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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Fab Four live takes a must for devotees

Fab Four live takes a must for devotees

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on air: live at the BBc

(parlophone)

This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' only Republic of Ireland gig – at Dublin's long-demolished Adelphi Theatre – and to help Fab Four fans celebrate, here's yet another reminder of what a super-slick live entity they were in their early days. On Air is the second volume of their whopping 275 performances at the BBC between 1962 and 1965 (following the chart-topping 1994 album, Live at the BBC, which is re-released in re-mastered form today). It demonstrates that all those performances in the Cavern Club and in Hamburg stood them in great stead when it came to the business of nailing a song on the first take. And, it almost always was a first take – the Beeb rarely gave bands back then an opportunity to correct any mistakes. Of the 60-odd tracks included here (featuring snippets of John, Paul, George and Ringo conversing with various presenters), there are giddy versions of such evergreen Beatles songs as I Want to Hold Your Hand and She Loves You as well as contemporary covers – standouts include Chains, written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, and Buddy Holly's Words of Love. They're almost all highly familiar songs, yet hearing these versions feels genuinely exciting. Beatles devotees will love it.

Chains; Words

of Love

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