Fun Beatles in new album

Fun Beatles in new album

A new release from The Beatles reveals just how groundbreaking the band were even back in the early part of their career.

On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2 taps into the treasure trove of songs the Fab Four recorded at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) studios from 1963 to 1964, and comprises 63 remastered tracks, including more than 30 songs, that were never commercially released.

"It's often forgotten that 1963 was a year that was just as revolutionary as some of their later years," says BBC radio producer and Beatles expert Kevin Howlett, who co-produced the recording with fellow producer Mike Heatley.

"It was very different back then, there was no rock business. They changed everything. And you can hear them on this album, they were really quite radical at the time, being cheeky, irreverent and playing unusual material."

Howlett is an award-winning Beatles expert who has been producing programmes for the BBC since 1981. His works include the 2009 three-part radio series The Beatles: Here, There And Everywhere, which received a Silver Medal at the New York Festivals Awards in 2010.

Released as two-CD and three-vinyl sets, the new collection is a follow-up to the first Live At The BBC album launched in 1994, which went to No. 1 on the British charts, No. 3 in the United States and was nominated in the Best Historical Album category at the 1996 Grammy's.

Fans will be pleased with the inclusion in Volume 2 of two rare tunes, the covers of Chuck Berry's I'm Talking About You and 19th-century standard Beautiful Dreamer, as well as live renditions of Beatles tunes such as Please Please Me and Do You Want To Know A Secret.

The tracks include 23 in-studio conversations and banter which were never released, and these, according to Howlett, "really conjures up the feelings of the time".

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