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The Beatles – Live At The BBC

22 09 2010

Listened: Friday September 3

If you love the early Beatles, Live At The BBC will fulfill all your harmonic needs. I appreciate that this album lets you into what the Beatles must have sounded like on the Reeperbahn – American rock and roll, loud and rough, but adeptly played (assuming they weren’t inebriated).

They cover all the important rock writers from the 50s and early 60s, but I wish they had done more Buddy Holly. Crying, Waiting, Hoping is a standout. On a related note, I wish George had simply done more singing on these songs too. The few he leads are great, impressive considering he was just a baby at the time.

Paul knocks it out of the park with The Honeymoon Song and John’s treatment of Phil Spector’s To Know Her is To Love Her is another favorite. Wonder if it would have blown their minds to know that they’d be working with Phil later on Let It Be?

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27 12 2010
The Beatles – Please Please Me « Emily's Albums A to Z

[…] with Live at the BBC, I can hear the Reeperbahn madness in the songs on Please Please Me – cheap, fast, rough and […]

3 01 2011
2010 in review « Emily's Albums A to Z

[…] The busiest day of the year was December 26th with 222 views. The most popular post that day was The Beatles – Live At The BBC. […]

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