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On Air - Live At The BBC Vol 2
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 28 December 2014
Any new release from the vaults is worthy of anticipation and this double album doesn't disappoint. With a huge number of recordings to choose from amongst the BBC archives here you get 40 music tracks, 23 linking tracks and 4 individual interviews. There are some repeats of songs from the first volume but in different versions, but many appear for the first time. Of particular note is a barnstorming performance of "I'm talking about you", worth the cost almost on its own.

The sound is largely the standard BBC mono of the time, well presented and crisp, with just the occasional deviation into what could most kindly be described as historic sound quality as tracks are recovered from sources other than the original master tape. But this does not detract from the joy of hearing these wonderful artifacts capturing a unique period in time of a band clearly enjoying themselves. Marvelous stuff.
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on 6 April 2015
The second installment of The Beatles' appearances at the BBC between 1962 and 1965 - when they no longer had the time or interest - scrapes (to some degree) the bottom of the barrel after the truly great Vol 1 - which everyone should get. So are these only bad left-overs? No, not entirely. Here is the only place to hear "I'm Talking About You" (Chuck Berry) and the standard "Beautiful Dreamer", and the studio banter is always very interesting, and may in fact be the discs' best reward. The lads were indeed witty and full of playfulness, and it shines through gloriously even on this second installment. There never were anyone group greater than them, indeed.
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on 22 February 2014
As a lifelong Beatles fan I was pleased to see the appearance of "On Air". However, if "Live at the BBC" is the A side "On air" is most certainly the B side. It's not that it's bad; it's just not as good. "Live at the Beeb" brought us not only live versions of many of the numbers from their first four albums and contemporary singles but also dozens of covers. It was like listening to "Live at the Star Club" except that it was much better recorded. "On Air" though has few of those and almost none that we haven't already now heard. On the other hand if you are a diehard like me you have to have it, don't you? and it will get the occasional playing. Highlights: "Money" and "Twist and Shout" and (wierdly - not their best single) "From Me To You".
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on 30 November 2013
"Live On Air" (BBC Volume 2) is a very good album, both musically and historically. It comprises 40 musical tracks, 19 spoken intros/clips, and 4 bonus Pop Profile interviews. The re-mastered hi-fi quality is mostly very good, and the 48 page booklet is excellently presented. Most significantly, it is a superb time capsule of live/unplugged early sixties rock & roll (at the height of Beatlemania), which could not/has not been equalled by any other band in the world. Why have I only given this double album a 4 out of 5 rating ? Because 2 BBC recordings of the Beatles unreleased live songs "A Picture Of You" and "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)" should have been included as bonus tracks. They still exist, in better fidelity quality than some of the other "historical" tracks which were included on the excellent Beatles "Anthology 1" album. Otherwise I would recommend this long overdue release.
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on 28 January 2014
Apart from the music and the not so perfect recordings which are still great to hear, this audiophile vinyl pressing just shows how good vinyl can really be. Yes, there is the occasional click but compared to what was served up on normal vinyl this is a world apart. There is hardly any surface noise audible at normal listening levels, wow and rumble levels depend on the quality of the turntable, but on my Thorens turntable they are negligible. All this makes this 3 disc album set a fantastic record of what The Beatles sounded like live - some times not so great, but other times brilliant. More than that it gives those who never heard them live at the time a taste of what I and others like me experienced. Wonderful! Buy it!
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on 7 December 2013
A triple vinyl package in a thick, glossy, card sleeve with copious sleevenotes and more info on the individual record sleeves. The vinyl is heavy.....really heavy! The sound quality is great, allowing for the limitations of the original BBC recordings. Yes, it is expensive when compared to the CD release - which l also bought - but it is a quality package and far superior to the original vinyl issue of Volume 1 in the 1990s. I'm going to have to buy that one again in the remastered and repackaged form. When you love a band....................
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on 20 November 2013
I was back to being 16 years old when I use to listen to the Beatles live on radio.
It's lovely to listen to the excellent vocals and superb musicianship of the 4 lads performing for us on live radio.
Brian Matthews did a sterling job presenting the show and allowing the boys' to demonstrate their personaliy, wit and spontaneity to entertain us in our own homes.
Back then, of course, the only daytime TV was the test card. As the song goes 'Video killed the radio star'' - never a truer word said or sung.
This is a fabulous DVD to go along with Volume 1.
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on 29 July 2014
The Beatles performed at the BBC many times in the early years. This disc features many songs that were never released by them, their banter with the radio host during the shows, plus four individual interviews with each member of the group. A total of 41 sings are performed on this disc. Recommended for all Beatles fans.
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on 3 January 2014
The music is fine on this double CD. Early Beatles sounding quite raw and rough in places. Some reviews have marked the CD down because in their eyes the performances are unpolished and not up to the standard of artists appearing on today's X Factor. This misses the whole point. When the Beatles burst on the scene, part of their attraction was just that they and their 'beat' music was a bit unpolished, certainly in comparison to most of the crooning that was the mainstay of the radio at that time.

I only give 4 stars because too much of the CD is taken up with talking - I would have much preferred less chat and more music.
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on 26 December 2017
grew up listening to the beatles very good
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