THE BEATLES, COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS
GREAT DANE RECORDS (GDR-9326/9), 9 CD BX 1994
Source: BBC Radio 1963-65
Sound Quality: Fair to excellent mono/stereo
Rating: A

The most complete collection of BBC material, a must for the complete collector. Contains many of the interviews and the banter that went on during the BBC shows that you only get a taste of from 'Live at the BBC.' The quality of the early material is often poor, probably recorded right from an AM radio. However, the historical interest of these early recordings is enough to forgive the quality. Highly recommended.

DISC ONE
TEENAGERíS TURN (HERE WE GO)
March 8, 1962
1.Dream Baby (Walker)
2.Memphis, Tennessee (Berry)
3.Please Mr. Postman (Holland-Bateman-Gordy)

HERE WE GO
June 15, 1962
4.Ask Me Why  (Lennon-McCartney)
5.Besame Mucho (Velasquez)
6.A Picture of You (Beveridge-Oakman)

SATURDAY CLUB
January 26, 1963
7.Some Other Guy (Lieber-Stoller-Barrett)
8.Keep Your Hands Off My Baby (Goffin-King)
9.Beautiful Dreamer (Foster)

[ Insert : March 12, 1963 - see last page (disc 10) ]

SATURDAY CLUB
March 16, 1963
10.I Saw Her Standing There
(Lennon-McCartney)
11.Misery (Lennon-McCartney)
12.Too Much Monkey Business (Berry)
13.I'm Talking About You (Berry)
14.Please Please Me (Lennon-McCartney)
15.The Hippy Hippy Shake (Romero)

EASY BEAT
April 7, 1963
16.From Me To You  (Lennon-McCartney)

SWINGINí SOUND
April 18, 1963
17.Twist And Shout (Russell-Medley)
18.From Me To You  (Lennon-McCartney)

SIDE BY SIDE
May 13, 1963
19.Side By Side Theme (Arr. Wood)
20.Long Tall Sally (Johnson-Penniman-Blackwell)
21.A Taste Of Honey (Marlow-Scott)
22.Chains (Goffin-King)
23.Thank You Girl  (Lennon-McCartney)
24.Boys (Dixon-Farrell)

SATURDAY CLUB
May 25, 1963
25.I Saw Her Standing There (Lennon-McCartney)
26.Do You Want To Know A Secret
(Lennon-McCartney)
27.Boys (Dixon-Farrell)
28.Long Tall Sally (Johnson-Penniman-Blackwell)
29.From Me To You  (Lennon-McCartney)
30.Money (Gordy-Bradford)

STEPPINí OUT
June 3, 1963
31.Please Please Me (Lennon-McCartney)
32.I Saw Her Standing There (Lennon-McCartney)

THE BEATLES
COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS, DISC TWO

POP GO THE BEATLES (1)
June 4, 1963
1.Pop Go The Beatles (Trad., arr.Patrick)
2.Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby (Perkins)
3.Do You Want To Know A Secret (Lennon-McCartney)
4.You Really Got A Hold On Me (Robinson)
5.Misery (Lennon-McCartney)
6.The Hippy Hippy Shake (Romero)
7.Pop Go The Beatles (Trad., Arr.Patrick)

POP GO THE BEATLES (2)
June 11, 1963
8.Too Much Monkey Business (Berry)
9.I Got To Find My Baby (Berry)
10.Youngblood (Lieber-Stoller-Pomus)
11.Baby It's You (David-Bacharach-Williams)
12.Till There Was You (Wilson)
13.Love Me Do (Lennon-McCartney)

POP GO THE BEATLES (3)
June 18, 1963
14.A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues (Thompson)
15.Memphis, Tennessee (Berry)
16.A Taste Of Honey (Marlow-Scott)
17.Sure To Fall (Perkins-Claunch-Cantrell)
18.Money (Gordy-Bradford)
19.From Me To You (Lennon-McCartney)

EASY BEAT
June 23, 1963
20.Some Other Guy (Lieber-Stoller-Barrett)
21.A Taste Of Honey (Marlow-Scott)
22.Thank You Girl (Lennon-McCartney)
23.From Me To You (Lennon-McCartney)

SIDE BY SIDE
June 24, 1963
24.Too Much Monkey Business (Berry)
25.Boys (Dixon-Farrell)
26.I'll Be On My Way (Lennon-McCartney)
27.From Me To You  (Lennon-McCartney)

POP GO THE BEATLES (4)
June 25, 1963
28.Anna (Go To Him) (Alexander)
29.I Saw Her Standing There
(Lennon-McCartney)
30.Boys (Dixon-Farrell)
31.Chains (Goffin-King)

THE BEATLES
COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS, DISC THREE

POP GO THE BEATLES (4)
June 25, 1963 continued
1. P.S. I Love You
2. Twist and Shout

SATURDAY CLUB
June 29, 1963
3.I Got To Find My Baby (Berry)
4.Memphis, Tennessee (Berry)
5.Money (That's What I Want) (Gordy-Bradford)
6.Till There Was You (Wilson)
7.From Me To You (Lennon-McCartney)
8.Roll Over Beethoven (Berry)

THE BEAT SHOW
July 4, 1963
9.A Taste Of Honey (Marlow-Scott)
10.Twist And Shout (Medley-Russell)

POP GO THE BEATLES (5)
July 16, 1963
11.That's Alright Mama (Crudup)
12.There's A Place (Lennon-McCartney)
13.Carol (Berry)
14.Soldier Of Love (Lay Down Your Arms)
(Cason-Moon)
15.Lend Me Your Comb
(Twomey-Wise-Weisman)
16.Clarabella (Pingatore)

EASY BEAT
July 21, 1963
17.I Saw Her Standing There
(Lennon-McCartney)
18.A Shot Of Rythm And Blues (Thompson)
19.There's A Place (Lennon-McCartney)
20.Twist And Shout (Russell-Medley)

POP GO THE BEATLES (6)
July 23, 1963
21.Sweet Little Sixteen (Berry)
22.Nothin' Shakin' (But The Leaves On The Trees)
(Colacrai-Gluck-Fontaine-Lampert)
23.Love Me Do (Lennon-McCartney)
24.Lonesome Tears In My Eyes
(Burnette-Burnette-Bullison-Mortimer)
24.So How Come (No One Loves Me) (Bryant)

POP GO THE BEATLES (7)
July 30, 1963
26.Memphis, Tennessee (Berry)
27.Do You Want To Know A Secret
(Lennon-McCartney)
28.Till There Was You (Wilson)
29.Matchbox (Perkins)
30.Please Mr. Postman (Holland-Bateman-Gordy)

THE BEATLES
COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS, DISC FOUR

POP GO THE BEATLES (7)
July 30, 1963, continued
1.The Hippy Hippy Shake (Romero)

POP GO THE BEATLES (8)
August 8, 1963
2.I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You)
(Thomas-Biggs)
3.Crying, Waiting, Hoping (Holly)
4.Kansas City / Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey
(Leiber-Stoller / Penniman)
5.To Know Her Is To Love Her (Spector)
6.The Honeymoon Song (Theodorakis)
7.Twist And Shout (Russell-Medley)

POP GO THE BEATLES (9)
August 13, 1963
8.Long Tall Sally (Johnson-Penniman-Blackwell)
9.Please Please Me (Lennon-McCartney)
10.She Loves You (Lennon-McCartney)
11.You Really Got A Hold On Me (Robinson)
12.I'll Get You (Lennon-McCartney)
13.I Got A Woman (Charles-Richards)

POP GO THE BEATLES (10)
August 18, 1963
14.She Loves You (Lennon-McCartney)
15.Words Of Love (Holly)
16.Glad All Over (Schroeder-Tepper-Bennet)
17.I Just Don't Understand (Wilkin-Westberry)

18.(There's) A Devil In Her Heart (Drapkin)
19.Slow Down (Williams)

SATURDAY CLUB
August 24, 1963
20.Long Tall Sally (Johnson-Penniman-Blackwell)
21.She Loves You (Lennon-McCartney)
22.Glad All Over (Schroeder-Tepper-Bennet)
23.I'll Get You (Lennon-McCartney)

POP GO THE BEATLES (11)
August 27, 1963
24.Ohh! My Soul (Penniman)
25.Don't Ever Change (Goffin-King)
26.Twist And Shout (Russell-Medley)
27.Anna (Go To Him) (Alexander)
28.A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues (Thompson)

THE BEATLES
COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS, DISC FIVE

POP GO THE BEATLES (12)
September 3, 1963
1.From Me To You (Lennon-McCartney)
2.Money (Gordy-Bradford)
3.There's A Place (Lennon-McCartney)
4.Honey Don't (Perkins)
5.Roll Over Beethoven (Berry)

POP GO THE BEATLES (13)
September 10, 1963
6.Too Much Monkey Business (Berry)
7.Love Me Do  (Lennon-McCartney)
8.She Loves You (Lennon-McCartney)
9.I'll Get You (Lennon-McCartney)
10.A Taste Of Honey (Marlow-Scott)
11.The Hippy Hippy Shake (Romero)

POP GO THE BEATLES (14)
September 17, 1963
12.Chains (Goffin-King)
13.You Really Got A Hold On Me (Robinson)
14.Misery (Lennon-McCartney)
15.Lucille (Penniman-Collins)
16.From Me To You (Lennon-McCartney)
17.Boys (Dixon-Farrell)

POP GO THE BEATLES (15)
September 24, 1963
18.She Loves You (Lennon-McCartney)
19.Ask Me Why (Lennon-McCartney)
20.Devil In Her Heart (Drapkin)
21.I Saw Her Standing There (Lennon-McCartney)
22.Sure To Fall (Perkins-Claunch-Cantrell)
23.Twist And Shout (Russell-Medley)

SATURDAY CLUB
October 5, 1963
24.I Saw Her Standing There (Lennon-McCartney)
25.Memphis, Tennessee (Berry)
26.Happy Birthday Saturday Club
(Trad., Arr. Lennon)
27.I'll Get You (Lennon-McCartney)
28.She Loves You (Lennon-McCartney)
29.Lucille (Penniman-Collins)

THE BEATLES
COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS, DISC SIX

EASY BEAT
October 20, 1963

1.I Saw Her Standing There
(Lennon-McCartney)
2.Love Me Do (Lennon-McCartney)
3.Please Please Me (Lennon-McCartney)
4.From Me To You (Lennon-McCartney)
5.She Loves You (Lennon-McCartney)

THE KEN DODD SHOW
Novermber 3, 1963
6.She Loves You (Lennon-McCartney)

SATURDAY CLUB
December 21, 1963
7.All I Want For Christmas (Trad.)
8.This Boy (Lennon-McCartney)
9.I Want To Hold Your Hand
(Lennon-McCartney)
10.Till There Was You (Wilson)
11.Roll Over Beethoven (Berry)
12.She Loves You (Lennon-McCartney)
13.Crimble Medley
(Eddy, Arr. Lennon-McCartney)

FROM US TO YOU
December 26, 1963
14.From Us To You (Lennon-McCartney)
15.She Loves You (Lennon-McCartney)
16.All My Loving (Lennon-McCartney)
17.Roll Over Beethoven (Berry)
18.Till There Was You (Wilson)
19.Boys (Dixon-Farrell)
20.Money (Gordy-Bradford)
21.I Saw Her Standing There (Lennon-McCartney)
22.Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport (Harris)
23.I Want To Hold Your Hand (Lennon-McCartney)
24.From Us To You (Lennon-McCartney)

SATURDAY CLUB
February 15, 1964
25.All My Loving (Lennon-McCartney)
26.Money (Gordy-Bradford)
27.The Hippy Hippy Shake (Romero)
28.I Want To Hold Your Hand (Lennon-McCartney)
29.Roll Over Beethoven (Berry)
30.Johnny B. Goode (Berry)
31.I Wanna Be Your Man (Lennon-McCartney)

THE BEATLES
COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS, DISC SEVEN

FROM US TO YOU (2)
March 30, 1964
1. From Us To You (Lennon-McCartney)
2. You Canít Do That (Lennon-McCartney)
3. Roll Over Beethoven (Berry)
4. Till There Was You (Wilson)
5. I Wanna Be Your Man (Lennon-McCartney)
6. Please Mr. Postman (Holland-Bateman-Gordy)
7. All My Loving (Lennon-McCartney)
8. This Boy (Lennon-McCartney)
9. Canít Buy Me Love (Lennon-McCartney)
10. From Us To You (Lennon-McCartney)

SATURDAY CLUB
April 4, 1964
11. Everybodyís Trying To Be My Baby (Perkins)
12. I Call Your Name (Lennon-McCartney)
13. I Got A Woman (Charles- Richards)
14. You Canít Do That (Lennon-McCartney)
15. Canít Buy Me Love (Lennon-McCartney)
16. Sure To Fall (In Love With You)
(Perkins-Claunch-Cantrell)
17. Long Tall Sally (Johnson-Penniman-Blackwell)

FROM US TO YOU (3)
May 18, 1964
18. From Us To You (Lennon-McCartney)
19. Whit Monday
20. I Saw Her Standing There
(Lennon-McCartney)
21. Kansas City / Hey-Hey-Hey
(Lieber-Stoller/Penniman)
22. I Forgot to Remember to Forget
(Kesler-Feathers)
23. You Canít Do That (Lennon-McCartney)
24. Sure To Fall (In Love With You)
(Perkins-Claunch-Cantrell)
25. Canít Buy Me Love (Lennon-McCartney)
26. Matchbox (Perkins)
27. Honey Donít (Perkins)

THE BEATLES
COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS, DISC EIGHT

TOP GEAR
July 16, 1964
1. Top Gear Spot
2. Long Tall Sally (Johnson-Penniman-Blackwell)
3. Things We Said Today (Lennon-McCartney)
4. A Hard Dayís Night (Lennon-McCartney)
5. And I Love Her (Lennon-McCartney)
6. I Should Have Known Better (Lennon-McCartney)
7. If I Fell (Lennon-McCartney)
8. You Canít Do That (Lennon-McCartney)

FROM US TO YOU (4)
August 3, 1964
9. From Us To You (Lennon-McCartney)
10. Long Tall Sally  (Johnson-Penniman-Blackwell)
11. If I Fell (Lennon-McCartney)
12. Iím Happy Just To Dance With You (Lennon-McCartney)
13. Things We Said Today (Lennon-McCartney)
14. I Should Have Known Better (Lennon-McCartney)
15. Boys (Dixon-Farrell)
16. Kansas City / Hey-Hey-Hey (Leiber-Stoller/Penniman)
17. A Hard Dayís Night (Lennon-McCartney)
18. From Us To You (Lennon-McCartney)

FROM US TO YOU (4)
RECORDING SESSION
July 17, 1964
19. From Us To You (wrong words)
20. From Us To You
(complete take, without voice over)
21. Iím Happy Just To Dance With You
(basic track)
22. I Should Have Known Better
(false start)
23. I Should Have Known Better
(track without harmonica)

THE BEATLES
COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS, DISC NINE

TOP GEAR
November 17, 1964
1. I'm A Loser (Lennon/McCartney)
2. Chat
3. Honey Don't (Perkins)
4. She's A Woman (Lennon/McCartney)
5. Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby (Perkins)
6. I'll Follow The Sun (Lennon/McCartney)
7. Chat
8. I Feel Fine (Lennon/McCartney)

SATURDAY CLUB
November 25, 1964
9. Rock And Roll Music (Berry)
10. Chat
11. I'm A Loser (Lennon/McCartney)
12. Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby (3/4))
13. I Feel Fine (Lennon/McCartney)
14. Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey (Lieber-Stoller/Penniman)
15. She's A Woman (Lennon/McCartney)

SATURDAY CLUB RECORDING SESSION
November 25, 1964
16. I Feel Fine - (false start)
17. She's A Woman (complete and studio chat)

THE BEATLES INVITE YOU
TO TAKE A TICKET TO RIDE
May 26, 1965
18. Ticket To Ride (Lennon/McCartney)
19. Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby
(Perkins)
20. I'm A Loser (Lennon/McCartney)
21. Chat
22. The Night Before (Lennon/McCartney)
23. Honey Don't (Perkins)
24. Dizzy Miss Lizzy (Williams)
25. She's A Woman (Lennon/McCartney)
26. Ticket To Ride (Lennon/McCartney)


THE COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS (HERE WE GO - DISC 10)

(GREAT DANE GDR CD 9326/10 1994)

About Here We Go and the sessions contained on this CD. :
This episode of Here We Go was recorded at the Playhouse Theatre, Manchester on Wednesday, 6 March 1963, in front of an audience. It was broadcast by the BBC Light Programme FM, nationally, on Tuesday, March 12, 1963, 5.00pm to 5.29pm.
The tape featuring the three Beatles numbers contains a total of 13'46" of the show. disc10.lst

The tracks surviving are:

1) The Trad Lads: Instrumental Total Time 01:11

2) The Beatles: Misery (Lennon-McCartney)
3) The Beatles: Do You Want To Know A Secret (Lennon-McCartney)
4) The Beatles: Please Please Me (Lennon-McCartney)
Total Time 06:33

5) Ben Richmond: Warmed Over Kisses (Left-Over Love) Written by P.Udell and G. Geld. Publishing credit on the original USA single by Brian Hyland is Pogo Music Corp, ASCAP. On the Dave Edmunds UK single from 1982 publishing credit is given to the Welk Music Group Ltd/Heath Levy Music Co Ltd.

6) The Northern Dance Orchestra: Waltz in Jazz Time Composer is unknown, but this was originally recorded by Si Zentner on Liberty Records and probably is a Zentner composition.

7) The Trad Lads, unknown song Total Time 06:00

(It is also likely that the Northern Dance Orchestra played a number before the Trad Lads, at the opening of the show.)

Here We Go was normally broadcast on Fridays, but for some reason this show was broadcast on a Tuesday. This was the Beatles' fifth and final appearance on the show, but host Ray Peters incorrectly refers to it as their fourth. Brian Epstein later cancelled three appearances scheduled for June and July. The series was originally titled Teenagers Turn: Here We Go and was the show on which the Beatles made their radio debut in March 1962.

The Beatles also recorded I Saw Her Standing There for this particular show, but it was edited from the final broadcast. This was the first time that the public got to hear Do You Want To Know A Secret and Misery as the Beatles' debut LP wouldn't be released until 22 March - on the same day that Kenny Lynch released Misery. His was the first cover version, while Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas' version of Do You Want To Know A Secret would be released in April.

This show was recorded three days before the beginning of their U.K. tour, opening for Tommy Roe and Chris Montez. The single version of Please Please Me had just topped the New Musical Express chart, hence the reference in Ray Peters' introduction, although this wasn't the chart which the BBC normally used.

Here We Go's house band was the Northern Dance Orchestra, aka the NDO, one of several bands employed by the BBC to fulfil a long-held agreement with the Musicians Union. Bands like the NDO, the Midlands Dance Orchestra, etc., were Musicians Union members and had to be employed to fulfil the BBC commitment to "live" music. It was because of this agreement that bands like the Beatles were booked to play live. A certain amount of "live" music time had to be alloted to counter the then-growing amount of time given over to the playing of records, so-called "needle time" in radio parlance. Hence, some shows like Here We Go, Pop Go The Beatles, and others were entirely live with no records played, while Saturday Club and Top Gear were a mixture of records and pre-recorded live sessions. Radio Luxembourg and the pirate stations (which appeared in 1964) had no such agreement with the Musicians Union and just played records.

The Trad Lads may have been another Musicians Union member band, specially formed for the purposes of radio work on the BBC. However, a group called the Trad Grads recorded for Decca in 1963. Ben Richmond recorded two songs for Pye's Piccadilly label in 1963. Warmed Over Kisses was not one of them.

About the survival of this particular tape :
This show survives only because one of the evening's performers taped it directly off of FM radio onto a domestic tape recorder (which explains the superb sound quality). The 13'46" worth of Here We Go featuring the Beatles' three songs was buried in the middle of nearly three hours' worth of recordings of children playing, a few other minor off-air recordings, and the like. The original tape - believed to be in the possession of the original taper - is complete as reproduced here, but it is shedding oxide and was poorly spooled. Additionally, it was recorded as four mono tracks to get the maximum recording time, so it is impossible to play back on most conventional domestic open-reel decks.

The tape was salvaged by a recording expert in the UK, who transferred it onto analogue cassette while performing some minor tweaking. All that was done after this transfer was to feed the recording through No-Noise and Sonic Solutions to eliminate the prominent hiss, while a touch of boost was added to the drums. Unlike most Beatles' BBC sessions, this recording comes directly off an original open-reel copy, via a single generation of professionally recorded cassette without Dolby noise reduction. As such, you are hearing a fourth-generation-from-source recording (two analogic and two digital generations), which is closer to source than most commercial recordings. Any minor drop-outs are due to the age of the original open-reel tape; however, whenever possible these were edited.

This recording came to light just after the release of Great Dane's 9CD box set, in the Spring of 1994, and was donated to Great Dane to help complete the saga of the Beatles at the BBC.

Great Dane Records is proud to offer this exceptional tape to all Beatles fans and collectors, and also wishes to express sincere thanks to the owner of the original tape for having made this possible. Enjoy and ... stay tuned!!! † 1