The Beatles Vs Elvis

(Gibson) The U.K's album charts could be interesting this week as both Elvis Presley and The Beatles have "new" albums out. In the age of individual-track downloads, "heritage" artists have been recently been doing very well in the U.K. album charts.

A new Elvis best-of album, The Nation's Favourite Elvis Songs, is just out, and there was a big sales-driving documentary on the U.K's ITV this weekend.

The second Beatles BBC collection, On Air: Live at the BBC Volume 2, is out today. The Beatles' first collection of BBC recordings was released in 1994, hitting #1 in the U.K. charts and selling more than five million copies worldwide within six weeks.

The Beatles release is more significant. The double album contains 63 tracks in total none of which appear on the original collection. Some 37 previously unreleased performances feature, as well as 23 previously unreleased recordings of in-studio chat between the band and BBC radio hosts.

Commenting on the release, Paul McCartney said in a statement: "There's a lot of energy and spirit. We are going for it, not holding back at all, trying to put in the best performance of our lifetimes." Between March 1962 and June 1965, 275 Beatles performances were broadcast by the BBC in the UK. The group played live on 39 radio shows in 1963 alone. One day in 1963, the band recorded 18 tracks for three editions of their Pop Go The Beatles show. more on this story

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