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New tracks by The Beatles discovered in BBC vaults

The Beatles at a press conference in Toronto August 17, 1965

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More than three decades after disbanding, The Beatles are still releasing new music.

The BBC reports that previously-unreleased recordings and studio chatter by the seminal sixties pop group will be made available for the first time.

Slated for release in mid-November, the new recordings will include several of the Beatles' earliest hits and cover songs like Lucille and The Hippy Hippy Shake, all recorded at BBC studios between 1963 and 1964.

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Titled On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2, the collection will also feature audio of the group talking to hosts on BBC Radio 2 The new release is a sequel to the original Live At The BBC compilation, which sold more than five-million copies worldwide when released in 1994.

The Beatles performed a huge volume of songs at the BBC in their early years. In 1963 alone, they appeared on 39 radio shows and on one single day recorded 18 songs for three editions of their Pop Go The Beatles radio series.

All told, The Beatles performed 88 different songs for the BBC, most of which were done in a single take.

Years later, original member George Harrison recalled the chaotic BBC sessions to an interviewer.

"Everything was done instantly," he said. "We used to drive 200 miles in an old van down the M1, come into London and then set up and do the program. Then we'd probably drive back to Newcastle for a gig in the evening."

The new release will feature alternate versions of several songs from the first Live At The BBC compilation, along with band interviews recorded in 1965 and 1966.

Formed in Liverpool, England, in 1960, The Beatles are credited with changing the face of modern music with their infectious pop tunes and shaggy haircuts. The group officially broke up in 1970.

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Founding member Paul McCartney and drummer Ringo Starr are the only two remaining living Beatles. John Lennon was shot dead in New York in 1980 and George Harrison died of cancer in 2001.

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