On Air: Live at the BBC, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Nearly two decades after the first volume, the second installment of the Beatles BBC recordings arrives and, like its predecessor, On Air: Live at the BBC, Vol. 2 condenses the Fab Four's voluminous BBC sessions into an easily digestible double-disc of highlights. The generous 63-track running length is slightly misleading as this, more than the 1994 set, is peppered with dialogue, interviews, and silly sketches -- a total of 24 of them, to be exact, including the five-minute "Pop Profile" interviews tacked onto the end of each disc (CD 1 showcases John and George on the eve of the release of Rubber Soul, CD 2 Paul and Ringo prior to the release of Revolver). ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Nearly two decades after the first volume, the second installment of the Beatles BBC recordings arrives and, like its predecessor, On Air: Live at the BBC, Vol. 2 condenses the Fab Four's voluminous BBC sessions into an easily digestible double-disc of highlights. The generous 63-track running length is slightly misleading as this, more than the 1994 set, is peppered with dialogue, interviews, and silly sketches -- a total of 24 of them, to be exact, including the five-minute "Pop Profile" interviews tacked onto the end of each disc (CD 1 showcases John and George on the eve of the release of Rubber Soul, CD 2 Paul and Ringo prior to the release of Revolver). Such a heavy emphasis on on-air banter winds up cementing On Air as something like a documentary: it is capturing a specific moment in the Beatles history. Specifically, this moment is 1963, with three quarters of the collection dating from that year. It was a momentous year, of course, the beginning of Beatlemania in Britain and, appropriately, there's a greater emphasis on original Beatles music than there was on the covers-laden 1994 set. This is a mild disappointment, as much of the really interesting material is hearing the Beatles tear into the rock & roll classics that were staples of their club set; not only does their kinetic interplay leap alive, but it's possible to appreciate just how good McCartney and, particularly, Lennon were as interpretive singers (John kills on the Chuck Berry songs "I'm Talking About You" and "Memphis, Tennessee"). Which isn't to say these early Beatles originals are tossed off without a care. They're also treated with exuberance and, at times, the enthusiasm is intoxicating (they punch hard on "I Saw Her Standing There," "Roll Over Beethoven" swings with purpose, "You Can't Do That" retains a glinting, hard edge, and Paul's Little Richard impression always dazzles). Crucially, the banter contains a similar sense of excitement; as this concentrates on 1963, the Beatles have yet to grow tired of their shtick, so it's fun to hear them trade barbs with the BBC hosts and with each other. When the dialogue is combined with those wonderful performances, On Air: Live at the BBC, Vol. 2 helps paint a portrait of the Beatles just reaching the peak of their powers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/2013
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 602537491698
  • Catalog Number: 001941502
  • Sales rank: 3,884

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 And Here We Are Again (Speech) (0:15)
  2. 2 Words of Love (1:55)
  3. 3 How About It, Gorgeous? (Speech) (0:37)
  4. 4 Do You Want To Know a Secret (1:47)
  5. 5 Lucille (2:28)
  6. 6 Hey, Paul… (Speech) (0:21)
  7. 7 Anna (Go To Him) (2:49)
  8. 8 Hello! (Speech) (0:18)
  9. 9 Please Please Me (1:55)
  10. 10 Misery (1:49)
  11. 11 I'm Talking About You (1:52)
  12. 12 A Real Treat (Speech) (0:36)
  13. 13 Boys (2:28)
  14. 14 Absolutely Fab (Speech) (0:27)
  15. 15 Chains (2:15)
  16. 16 Ask Me Why (1:54)
  17. 17 Till There Was You (2:16)
  18. 18 Lend Me Your Comb (1:46)
  19. 19 Lower 5E (Speech) (0:23)
  20. 20 The Hippy Hippy Shake (1:46)
  21. 21 Roll Over Beethoven (2:21)
  22. 22 There's a Place (1:48)
  23. 23 Bumper Bundle (Speech) (0:49)
  24. 24 P.S. I Love You (1:59)
  25. 25 Please Mister Postman (2:16)
  26. 26 Beautiful Dreamer (1:46)
  27. 27 Devil In Her Heart (2:21)
  28. 28 The 49 Weeks (Speech) (0:16)
  29. 29 Sure To Fall (In Love With You) (2:20)
  30. 30 Never Mind, Eh? (Speech) (0:34)
  31. 31 Twist and Shout (2:25)
  32. 32 Bye, Bye (Speech) (0:24)
  33. 33 John - Pop Profile (8:21)
  34. 34 George - Pop Profile (8:05)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Saw Her Standing There (2:35)
  2. 2 Glad All Over (1:52)
  3. 3 Lift Lid Again (Speech) (0:36)
  4. 4 I'll Get You (2:02)
  5. 5 She Loves You (2:15)
  6. 6 Memphis, Tennessee (2:15)
  7. 7 Happy Birthday Dear Saturday Club (0:33)
  8. 8 Now Hush, Hush (Speech) (0:24)
  9. 9 From Me To You (1:50)
  10. 10 Money (That's What I Want) (2:42)
  11. 11 I Want To Hold Your Hand (2:23)
  12. 12 Brian Bathtubes (Speech) (0:58)
  13. 13 This Boy (2:15)
  14. 14 If I Wasn't In America (Speech) (0:44)
  15. 15 I Got a Woman (2:35)
  16. 16 Long Tall Sally (1:58)
  17. 17 If I Fell (2:08)
  18. 18 A Hard Job Writing Them (Speech) (1:19)
  19. 19 And I Love Her (2:19)
  20. 20 Oh, Can't We? Yes We Can (Speech) (0:19)
  21. 21 You Can't Do That (2:31)
  22. 22 Honey Don't (2:23)
  23. 23 I'll Follow the Sun (1:50)
  24. 24 Green With Black Shutters (Speech) (0:56)
  25. 25 Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey! (2:43)
  26. 26 That's What We're Here For (Speech) (0:24)
  27. 27 I Feel Fine (3:28)
  28. 28 Paul - Pop Profile (7:50)
  29. 29 Ringo - Pop Profile (8:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Beatles Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Stephen Foster Composer
Arthur Alexander Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
Ray Charles Composer
Buddy Holly Composer
Carole King Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Carl Perkins Composer
Albert Collins Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Roy Bennett Composer
Quinton Claunch Composer
Pete Dauncey Producer
Wes Farrell Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Jack Keller Composer
Phil Medley Composer
Aaron Schroeder Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Sid Tepper Composer
Ben Weisman Composer
Meredith Willson Composer
Fred Wise Composer
Bernie Andrews Producer
Ron Belchier Producer
Ian Grant Producer
Terry Henebery Producer
Kevin Howlett Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Bryant Marriott Producer
Bert Russell Composer
Chan Romero Composer
Luther Dixon Composer
Georgia Dobbins Composer
Richard Penniman Composer
William Garrett Composer
Guy Massey Remastering Engineer
Janie Bradford Composer
Enotris Johnson Composer
Robert Bateman Composer
Kay Twomey Composer
Brian Willey Producer
Jimmy Grant Producer
Freddie Gorman Composer
Stuart Crouch Art Direction
Jeff Jones Executive Producer
Richard Drapkin Composer
Robert Blackwell Composer
Alex Wharton Remastering Engineer
William Cantrell Composer
Melanie Fordyce Art Direction
Mike Heartley Executive Producer
Peter Pilbeam Producer
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  • Posted November 19, 2013

    The Beatles On Air Live at the BBC Volume 2 picks up where the n

    The Beatles On Air Live at the BBC Volume 2 picks up where the newly remastered and repackaged 1994 album The Beatles Live at the BBC where left off. It is bigger, better, louder, and clearer as ever. Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Beatles arrival in the good old USA. This is the perfect Christmas ever. I love the Beatles, oh yes I do.

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