The Beatles: Live At The BBC Repackaged & Remastered

Live At The BBC Repackaged & Remastered

The Beatles

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  • Release Date 11 November 2013
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Once upon a time the BBC was a young institution in a world long before Beatles, when broadcasting Uncles and Aunties and chaps with names like Commander Stephen King-Hall (‘be good but not so frightfully good’) and L. du Garde Peach guided our attitudes and provided some of our music for us. I remember those days.

If we wanted any rough old stuff like jazz or blues we mostly had to get records or listen to records at friends’ houses. This was the world in which the Beatles were children, in what Kevin Howlett rightly calls ‘wireless innocence’.

In the early 60’s there was an overlap between ‘wireless’ and ‘radio’ in that when the Beatles were making their first broadcasts, Uncle Mac was still playing records for children though by now he was quite a grouch about the way things were going; the modern world was not much for him. But things had to loosen up, lighten up, and instead of admonitory uncles, the Higher Power sent us the breezy boys-next-door.

The strength of the BBC was that it was able to manage change and their welcome to the Beatles was magnanimous and the Beatles’ willingness to put a girdle round the earth to get on the air was almost selfless. They worked like dogs – once recording eighteen songs in one day (16 July 1963).

At first, knowing the value of radio they were glad and proud to use it. In the end, they did it as a duty but nonetheless, long after grabbing world fame, they continued to talk to Britain with a good spirit for, I presume, scale fees.

This collection is of a distant era; when London was six/eight hours from Liverpool, when London was The Big Time and almost still ‘The Big Smoke’. Trains were still steam. There was no take-away save fish and chips. No ‘Sun’. The rudest thing in newsprint was ‘Reveille’. Television was black and white; there were two channels.

It was a time when a pop singer played ballrooms, clubs, Odeons and Gaumonts, with about five others on the bill, maybe comics, ballad singers not quite trapeze artists but close… Some ‘teen idols’ were deplored – still are – but not then the Beatles, not after they became our cheeky chappies, our Elvis, took up residence on the front page, and in the zeitgeist of age, helped establish the booming creative potential of provincial England.

The Beatles gave us a continuing soundtrack of unparalleled charm and reassurance. As long as they kept on delivering fresh songs along with the morning milk, everything was right in our optimistic world. Quite quickly, the Beatles became an institution all of their own, with all sorts of attendants – fanatics and detractors, revisionists and archivists, accountants and lawyers, scribes and Pharisees.

That the Beatles were woven into the fabric of British life was due in large part to the regularity of their attention to good habits – the Christmas messages to fans, the package tours, the visits home to Liverpool families, an honest paying of all the expected dues and in no small measure to the BBC, who provided that unparalleled broadcasting expertise to keep the nation in touch with ‘the boys’ through fifty two broadcasts. Radio allowed them to ‘be themselves’ and that was always enough for the Beatles and for their followers.

Repackaged and remastered version of the original 1994 release to tie in with the release of On Air Live At The BBC Volume 2

1 Beatle Greetings (Speech)  
2 From Us To You (Opening)  
3 Riding On A Bus (Speech)  
4 I Got A Woman  
5 Too Much Monkey Business  
6 Keep Your Hands Off Of My Baby  
7 I'll Be On My Way  
8 Young Blood  
9 A Shot Of Rhythm & Blues  
10 Sure To Fall (In Love With You)  
11 Some Other Guy  
12 Thank You Girl  
13 Sha La La La La! (Speech)  
14 Baby It's You  
15 That's All Right (Mama)  
16 Carol  
17 What Is It, George? (Speech)  
18 Soldier Of Love  
19 A Little Rhyme (Speech)  
20 Clarabella  
21 I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You)  
22 Crying, Waiting, Hoping  
23 Dear Wack! (Speech)  
24 You Really Got A Hold On Me  
25 To Know Her Is To Love Her  
26 A Taste Of Honey  
27 Long Tall Sally  
28 I Saw Her Standing There  
29 The Honeymoon Song  
30 Johnny B Goode  
31 Memphis, Tennesee  
32 Lucille  
33 Can't Buy Me Love  
34 From Fluff To You (Speech)  
35 Till There Was You  
1 Crinsk Dee Night (Speech)  
2 A Hard Days Night  
3 Ringo? Yep! (Speech)  
4 I Wanna be Your Man  
5 Just A Rumour (Speech)  
6 Roll Over Beethoven  
7 All My Loving  
8 Things We Said Today  
9 She's A Woman  
10 Sweet Little Sixteen  
11 1822! (Speech)  
12 Lonesome Tears In My Eyes  
13 Nothin' Shakin'  
14 The Hippy Hippy Shake  
15 Glad All Over  
16 I Just Don't Understand  
17 So How Come (No One Loves Me)  
18 I Feel Fine  
19 I'm A Loser  
20 Everybody's Trying To be My Baby  
21 Rock And Roll Music  
22 Ticket To Ride  
23 Dizzy Miss Lizzy  
24 Kansas City / Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!  
25 Set Fire To That Lot! (Speech)  
26 Matchbox  
27 I Forgot To Remember To Forget  
28 Love These Goon Shows! (Speech)  
29 I Got To Find My Baby  
30 Ooh! My Soul  
31 Ooh! My Arms  
32 Don't Ever Change  
33 Slow Down