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Video: The Beatles to release new ‘On Air, Live at the BBC Volume 2’ CD set just in time for the holidays

The Beatles "On Air: Live At The BBC Vol 2" CoverApple Corps announced today that The Beatles will release a new two-disc CD set ‘On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2‘ on November 11, 2013, almost 20 years after Volume 1 came out. ‘On Air’ features 63 live recordings, none of which overlap with The Beatles’ first BBC release. According to the press release, ‘On Air’ includes 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.

The Beatles appeared on various BBC radio shows including Saturday Club and Easy Beat. In June 1963, The Beatles got their own BBC weekly radio show called “Pop Go The Beatles.” Between March 1962 and June 1965, the BBC broadcast 275 unique musical performances by The Beatles in the U.K.

Ten of the songs on The Beatles ‘On Air Live at the BBC Volume 2‘ were never officially recorded by the group for EMI, including two never before released performances:  The Beatles’ direct-to-air performance of Chuck Berry’s “I’m Talking About You” and a rocking cover of the standard “Beautiful Dreamer.”  ‘On Air’ also includes different versions of six rarities heard on the 1994 BBC collection:  Little Richard’s “Lucille,” Chuck Berry’s “Memphis, Tennessee,” Chan Romero’s “The Hippy Hippy Shake,” Ray Charles’ “I Got A Woman,” and two songs they learned from records by Carl Perkins, “Glad All Over” and “Sure To Fall.”

Also included for the first time are the Beatles’ candid interviews for the Pop Profile series recorded in November 1965 and May 1966.

Along with the Volume 2 release, a remastered reissue of The Beatles ‘Live at the BBC’ (Volume 1) is also being released in 2013. When Volume 1 was originally released in 1994, it sold 5 million copies in the first six weeks reaching number one in the UK and number three in the US.

bbc-archivesbkAlso being released is the book, The Beatles: The BBC Archives: 1962-1970 by producer Kevin Howlett who compiled and researched the CD set along with Mike Heatley.  The booklets for both collections include Kevin Howlett’s essays on the history of The Beatles’ BBC radio sessions and his detailed commentaries on all of the tracks.

View FULL track listing of The Beatles ‘On Air Live at the BBC Volume 2’

View slideshow of photos of The Beatles at the BBC in London over the years

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Beatles Stereo Remasters to be released on exclusive ‘Apple’ USB

appleUSBToday, the Beatles company, Apple Corps Ltd., and EMI Music  announced the worldwide release of a limited edition of 30,000 Beatles Stereo USB apples.

The apple-shaped USB drive will be loaded with the 14 remastered Beatles’ stereo titles, which were released on CD on September 9, as well as all of the re-mastered CDs’ visual elements, including 13 mini-documentary films about the studio albums, replicated original UK album art, rare photos and expanded liner notes.

The USB will be released on December 7 (December 8 in North America) and will be fully compatible with PC and Mac.


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Packaging details on The Beatles Remastered Stereo Box Set

remstrboxset-smA great amount of time and thought was put into the construction of the Beatles Remastered Stereo Box Set CD packaging. This is a refreshing contrast to the minimalist packaging featured in the original CD releases from the late 1980s.

The Stereo Box set comes in a rectangular black box with a magnetic flap closure on the side. You can easily open it up to find two stacks of CDs. However, the CD cases are not exact replicas of the original albums. (The mono box set contains exact replica packaging.)

The cover photos are the same, but in some cases, the back cover photos are different. The front covers look slightly different from the original album covers since the cover photo does not cover the whole CD flap. Apple has added The Beatles logo vertically on the left side on the front of every CD.

All of the CD cases (except for The White Album) are a tri-fold which unfolds to the length of three CD flaps all covered with rare photos. The right flap contains the CD and the left flap contains an additional booklet. The booklet contains rare photos from the time period of the album and includes the original liner notes as well as new historical notes for each album.

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The CD packaging features soft, glossy covers (not the usual hard plastic cases). Personally, I prefer plastic CD cases. They are easier to handle especially when you are in a hurry to grab a CD to listen to on your home stereo or in your car. With the soft cover cases, I am worried about possible damange just from day-to-day handling of the CD case with fingerprints and possible tears.

Before, I wondered if I should keep my original set of Beatle CDs. Now I know I should keep them for their plastic cases and maybe transfer the remastered CDs to the plastic cases for day-to-day use and keep the glossy new packaging safe in its attractive box.

The rare photos of The Beatles contained in each of the remastered CD cases are a definite plus. The Magical Mystery Tour CD even contains the original color booklet that was included with the original album. The White Album includes a mini version of the original poster that was included with the album release, although the four color photos of each Beatle are only featured directly on the CD case, and not as frameable pictures.

The booklet for Sgt. Pepper contains a page showcasing all the cutouts that were included in the original album. You could cut them out yourself, but I doubt you would want to ruin the CD booklet. Plus they are very tiny replicas of the original cutouts.

Many photos included in the CD packaging are alternate takes during the same photo shoot of the famous pictures we all recognize, like the back cover of The White Album features the four individual shots (from the original gatefold) of The Beatles but at slightly different angles.

For devoted collectors, the packaging alone justifies a reason to purchase the Stereo Box Set. One additional bonus is the DVD including all 13 mini-documentaries that were made for each Beatles album.

If you’re still unsure whether to try out the remasters, you can listen to a comparison of a sample of old CD versions compared to the new remasters in this CNN article.