An EMI spokesman confirmed Oct. 25 that both the new Beatles sets -- “On Air, Live at the BBC, Volume 2” and the remastered 1994 set “Live at the BBC” -- are being released together in a box set with a slipcase as “Live at the BBC: The Collection” and are now avaiable for preorder in the U.S., Canada and the UK. The spokesman confirmed that the slipcase is the only addition to the set and there is nothing else extra in it.
Collectors have other choices to make, too. As we reported, Best Buy will have its own version of "On Air" with five photo cards added to the set. Best Buy's website shows its version of "Live at the BBC" to be the standard one. And vinyl will be available for both “On Air” and “Live at the BBC.” Choices, choices.
Vanity Fair posted a cautioned review by Bruce Handy this week of the new “On Air: Live at the BBC, Volume 2.” “This new one, like most sequels, is less revelatory and more of a lark. Both albums are delightful, though, in truth, neither is essential unless you are an orthodox Beatles nerd.”
But they said, “the BBC recordings, also done in studio but more informally, are looser and all the more fun for it. Sometimes the four goof around; sometimes they shred their vocal chords; always they seem to be taking pleasure in one another’s musical company. They sound like they loved being a band.”
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