Recordings of The Beatles live sessions on the BBC will be released on November 11. The new release, "On Air - Live At the BBC Vol. 2," will feature 40 performances from 1963 and 1964 on two CD's and one vinyl LP. Also included in the package will be a 48 page booklet.
This package features previously unreleased recordings of live performances, but also chatter between the Beatles and the BBC radio hosts.
"On Air" will include the band's early hits and cover songs and contains material not included in their previously-released BBC album that was released in 1994.
The band appeared on 39 radio shows in 1963. They played a total of 88 different songs during 275 performances at the BBC between March, 1962 an June, 1965. Most of these were done in one take. There was no time to fix mistakes.
George Harrison said, "Everything was done instantly. We used to drive 200 miles in an old van down the M1, come into London, try and find the BBC and then set up and do the program. Then we'd probably drive back to Newcastle for a gig in the evening."
"On Air" will have different versions of some of the songs from the first, "Live At the BBC," album. A re-mastered version of the latter will also be released on November 11.
Paul McCartney said of the project, "When I listen to the BBC recordings, there's a lot of spirit and energy. We are going for it, not holding back at all, trying to put in the best performance of our lifetimes."
Ten of the songs were never recorded for EMI, the band's record label. These include Chuck Berry's, "I'm Talking About You" and a rock version of the standard tune, "Beautiful Dreamer."
John Lennon said of the sessions, "We did a lot of tracks that were never on record for "Saturday Club." They were well recorded, too."
Paul added, "We'd been raised on the BBC radio programs. One of the big things in our week was, "Saturday Club." This great show was playing the kind of music we loved, so that was something we really aspired to."
"On Air" will also feature BBC recordings of thirty much-loved songs from the band's catalog including, "I Saw Her Standing There," "Twist and Shout," "Do You Want To Know A Secret," "Boys," "Please Mister Postman," "Money," "And I Love Her," and "If I Fell."
This looks to be a must for Beatles fans.