On Air - Live at the BBC Volume 2 by the Beatles is the New Music Pick of the Week

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I cannot remember when I first heard the Beatles nor fell in love with them.  They were just always there.  My mother was a big fan and so no doubt their music filled the are before I was even born, while I was a baby, and everyday since.  As a teenager I flirted with not liking them - thinking they were too old and unhip for someone as cool as me.  I'd often go back and forth between which period I liked the best.  I'd scoff at their later drug infused, psychedelic faze as being too dated and and would ironically love their very square looking more traditional sound.  Then I'd switch and dig their hippy phase.  Eventually I stopped trying to be cool about it and just listened to their music.  And love it.

In 1994 The Beatle's Live at the BBC was released.  It culled more than 70 tracks that the band played on various BBC shows.  It really is quite a collection and gave fans a better glimpse into the bands earlier days beyond just the studio tracks.  On Air - Live at the BBC Volume 2 culls another 37 previously unreleased performances from those days plus 23 recordings of in-studio banter.

You can buy Volume 2 by itself, or if you are like me and never actually laid money down for Volume 1 you can get the two collections in a boxed set.  Volume 1 has also been remastered and you can of course buy it separately as well.

Whichever way you buy it these two BBC sets are indispensable sets for any Beatles (and music) fans.  Which is why its my Pick of the Week.

Also out this week that looks interesting:

ARTPOP - Lady Gaga:  I'm not at all a fan of Lady Gaga's music, but I'm really glad she exists.  The pop world needs someone provocative to make it interesting and fun.  Gaga seems to be doing just exactly that in spades.

Inside Llewyn Davis Original Soundtrack Recording - Various Artists:  The Coen Brothers movie soundtracks are always interesting and the last time they had in-movie characters singing their own songs was O Brother, Where Art Thou? which sold a gazillion records, started a new folk movement and was super awesome.  Davis is about a Bob Dylan like character wandering through the New York folk scene in the 1960s.  It looks awesome and the soundtrack features guys like Marcus Mumford, Justin Timberlake (in full folkie mode) and Chris Thile.  

Tommy (Super Deluxe Edition) - The Who:  The rock opera about the deaf, dumb and blind boy who sure liked to play pinball gets a four disk special edition.  The first disk is the original album remastered in HD, the second contains a bunch of demos and outtakes.  The third disk contains the 5.1 album mix and the fourth disk features live cuts culled from various shows in 1969.

Under the Covers, Vol. 3 - Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs: The '90s alternative rockers have been having lots of fun covering some of their favorite tracks from the '60s and '70s.  In volume 3 they tackle the '80s with cover versions of songs by Tom Petty, the Pretenders, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Smiths and more.

Echoes of the Outlaw Roadshow - The Couning Crows:  a live album recorded at various shows in 2012.  The Crows are known for their great live performances mixing in lots of interesting covers and different versions of their classic songs.  This one looks killer.

Live in Montreal 1977 - Emerson Lake & Palmer:  I'm not a fan of these guys but I always support live albums.

Credence Clearwater Revival - Credence Clearwater Revival:  A big boxed set from CCR that contains all of their Fantasy Records albums, plus outtakes, rarities, and live material.  Also includes some very early cuts from the days when they were called Tommy Fogerty & the Blue Velvets and then the Golliwogs.

Niagra Falls - Phish:  As a long time Deadhead I always think I should dig Phish more than I do.  They are undoubtedly talented but something about them has never spoken to me in any meaningful way.  This live, 3 disk set comes from their 1995 Fall tour.

The Original Mono Recordings - Miles Davis:  The jazz innovator's first 9 12-inch albums for Columbia are collected here for the first time on CD in their original mono mixes.  Also included are two rare albums which features 10 songs recorded for a French film in 1958 plus a live disk from 1964 featuring Miles and Thelonious Monk.

1970-1987 - Ry Cooder:  You can tell we're getting closer to Christmas as their are more and more boxed sets coming out.  This one contains 11 of Cooder's albums from 1970-1987.

The Complete Columbia Album Collection 1972-1988: The title of this pretty much tells you what it is.  That's 31 albums including 8 that have never been released outside of Japan.

1982-1989 - John Mellencamp: This set includes 5 of his albums including Uh Huh, American Fool, Scarecrow, Lonesome Jubilee and Big Daddy.  All of them contain bonus tracks.