On Air - Live at the BBC

On Air - Live at the BBC

Volume 2

Music CD - 2013
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Publisher: Hollywood, CA : Capitol Records, p2013
Branch Call Number: X BEA
XPopular BEA
Characteristics: 2 sound discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: British Broadcasting Corporation
Alternative Title: Beatles live at the BBC
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Jul 10, 2019

Many people consider live albums to be somewhat inferior to the studio editions, as they're often more prone to mistakes. Especially because of the massive fanbase The Beatles gained in the '60s, I was very skeptical of Live at the BBC: I had assumed that the crowd would be screaming over the musicians, though this couldn't be further from the truth. Live at the BBC is a joy to listen to, as between every song they feature short bursts of dialogue between the band which gave the album a very casual yet interesting feel. The album includes a behemoth of songs, all are hit tracks and to have them covered in a different light adds quite a lot to the songs. I would say that the live versions of "Do You Want To Know A Secret?" As well as, "Lend Me Your Comb" are actually better than the original studio recordings: They've got higher energy to them and seem more fun to listen to. I especially enjoyed the inclusion of interviews between every member of the band, it was a nice touch and feels more genuine than just having the tracks. The audience is then introduced to John's longing to own a high-end house, Paul's life behind The Beatles, George's mischievous schooldays, and Ringo's importance in the band. All-in-all, if you take an interest in the music of The Beatles and perhaps want to hear some extras, then I would definitely recommend On Air, Live At The BBC to you. @ShowMeTheMonet! of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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