The Beatles Announce New Album ‘On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2′

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There’s a new Beatles album coming, stuffed with unreleased songs, performances, and always-delightful banter recorded in the 1960s. On Air — Live at the BBC Volume 2 presents two CDs worth of unheard, archived material not found on the acclaimed 1994 release Live At The BBC. For Vol 2, the anthology contains 63 tracks total, including 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 even recorded by the Beatles for EMI in the ’60s, and two songs make their debuts with the new release: The Beatles’ direct-to-air performance of Chuck Berry’s “I’m Talking About You” and a cover of the old standard, “Beautiful Dreamer.”

On Air also includes different versions of six rarities heard on 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.”

Check out the full tracklist below.

The Beatles, 1964

The Beatles, 1964 (© Apple Corps Ltd.)

On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2 will be released November 11 on 2CD and 180-gram vinyl packages with a 48-page booklet.

The Fab Four played 88 distinct songs in their BBC sessions – some were recorded many times; others performed just once. At the time, three national BBC stations provided all daytime radio broadcasting in the U.K and because most braodcast music was live, the Beatles had to play live at the BBC to promote their releases.

The press release quoted George Harrison from an archival interview:  “Everything was done instantly. But before that, we used to drive 200 miles in an old van down the M1, come into London, try and find the BBC and then set up and do the program. Then we’d probably drive back to Newcastle for a gig in the evening!”

Volume 1 reached No. 1 on the UK albums chart in 1994, No. 3 in the US, and set the stage for the Beatles following three Beatles Anthology collections, released in 1995 and 1996.

According to Rolling Stone, the new anthology comes as a result of the2012 Listener’s Archive campaign, which asked the public to donate home-recorded radio and television shows to the BBC. The station didn’t begin archiving its material until the late ’70s.

On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2 tracklist:

Disc 1
01. And Here We Are Again (Speech)
02. WORDS OF LOVE
03. How About It, Gorgeous? (Speech)
04. DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET
05. LUCILLE
06. Hey, Paul… (Speech)
07. ANNA (GO TO HIM)
08. Hello! (Speech)
09. 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)

Disc 2
01. I SAW HER STANDING THERE
02. GLAD ALL OVER
03. Lift Lid Again (Speech)
04. I’LL GET YOU
05. SHE LOVES YOU
06. MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
07. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR SATURDAY CLUB
08. Now Hush, Hush (Speech)
09. 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)

– Jeremy D. Larson, Radio.com 

 

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