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  • Record Label: Capitol
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Rock & Roll, AM Pop, Early Pop/Rock, British Invasion, Merseybeat
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  1. 100
    It's an enchanting snapshot of British rock'n'roll at its moment of greatest revelation, the point at which the Tin Pan Alley production line of ersatz Elvises was rendered utterly obsolete.
  2. Nov 14, 2013
    90
    With 37 previously unreleased performances, On Air Volume 2 is essential for any Beatles collector. For everyone else, it’s an informal insight into the world’s greatest group on the verge of an exhilarating ascent.
  3. Nov 14, 2013
    80
    When the dialogue is combined with those wonderful performances, On Air: Live at the BBC, Vol. 2 helps paint a portrait of the Beatles just reaching the peak of their powers.
  4. Nov 14, 2013
    80
    The Beatles are enjoying the speed and lunacy of stardom here.
  5. Nov 14, 2013
    80
    While there are mistakes and bum notes — and the group's enthusiasm about recording for the BBC had pretty clearly waned by the later sessions--the gorgeous harmonies from those legendary young larynxes sound as glorious as ever.
  6. 80
    If you don't have [the original Live At The BBC set], get it. If you do and want more, here it is. [Dec 2013, p.109]
  7. The music? It is of course exciting, youthful, dazzling in its energy and simplicity.... However, you may feel, given the track listing, that you have been this way before...

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