'On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2' will be released in November, making it the first Beatles album to be released via Universal since it acquired EMI
The Beatles continue to be a bottomless source of material and resources as yet another posthumously released album will make it's way on to record store shelves before the year is over. On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2 is the second collection of tracks recorded by the band during their heyday in the world-renowned BBC studios and will feature some never-heard-before recordings of original songs and covers, as well as some studio chatter.
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A follow-up to 1994's chart topping Live At The BBC, the album will be the first Beatles album released through Universal (via Apple Corps) since the company acquired EMI earlier this year. The label will be hoping that the 63 track double album will prove to be as successful as the original collection of BBC-recorded rarities from 19 years ago, which reached Number 1 in the UK album chart and No. 3 in the USA. The label may also have another volume or two from the same recording sessions in the pipeline as the band are known to have recorded at least 275 different musical performances between March 1962 and June 1965 for the BBC.
The new album features some never released recordings
The album is comprised of recording of some of the Fab Four's most famous singles; including 'Twist And Shout' and 'I Saw Her Standing There,' as well as some never-before-heard covers, such as Chuck Berry's 'I'm Talking About You' and the well-known 19th century ballad 'Beautiful Dreamer.' All the songs are live-to-air pieces that have been recorded without editing. The album will also contain snippets of conversation and banter between the band and BBC technicians and DJs. Some other covers due to appear on the album include Little Richard's 'Lucille,' the Chan Romero song 'The Hippy Hippy Shake' and Ray Charles' 'I Got A Woman.'
On Air: Live At The BBC Volume 2 is due to be released on 11 November, in tandem with the remastered version of Live At The BBC.
We may see even more BBC sessions released in the future