Album Details

RELEASE
LABEL
Apple/Capitol
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Rockabilly, British Invasion, Rock & Roll, Early Pop/Rock, Merseybeat, AM Pop, Contemporary Pop/Rock

Album Review

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, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Beatle Greetings [Speech]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  2. From Us to You [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  3. Riding on a Bus [Speech]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  4. I Got a Woman [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  5. Too Much Monkey Business [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  6. Keep Your Hands off My Baby [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  7. I'll Be on My Way [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  8. Young Blood [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  9. A Shot of Rhythm and Blues [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  10. Sure to Fall (In Love With You) [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  11. Some Other Guy [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  12. Thank You Girlhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  13. Sha la la la La! [Speech]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  14. Baby It's Youhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  15. That's All Right (Mama) [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  16. Carol [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  17. Soldier of Love (Lay Down Your Arms) [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  18. A Little Rhyme [Speech]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  19. Clarabella [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  20. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You) [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  21. Crying, Waiting, Hoping [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  22. Dear Wack! [Speech]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  23. You Really Got a Hold on Mehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  24. To Know Her Is to Love Her [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  25. A Taste of Honeyhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  26. Long Tall Sallyhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  27. I Saw Her Standing Therehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  28. The Honeymoon Song [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  29. Johnny B. Goode [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  30. Memphis [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  31. Lucille [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  32. Can't Buy Me Lovehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  33. From Fluff to You [Speech]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  34. Till There Was Youhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  35. Crinsk Dee Night [Speech]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  36. A Hard Day's Nighthttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  37. Have a Banana! [Speech]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  38. I Wanna Be Your Manhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  39. Just a Rumor [Speech]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  40. Roll over Beethovenhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  41. All My Lovinghttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  42. Things We Said Todayhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  43. She's a Womanhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  44. Sweet Little Sixteen [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  45. 1822! [Speech]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  46. Lonesome Tears in My Eyes [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  47. Nothin' Shakin' (But the Leaves on the Trees) [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  48. The Hippy Hippy Shake [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  49. Glad All Over [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  50. I Just Don't Understand [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  51. So How Come (No One Loves Me) [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  52. I Feel Finehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  53. I'm a Loserhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  54. Everybody's Trying to Be My Babyhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  55. Rock & Roll Musichttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  56. Ticket to Ridehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  57. Dizzy Miss Lizzyhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  58. Medley: Kansas City/Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  59. Set Fire to That Lot! [Speech]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  60. Matchboxhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  61. I Forgot to Remember to Forget [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  62. Love These Goon Shows! [Speech]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  63. I Got to Find My Baby [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  64. Ooh! My Soul [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  65. Ooh! My Arms [Speech]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  66. Don't Ever Change [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  67. Slow Downhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  68. Honey Don't [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
  69. Love Me Dohttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5
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