A new interview published Nov. 12 with Kevin Howlett and Mike Heatley on Billboard.com about the new Beatles release “On Air: Live at the BBC, Volume 2” included the intriguing news that a new Beatles archival project is in the works.
“There is something, but I don’t think we’re allowed to talk about it yet,” Howlett tells writer Gary Graff. “If you’re involved in these Beatles projects, you have to be very discreet. It’s all top secret.”
Heatley and Howlett were two of the three executive producers of “On Air,” along with Apple Corps CEO Jeff Jones. Howlett also wrote the notes for the 48-page book that comes with the new release.
In a recent interview with Beatles Examiner, Howlett said another release of BBC material isn’t planned. “ “I think this is it for now,” he said. But he also didn’t close the door completely on one in the future.
“Anything is possible,” he said. “They were very good at keeping the paperwork but not at keeping the tapes. We’ve clawed it back from all sorts of sources. You could never offer a complete set. There are still sessions missing or parts of sessions missing. But in selecting the material for the new album, for example ‘Twist and Shout,’ there are several versions of ‘Twist and Shout’ that were all great. And so it was a question of the version Mike and I thought was the best and we stuck on this one. Maybe Beatles fans would like to hear the other one and have those commercially released. But for the more casual fan, I think the two highlights albums is enough for them.”
Might this be linked to the U.S. Beatles CDs showing up on Amazon.co.uk? We still think they’re grey market, but for now, it’s something to wonder about.
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