-- Reports are circulating around the Internet that a huge collection of rare Beatles tracks will be released as a digital download exclusively via the U.K.'s iTunes service in the next few days. According to NME.com, the compilation is expected to be titled The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963, and will be culled partly from the same BBC radio shows that were the source of the recently released On Air: Live at the BBC Volume 2 album.
A Beatles rep told NME that the new collection will contain 44 recordings from the band's radio appearances, as well as 15 studio outtakes. Among the alternate versions of classic early Fab Four tunes said to be included on the comp are "I Saw Her Standing There," "From Me to You," "Please Please Me," "She Loves You," "All My Loving" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand."
The Daily Mail reports that the reason The Beatles are releasing these recordings has to do with European Union copyright laws. Recently passed legislation extended artists copyrights on recordings that they've released from 50 to 70 years. However, the copyrights on recordings that have not been released remain at 50 years, meaning the band could lose their rights to the tracks that would appear on the aforementioned compilation.
It's not known if The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963 will get a U.S. release. A rep for the band's U.S. label, Universal Music Group, told ABC News Radio that UMG and the Beatles' Apple Corps Ltd. company had no comment about the rumored album.
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