The Beatles weren’t the only band to record a slew of sessions for the BBC. Between 1963-65 the Rolling Stones cut their teeth on a series of ‘youth’ orientated programmes commissioned by the Beeb. This fascinating document of a soon-to-be world beating band captures the band bashing out raucous live tracks on culturally important shows such as Saturday Club and Top Gear.
Beginning with the rebel-rousing call to arms of Come On, these tracks were built for speed and show a band in development, but always very capable in the live arena. Many of these tracks are well-judged cover versions that reflect the early-sixties UK infatuation with R’nB. I Wanna Be Your Man, Route 66, Walking The Dog and Roll Over Beethoven are all here, as are future smash hit singles The Last Time and (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.
On Air is a fantastic 2LP timepiece of the dawn of the pop band. Released on 180 g vinyl with downloads, this 32 tracks compilation is a worthy addition to any Stones fan interested in taking it back to the source. Record of the week!
Available to buy from Friday 1 December 2017.