On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2

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On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2
The Beatles - Live at the BBC Volume 2.jpg
Live album / compilation album by the Beatles
Released 11 November 2013 (2013-11-11)
Recorded 22 January 1963 - 2 May 1966, London
Genre
Length 130:34
Label Apple, Capitol, UMe
Producer Jeff Jones, Mike Heatley, Kevin Howlett
The Beatles chronology
Tomorrow Never Knows
(2012) Tomorrow Never Knows2012
On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2
(2013) On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 22013
The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963
(2013) The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 19632013

On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2 is a 2013 live/compilation album featuring 40 previously unreleased tracks from the Beatles' 1963–1964 BBC Radio broadcasts (accompanied by 23 interview tracks from the associated broadcasts). It was released on 11 November 2013, along with a remastered and repackaged Live at the BBC Volume 1, which was originally released in 1994. The album is available as a two-CD set and a three-LP set. An exclusive limited edition lithographic print is also available from the Beatles online store.[1]

Content[edit]

Most of the songs performed on the album are taken from the Beatles' first four LPs Please Please Me, With the Beatles, A Hard Day's Night and Beatles for Sale. Many of the other songs performed are the band's covers of early rock and roll classics by American artists such as Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly, many of which were never recorded in a studio or released on a Beatles album. "I'm Talking About You" and "Beautiful Dreamer" were the two songs on the album that had never been on a previous Beatles release,[2] leaving only "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)" and "A Picture of You", both low fidelity recordings with Pete Best from 1962, as the only songs from the Beatles' BBC performances that have never been issued in any version.[3]

There are several witty and irreverent moments among the 23 speech tracks of in-studio conversation and banter with the late Brian Matthews presenter of radio's 'Saturday Club' and 'Easy Beat'. "A Hard Job Writing Them", for example, includes the moment where Ringo describes the trouble he had writing songs for A Hard Day's Night and Paul launches the ship "Top Gear" in an unusual voice.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 82/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[5]
The Daily Mail 5/5 stars[6]
MOJO 4/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[8]

The album received very positive reviews upon release. The Daily Mail reviewer Adrian Thrills gave this compilation a rating of 5 stars. He points to the version of Chuck Berry's "I'm Talking About You" as being a highlight as it "reiterates John Lennon's credentials as a rock 'n' roller". Thrills also stated, "Other highlights include a fresh take on Arthur Alexander's 'Anna', a heartfelt 'Please Mr Postman' and a countrified stroll through the Carl Perkins hit 'Lend Me Your Comb'."[6]

Another reviewer, Damian Fanelli from Guitar World, stated the album is "an exceedingly satisfying release, yet another example of how talented, charming and generally 'different' the Beatles were. In terms of George Harrison's guitar playing, we get to hear the good (his whammy-bar-laced guitar solo on 'Till There Was You'), the not so good (his solo on 'Lucille') and the intriguing (His better-than-the-EMI-version solo on 'I Saw Her Standing There' inspires a few 'What ifs?')."[9]

Mojo music writer Jon Savage reviewed the album, giving it four stars and stated, "There are several surprises: a tough version of Chuck Berry's 'I'm Talking About You', an early 'Words of Love', covers of 'Lend Me Your Comb' and 'Beautiful Dreamer'."[7]

Track listing[edit]

Speech tracks are in italics.

All tracks written by Lennon–McCartney, except where noted (and excluding all spoken word tracks).

Disc one
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "And Here We Are Again" (Pop Go the Beatles, 23 July 1963)     0:15
2. "Words of Love" (Pop Go the Beatles, 20 August 1963) Buddy Holly John Lennon, Paul McCartney 1:56
3. "How About It, Gorgeous?" (Pop Go the Beatles, 30 July 1963)     0:27
4. "Do You Want to Know a Secret" (Pop Go the Beatles, 30 July 1963)   George Harrison 1:48
5. "Lucille" (Pop Go the Beatles, 17 September 1963) Albert Collins, Little Richard McCartney 2:29
6. "Hey, Paul..." (Pop Go the Beatles, 25 June 1963)     0:21
7. "Anna (Go to Him)" (Pop Go the Beatles, 27 August 1963) Arthur Alexander Lennon 2:50
8. "Hello!" (Pop Go the Beatles, 25 June 1963)     0:19
9. "Please Please Me" (Pop Go the Beatles, 13 August 1963)   Lennon 1:56
10. "Misery" (Here We Go, 12 March 1963)   Lennon, McCartney 1:50
11. "I'm Talking About You" (Saturday Club, 16 March 1963) Chuck Berry Lennon 1:52
12. "A Real Treat" (Pop Go the Beatles, 25 June 1963)     0:37
13. "Boys" (Pop Go the Beatles, 25 June 1963) Luther Dixon, Wes Farrell Ringo Starr 2:29
14. "Absolutely Fab" (Pop Go the Beatles, 25 June 1963)     0:27
15. "Chains" (Pop Go the Beatles, 25 June 1963) Gerry Goffin, Carole King Harrison 2:15
16. "Ask Me Why" (Pop Go the Beatles, 24 September 1963)   Lennon 1:54
17. "Till There Was You" (Pop Go the Beatles, 30 July 1963) Meredith Willson McCartney 2:16
18. "Lend Me Your Comb" (Pop Go the Beatles, 16 July 1963) Kay Twomey, Fred Wise, Ben Weisman Lennon, McCartney 1:46
19. "Lower 5E" (Pop Go the Beatles, 10 September 1963)     0:23
20. "Hippy Hippy Shake" (Pop Go the Beatles, 10 September 1963) Chan Romero McCartney 1:46
21. "Roll Over Beethoven" (Pop Go the Beatles, 3 September 1963) Berry Harrison 2:22
22. "There's a Place" (Pop Go the Beatles, 3 September 1963)   Lennon 1:49
23. "Bumper Bundle" (Pop Go the Beatles, 25 June 1963)     0:49
24. "P.S. I Love You" (Pop Go the Beatles, 25 June 1963)   McCartney 1:59
25. "Please Mister Postman" (Pop Go the Beatles, 30 July 1963) Georgia Dobbins, William Garrett, Freddie Gorman, Brian Holland, Robert Bateman Lennon 2:17
26. "Beautiful Dreamer" (Saturday Club, 26 January 1963) Stephen Foster, Gerry Goffin, Jack Keller McCartney 1:46
27. "Devil in Her Heart" (Pop Go the Beatles, 24 September 1963) Richard Drapkin Harrison 2:22
28. "The 49 Weeks" (Pop Go the Beatles, 24 September 1963)     0:17
29. "Sure to Fall (In Love with You)" (Pop Go the Beatles, 24 September 1963) Carl Perkins, Bill Cantrell, Quinton Claunch McCartney 2:21
30. "Never Mind, Eh?" (Pop Go the Beatles, 24 September 1963)     0:34
31. "Twist and Shout" (Pop Go the Beatles, 6 August 1963) Phil Medley, Bert Berns Lennon 2:25
32. "Bye, Bye" (Pop Go the Beatles, 24 September 1963)     0:24
33. "John – Pop Profile" (BBC Transcription Service, 30 November 1965)     8:22
34. "George – Pop Profile" (BBC Transcription Service, 30 November 1965)     8:06
Disc two
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "I Saw Her Standing There" (Saturday Club, 5 October 1963)   McCartney 2:36
2. "Glad All Over" (Saturday Club, 24 August 1963) Aaron Schroeder, Sid Tepper, Roy Bennett Harrison 1:53
3. "Lift Lid Again" (Saturday Club, 24 August 1963)     0:37
4. "I'll Get You" (Saturday Club, 5 October 1963)   Lennon, McCartney 2:02
5. "She Loves You" (Saturday Club, 5 October 1963)   Lennon, McCartney 2:15
6. "Memphis, Tennessee" (Saturday Club, 5 October 1963) Berry Lennon 2:15
7. "Happy Birthday Dear Saturday Club" (Saturday Club, 5 October 1963) Mildred J. Hill, Patty Hill, arr. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Richard Starkey Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, Starr 0:33
8. "Now Hush, Hush" (Easy Beat, 20 October 1963)     0:25
9. "From Me to You" (Easy Beat, 20 October 1963)   Lennon, McCartney 1:51
10. "Money (That's What I Want)" (From Us to You, 26 December 1963) Janie Bradford, Berry Gordy Lennon 2:43
11. "I Want to Hold Your Hand" (From Us to You, 26 December 1963)   Lennon, McCartney 2:23
12. "Brian Bathtubes" (Saturday Club, 21 December 1963)     0:59
13. "This Boy" (Saturday Club, 21 December 1963)   Lennon, McCartney, Harrison 2:16
14. "If I Wasn't in America" (Saturday Club, 15 February 1964)     0:45
15. "I Got a Woman" (Saturday Club, 4 April 1964) Ray Charles, Renald Richard Lennon 2:36
16. "Long Tall Sally" (Top Gear, 16 July 1964) Enotris Johnson, Robert Blackwell, Richard Penniman McCartney 1:58
17. "If I Fell" (Top Gear, 16 July 1964)   Lennon, McCartney 2:09
18. "A Hard Job Writing Them" (Top Gear, 16 July 1964)     1:20
19. "And I Love Her" (Top Gear, 16 July 1964)   McCartney 2:20
20. "Oh, Can't We? Yes We Can" (From Us to You, 30 March 1964)     0:20
21. "You Can't Do That" (Top Gear, 16 July 1964)   Lennon 2:32
22. "Honey Don't" (Top Gear, 26 November 1964) Perkins Starr 2:24
23. "I'll Follow the Sun" (Top Gear, 26 November 1964)   Lennon, McCartney 1:51
24. "Green with Black Shutters" (Top of the Pops BBC Transcription Service, May/June 1965)     0:59
25. "Kansas City / Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!" (Saturday Club, 26 December 1964) Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller / Penniman McCartney 2:43
26. "That's What We're Here For" (Top Gear, 26 November 1964)     0:24
27. "I Feel Fine" (Top Gear outtake)   Lennon 3:29
28. "Paul – Pop Profile" (BBC Transcription Service, 2 May 1966)     7:50
29. "Ringo – Pop Profile" (BBC Transcription Service, 2 May 1966)     8:04

Source programmes[edit]

The show's title and original broadcast date for each track, with the recording date in parentheses:

Personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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