Sunday, February 2, 2014

CD Review: The Beatles Revisit The BBC With "On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2"

It has been almost twenty years since the release of The Beatles "Live at the BBC" and continuing with the process of remastering their entire catalog, the two-disc set was remastered and re-released with updated artwork and the highest quality sound they could provide. To co-inside with this release came (for the first time) The Beatles "On Air - Live at the BBC Volume 2." It features over forty one-of-a-kind, live in-studio performances mixed with speech tracks of The Beatles live on the BBC radio.

The set begins with the young Beatles mixing in cover songs ("Words Of Love" and "Lucille") with previously unreleased performances of some of their hit singles "Please Please Me" and "Do You Want To Know A Secret." IT seem like they take more finesse performing the cover songs than their own original music. The quality of the recordings vary between the perfectly remastered sound of songs like "Ask Me Why" and "P.S. I Love You" to the rougher mixes of "I'm Talking About You" and "Beautiful Dreamer." One of the real treats is the in-studio banter between these four friends from Liverpool as they read song requests and answer questions for fans of the BBC.

The second disc consists of a handful of their biggest hit singles beginning with "I Saw Her Standing There." Some of the gems on this disc are their version of cover songs like Carl Perkins' "Glad All Over" and Chuck Berry's "Memphis, Tennessee." While some of the songs may repeat from the first release, their performance of these songs are different like a rougher, quicker version of "I Got A Woman" and a fun romp through "Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey." Each of the two discs close with candid interview given with each member of The Beatles individually between 1965 and 1966. It gives a little more insight into their personal lives and how they were coping will the success of their popularity.

This new two-disc set is the perfect companion to the original "Live at the BBC" release. It features a 48-page full color booklet that also gives a little insight to each performance on this set. To find out more about this release, please visit www.thebeatles.com/news/air-live-bbc-vol2-be-released.

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