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Live at the BBS. Volume 1

The Beatles

℗ 1994 EMI Records / Apple Records / Parlophone Records

℗ 1994 UNW Disc ANDRCD 52

The Beatles  1994  Live at the BBS. Volume 1

From 1962 to 1965, the Beatles made 52 appearances on the BBC, recording live-in-the-studio performances of both their official releases and several dozen songs that they never issued on disc. This magnificent two-disc compilation features 56 of these tracks, including 29 covers of early rock, R&B, soul, and pop tunes that never appeared on their official releases, as well as the Lennon-McCartney original "I'll Be on My Way," which they gave in 1963 to Billy J. Kramer rather than record it themselves. These performances are nothing less than electrifying, especially the previously unavailable covers, which feature quite a few versions of classics by Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley. There are also off-the-beaten-path tunes by the Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly, on down to obscurities by the Jodimars, Chan Romero (a marvelous "Hippy Hippy Shake"), Eddie Fontaine, and Ann-Margret. The greatest gem is probably their fabulous version of Arthur Alexander's "Soldier of Love," which (like several of the tracks) would have easily qualified as a highlight of their early releases if they had issued it officially. Restored from existing tapes of various quality, the sound is mostly very good and never less than listenable. Unfortunately, they weren't able to include every single rarity that the Beatles recorded for the BBC; the absence of Carl Perkins' "Lend Me Your Comb," which has circulated on bootlegs in a high-fidelity version, is especially mystifying. Minor quibbles aside, these performances, available on bootlegs for years, compose the major missing chapter in the Beatles' legacy, and it's great to have them easily obtainable in a first-rate package. Richie Unterberger.

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Beatle Greetings [speech]

 I'm Ringo and I play the drums.
 Hello, I'm Paul, and I play the uh uh, bass.
 Hi, I'm George and I play a guitar.
 I'm John and I too play a guitar. Sometimes I play the fool.

Riding on a Bus [speech]

 Before we hear another song fellows, there is a few things I'd like to ask you. First of all, do you ever get tired of being Beatles?
 Get so tired now, get a bit a lonely now.
 Rhythm, who's that? Blues.
 No.
 We don't think so, really.
 You don't ever think that?
 Just occasionally, you get cheesed off with people writing rubish about you, which you get often.
 Yeah, I agree with that. I've had a divorce and a half a dozen kids.
 Now what do you, uh, well, I mean doesn't, isn't this a big sort of drag to go around explaining to your wife that you're not divorced and all that sort of things?
 No, she knows I'm not divorced, 'cause I keep seeing her every day, you see?
 Yeah, that's a point, but what about the simpler things of life. Like, uh...
 Like riding a bus.
 Yeah, or going to just about any restaurant you can find?
 Well, yeah, you miss those sort of things.
 We go to certain ones.
 And we go to ones where the people there are so snobby. They're the type who pretend they don't know us, so we have a good time, 'cause they pretend that they don't know us.
 Joe's Cafe!
 Yeah, that figures.
 See, Joe's Cafe.? Social common that, you know.
 It is.

A Shot of Rhythm and Blues

(Thompson)

Oh, when your hands start a-clapping
And your fingers start a-popping
Well, your feet got to move around

And you start to swing and swaying
And the band starts to playing
To a real cool, way out sound

Well, if you get the "can't help it's" and you can't sit down
You feel like you've got to move around

Need a shot of rhythm and blues
Just a little rock and roll on the side just for good measure
Need a pair of dancing shoes
With your lover by your side
Don't you know you're gonna have a lot of pleasure

Well, don't you worry about a thing
You start to dance and sing
And the chill bones come on you

The rhythm finally gets ya and the beat gets you too
Here's the thing for you to do

Need a shot of rhythm and blues
Just a little rock and roll on the side just for good measure
Need a pair of dancing shoes
With your lover by your side
Don't you know you're gonna have a lot of pleasure

Come on... come on!

Need a shot of rhythm and blues
Just a little rock and roll on the side just for good measure
Need a pair of dancing shoes
With your lover by your side
Don't you know you're gonna have a lot of pleasure

Oh, when your hands start a-clapping
And your fingers start a-popping
Well, your feet got to move around

And you start to swing and swaying
And the band starts to playing
To a real cool, way out sound

Well, if you get the "can't help it's" and you can't sit down
You feel like you've got to move around

Need a shot of rhythm and blues
Just a little rock and roll on the side just for good measure
Need a pair of dancing shoes
With your lover by your side
Don't you know you're gonna have a lot of pleasure

Need a shot of rhythm and blues
Just a little rock and roll on the side just for good measure
Need a pair of dancing shoes
With your lover by your side
Don't you know you're gonna have a lot of pleasure