OxTango Music, which earlier this year released its version of the Beatles' Star-Club tapes that many felt was an upgrade in sound from previous versions, announced Aug. 16 it will release four new CDs of rare Beatles material Sept. 20. There will be three 2-CD sets of “Historic Live Recordings,” and a fourth called “The Get Back Nagra Tape Remasters.” The company says the new CDs are taken from “the best possible sources” and are “fully remastered from the ground up” as the Star Club set was.
Volume 1 of “The Historic Live Recordings” series begins with live shows from BBC Radio in 1963, “Sunday Night at the London Palladium,” “Pop '63 Drop-in” from Sweden, the Royal Variety performance, the “Morecombe and Wise” TV show and “The Ed Sullivan Show” and the Washington Coliseum performances. Volume 2 will include the 1964 NME Poll Winners concert, the complete “The Beatles Sing For Shell,” plus material from the 1964 “Blackpool Night Out” and “Shindig” TV appearances on disc 1. Disc 2 will include the 1964 Hollywood Bowl show, the 1965 NME Pollwinners concert and the June 1965 Paris Palais de Sports show.
Disc 1 of Volume 3 will include the Beatles appearances in August of 1965 on “Blackpool Night Out” “The Ed Sullivan Show” and the complete Shea Stadium show. Disc 2 will include the stereo mix of the 1965 Hollywood Bowl concert from Aug. 30, 1965, and the “dark suits” show in Tokyo in June, 1966.
The company says “The Get Back Nagra Tapes” will include the most coherent and best sounding collection to date of performances from the January 1969 sessions at Twickenham and Apple that became the “Let It Be” album and movie. The tracks will be taken from Jan. 3, 6, 8, 9, 10, 13, 22, 24, 26, 27, 30 and Jan. 31, 1969. The Jan. 30 tracks are from the rooftop concert on top of the Apple building in London.