It’s hard to believe that there’s any new Beatles material left to be heard, but fans are preparing for yet another collection of live recordings from the Fab Four. The Guardian reports that MCA Music-a label based in the Philippines and subsidiary of Beatles rights holders Universal Music Group-is advertising a new collection of unreleased recordings from the band’s BBC sessions in the mid-1960s. Beatles fans discovered the plugs on MCA’s Facebook page, and rumors of the new collection have since picked up steam.
The Beatles’ BBC recordings are surprisingly rare, given that they were broadcast across the UK at the time and were probably among the most listened-to broadcasts of their time. Unfortunately for fans, the BBC did not start archiving their live performances until the late 1970s, so radio performances by the Beatles and other bands of the time are usually available only as bootlegs. The lone official release of Beatles BBC recordings, the 56-song Live At The BBC, debuted at #1 on the UK albums chart and #3 on the US albums chart.
Should the rumors from MCA be true, On Air – Live At The BBC Vol. 2 is set to be released in November of this year.