On Air: Live at the BBC, Vol. 2

  • Record Label: Capitol
  • Release Date: Nov 11, 2013
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
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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. Classic Rock Magazine
    Dec 6, 2013
    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]
  4. Mojo
    Nov 25, 2013
    80
    While not as revelatory as 1995's Live At The BBC, On Air is a very enjoyable collection. [Dec 2013, p.98]
  5. Q Magazine
    Nov 25, 2013
    80
    It's all good, clean, Beatles fun, on a record that celebrates a heart-warmingly more romantic and innocent age. [Dec 2013, p.118]
  6. Uncut
    Nov 20, 2013
    80
    Volume 2 contains more talk than its predecessor, and by linking the 39 songs on these two discs with snippets of dialogue, the compilers attempt to replicate the mood and flow of those shows, showing us how the group broke through the barriers of formality hitherto erected between performers and audience. [Dec 2013, p.77]
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Nov 14, 2013
    80
    The Beatles are enjoying the speed and lunacy of stardom here.
  10. Nov 14, 2013
    72
    In the absence of a rare-cuts windfall, Vol. 2’s most novel attraction is a series of one-on-one interviews conducted with each individual band member over the course of 1965-66, a good year removed from their most breakneck period.
  11. 70
    Even though On Air-Live At The BBC Volume 2 might not be the most revelatory release, it’s still a couple of hours’ worth of The Beatles in their prime, and that makes it essential listening.
  12. Dec 16, 2013
    60
    It’s certainly fun, and a charming period piece. However, the most revelatory moments are the solo Pop Profile interviews, two at the end of each CD.
  13. 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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