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The Complete BBC Sessions

The Complete BBC Sessions (box cover)

9-disc box set released on the Great Dane label, Italy, 1993. Contains every existing Beatles performance on BBC radio, from March 1962 through their final set in June 1965. Only a relatively small portion of these performances, all recorded exclusively for BBC broadcast (and thus different from the familiar LP studio versions), are otherwise available. Sound quality varies, particularly on the earlier discs, with much of the material derived from personal collections when it could not be located in the BBC archives. Contains 257 tracks in total, including many takes of the hits (for example, "She Loves You" and "From Me To You" are repeated fairly often, but it's a different version each time) and many obscurities (a studio rehearsal of just the backing track of "I'm Happy Just To Dance With You;" George crooning Joe Brown's pop hit "A Picture of You;" the lads backing Rolf Harris on a demented reqrite of his hit ditty, "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport"). Perhaps the biggest treat for fans are several "Pop Goes the Beatles" shows in their entirety, including playful banter between songs. Includes a 28-page, 12 X 12 full color booklet on high-quality paper.

A legitimate tenth disc was issued after the box set was released (see below). Fake releases of an eleventh and twelfth disc exist with similar but inferior artwork - these are not part of the Great Dane release set.

The Complete BBC Sessions (Disc 1)

March 1962-June 1963 (Disc 1)

  1. Dream Baby
  2. Memphis, Tennessee
  3. Please Mr. Postman
  4. Ask Me Why
  5. Besame Mucho
  6. A Picture Of You
  7. Some Other Guy
  8. Keep Your Hands Off My Baby
  9. Beautiful Dreamer
  10. I Saw Her Standing There
  11. Misery
  12. Too Much Monkey Business
  13. I'm Talking About You
  14. Please Please Me
  15. The Hippy Hippy Shake
  16. From Me To You
  17. Twist And Shout
  18. From Me To You
  19. Side By Side Theme
  20. Long Tall Sally
  21. A Taste Of Honey
  22. Chains
  23. Thank You Girl
  24. Boys
  25. I Saw Her Standing There
  26. Do You Want To Know A Secret?
  27. Boys
  28. Long Tall Sally
  29. From Me To You
  30. Money

The Complete BBC Sessions (Disc 2)

June 1963 (Disc 2)

  1. Pop Go The Beatles
  2. Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby
  3. Do You Want To Know A Secret?
  4. You Really Got A Hold On Me
  5. Misery
  6. The Hippy Hippy Shake
  7. Pop Go The Beatles
  8. Too Much Monkey Business
  9. I Got To Find My Baby
  10. Young Blood
  11. Baby It's You
  12. Till There Was You
  13. Love Me Do
  14. A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues
  15. Memphis, Tennessee
  16. A Taste Of Honey
  17. Sure To Fall
  18. Money
  19. From Me To You
  20. Some Other Guy
  21. A Taste Of Honey
  22. Thank You Girl
  23. From Me To You
  24. Too Much Monkey Business
  25. Boys
  26. I'll Be On My Way
  27. From Me To You
  28. Anna (Go To Him)
  29. I Saw Her Standing There
  30. Boys

The Complete BBC Sessions (Disc 3)

June 1963-July 1963 (Disc 3)

  1. I Got To Find My Baby
  2. Memphis, Tennessee
  3. Money
  4. Till There Was You
  5. From Me To You
  6. Roll Over Beethoven
  7. A Taste Of Honey
  8. Twist And Shout
  9. That's Alright (Mama)
  10. There's A Place
  11. Carol
  12. Soldier Of Love
  13. Lend Me Your Comb
  14. Clarabella
  15. I Saw Her Standing There
  16. A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues
  17. There's A Place
  18. Twist And Shout
  19. Sweet Little Sixteen
  20. Nothin' Shakin'
  21. Love Me Do
  22. Lonesome Tears In My Eyes
  23. So How Come No One Loves Me
  24. Memphis
  25. Do You Want To Know A Secret?
  26. Till There Was You
  27. Matchbox
  28. Please Mr. Postman
  29. The Hippy Hippy Shake

The Complete BBC Sessions (Disc 4)

August 1963 (Disc 4)

  1. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry Over You
  2. Crying, Waiting, Hoping
  3. Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey
  4. To Know Her Is To Love Her
  5. The Honeymoon Song
  6. Twist And Shout
  7. Long Tall Sally
  8. Please Please Me
  9. She Loves You
  10. You Really Got A Hold On Me
  11. I'll Get You
  12. I Got A Woman
  13. She Loves You
  14. Words Of Love
  15. Glad All Over
  16. I Just Don't Understand
  17. Devil In Her Heart
  18. Slow Down
  19. Long Tall Sally
  20. She Loves You
  21. Glad All Over
  22. I'll Get You
  23. Ooh! My Soul
  24. Don't Ever Change
  25. Twist And Shout
  26. Anna (Go To Him)
  27. A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues

The Complete BBC Sessions (Disc 5)

September 1963-October 1963 (Disc 5)

  1. From Me To You
  2. Money
  3. There's A Place
  4. Honey Don't
  5. Roll Over Beethoven
  6. Too Much Monkey Business
  7. Love Me Do
  8. She Loves You
  9. I'll Get You
  10. A Taste Of Honey
  11. The Hippy Hippy Shake
  12. Chains
  13. You Really Got A Hold On Me
  14. Misery
  15. Lucille
  16. From Me To You
  17. Boys
  18. She Loves You
  19. Ask Me Why
  20. Devil In My Heart
  21. I Saw Her Standing There
  22. Sure To Fall
  23. Twist And Shout
  24. I Saw Her Standing There
  25. Memphis
  26. Happy Birthday Saturday Club
  27. I'll Get You
  28. She Loves You
  29. Lucille

The Complete BBC Sessions (Disc 6)

October 1963-February 1964 (Disc 6)

  1. I Saw Her Standing There
  2. Love Me Do
  3. Please Please Me
  4. From Me To You
  5. She Loves You
  6. She Loves You
  7. All I Want For Christmas
  8. This Boy
  9. I Want To Hold Your Hand
  10. Till There Was You
  11. Roll Over Beethoven
  12. She Loves You
  13. Crimble Medley
  14. From Us To You
  15. She Loves You
  16. All My Loving
  17. Roll Over Beethoven
  18. Till There Was You
  19. Boys
  20. Money
  21. I Saw Her Standing There
  22. Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport
  23. I Want To Hold Your Hand
  24. From Us To You
  25. All My Loving
  26. Money
  27. The Hippy Hippy Shake
  28. I Want To Hold Your Hand
  29. Roll Over Beethoven
  30. Johnny B. Goode

The Complete BBC Sessions (Disc 7)

March 1964-May 1964 (Disc 7)

  1. From Us To You
  2. You Can't Do That
  3. Roll Over Beethoven
  4. Till There Was You
  5. I Wanna Be Your Man
  6. Please Mr. Postman
  7. All My Loving
  8. This Boy
  9. Can't Buy Me Love
  10. From Us To You
  11. Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby
  12. I Call Your Name
  13. I Got A Woman
  14. You Can't Do That
  15. Can't Buy Me Love
  16. Sure To Fall
  17. Long Tall Sally
  18. From Us To You
  19. Whit Monday To You
  20. I Saw Her Standing There
  21. Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey
  22. I Forgot To Remember To Forget
  23. You Can't Do That
  24. Sure To Fall
  25. Can't Buy Me Love
  26. Matchbox
  27. Honey Don't

The Complete BBC Sessions (Disc 8)

July 1964 (Disc 8)

  1. Top Gear Spot
  2. Long Tall Sally
  3. Things We Said Today
  4. A Hard Day's Night
  5. And I Love Her
  6. I Should Have Known Better
  7. If I Fell
  8. You Can't Do That
  9. From Us To You
  10. Long Tall Sally
  11. If I Fell
  12. I'm Happy Just To Dance With You
  13. Things We Said Today
  14. I Should Have Known Better
  15. Boys
  16. Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey
  17. A Hard Day's Night
  18. From Us To You
  19. From Us To You
  20. From Us To You
  21. I'm Happy Just To Dance With You
  22. I Should Have Known Better
  23. I Should Have Known Better

The Complete BBC Sessions (Disc 9)

November 1964-June 1965 (Disc 9)

  1. I'm A Loser
  2. Chat
  3. Honey Don't
  4. She's A Woman
  5. Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby
  6. I'll Follow The Sun
  7. Chat
  8. I Feel Fine
  9. Rock And Roll Music
  10. Chat
  11. I'm A Loser
  12. Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby
  13. I Feel Fine
  14. Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey
  15. She's A Woman
  16. I Feel Fine
  17. She's A Woman
  18. Ticket To Ride
  19. Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby
  20. I'm A Loser
  21. Chat
  22. The Night Before
  23. Honey Don't
  24. Dizzy Miss Lizzy
  25. She's A Woman
  26. Ticket To Ride

The Complete BBC Sessions (Disc 10)

Here We Go (Disc 10)

A supplemental tenth disc was later issued by Great Dane containing a 13:44 long recording of an FM broadcast of the March 12, 1963 show "Here We Go". The recording session took place at the Playhouse Theatre in Manchester on March 6, 1963. And contains only 3 songs by The Beatles. A fourth song, I Saw Here Standing There, was never broadcast. This disc is not included in the original box set.

  1. Jam - The Northern Dance Orchestra
  2. Misery
  3. Do You Want To Know A Secret
  4. Please Please Me
  5. Warmed Over Kisses (Left Over Love) - Ben Richmond
  6. Waltz In Jazz Time - The Northern Dance Orchestra
  7. Untitled Instrumental - The Trad Lads

Release history

  • Great Dane Records, 9326/1 through 9326/9 (complete 9-disc box set), released 1993
  • Great Dane Records, GDR 9326/10 (disc 10 alone), released 1993

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