Live at the BBC [2013]

Live at the BBC [2013]

by The BeatlesThe Beatles


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From 1962 to 1965, the Beatles made 52 appearances on the BBC, recording live-in-the-studio performances of both their official releases and several dozen songs that they never issued on disc. This magnificent two-disc compilation features 56 of these tracks, including 29 covers of early rock, R&B, soul, and pop tunes that never appeared on their official releases, as well as the Lennon-McCartney original "I'll Be on My Way," which they gave in 1963 to Billy J. Kramer rather than record it themselves. These performances are nothing less than electrifying, especially the previously unavailable covers, which feature quite a few versions of classics by Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley. There are also off-the-beaten-path tunes by the Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly on down to obscurities by the Jodimars, Chan Romero (a marvelous "Hippy Hippy Shake"), Eddie Fontaine, and Ann-Margret. The greatest gem is probably their fabulous version of Arthur Alexander's "Soldier of Love," which (like several of the tracks) would have easily qualified as a highlight of their early releases if they had issued it officially. Restored from existing tapes of various quality, the sound is mostly very good and never less than listenable. Unfortunately, they weren't able to include every single rarity that the Beatles recorded for the BBC; the absence of Carl Perkins' "Lend Me Your Comb," which has circulated on bootlegs in a high-fidelity version, is especially mystifying. Minor quibbles aside, these performances, available on bootlegs for years, compose the major missing chapter in the Beatles' legacy, and it's great to have them easily obtainable in a first-rate package. [Live at the BBC was reissued in 2013.]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/11/2013
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0602537491537
catalogNumber: 001941402
Rank: 20561

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beatles   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Chuck Berry   Composer
Ray Charles   Composer
Charlie Feathers   Composer
Buddy Holly   Composer
Carole King   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Carl Perkins   Composer
Smokey Robinson   Composer
Joe Thomas   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
George Martin   Original Executive Producer
Dorsey Burnette   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer
Mikis Theodorakis   Composer
Buzz Cason   Composer
Richard Barrett   Composer
Roy Bennett   Composer
Howard Biggs   Composer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Johnny Burnette   Composer
Quinton Claunch   Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Stan Kesler   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Aaron Schroeder   Composer
Bobby Scott   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Sid Tepper   Composer
Marijohn Wilkin   Composer
Meredith Willson   Composer
Bernie Andrews   Producer
Keith Bateson   Producer
Ron Belchier   Producer
Paul Burlison   Composer
Eddie Fontaine   Composer
Ian Grant   Producer
Terry Henebery   Producer
Kevin Howlett   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Bryant Marriott   Producer
Diane Lampert   Composer
Chan Romero   Composer
Tony Moon   Composer
Richard Penniman   Composer
Guy Massey   Remastering Engineer
Robert "Bumps" Blackwell   Composer
Enotris Johnson   Composer
Ric Marlow   Composer
William Sansom   Composer
Cirino Colacrai   Composer
Kent Westberry   Composer
Brian Willey   Producer
Jimmy Grant   Producer
Frank Pingatore   Composer
Darren Evans   Art Direction
John Gluck   Composer
Jeff Jones   Executive Producer
Alex Wharton   Remastering Engineer
William Cantrell   Composer
John Fawcett Wilson   Producer
Mike Heartley   Executive Producer
Albert Collins   Composer

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Live at the BBC 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're expecting a live CD from the title ''Live At The BBC,'' you will be disappopinted, as I was, to learn that there is no clapping involved here. In fact, the songs are played back-to-back, with absolutely no break in between. This would make it pretty difficult if you wanted to record onto cassette from it. Also, all ''Live At The BBC'' is, basically, is an extention of the Anthology sets. However, when you play this CD, you can find some great recordings, and previously unreleased versions of the songs (that is my connection to Anthology.) Some of my personal favorite tracks are ''Can't Buy Me Love,'' ''A Hard Day's Night,'' ''Till There Was You,'' ''All My Loving,'' ''Things We Said Today,'' I Feel Fine,'' ''I'm A Loser, ''Rock And Roll Music,'' ''Ticket To Ride,'' and ''Love Me Do.'' The version here of ''Love Me Do'' is very new, and definitely can't be found anywhere else, but it has drums to back up the harmonica's intro, which I thought was entertaining. Their version of the 1950's Chuck Berry classic, ''Johnny B. Goode'', was too slow for me, but that's a personal opinion. The interviews were okay, but speaking for myself personally, I prefer the music. However, I believe that if you are truely a big Beatles fan, as I am, then this CD is definitely one that you should own. Although there are a few negative points, the positive far outweigh these, so if you don't own ''Live At The BBC,'' then get it -- and fast!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wasn't expecting a live performance with claps and everything because it was obvious that they were in The BBC studios doing a radio show. It was very refreshing for me to hear these cd's, it gave me a clearer look on how the beatles aproached rock and roll. Incredible improvising that gave a clear statement of just how good these guys were. Great from start to finish. I recomend it for anyone interested in knowing a group they say they love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard this album and it sounds like someone was recording songs on bbc radio one. I saw the booklet and some the songs were not realised but that album is the best and this album will be good.
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