Album Details

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]
  2. From Us to You [#]
  3. Riding on a Bus [Speech]
  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! [Speech]
  14. Baby It's You
  15. That's All Right (Mama) [#]
  16. Carol [#]
  17. Soldier of Love (Lay Down Your Arms) [#]
  18. A Little Rhyme [Speech]
  19. Clarabella [#]
  20. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You) [#]
  21. Crying, Waiting, Hoping [#]
  22. Dear Wack! [Speech]
  23. You Really Got a Hold on Me
  24. To Know Her Is to Love Her [#]
  25. A Taste of Honey
  26. Long Tall Sally
  27. I Saw Her Standing There
  28. The Honeymoon Song [#]
  29. Johnny B. Goode [#]
  30. Memphis [#]
  31. Lucille [#]
  32. Can't Buy Me Love
  33. From Fluff to You [Speech]
  34. Till There Was You
  35. Crinsk Dee Night [Speech]
  36. A Hard Day's Night
  37. Have a Banana! [Speech]
  38. I Wanna Be Your Man
  39. Just a Rumor [Speech]
  40. Roll over Beethoven
  41. All My Loving
  42. Things We Said Today
  43. She's a Woman
  44. Sweet Little Sixteen [#]
  45. 1822! [Speech]
  46. Lonesome Tears in My Eyes [#]
  47. Nothin' Shakin' (But the Leaves on the Trees) [#]
  48. The Hippy Hippy Shake [#]
  49. Glad All Over [#]
  50. I Just Don't Understand [#]
  51. So How Come (No One Loves Me) [#]
  52. I Feel Fine
  53. I'm a Loser
  54. Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby
  55. Rock & Roll Music
  56. Ticket to Ride
  57. Dizzy Miss Lizzy
  58. Medley: Kansas City/Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!
  59. Set Fire to That Lot! [Speech]
  60. Matchbox
  61. I Forgot to Remember to Forget [#]
  62. Love These Goon Shows! [Speech]
  63. I Got to Find My Baby [#]
  64. Ooh! My Soul [#]
  65. Ooh! My Arms [Speech]
  66. Don't Ever Change [#]
  67. Slow Down
  68. Honey Don't [#]
  69. Love Me Do
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