On November 11, a new two-disc set of live recordings made by The Beatles for BBC radio will be released. "On Air, Live at the BBC Volume 2" comes almost 20 years after its predecessor, The Beatles 'Live at the BBC', which was released in 1994.
Apple Corps announced today that 'On Air' contains 63 previously unreleased tracks by The Beatles including "37 previously unreleased performances and 23 previously unreleased recordings of in-studio banter and conversation between the band’s members and their BBC radio hosts." Additionally, the remastered version of 'Live at the BBC' will also be re-issued on November 11.
Both sets contain a plethora of cover versions of The Beatles singing songs by their favorite American artists including Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, Ray Charles, Little Richard, Motown and more. Songs covered include "I Got a Woman", "Memphis, Tennessee", "The Hippy Hippy Shake" and "Lucille" to name a few.
From 1962 to 1965, The Beatles recorded 275 unique performances for BBC radio in the UK. At the time, they were building their own repertoire of self-penned tunes, many of which are also featured on the BBC sets.
When "Live at the BBC" (Volume 1) came out in 1994, Ringo Starr commented: “You tend to forget that we were a working band. It’s that mono sound. There were usually no overdubs. We were in at the count-in and that was it. I get excited listening to them.”