Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Beatles Live at the BBC: The Album

Live at the BBC is a 1994 Beatles compilation album consisting of performances the band did for the BBC from 1963 to 1965. The two-CD set is comprised of 56 songs, thirty of which had not been previously issued. There are also thirteen tracks of dialogue. The most interesting Beatles fact is that while most of the tracks were recorded before air time to provide an opportunity for a re-take or overdub, the performances are still essentially live and show the raw energy of the Beatles in their early years. As with The Beatles Anthology CDs, many of the tracks had already circulated on bootlegs for many years.

The Beatles appeared on a total of 52 BBC broadcasts. The various radio shows included the following BBC programs: Teenager's Turn--Here We Go; Saturday Club; The Beatles Invite You to Take a Ticket to Ride; and Pop Go the Beatles. The CD set does not include all BBC performances, however, since the Beatles recorded a total of 275 performances for the station, which included 88 songs.

The track selections were made by George Martin based on sound quality and songs he believed would be of interest since they had not been recorded for official Beatles albums. Man songs were excluded because of inferior sound quality, but that having been said, the existing CD set contains many songs that, despite re-engineering, are anything but clear.

The Beatles Live at the BBC was released on November 30, 1994. The track list is as follows:

Disc One:

Beatles Greetings--dialogue
From Us to You
Riding a Bus--dialogue
I Got a Woman
Too Much Monkey Business
Keep Your Hands Off My Baby
I'll Be on My Way
Young Blood
A Shot of Rhythm and Blues
Sure to Fall
Some Other Guy
Thank You Girl
Sha La La La La
Baby It's You
That's All Right, Mama
Soldier of Love
A Little Rhyme--dialogue
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry
Crying, Waiting, Hoping
Dear Whack--dialogue
You've Really Got a Hold on Me
To Know Her Is to Love Her
A Taste of Honey
Long Tall Sally
I Saw Her Standing There
The Honeymoon Song
Johnny B. Goode
Memphis, Tennessee
Can't Buy Me Love
From Fluff to You--dialogue
Till There Was You

Disc Two

Crinsk Dee Night--dialogue
A Hard Day's Night
Have a Banana!--dialogue
I Wanna be Your Man
Just a Rumor--dialogue
Roll Over Beethoven
All My Loving
Things We Said Today
She's a Woman
Sweet Little Sixteen
Lonesome Tears in My Eyes
Nothin Shakin'
The Hippy Hippy Shake
Glad All Over
I Just Don't Understand
So How Come (No One Loves Me)
I Feel Fine
I'm a Loser
Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby
Rock and Roll Music
Ticket to Ride
Dizzy Miss Lizzy
Kansas City/Hey! Hey! Hey!
Set Fire to That Lot--dialogue
I Forgot to Remember to Forget
Love Those Goon Shows--dialogue
I Got to Find My Baby
Ooh! My Soul!
Ooh! My Arms!--dialogue
Don't Ever Change
Slow Down
Honey Don't (with John singing lead vocal)
Love Me Do

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