Saturday, March 8, 2014

Top Gear BBC Light Programme

On July 14, 1964 The Beatles assembled to Studio S2, Broadcasting House, London in order to record a radio show for the BBC. This show being entitled "Top Gear".The show would be broadcast to the UK two days later on July 16, 1964.
The main focus for this show as the New LP (at the time) "A Hard Day's Night" as well as the new EP "Long Tall Sally". Both were promoted for this broadcast. It's interesting to note that one of the songs is the commercial version and one of the songs has the commercial instrumental break edited in.
The show starts with version of the Little Richard cover: "Long Tall Sally" sung by Paul. The next number performed was the B-side of the latest single (in the UK); the original Lennon/McCartney "Things We Said Today" once again with Paul on vocals. The next song performed is the title track of the movie/ the LP/ and the A-side of the latest single "A Hard Day's Night" with both John and Paul sharing vocals on this one. The middle instrumental is the commercial version edited in. The ballad from the film is also undertaken for this broadcast; the original Lennon/McCartney acoustic "And I Love Her" sung and written mainly by Paul.
The show continues with the commercially released version of "I Should Have Known Better". Next up is another ballad from the film, this time it is "If I Fell" sung by both John and Paul in harmony and written mainly by John. The show ends with the B-side of the previous single as well as being on the soundtrack LP "You Can't Do That" sung and mainly written by John.
The show can be heard on the following discs: A copy of "The Beatles At The Beeb" radio show has "Long Tall Sally", "Things We Said Today", "A Hard Day's Night" and "And I Love Her". The entire show can be found on the bootleg vinyl LP "The Beatles At The Beeb, Volume Eleven". The Great Dane box set "The Complete BBC Sessions" contains the show as well on CD (number 08).
"Things We Said Today" and "A Hard Day's Night" were commercially released on the 2-LP/2-CD Apple "Live At the BBC". "Long Tall Sally", "And I Love Her", "If I Fell" and "You Can't Do That" were also released commercially on the 3-LP/2-CD Apple "On Air - Live At the BBC Volume 2".

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