After a couple weeks of rumors and speculation, the Beatles have quietly slipped out "1963 Bootleg Recordings" via iTunes.
The 59-song set includes 15 studio outtakes from the "Please Please Me" and "With the Beatles" albums and 44 unreleased BBC performances.
The studio recordings include demos for the John Lennon-written "Bad To Me" and "I'm In Live," which were hits for Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas and the Fourmost, respectively, along with alternate takes of "There’s a Place," "Do You Want to Know a Secret," "I Saw Her Standing There," "From Me to You," "One After 909" and more.
The BBC tracks meanwhile, will be from shows such as "Saturday Club," "Easy Beat" and "Pop Go the Beatles."
The Beatles have, of course, released two previous BBC collections -- including this year's "On Air: Live at the BBC, Volume 2," but co-producer Kevin Howlett tells us that he feels that well may be running dry:
"The Beatles completests out there may want to own every version of 'Twist & Shout,' and I can understand that because every version of 'Twist & Shout' is really good...So, yeah, there is a lot of material but you have to have an audio quality threshold...I think these two albums are wonderful from the point of view of presenting the real highlights of the Beatles' BBC sessions."
The Beatles will be releasing "The U.S. Albums" on January 21, a 13-disc box set containing the American albums that were different than their British counterparts.
The group will also receive a Lifetime Achievement Award during the 56th Annual Grammy Awards on January 26 in Los Angeles.