As a long-awaited follow up to the 1994 release of The Beatles Live at The BBC, a second volume of 37 songs -- and 23 tracks of in studio "banter" -- titled On Air: Live at The BBC II has been confirmed for a November 11 release. A 48-page booklet will also be included in the CD set. Of particular note are ten songs the Beatles recorded for the BBC that never appeared on any of their albums for Capitol/EMI including Chuck Berry’s “I’m Talking About You” and a cover of the standard “Beautiful Dreamer.” Paul McCartney said of the recordings: “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.”
From the New York Times:
"The new set redresses some of the complaints about the original. It had seemed odd, for example, that the Beatles’ radio performances of some of their biggest hits, including “Please Please Me,” “She Loves You” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” were left off the first set. All three are included here, as are “This Boy,” “Words of Love” and “And I Love Her,” which the earlier set also skipped.
The new set also includes several songs new to the Beatles official discography, including a rocked-up version of Stephen Foster’s “Beautiful Dreamer,” Paul McCartney’s energetic rendering of Little Richard’s “Lucille,” and John Lennon’s biting account of Chuck Berry’s “I’m Talking About You.” Included, too, is the Beatles version of “Happy Birthday,” recorded to celebrate anniversary of Saturday Club, one of the shows they performed on.
Three of the tracks have been released previously, including a cover of a Carl Perkins track, “Lend Me Your Comb,” which appeared on the first volume of “The Beatles Anthology.” There is no crossover between the 1994 set and the new album, but several songs from the earlier collection – including I Saw Her Standing There,” “I Got A Woman,” “Sure To Fall” and “Hippy Hippy Shake” – are heard here in different performances.
All told, the Beatles performed 88 songs on the BBC, most in multiple performances. Among them were 36 songs they never recorded at Abbey Road. Equally significant, though, is the way the BBC recordings were made. Essentially, they were live performances, sometimes with minimal vocal overdubbing. They represent the group’s concert style, which had an edge that their polished studio productions sometimes lacked – but although a few of the BBC recordings were made before live audiences, most were not, and are therefore free of the hysterical shrieking typically heard on even the most professionally recorded Beatles concert tapes.
Among the interviews are individual talks with each Beatle recorded for the Beeb’s Pop Profile program in November 1965 and May 1966. The sets will have notes by Kevin Howlett, a former BBC producer whose 1996 book, “The Beatles at the BBC – The Radio Years 1962-70” is being republished in a substantially expanded and reconfigured edition as “The Beatles – The BBC Archives 1962-1970,” by Harper Design, in November."