The Beatles - Live at the BBC (Live Recording) (Music CD)

Release Date: 11 November 2013
Artist: The Beatles
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From 1962 to 1965, the Beatles made 52 appearances on the BBC, recording live-in-the-studio performances of both their official releases and several dozen songs that they never issued on disc. This magnificent two-disc compilation features 56 of these tracks, including 29 covers of early rock, R&B, soul, and pop tunes that never appeared on their official releases, as well as the Lennon-McCartney original "I'll Be on My Way," which they gave in 1963 to Billy J. Kramer rather than record it themselves. These performances are nothing less than electrifying, especially the previously unavailable covers, which feature quite a few versions of classics by Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley. There are also off-the-beaten-path tunes by the Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly on down to obscurities by the Jodimars, Chan Romero (a marvelous "Hippy Hippy Shake"), Eddie Fontaine, and Ann-Margret. The greatest gem is probably their fabulous version of Arthur Alexander's "Soldier of Love," which (like several of the tracks) would have easily qualified as a highlight of their early releases if they had issued it officially. Restored from existing tapes of various quality, the sound is mostly very good and never less than listenable. Unfortunately, they weren't able to include every single rarity that the Beatles recorded for the BBC; the absence of Carl Perkins' "Lend Me Your Comb," which has circulated on bootlegs in a high-fidelity version, is especially mystifying. Minor quibbles aside, these performances, available on bootlegs for years, compose the major missing chapter in the Beatles' legacy, and it's great to have them easily obtainable in a first-rate package. ~ Richie Unterberger

Disc: 1
1. Beatles Greetings
2. From Us To You
3. Riding On A Bus
4. I Got A Woman
5. Too Much Monkey Business
6. Keep Your Hands Off My Baby
7. I'll Be On My Way
8. Young Blood
9. A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues
10. Sure To Fall (In Love With You)
11. Some Other Guy
12. Thank You Girl
13. Sha La La La La!
14. Baby It's You
15. That's All Right (Mama)
16. Carol
17. What Is It, George?
18. Soldier Of Love
19. A Little Rhyme
20. Clarabella
21. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You)
22. Crying, Waiting, Hoping
23. Dear Wack!
24. You Really Got A Hold On Me
25. To Know Her Is To Love Her
26. A Taste Of Honey
27. Long Tall Sally
28. I Saw Her Standing There
29. The Honeymoon Song
30. Johnny B Goode
31. Memphis, Tennessee
32. Lucille
33. Can't Buy Me Love
34. From Fluff To You
35. Till There Was You

Disc: 2
1. Crinsk Dee Night
2. A Hard Day's Night
3. Ringo? Yep!
4. I Wanna Be Your Man
5. Just A Rumour
6. Roll Over Beethoven
7. All My Loving
8. Things We Said Today
9. She's A Woman
10. Sweet Little Sixteen
11. 1822!
12. Lonesome Tears In My Eyes
13. Nothin' Shakin'
14. The Hippy Hippy Shake
15. Glad All Over
16. I Just Don't Understand
17. So How Come (No One Loves Me)
18. I Feel Fine
19. I'm A Loser
20. Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby
21. Rock and Roll Music
22. Ticket To Ride
23. Dizzy Miss Lizzy
24. Kansas City / Hey - Hey
25. Set Fire To That Lot!
26. Matchbox
27. I Forgot To Remember To Forget
28. Love These Goon Shows!
29. I Got To Find My Baby
30. Ooh! My Soul
31. Ooh! My Arms
32. Don't Ever Change
33. Slow Down
34. Honey Don't
35. Love Me Do
36. From Us To You

Release Date: 11 November 2013
Artist: The Beatles
SKU: 3749153