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3.23 | 73 ratings | 5 reviews | 11% 5 stars

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Live, released in 1994

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Beatle Greetings
2. From Us To You
3. Riding On A Bus
4. I Got A Woman
5. Too Much Monkey Business
6. Keep Your Hands Off My Baby
7. I'll Be On My Way
8. Young Blood
9. Shot Of Rhythm And Blues, A
10. Sure To Fall (In Love With You)
11. Some Other Guy
12. Thank You Girl
13. Sha La La La La!
14. Baby It's You
15. That's All Right (Mama)
16. Carol
17. Soldier Of Love
18. Little Rhyme, A
19. Clarabella
20. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You)
21. Crying, Waiting, Hoping
22. Dear Wack!
23. You Really Got A Hold On Me
24. To Know Her Is To Love Her
25. Taste Of Honey, A
26. Long Tall Sally
27. I Saw Her Standing There
28. Honeymoon Song, The
29. Johnny B Goode
30. Memphis, Tennessee
31. Lucille
32. Can't Buy Me Love
33. From Fluff To You
34. Till There Was You

1. Crinsk Dee Night
2. Hard Day's Night, A
3. Have A Banana!
4. I Wanna Be Your Man
5. Just A Rumour
6. Roll Over Beethoven
7. All My Loving
8. Things We Said Today
9. She's A Woman
10. Sweet Little Sixteen
11. 1822!
12. Lonesome Tears In My Eyes
13. Nothin' Shakin'
14. Hippy Hippy Shake, The
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!
26. Matchbox
27. I Forgot To Remember To Forget
28. Love These Goon Shows!
29. I Got To Find My Baby
30. Ooh! My Soul
31. Ooh! My Arms
32. Don't Ever Change
33. Slow Down
34. Honey Don't
35. Love Me Do

Line-up / Musicians

- John Lennon / guitars, vocals
- Paul McCartney / bass, vocals
- George Harrison / guitar, vocals
- Ringo Starr / drums, vocals

Releases information

CD Apple 31796

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THE BEATLES Live at the BBC ratings distribution

(73 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(11%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(34%)
Good, but non-essential (38%)
Collectors/fans only (11%)
Poor. Only for completionists (5%)

THE BEATLES Live at the BBC reviews

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Review by Guillermo
2 stars This compilation of recordings done by the band for the BBC shows them in their early years (1963- 1965) playing a lot of songs, most of them covers of songs (29 of them never before released on their albums) by other bands and soloists, and with a few original songs, with only one of these original songs not previously released by them ("I'll Be On My Way", a song they gave to Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas to record and a song that The Beatles never tried to record in the studio for one of their albums). It seems that this BBC recording is the only known recording of "I'll Be On My Way " done by The Beatles. It also seems that the long "musical marathons" they had to play in Hamburg in their early years forced them to learn a lot of songs because they had to play at the night clubs in that city for 7-8 hours daily. So, this BBC album is mostly interesting to listen to all these previously unreleased songs.There are also some fragments from interviews which also show their wit and good humour, both things that helped them to achieve the charisma they had among the fans and to reach the very well deserved respect and fame they had, not only for being very good musicians. All the recordings are in Mono, and I think that there are mostly interesting as historic documents for the most dedicated fans and collectors of their music.
Review by jamesbaldwin
4 stars "Beatles - Live at the BBC" is a 1994 double compilation album (remastered in 2013 with the addiction of three extra tracks: two speach pieces, one for George and one for Ringo, and one musical piece: "From Us to You"[Closing] ) featuring performances by the Beatles that were originally broadcast on various BBC Light Programme radio shows from 1963 to 1965.

The songs are essentially "live in studio" performances. Most of the tracks are cover versions of famous songs from the late 1950s and early 1960s. The Beatles performed for 52 BBC Radio programmes, since an appearance on the series Teenager's Turn?Here We Go, recorded on 7 March 1962, till a special "The Beatles Invite You to Take a Ticket to Ride", recorded on 26 May 1965. Total: 275 performances of 88 different songs, of which 36 songs never appeared on their studio albums.

This compilation replaces the production of the Beatles' bootlegs (even a 13-album bootleg series), very widespread in the seventies and eighties, and "The Complete BBC Sessions" (1993), a nine-CD box set released in Italy, where copyright protection for the broadcasts had expired (this set contained performances from 44 of the Beatles' 52 BBC appearances).

The tracks for "Live at the BBC" were selected by George Martin who used two criteria: the quality of the sound and of the Beatles' performance. In this album there are 30 songs that they have never performed on their official releases. The selection includes "I'll Be on My Way", the only Lennon?McCartney song no available in their studio albums (it was given to Billy J. Kramer, another artist managed by Brian Epstein). It's a unripe mid-tempo ballad with a rambling solo guitar (rating 6,5).

The album (two-CD, 1994) consists of 56 songs and 12 tracks of dialogue (thirty of the songs had never been issued previously). It was the first official release by the Beatles of previously unreleased performances since "The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl" in 1977.

There are a lot of excellent performance, overall: "Thank You Girl", "Baby It's You" (better than the studio version), "You Really Got A Hold On Me", "Roll Over Bethoven" (much better than the studio version), "I'm a Loser". In these recordings you can feel the grit, the energy, the enthusiasm of these four guys, who express themselves as the rock and roll rebels of the Fifties, with the experience consumed playing all night in Hamburg nightclubs.

Historical find. Rating: 8+. Four Stars.

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars THE BEATLES Live at the BBC is an historical document to be sure, replete with the amazing early years of the Beatles. The discs are jam packed with early renditions of well known, beloved tracks and a ton of covers with interviews from the Fab Four interspersed. There are some genuinely humorous moments as we hear their cheeky British wit coming through. It took a while till this recording saw the light of day but it is so impressive to hear them in this raw, no nonsense form, before they became infamous and layered albums with studio trickery and buffonery. There some rare oddities here you will rarely hear anywhere else by Beatles such as on disc 1 From Us To You, Riding On A Bus, Keep Your Hands Off My Baby, I'll Be On My Way, Young Blood, Carol, Soldier Of Love and I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You).

On the second disc we have Crinsk Dee Night, Have A Banana!, I Forgot To Remember To Forget, I Got To Find My Baby and Don't Ever Change. There are 69 tracks to wade through and a lot of familiar material too such as Matchbox, A Hard Day's Night, Roll Over Beethoven, All My Loving, Things We Said Today, She's A Woman, I Feel Fine, I'm A Loser, Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby, Ticket To Ride and Kansas City / Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!

Overall the album comes recommended to any Beatles fanatic and anyone who loves listening to classic 1960s pop.

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3 stars Want a record with early Beatles recording and a decent audio quality with a personal and loose feeling? Then go for Live on the BBC which features mainly known Beatles cuts with subtle differences, rare cover and own material and even 4 interviews with each Beatle. The conversations with the mo ... (read more)

Report this review (#2271741) | Posted by sgtpepper | Sunday, October 20, 2019 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This album is cool.....The Beatles live at the BBC. This is a 2 cd box set, featuring previously unreleased live material by the beatles in their pre-prog era(1963-65). This are live radio performances: Some of them were played in front of an audience, and others weren't. This album's got some ... (read more)

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