The Beatles: On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2 cover artworkRecorded: 22 January 196325 November 1964
Producers: Kevin Howlett, Mike Heatley (2013); Terry Henebery, Ian Grant, Peter Pilbeam, Jimmy Grant, Bernie Andrews, Ron Belchier, Bryant Marriott, Jimmy Grant, Brian Willey, Pete Dauncey (1960s)
Engineers: Guy Massey, Alex Wharton

Released: 11 November 2013

Personnel

John Lennon: vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica
Paul McCartney: vocals, bass guitar
George Harrison: vocals, lead guitar
Ringo Starr: vocals, drums

Tracklisting

‘And Here We Are Again’ (Speech)
‘Words Of Love’
‘How About It, Gorgeous?’ (Speech)
‘Do You Want To Know A Secret’
‘Lucille’
‘Hey, Paul…’ (Speech)
‘Anna (Go To Him)’
‘Hello!’ (Speech)
‘Please Please Me’
‘Misery’
‘I’m Talking About You’
‘A Real Treat’ (Speech)
‘Boys’
‘Absolutely Fab’ (Speech)
‘Chains’
‘Ask Me Why’
‘Till There Was You’
‘Lend Me Your Comb’
‘Lower 5E’ (Speech)
‘The Hippy Hippy Shake’
‘Roll Over Beethoven’
‘There’s A Place’
‘Bumper Bundle’ (Speech)
‘PS I Love You’
‘Please Mister Postman’
‘Beautiful Dreamer’
‘Devil In Her Heart’
‘The 49 Weeks’ (Speech)
‘Sure To Fall (In Love With You)’
‘Never Mind, Eh?’ (Speech)
‘Twist And Shout’
‘Bye, Bye’ (speech)
John – Pop Profile (Speech)
George – Pop Profile (Speech)
‘I Saw Her Standing There’
Glad All Over
‘Lift Lid Again’ (Speech)
‘I’ll Get You’
‘She Loves You’
‘Memphis, Tennessee’
‘Happy Birthday Dear Saturday Club’
‘Now Hush, Hush’ (Speech)
‘From Me To You’
‘Money (That’s What I Want)’
‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’
‘Brian Bathtubes’ (Speech)
‘This Boy’
‘If I Wasn’t In America’ (Speech)
‘I Got A Woman’
‘Long Tall Sally’
‘If I Fell’
‘A Hard Job Writing Them’ (Speech)
‘And I Love Her’
‘Oh, Can’t We? Yes We Can’ (Speech)
‘You Can’t Do That’
‘Honey Don’t’
‘I’ll Follow The Sun’
‘Green With Black Shutters’ (Speech)
‘Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!’
‘That’s What We’re Here For’ (Speech)
‘I Feel Fine’ (studio outtake)
Paul – Pop Profile (Speech)
Ringo – Pop Profile (Speech)

The second official release of The Beatles’ BBC radio recordings was released 19 years after 1994’s Live At The BBC collection.

On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2 was released in two-CD set and 180-gram vinyl versions. Both include a 48-page booklet with an introduction by Paul McCartney and liner notes by BBC producer Kevin Howlett.

There’s a lot of energy and spirit. We are going for it, not holding back at all, trying to put in the best performance of our lifetimes.
Paul McCartney

The album contains 63 tracks, including 37 previously unreleased performances, and 23 excerpts of in-studio speech featuring the group and radio presenters Brian Matthew, Alan Freeman, Lee Peters and Rodney Burke.

Three songs not officially available elsewhere were ‘I’m Talking About You’, ‘Beautiful Dreamer’, and ‘Happy Birthday Dear Saturday Club’, although the collection did contain ‘Lend Me Your Comb’, which had previously been issued on Anthology 1.

However, two other songs, ‘A Picture Of You’ and ‘Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream?)’, recorded with Pete Best on drums on 7 March 1962 and 11 June 1962 respectively, are still yet to be officially released in any form.

Versions of several of the included songs had previously been released on Live At The BBC, in an acknowledgement that The Beatles recorded certain songs multiple times. The group performed a total of 88 different songs in their BBC radio sessions.

In all The Beatles made 52 known musical performances on a variety of BBC radio shows between 7 March 1962 and 26 May 1965, in addition to many more interviews and unscheduled news appearances.

In addition to the musical performances, On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2 includes audio of The Beatles talking to DJs Brian Matthew and Alan Freeman, and Pop Go The Beatles hosts Lee Peters and Rodney Burke, as well as interviews recorded for the Pop Profile series in November 1965 and May 1966.

The album was compiled and researched by producers Kevin Howlett and Mike Heatley, and was mastered at Abbey Road Studios by engineers Guy Massey and Alex Wharton.