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The Beatles: recorded BBC sessions to be released

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Image caption The new album will include 40 performances recorded at the BBC

Previously unreleased recordings and studio chatter by The Beatles are to be made available for the first time.

The new release will include early hits and cover songs recorded at the BBC in 1963 and 1964, such as Lucille and The Hippy Hippy Shake.

There is also audio of the group talking to radio presenters such as Radio 2's Brian Matthew.

On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2, out on 11 November, follows the successful Live at the BBC album issued in 1994.

The Beatles performed a huge catalogue of songs across 275 performances at the BBC between March 1962 and June 1965.

They appeared on 39 radio shows in 1963 and, on one single day, recorded 18 songs for three editions of their Pop Go The Beatles series in a session lasting less than seven hours.

In total they played 88 different songs, most done in one take with little time to correct mistakes.

George Harrison recalled: "Everything was done instantly.

"We used to drive 200 miles in an old van down the M1, come into London, try and find the BBC and then set up and do the programme. Then we'd probably drive back to Newcastle for a gig in the evening."

The new release will include different versions of some of the songs from the first Live at the BBC album and also features interviews recorded in November 1965 and May 1966 for the BBC Pop Profile series.

The original Live At The BBC compilation album topped the charts when it was released in 1994, selling more than five million copies around the world in six weeks.

A remastered version will also come out on 11 November to coincide with the release of volume 2.

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