The Beatles - On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2

Triple Album 3LP 180 Gram Vinyl w 37 Unreleased Tracks

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On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2 is a live compilation album by British rock band The Beatles, released in November 2013 via Apple Records.

Nearly two decades after the first volume, the second installment of The Beatles BBC recordings arrived and, like its predecessor, On Air - Live At The BBC, Volume 2 condenses the Fab Four's voluminous BBC sessions into an easily digestible double vinyl LP of highlights.

The generous 63-track running length is slightly misleading as this, more than the 1994 set, is peppered with dialogue, interviews, and silly sketches - a total of 24 of them, to be exact.

The third LP of this set contains the "Pop Profile" interviews with each of John, Paul, George and Ringo. Side 1 of this interview disc showcases John and George on the eve of the release of Rubber Soul, and Side 2 Paul and Ringo prior to the release of Revolver.

Such a heavy emphasis on on-air banter winds up cementing On Air as something like a documentary, capturing a specific moment in The Beatles history.

Specifically, this moment is 1963, with three quarters of the collection dating from that year. It was a momentous year, of course, the beginning of Beatlemania in Britain and, appropriately, there's a greater emphasis on original Beatles music than there was on the covers-laden 1994 set.

The early Beatles originals are treated with exuberance and, at times, the enthusiasm is intoxicating (they punch hard on "I Saw Her Standing There", "You Can't Do That" retains a glinting, hard edge, and Paul's Little Richard impression always dazzles).

Some of the really interesting material however is hearing The Beatles tear into the rock & roll classics that were staples of their club set; not only does their kinetic interplay leap alive, but it's possible to appreciate just how good McCartney and, particularly, Lennon were as interpretive singers (John’s brilliant on the Chuck Berry songs "I'm Talking About You" and "Memphis, Tennessee").

Crucially, the banter contains a similar sense of excitement; as this concentrates on 1963, The Beatles have yet to grow tired of their shtick, so it's fun to hear them trade barbs with the BBC hosts and with each other. When the dialogue is combined with those wonderful performances, On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2 helps paint a portrait of The Beatles just reaching the peak of their powers.

This triple album 3LP record set is on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl housed in a tri-fold sleeve with printed inner sleeves, featuring remastered audio, pressed in Europe.

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

And Here We Are Again (Speech)

0:15

A2

Words Of Love

1:16

A3

How About It, Gorgeous? (Speech)

0:27

A4

Do You Want To Know A Secret

1:48

A5

Lucille

2:29

A6

Hey, Paul… (Speech)

0:21

A7

Anna (Go To Him)

2:50

A8

Hello! (Speech)

0:19

A9

Please Please Me

1:56

A10

Misery

1:50

A11

I’m Talking About You

1:52

A12

A Real Treat (Speech)

0:37

A13

Boys

2:29

A14

Absolutely Flat (Speech)

0:27

A15

Chains

2:15

A16

Ask Me Why

1:54

B1

Till There Was You

2:16

B2

Lend Me Your Comb

1:46

B3

Lower 5E (Speech)

0:23

B4

Hippy Hippy Shake

1:46

B5

Roll Over Beethoven

2:22

B6

There’s A Place

1:49

B7

Bumper Bundle (Speech)

0:49

B8

P.S. I Love You

1:59

B9

Please Mister Postman

2:17

B10

Beautiful Dreamer

1:46

B11

Devil In Her Heart

2:22

B12

The 49 Weeks (Speech)

0:17

B13

Sure To Fall (In Love With You)

2:21

B14

Never Mind, Eh? (Speech)

0:34

B15

Twist And Shout

2:25

B16

Bye, Bye (Speech)

0:24

C1

I Saw Her Standing There

2:36

C2

Glad All Over

1:53

C3

Lift Lid Again (Speech)

0:37

C4

I’ll Get You

2:02

C5

She Loves You

2:15

C6

Memphis, Tennessee

2:15

C7

Happy Birthday Dear Saturday Club

0:33

C8

Now Hush, Hush! (Speech)

0:25

C9

From Me To You

1:51

C10

Money (That’s What I Want)

2:43

C11

I Want To Hold Your Hand

2:23

C12

Brian Bathtubes (Speech)

0:59

C13

This Boy

2:16

C14

If I Wasn’t In America

0:45

D1

I Got A Woman

2:36

D2

Long Tall Sally

1:58

D3

If I Fell

2:09

D4

A Hard Job Writing Them (Speech)

1:20

D5

And I Love Her

2:20

D6

Oh, Can’t We? Yes We Can (Speech)

0:20

D7

You Can’t Do That

2:32

D8

Honey Don’t

2:24

D9

I’ll Follow The Sun

1:51

D10

Green With Black Shutters (Speech)

0:59

D11

Kansas City / Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey

2:43

D12

That’s What We’re Here For (Speech)

0:24

D13

I Feel Fine (Studio Outtake Sequence)

3:29

 

 

Bonus Interview Tracks

 

E1

John – Pop Profile

8:22

E2

George – Pop Profile

8:06

F1

Paul – Pop Profile

7:50

F2

Ringo – Pop Profile

8:04

SKU 602537505067
Record Label Apple Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 3750506
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 11 November 2013
Original Release Date (Year) 11 November 2013
Barcode # 602537505067
Shipping Weight 0.9100kg
Shipping Width 0.015m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.001479m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Triple Album 3LP Records, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Tri-Fold Sleeve, Inner Sleeves, Includes 37 Previously Unreleased Tracks, Mono, Remastered Audio
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Pop
Genre Rock & Roll
Format VINYL LP

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