The Beatles: On Air Live At The BBC Volume 2 Vinyl
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On Air Live At The BBC Volume 2 Vinyl

The Beatles

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  • Release Date 11/11/13
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Triple Vinyl LP
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In 1994, The Beatles’ Live at the BBC was released to worldwide acclaim - hitting number one in the U.K. and number three in the U.S. and selling more than five million copies within six weeks.
A new companion to The Beatles’ first BBC collection, On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2, will now be released on 11 November.

On Air’s 63 tracks, none of which overlaps with The Beatles’ first BBC release, include 37 previously unreleased performances and 23 previously unreleased recordings of in-studio banter and conversation between the band’s members and their BBC radio hosts.

In the studios of the British Broadcasting Corporation, The Beatles performed music for a variety of radio shows. On Air - Live at the BBC Volume 2 presents the sound of The Beatles seizing their moment to play for the nation. Thrilled to hear these exciting recordings again, Paul McCartney said, “There’s a lot of energy and spirit. We are going for it, not holding back at all, trying to put in the best performance of our lifetimes.”

  • Tracklisting

    1. And Here We Are Again

      Pop Go The Beatles

      Trans: 23 July 1963
      Rec: 24 May 1963
      Studio Two, Aeolian Hall, London
      Producer: Terry Henebery

      During the summer of 1963, fifteen editions of Pop Go The Beatles were broadcast on Tuesday evenings at five o’ clock. Rodney Burke presented the series from July to September. Having gained experience as an actor in Canada for two years, he auditioned for the BBC in July 1957. Credited as Rodney Bunker, he was seen in the TV series Hawkeye And The Last Of The Mohicans.

    2. Words Of Love (Holly)

      Pop Go The Beatles

      Trans: 20 August 1963
      Rec: 16 July 1963
      BBC Paris Theatre, London
      Producer: Terry Henebery

      ‘Words Of Love’ was released in the UK on an album called Buddy Holly in July 1958. This BBC recording was broadcast fifteen months before the song’s inclusion on Beatles For Sale. John and Paul sang the two-part harmony which, through primitive but effective overdubbing, Buddy had sung with himself.

    3. How About It, Gorgeous?

      Pop Go The Beatles

      Trans: 30 July 1963
      Rec: 10 July 19633
      Studio Two, Aeolian Hall, London 3
      Producer: Terry Henebery3

      The Pop Go The Beatles format included The Beatles reading some of the many letters sent to the BBC. George reads one referring to The Flowerpot Men. This was a puppet show for children broadcast from 1952 on the BBC’s television service. The lead characters, whose bodies were formed from flowerpots, were Bill and Ben. Many generations of British children have deciphered the ‘flobalobalob’ sounds of the Flowerpot Men. After adventures in the garden, Bill and Ben returned to slumber inside flowerpots on either side of their friend and protector Little Weed.

    4. Do You Want To Know A Secret (Lennon-McCartney)

      Pop Go The Beatles

      Trans: 30 July 1963
      Rec: 10 July 1963
      Studio Two, Aeolian Hall, London
      Producer: Terry Henebery

      This is the last of six radio performances of a song from The Beatles’ debut album Please Please Me. At the time of the broadcast, ‘Do You Want To Know A Secret’ was at the top of the British EP chart as one of the four tracks on Twist And Shout. A version recorded by Billy J. Kramer with The Dakotas reached number one in several British music papers’ charts in June. In America, as the A-side of a Beatles single on the Vee-Jay label, ‘Do You Want To Know A Secret’ peaked at number two behind Louis Armstrong’s ‘Hello, Dolly’ in May 1964.

    5. Lucille (Collins-Penniman)

      Pop Go The Beatles

      Trans: 17 September 1963
      Rec: 3 September 1963
      Studio Two, Aeolian Hall, London
      Producer: Ian Grant

      Little Richard’s rocker made the UK Top Ten during the summer of 1957. This is the first recording The Beatles made for the BBC. Their other broadcast version of ‘Lucille’, taped four days later for Saturday Club, was included in the first volume of Live At The BBC.

    6. Hey, Paul...

      Pop Go The Beatles

      Trans: 25 June 1963
      Rec: 17 June 1963
      Studio Five, BBC Maida Vale, London
      Producer: Terry Henebery

      For the initial four-week run of Pop Go The Beatles, the presenter was Lee Peters (or ‘Pee Litres’, as The Beatles liked to call him). His was a familiar voice on the network. He played the character of David Owen in the daily soap opera The Dales, first broadcast in January 1948 as Mrs Dale’s Diary. Here, he encourages Paul to talk about his birthday party in a session recorded the day before it was due to happen. ‘Harry and His Box’ was an enigmatic topic raised during several Beatles radio appearances in 1963.

    7. Anna (Go To Him) (Alexander)

      Pop Go The Beatles

      Trans: 27 August 1963
      Rec: 1 August 1963
      BBC Playhouse Theatre, Manchester
      Producer: Ian Grant

      Written and recorded by country-soul singer Arthur Alexander, ‘Anna’ was an American Top Ten R&B hit at the end of 1962. Following the single’s UK release in December 1962, The Beatles taped the song a couple of months later at Abbey Road for their debut album Please Please Me.

    8. Hello!

      Pop Go The Beatles

      Trans: 25 June 1963
      Rec: 17 June 1963
      Studio Five, BBC Maida Vale, London
      Producer: Terry Henebery

      For Pop Go The Beatles, Lee Peters acted the role of a posh BBC straight man apparently struggling to keep order amongst the send-ups and antics of the cheeky Liverpudlians.

    9. Please Please Me (Lennon-McCartney)

      Pop Go The Beatles

      Trans: 13 August 1963
      Rec: 16 July 1963
      BBC Paris Theatre, London
      Producer: Ian Grant

      This is the eleventh of twelve BBC radio performances of their first UK number one (on most charts, including that used by the BBC). None of the broadcast versions has John playing harmonica as heard on the Parlophone single.

    10. Misery (Lennon-McCartney)

      Here We Go

      Trans: 12 March 1963
      Rec: 6 March 1963
      BBC Playhouse Theatre, Manchester
      Producer: Peter Pilbeam

      The Beatles recorded this song from their debut album seven times at the BBC. All of the broadcast performances lack the descending piano runs overdubbed by George Martin onto the version made at EMI for Please Please Me.

    11. I’m Talking About You (Berry)

      Saturday Club

      Trans: 16 March 1963 Live
      Studio 3A, Broadcasting House, London
      Producers: Jimmy Grant and Bernie Andrews

      Chess Records released Chuck Berry’s song in February 1961. It arrived on a single in the UK seven months later and was then featured on the LP Juke Box Hits in June 1962. This BBC version was performed live from the Saturday Club on-air studio. Their songs for the show could not be pre-recorded as usual, because a heavy cold had made it impossible for John to sing.

    12. A Real Treat

      Pop Go The Beatles

      Trans: 25 June 1963
      Rec: 17 June 1963
      Studio Five, BBC Maida Vale, London
      Producer: Terry Henebery

      Although he always mispronounced Ringo’s name as ‘Ring-oh’, The Beatles responded well to the corny links of Lee Peters. Paul is heard pointing out that the request was for pupils at the sister school to the establishment he attended - the Liverpool Institute.

    13. Boys (Dixon-Farrell)

      Pop Go The Beatles

      Trans: 25 June 1963
      Rec: 17 June 1963
      Studio Five, BBC Maida Vale, London
      Producer: Terry Henebery

      The Shirelles’ original was the flip-side of the biggest of their three British hits - ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’. The single topped the American charts - one of 22 pop hits scored by The Shirelles in the States. This Pop Go The Beatles recording was released in 1995 on an EP of four BBC performances called Baby It’s You.

    14. Absolutely Fab

      Pop Go The Beatles

      Trans: 25 June 1963
      Rec: 17 June 1963
      Studio Five, BBC Maida Vale, London
      Producer: Terry Henebery

      When the fourth show of the Pop Go The Beatles series was broadcast, the BBC’s weekly magazine Radio Times reported that ‘two days after the first broadcast, the producer Terry Henebery received over one hundred cards from listeners all over the country expressing their delight that this remarkable group now have their own programme’. The production team were swamped with many more letters as the weeks went by. Here ‘Gorgeous George’ steps up to the microphone to read one.

    15. Chains (Goffin-King)

      Pop Go The Beatles

      Trans: 25 June 1963
      Rec: 17 June 1963
      Studio Five, BBC Maida Vale, London
      Producer: Terry Henebery

      The original by The Cookies - female backing singers on many other Gerry Goffin and Carole King hits on the Dimension label - was in the US Top 40 when The Beatles first tried ‘Chains’ in a BBC studio in January 1963. George had bought The Cookies’ single at NEMS, the Liverpool record store run by the group’s manager Brian Epstein. This is The Beatles’ third BBC performance of a song included on their LP Please Please Me.

    16. Ask Me Why (Lennon-McCartney)

      Pop Go The Beatles

      Trans: 24 September 1963
      Rec: 3 September 1963
      Studio Two, Aeolian Hall, London
      Producer: Ian Grant

      ‘Ask Me Why’ became the first ever Lennon-McCartney song to be broadcast when it was featured during Here We Go in June 1962. The Beatles recorded the B-side of ‘Please Please Me’ four times for BBC radio; this is their final performance.

    17. Till There Was You (Willson)

      Pop Go The Beatles

      Trans: 30 July 1963
      Rec: 10 July 1963
      Studio Two, Aeolian Hall, London
      Producer: Terry Henebery

      Paul was inspired to sing this highlight from The Music Man by Peggy Lee’s UK Top Thirty hit from April 1961. Meredith Willson’s Broadway show had a long run on stage from 1957 and was then adapted for a movie version released in 1962. Having been part of the group’s stage act for two years, ‘Till There Was You’ was released on With The Beatles in November 1963. A later recording made for the radio show From Us To You was included on the first volume of Live At The BBC.

    18. Lend Me Your Comb (Twomey-Wise-Weisman)

      Pop Go The Beatles

      Trans: 16 July 1963
      Rec: 2 July 1963
      Studio Five, BBC Maida Vale, London
      Producer: Terry Henebery

      ‘Lend Me Your Comb’ was on the fourth Carl Perkins single released in the UK in April 1958. It was a staple of The Beatles’ act for several years before they made their BBC recording. John and Paul replicate the harmony singing of Carl and his brother Jay heard on the original. This track was first released in 1995 on The Beatles’ Anthology 1.

    19. Lower 5E

      Pop Go The Beatles

      Trans: 10 September 1963
      Rec: 3 September 1963
      Studio Two, Aeolian Hall, London
      Producer: Ian Grant

      Paul and George attended the Liverpool Institute grammar school for boys. A request from pupils in the current fifth form triggered their memories of teachers and their nicknames.

    20. The Hippy Hippy Shake (Romero)

      Pop Go The Beatles

      Trans: 10 September 1963
      Rec: 3 September 1963
      Studio Two, Aeolian Hall, London
      Producer: Ian Grant

      Although not a hit, ‘The Hippy Hippy Shake’ by Chan Romero became popular in Liverpool when DJ Bob Wooler played it at The Cavern Club. He recalled lending his copy of the UK Columbia single to Paul so the group could learn it. When The Beatles appeared on the BBC TV programme Juke Box Jury in December 1963, they reviewed ‘The Hippy Shake’ by their Mersey mates The Swinging Blue Jeans. Their unanimous judgement that it would be a hit proved to be true, both in the UK and America. Chan Romero had recorded his song in 1959 at Gold Star studio in Los Angeles with the same musicians who played on ‘La Bamba’ by his hero Ritchie Valens.

    21. Roll Over Beethoven (Berry)

      Pop Go The Beatles

      Trans: 3 September 1963
      Rec: 1 August 1963
      BBC Playhouse Theatre, Manchester
      Producer: Ian Grant

      Following three BBC broadcasts of Chuck Berry’s song during the summer of 1963, the group made it the side two opener of With The Beatles released in November. The EMI version was made at Abbey Road two days before this performance. The 1994 collection of the group’s radio performances includes their last BBC recording of ‘Roll Over Beethoven’ made in 1964.

    22. There’s A Place (Lennon-McCartney)

      Pop Go The Beatles

      Trans: 3 September 1963
      Rec: 1 August 1963
      BBC Playhouse Theatre, Manchester
      Producer: Ian Grant

      The penultimate track on Please Please Me, in the USA it was on the B-side of ‘Twist And Shout’. In his 1980 interview with David Sheff, John described ‘There’s A Place’ as ‘my attempt at a sort of Motown black thing’. The mature lyric explored a theme revisited in one of John’s last songs ‘Watching The Wheels’.

    23. Bumper Bundle

      Pop Go The Beatles

      Trans: 25 June 1963
      Rec: 17 June 1963
      Studio Five, BBC Maida Vale, London
      Producer: Terry Henebery

      Lee Peters borrowed this name applied to multiple requests for the same song from Two-Way Family Favourites. The extremely popular BBC radio show, broadcast each Sunday lunchtime, linked families to their loved ones serving with British forces overseas. George also dedicated the next song to his sister-in-law Irene.

    24. P. S. I Love You (Lennon-McCartney)

      Pop Go The Beatles

      Trans: 25 June 1963
      Rec: 17 June 1963
      Studio Five, BBC Maida Vale, London
      Producer: Terry Henebery

      ‘P.S. I Love You’ was the B-side of The Beatles’ first Parlophone single ‘Love Me Do’ released in October 1962.

    25. Please Mister Postman (Dobbins-Garrett-Holland-Bateman-Gorman)

      Pop Go The Beatles

      Trans: 30 July 1963
      Rec: 10 July 1963
      Studio Two, Aeolian Hall, London
      Producer: Terry Henebery

      In December 1961, The Marvelettes’ record on the Tamla label was the first American pop number one for Berry Gordy’s Motown company. American hits issued on Tamla and Motown struggled to be heard on the BBC in the early sixties. When The Beatles became successful, they were tireless champions of the labels’ artists, particularly Marvin Gaye, The Miracles and Mary Wells.

    26. Beautiful Dreamer (Foster-New words and music: Keller-Goffin)

      Saturday Club

      Trans: 26 January 1963
      Rec: 22 January 1963
      BBC Playhouse Theatre, London
      Producer: Jimmy Grant

      The song was written in the mid-nineteenth century by American writer Stephen Foster. Recordings by crooners Bing Crosby and Al Jolson ensured ‘Beautiful Dreamer’ remained a popular standard in the next century. In the late fifties, there was a trend for reviving ‘oldies’ by adding a faster rhythm. Tony Orlando’s ‘Beautiful Dreamer’, updated by songwriters Gerry Goffin and Jack Keller, was released in the UK at the end of 1962. A few weeks later The Beatles’ cover of his single, including all the changes to the original lyric and its added ‘hully-gully’ beat, was recorded for Saturday Club.

    27. Devil In Her Heart (Drapkin)

      Pop Go The Beatles

      Trans: 24 September 1963
      Rec: 3 September 1963
      Studio Two, Aeolian Hall, London
      Producer: Ian Grant

      This is the second BBC performance of ‘Devil In Her Heart’. The first version, recorded on 20 August 1963, was released on the Baby It's You EP in 1995. ‘Devil In His Heart’ was the B-side of ‘Bad Boy’ - the only record made by four Detroit school girls called The Donays. Their American single on Brent was picked up by the British label Oriole for release in September 1962.

    28. The 49 Weeks (Drapkin)

      Pop Go The Beatles

      Trans: 24 September 1963
      Rec: 3 September 1963
      Studio Two, Aeolian Hall, London
      Producer: Ian Grant

      In fact, Pop Go The Beatles ran for fifteen weeks. Rodney Burke was the presenter for eleven of the programmes.

    29. Sure To Fall (In Love With You) (Perkins-Claunch-Cantrell)

      Pop Go The Beatles

      Trans: 24 September 1963
      Rec: 3 September 1963
      Studio Two, Aeolian Hall, London
      Producer: Ian Grant

      The song was included on Dance Album Of Carl Perkins recorded in 1956. The Beatles covered four songs from that LP at the BBC. The sleeve note for the album released in the UK in November 1959 described its contents: ‘For the most part, they’re happy songs - light, toe-tapping rhythm numbers that just naturally make you feel a little gayer’.

    30. Never Mind, Eh?

      Pop Go The Beatles

      Trans: 24 September 1963
      Rec: 3 September 1963
      Studio Two, Aeolian Hall, London
      Producer: Ian Grant

      The Beatles dedicate their last number of the Pop Go The Beatles series to each other.

    31. Twist And Shout (Medley-Russell)

      Pop Go The Beatles

      Trans: 6 August 1963
      Rec: 16 July 1963
      BBC Paris Theatre, London
      Producer: Terry Henebery

      ‘Twist And Shout’ made its initial impact through a single by The Isley Brothers. The Beatles’ characteristic falsetto whoops had been sparked by Little Richard, but the vocal gymnastics on the Isleys’ ‘Twist And Shout’ and their earlier American hit ‘Shout’ also influenced the group’s sound in 1963. The Beatles used ‘Twist And Shout’ as the rousing closer of their debut album and many live shows. They performed it nine times in BBC radio studios. This version was recorded on a day when, in less than seven hours, they recorded eighteen songs for three Pop Go The Beatles programmes.

    32. Bye, Bye

      Pop Go The Beatles

      Trans: 24 September 1963
      Rec: 3 September 1963
      Studio Two, Aeolian Hall, London
      Producer: Ian Grant

      A sung farewell to what is now regarded as an historically significant radio series.

    33. John - Pop Profile (Bonus interview track)

      Pop Profile BBC Transcription Service

      Rec: 30 November 1965
      NEMS office, London
      Producer: Pete Dauncey

    34. George - Pop Profile (Bonus interview track)

      Pop Profile BBC Transcription Service

      Rec: 30 November 1965
      NEMS office, London
      Producer: Pete Dauncey

      Three days before the release of The Beatles’ album Rubber Soul, Brian Matthew recorded separate interviews with John and George for the series Pop Profile. The programmes were pressed on seven-inch discs running at LP speed and distributed to radio stations around the world by the BBC Transcription Service.

    1. I Saw Her Standing There (Lennon-McCartney)

      Saturday Club

      Trans: 5 October 1963
      Rec: 7 September 1963
      BBC Playhouse Theatre, London
      Producer: Bernie Andrews

      The group performed this song eleven times in BBC studios. The recording in front of an audience for Easy Beat was included on the first collection of Live At The BBC. This version was taped for the fifth anniversary of Saturday Club.

    2. Glad All Over (Bennett-Tepper-Schroeder)

      Saturday Club

      Trans: 24 August 1963
      Rec: 30 July 1963
      BBC Playhouse Theatre, London
      Producer: Bernie Andrews

      The third British single by Carl Perkins was released in December 1958. Not a hit on either side of the Atlantic, ‘Glad All Over’ entered The Beatles’ live repertoire in 1960. Their first BBC version was included on the first collection of radio songs in 1994. This is the other recording made two weeks later. The Beatles all loved the music of Carl Perkins and each of them sang one of his songs at the BBC. In 1985, George and Ringo joined Carl Perkins on stage for the televised tribute concert Blue Suede Shoes: A Rockabilly Session.

    3. Lift Lid Again

      Saturday Club

      Trans: 24 August 1963
      Rec: 30 July 1963
      BBC Playhouse Theatre, London
      Producer: Bernie Andrews

      With the hope of making their request stand out from the hundreds of postcards and letters sent to the BBC, inventive listeners went to great lengths. Paul is heard investigating an elaborately designed item, which prompted another mention of the mysterious Harry and ‘his box’.

    4. I’ll Get You (Lennon-McCartney)

      Saturday Club

      Trans: 5 October 1963
      Rec: 7 September 1963
      BBC Playhouse Theatre, London
      Producer: Bernie Andrews

      Released on the other side of the ‘She Loves You’ single, ‘I’ll Get You’ is a Beatles B-side gem. Anthology 1 presents a live TV performance of the song from Sunday Night At The London Palladium broadcast 13 October 1963. The British press described the screaming enthusiasm of fans outside the theatre that night as ‘Beatlemania’.

    5. She Loves You (Lennon-McCartney)

      Saturday Club

      Trans: 5 October 1963
      Rec: 7 September 1963
      BBC Playhouse Theatre, London
      Producer: Bernie Andrews

      The Beatles’ biggest selling single in Britain spent twelve weeks in the Top Three, including two stints at number one. In the States, Capitol declined to release it in 1963 so the Philadelphia-based independent Swan Records distributed the record. After four weeks at number two, behind ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’, ‘She Loves You’ became The Beatles’ second American number one in March 1964.

    6. Memphis, Tennessee (Berry)

      Saturday Club

      Trans: 5 October 1963
      Rec: 7 September 1963
      BBC Playhouse Theatre, London
      Producer: Bernie Andrews

      First released on the flip-side of Chuck Berry’s ‘Back In The USA’ in the summer of 1959, ‘Memphis, Tennessee’ reached number six in the British charts four years later. Paul remembers learning ‘Memphis, Tennessee’ in John's bedroom when the two lads decided it had ‘the greatest riff ever!’.

    7. Happy Birthday Dear Saturday Club (Hill-Hill)

      Saturday Club

      Trans: 5 October 1963
      Rec: 7 September 1963
      BBC Playhouse Theatre, London
      Producer: Bernie Andrews

      To celebrate the fifth birthday of the BBC Light Programme’s most successful music show, The Beatles rocked up ‘Happy Birthday’.

    8. Now Hush, Hush

      Easy Beat

      Trans: 20 October 1963
      Rec: 16 October 1963
      BBC Playhouse Theatre, London
      Producer: Ron Belchier

      The announcement that The Beatles’ had been included in the Royal Variety Performance, playing for The Queen Mother and Princess Margaret, gave their success a regal seal of approval. The British media were fascinated by this news.

    9. From Me To You (Lennon-McCartney)

      Easy Beat

      Trans: 20 October 1963
      Rec: 16 October 1963
      BBC Playhouse Theatre, London
      Producer: Ron Belchier

      Performed in sixteen radio shows, ‘From Me To You’ is The Beatles’ most frequently performed song at the BBC. Number one in the UK throughout May and June 1963, the song was the first by Lennon-McCartney to crack the US charts when Del Shannon’s cover reached number 77 in the Hot 100.

    10. Money (That’s What I Want) (Bradford-Gordy)

      The Beatles Say From Us To You

      Trans: 26 December 1963
      Rec: 18 December 1963
      BBC Paris Theatre, London
      Producer: Bryant Marriott

      Motown founder Berry Gordy gained his first national hit as a label owner with this song. He had co-written it with the company’s receptionist Janie Bradford. Recorded by Barrett Strong, ‘Money’ was an American R&B number two and reached 23 in the US pop chart. The disc made little headway in the UK, but the song was popularized by The Beatles when included as the closing track of their second LP.

    11. I Want To Hold Your Hand (Lennon-McCartney)

      The Beatles Say From Us To You

      Trans: 26 December 1963
      Rec: 18 December 1963
      BBC Paris Theatre, London
      Producer: Bryant Marriott

      With advance orders from shops of a million, The Beatles’ fifth single quickly replaced their previous disc - ‘She Loves You’ - at the top of the UK charts. Two months later, ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ became only the fourth record by a British act to reach number one in the US charts. The single’s success launched The Beatles’ musical domination of the world.

    12. Brian Bathtubes

      Saturday Club

      Trans: 21 December 1963
      Rec: 17 December 1963
      BBC Playhouse Theatre, London
      Producer: Bernie Andrews

      This verbal combat was typical of the way the group and Brian Matthew conducted their interviews. The DJ remembered that, ‘They were quite sparky and always very different from any of the other artists and groups who appeared on the show. I think their main object in life seemed to be how to put me down in as good natured a way as possible. But it was great fun always to talk to The Beatles.’

    13. This Boy (Lennon-McCartney)

      Saturday Club

      Trans: 21 December 1963
      Rec: 17 December 1963
      BBC Playhouse Theatre, London
      Producer: Bernie Andrews

      Released in the UK on the flip-side of ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’, ‘This Boy’ is distinguished by a three-part harmony, sung at one microphone, by John, Paul and George. This distinctive blend of their voices can also be heard on the BBC recording of ‘To Know Her Is To Love Her’, included on the first volume of Live At The BBC, and a later B-side ballad ‘Yes It Is’.

    14. If I Wasn’t In America

      Saturday Club

      Trans: 15 February 1964
      Rec: 7 January 1964
      BBC Playhouse Theatre, London
      Producer: Bernie Andrews

      The group knew that when their Saturday Club session was broadcast, they would be in Miami Beach, Florida to rehearse for a second live appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show the next day. Ringo used the idiomatic expression ‘act the goat’, meaning to behave in a silly way to get a laugh.

    15. I Got A Woman (Charles-Richard)

      Saturday Club

      Trans: 4 April 1964
      Rec: 31 March 1964
      BBC Playhouse Theatre, London
      Producer: Bernie Andrews

      The Beatles heard this Ray Charles song on Elvis Presley’s first British album called Rock ’N’ Roll released in October 1956. Elvis was described in the sleeve note as ‘the jazz phenomenon to end all phenomena’. The group’s first version, recorded for Pop Go The Beatles in August 1963, was on the first volume of Live At The BBC. For this later version, John duets with himself by overdubbing a second lead vocal.

    16. Long Tall Sally (Johnson-Penniman-Blackwell)

      Top Gear

      Trans: 16 July 1964
      Rec: 14 July 1964
      Studio S2, Broadcasting House, London
      Producer: Bernie Andrews

      The group had performed the song ever since 1957 when it had erupted in the UK on a record by Little Richard. The UK single coupled his first two American hits from a year before: ‘Long Tall Sally’ and the equally thunderous ‘Tutti Frutti’. The first collection of Live At The BBC featured a recording made at the BBC in August 1963 for Pop Go The Beatles.

    17. If I Fell (Lennon-McCartney)

      Top Gear

      Trans: 16 July 1964
      Rec: 14 July 1964
      Studio S2, Broadcasting House, London
      Producer: Bernie Andrews

      A high point of A Hard Day’s Night, ‘If I Fell’ was coupled with Paul’s ballad ‘And I Love Her’ on an American single and also featured on the British EP Extracts From The Film A Hard Day's Night.

    18. A Hard Job Writing Them

      Top Gear

      Trans: 16 July 1964
      Rec: 14 July 1964
      Studio S2, Broadcasting House, London
      Producer: Bernie Andrews

      Producer Bernie Andrews remembered, ‘I wanted to get the pre-recorded sessions at a higher standard ...somewhere near matching the record quality. When I started Top Gear, I tried very hard to do that. I was very pleased when The Beatles went along with me and helped launch this programme’.

    19. And I Love Her (Lennon-McCartney)

      Top Gear

      Trans: 16 July 1964
      Rec: 14 July 1964
      Studio S2, Broadcasting House, London
      Producer: Bernie Andrews

      For this BBC performance, George played his solo on electric guitar rather than the nylon-strung acoustic used for the record. ‘And I Love Her’ was soon the subject of a variety of cover versions that dispensed with a simple beat group arrangement. Beatles favourites Smokey Robinson & The Miracles made a sensitive recording for their 1970 LP What Love Has ...Joined Together.

    20. Oh, Can’t We? Yes We Can

      From Us To You Say The Beatles

      Trans: 30 March 1964
      Rec: 28 February 1964
      Number One Studio, BBC Piccadilly Theatre, London
      Producer: Bryant Marriott

      The Australian DJ Alan ‘Fluff’ Freeman had planned a short visit to the UK in 1957. Having quickly become one of the country’s best-loved DJs, he stayed forever. From 1962, he had been presenting the BBC’s Sunday chart show Pick Of The Pops. In this era, it was the most exciting record show on the air in the UK. In His Own Write, John’s book of poetry, prose and drawings was published the week before this ‘bank holiday’ programme was broadcast.

    21. You Can’t Do That (Lennon-McCartney)

      Top Gear

      Trans: 16 July 1964
      Rec: 14 July 1964
      Studio S2, Broadcasting House, London
      Producer: Bernie Andrews

      Released first as the flip-side of ‘Can't Buy Me Love’, ‘You Can't Do That’ is a swaggering R&B workout that became a highlight of the non-film-songs side of A Hard Day’s Night.

    22. Honey Don’t (Perkins)

      Top Gear

      Trans: 26 November 1964
      Rec: 17 November 1964
      BBC Playhouse Theatre, London
      Producer: Bernie Andrews

      The B-side of Carl Perkins’ Top Ten UK hit ‘Blue Suede Shoes’, ‘Honey Don’t’ was a Beatles stage favourite for several years before it appeared on their fourth album. John sings on an earlier BBC recording that was released on the first Live At The BBC album. At the final session for Beatles For Sale in October 1964, he generously gave ‘Honey Don’t’ to Ringo for his featured vocal on the LP. From then on, it was exclusively Ringo’s number.

    23. I’ll Follow The Sun (Lennon-McCartney)

      Top Gear

      Trans: 26 November 1964
      Rec: 17 November 1964
      BBC Playhouse Theatre, London
      Producer: Bernie Andrews

      This early song of Paul's was at least four years old by the time it was revisited for Beatles For Sale. It was featured, along with three others from that album, during their second appearance on the late-night show Top Gear presented by Brian Matthew. This BBC recording was first issued in 1995 on the hit EP Baby It’s You.

    24. Green With Black Shutters

      Top Of The Pops BBC Transcription Service

      Rec: May/June 1965
      Producer: Pete Dauncey

      In addition to broadcasting to the UK, Brian Matthew introduced a programme produced by the BBC for distribution to international radio stations. This interview was recorded exclusively for that weekly show called Top Of The Pops.

    25. Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! (Leiber-Stoller/Penniman)

      Saturday Club

      Trans: 26 December 1964
      Rec: 25 November 1964
      Studio Two, Aeolian Hall, London
      Producers: Jimmy Grant and Brian Willey

      ‘Kansas City’ was an American number one for Wilbert Harrison in May 1959. Little Richard’s medley of ‘Kansas City’ with his previously released ‘Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! (Goin' Back To Birmingham)’ was a Top Thirty UK hit during the summer of 1959. That single was the model for The Beatles’ interpretation. Their earliest recording was included on the first album of BBC performances; this is the third and final BBC version.

    26. That’s What We’re Here For

      Top Gear

      Trans: 26 November 1964
      Rec: 17 November 1964
      BBC Playhouse Theatre, London
      Producer: Bernie Andrews

      The group’s second appearance on Top Gear was broadcast the night before ‘I Feel Fine’/‘She’s A Woman’ was released in the UK. Their new single topped the UK and US charts during Christmas 1964, bringing their tally of American number ones in that year to six.

    27. I Feel Fine (studio out-take) (Lennon-McCartney)

      Rec: 17 November 1964
      BBC Playhouse Theatre, London
      Producer: Bernie Andrews

      The Beatles began using a four-track machine at EMI in October 1963, but multi-tracking did not start at the BBC until the seventies. There was a method to ‘overdub’ by copying a first recording to another tape, while at the same time adding more instruments or vocals. This take of ‘I Feel Fine’ is the one onto which John overdubbed another lead vocal. The completed version is included on the first volume of Live At The BBC.

    28. Paul - Pop Profile (Bonus interview track)

      Pop Profile BBC Transcription Service

      Rec: 2 May 1966
      BBC Playhouse Theatre, London
      Producer: Pete Dauncey

    29. Ringo - Pop Profile (Bonus interview track)

      Pop Profile BBC Transcription Service

      Rec: 2 May 1966
      BBC Playhouse Theatre, London
      Producer: Pete Dauncey

      Having recorded highly personal interviews with John and George for Pop Profile, Brian Matthew talked to Paul and Ringo for the series five months later. The interviews took place on a day-off from sessions started in April 1966 to produce a new album - Revolver.