Live at the BBC

Live at the BBC

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by The 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


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.

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Disc 1

  1. Beatle Greetings
  2. From Us to You
  3. Riding on a Bus
  4. I Got a Woman
  5. Too Much Monkey Business
  6. Keep Your Hands off My Baby
  7. I'll Be on My Way
  8. Young Blood
  9. A Shot of Rhythm and Blues
  10. Sure to Fall (In Love With You)
  11. Some Other Guy
  12. Thank You Girl
  13. Sha la la la La!
  14. Baby It's You
  15. That's All Right (Mama)
  16. Carol
  17. Soldier of Love (Lay Down Your Arms)
  18. A Little Rhyme
  19. Clarabella
  20. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You)
  21. Crying, Waiting, Hoping
  22. Dear Wack!
  23. You Really Got a Hold on Me
  24. To Know Her Is to Love Her
  25. A Taste of Honey
  26. Long Tall Sally
  27. I Saw Her Standing There
  28. The Honeymoon Song
  29. Johnny B. Goode
  30. Memphis
  31. Lucille
  32. Can't Buy Me Love
  33. From Fluff to You
  34. Till There Was You

Disc 2

  1. Crinsk Dee Night
  2. A Hard Day's Night
  3. Have a Banana!
  4. I Wanna Be Your Man
  5. Just a Rumor
  6. Roll over Beethoven
  7. All My Loving
  8. Things We Said Today
  9. She's a Woman
  10. Sweet Little Sixteen
  11. 1822!
  12. Lonesome Tears in My Eyes
  13. Nothin' Shakin' (But the Leaves on the Trees)
  14. The Hippy Hippy Shake
  15. Glad All Over
  16. I Just Don't Understand
  17. So How Come (No One Loves Me)
  18. I Feel Fine
  19. I'm a Loser
  20. Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby
  21. Rock & Roll Music
  22. Ticket to Ride
  23. Dizzy Miss Lizzy
  24. Medley: Kansas City/Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!
  25. Set Fire to That Lot!
  26. Matchbox
  27. I Forgot to Remember to Forget
  28. Love These Goon Shows!
  29. I Got to Find My Baby
  30. Ooh! My Soul
  31. Ooh! My Arms
  32. Don't Ever Change
  33. Slow Down
  34. Honey Don't
  35. Love Me Do

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beatles   Primary Artist
George Harrison   Group Member
John Lennon   Group Member
Paul McCartney   Group Member
Ringo Starr   Group Member
Tony Hall   Track Performer
Alan Freeman   Track Performer
Brian Matthew   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Beatles   Contributor
Chuck Berry   Composer
Ray Charles   Composer
Little Richard   Composer
Carl Perkins   Composer
Larry Williams   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
George Martin   Executive Producer
Buzz Cason   Composer
Richard Barrett   Composer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Bill Cantrell   Composer
Quinton Claunch   Composer
Bobby Scott   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Derek Taylor   Liner Notes
Terry Thompson   Composer
Meredith Willson   Composer
Bernie Andrews   Producer
Keith Bateson   Producer
Ron Belchier   Producer
Eddie Fontaine   Composer
Ian Grant   Producer
Terry Henebery   Producer
Kevin Howlett   Liner Notes
Bryant Marriott   Producer
Diane Lampert   Composer
Tony Moon   Composer
Joe Thomas   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Ric Marlow   Composer
Renald Richard   Composer
Cirino Colacrai   Composer
Johnny Gluck   Composer
John Gluck   Composer
Cantrell   Composer
Robert Blackwell   Composer
E. Fontaine   Composer
Claunch   Composer
Barney Williams   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 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.
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.
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