

The new album will comprise 63 tracks in total, mixing songs with 23 previously unreleased recordings of what are described as in-studio banter and conversation between the band's members and their BBC radio hosts. It will appear on CD as a 180-gram vinyl album with a 48-page booklet and be the first Beatles album issued by Universal (via Apple Corps) since it acquired EMI.

Ten of the album's songs were never recorded by the group for EMI and include a version of Chuck Berry's I'm Talking About You and the song Beautiful Dreamer, both of which make their commercial debuts. There are also alternative versions of six songs that featured in the 1994 BBC album: Little Richard's Lucille, Chuck Berry's Memphis, Tennessee, Chan Romero's The Hippy Hippy Shake, Ray Charles' I Got A Woman and the Carl Perkins songs Glad All Over and Sure To Fall.

An original Beatles song never previously released also appears, Happy Birthday, Dear Saturday Club, the group's tribute to the BBC Light Programme radio show Saturday Club on which they regularly appeared and were avid listeners.

Paul McCartney says of the performances the group did for the BBC and now part of this album: "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."

The forthcoming album also includes BBC versions of a number of the group's most famous songs, including I Saw Her Standing There, Twist And Shout, Do You Want To Know A Secret and If I Fell. All the tracks have been mastered by Guy Massey and Alex Wharton at Abbey Road Studios, while on the same day as this album comes out a remastered version of Live At The BBC will appear.

In all The Beatles recorded some 275 different musical performances for the BBC between March 1962 and June 1965.

The full tracklisting is:

CD ONE
1. And Here We Are Again (Speech)
2. WORDS OF LOVE
3. How About It, Gorgeous? (Speech)
4. DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET
5. LUCILLE
6. Hey, Paul... (Speech)
7. ANNA (GO TO HIM)
8. Hello! (Speech)
9. PLEASE PLEASE ME
10. MISERY
11. I'M TALKING ABOUT YOU
12. A Real Treat (Speech)
13. BOYS
14. Absolutely Fab (Speech)
15. CHAINS
16. ASK ME WHY
17. TILL THERE WAS YOU
18. LEND ME YOUR COMB
19. Lower 5E (Speech)
20. THE HIPPY HIPPY SHAKE
21. ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN
22. THERE'S A PLACE
23. Bumper Bundle (Speech)
24. P.S. I LOVE YOU
25. PLEASE MISTER POSTMAN
26. BEAUTIFUL DREAMER
27. DEVIL IN HER HEART
28. The 49 Weeks (Speech)
29. SURE TO FALL (IN LOVE WITH YOU)
30. Never Mind, Eh? (Speech)
31. TWIST AND SHOUT
32. Bye, Bye (speech)
33. John - Pop Profile (Speech)
34. George - Pop Profile (Speech)

CD TWO
1. I SAW HER STANDING THERE
2. GLAD ALL OVER
3. Lift Lid Again (Speech)
4. I'LL GET YOU
5. SHE LOVES YOU
6. MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
7. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR SATURDAY CLUB
8. Now Hush, Hush (Speech)
9. FROM ME TO YOU
10. MONEY (THAT'S WHAT I WANT)
11. I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND
12. Brian Bathtubes (Speech)
13. THIS BOY
14. If I Wasn't In America (Speech)
15. I GOT A WOMAN
16. LONG TALL SALLY
17. IF I FELL
18. A Hard Job Writing Them (Speech)
19. AND I LOVE HER
20. Oh, Can't We? Yes We Can (Speech)
21. YOU CAN'T DO THAT
22. HONEY DON'T
23. I'LL FOLLOW THE SUN
24. Green With Black Shutters (Speech)
25. KANSAS CITY/HEY-HEY-HEY-HEY!
26. That's What We're Here For (Speech)
27. I FEEL FINE (STUDIO OUTTAKE)
28. Paul - Pop Profile (Speech)
29. Ringo - Pop Profile (Speech)

Posted on 29 Sep 2013, 23:00:30 BST
Simon F. says:
....and wither the vinyl version?
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