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Report: The Beatles to release 'Live At The BBC' followup in October

8/22/2013

According to an internal memo from Universal Music -- which now owns the Beatles' home label Capitol Records -- plans are in motion to release a second set of performances the group recorded from 1962 to 1965 for the BBC Radio. In addition to a reissue of 1994's treasure trove Live At The BBC on October 4th, a new companion set, called, Live At The BBC Vol. 2, will also be released. According to the usually reliable website, Wogew.blogspot.com, which broke the story, "In 2012, the BBC had a campaign, asking their listeners to bring the home taped shows to the BBC for review. Hopefully, some more (or better quality) Beatles shows will have appeared in the wake of this."

The new reissues are believed to be timed with the fall release of author Kevin Howlett's eagerly awaited new book, The Beatles: The BBC Archives: 1962-1970.

John Lennon, who was an avid Beatles bootleg collector, looked back fondly at the band's BBC tapes: "We did a lot of tracks that were never been recorded on record. A lot of stuff we'd been doing in the Cavern or Hamburg. There's some good stuff there -- and they were well recorded, too."

George Harrison made it clear that although he loved being a musician, the fame of the Beatles and the mania that always surrounded them, stunted a substantial part of his creativity once the group moved past its legendary club era in Liverpool and Hamburg: "It was like an apprenticeship; you could learn how to -- you could make mistakes, and you'd learn your licks and your chops and all them little musical things, and I was just getting good and then we got famous and it just wrecked it."


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