Beatles Release New BBC CollectionAs we reported earlier this month, a second volume of BBC recordings by The Beatles, On Air-Live at the BBC Volume 2, will be out November 11 on vinyl and cd with a 48 page booklet. The collection features 63 never-before-released tracks including 37 performances and 23 on-air interviews with the Fab Four and the BBC's on-air hosts. “There’s a lot of energy and spirit," said Paul McCartney in a press release.  "We are going for it, not holding back at all, trying to put in the best performance of our lifetimes.”

Some of the cuts include covers of Chuck Berry's "I'm Taking About You," "Beautiful Dreamer," unheard versions of Little Richard's "Lucille," Ray Charles's "I Got A Woman," and Carl Perkins' "Glad All Over."  There are also great versions of songs from their first LPs including "Chains," "Misery," "Ask Me Why," "Devil In Her Heart" and "I Saw Her Standing There."

A newly remastered version of the first volume of BBC recordings originally released in 1994 will also be out on CD and LP.  Next year will be the 50th anniversary of The Beatles's arrival in America and 50 years since Paul McCartney went into London and bought his Epiphone Casino and Texan.  Considering that we are still waiting on collections of The Beatles' live tv performances, videos, the Shea Stadium concert, the Christmas records, a mono Sgt. Pepper (with isolated backing tracks) or an extended cut of Let It Be, let's hope this new BBC collection is the first of many more exciting releases in store over the next year.  How about a theatrical release of A Hard Day's Night and the first concert in Washington D.C.?  There is still lots of good stuff coming. In the meantime, you can't get much better than hearing The Beatles live in the studio, only a couple of years removed from their days in Hamburg and the Cavern Club in Liverpool. Check it out.