New set of Beatles songs, chat to be released

AFP-JIJI

A box set of previously unreleased recordings and studio chat by The Beatles, including early hits and cover versions, is to be released later this year, their record company said Friday.

The tracks, taken from radio broadcasts at the British Broadcasting Corp. in 1963 and 1964, include 37 performances that have never been issued before now and and additional 23 tracks of conversations featuring the Fab Four.

The album, “On Air — Live At The BBC Volume 2,” is a follow-up to a similar box set that was released in 1994. It will be available from Nov. 11, Apple and Universal Music said in a statement.

It includes two songs, “Beautiful Dreamer” and Chuck Berry’s “I’m Talking About You,” which were never recorded for the band’s record label and which have not had an official release.

Beatles fans first noticed the box set was coming when there was a posting on the website of an offshoot of music company Universal in the Philippines last month, but the full details of the recordings were not confirmed until now.

The Beatles performed 275 times at the BBC between March 1962 and June 1965, playing 88 different songs in total, mostly done in one take.

The previous volume of BBC recordings sold 5 million copies worldwide. It has been remastered and will come out the same day.

The Beatles came out of Liverpool, in northwest England, to become one of the best-selling and most influential rock bands in history.

Founding member Paul McCartney and drummer Ringo Starr are still alive. John Lennon was shot dead in 1980, and George Harrison died of cancer in 2001.