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&at=11l9vR
  2. From Us to You [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Riding on a Bus [Speech]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. I Got a Woman [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Too Much Monkey Business [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Keep Your Hands off My Baby [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. I'll Be on My Way [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Young Blood [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. A Shot of Rhythm and Blues [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Sure to Fall (In Love With You) [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Some Other Guy [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Thank You Girlhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. Sha la la la La! [Speech]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. Baby It's Youhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. That's All Right (Mama) [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. Carol [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. Soldier of Love (Lay Down Your Arms) [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. A Little Rhyme [Speech]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  19. Clarabella [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  20. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You) [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  21. Crying, Waiting, Hoping [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  22. Dear Wack! [Speech]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  23. You Really Got a Hold on Mehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  24. To Know Her Is to Love Her [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  25. A Taste of Honeyhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  26. Long Tall Sallyhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  27. I Saw Her Standing Therehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  28. The Honeymoon Song [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  29. Johnny B. Goode [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  30. Memphis [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  31. Lucille [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  32. Can't Buy Me Lovehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  33. From Fluff to You [Speech]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  34. Till There Was Youhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  35. Crinsk Dee Night [Speech]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  36. A Hard Day's Nighthttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  37. Have a Banana! [Speech]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  38. I Wanna Be Your Manhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  39. Just a Rumor [Speech]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  40. Roll over Beethovenhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  41. All My Lovinghttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  42. Things We Said Todayhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  43. She's a Womanhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  44. Sweet Little Sixteen [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  45. 1822! [Speech]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  46. Lonesome Tears in My Eyes [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  47. Nothin' Shakin' (But the Leaves on the Trees) [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  48. The Hippy Hippy Shake [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  49. Glad All Over [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  50. I Just Don't Understand [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  51. So How Come (No One Loves Me) [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  52. I Feel Finehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  53. I'm a Loserhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  54. Everybody's Trying to Be My Babyhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  55. Rock & Roll Musichttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  56. Ticket to Ridehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  57. Dizzy Miss Lizzyhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  58. Medley: Kansas City/Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  59. Set Fire to That Lot! [Speech]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  60. Matchboxhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  61. I Forgot to Remember to Forget [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  62. Love These Goon Shows! [Speech]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  63. I Got to Find My Baby [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  64. Ooh! My Soul [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  65. Ooh! My Arms [Speech]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  66. Don't Ever Change [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  67. Slow Downhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  68. Honey Don't [#]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  69. Love Me Dohttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-the-bbc/id722343218?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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