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Rare recordings of the ROLLING STONES performing on BBC radio shows in the 1960s are to feature on a new album, released in December (17).

The Rolling Stones - On Air will feature recordings from the group's formative years, including eight tracks the band have never recorded or released commercially, which were originally broadcast on U.K. shows such as Saturday Club and The Joe Loss Pop Show between 1963 and 1965.

"These flashbacks offer an insight into the band as a vital and constantly surprising live unit," a press release reads. "Such was the frequency with which they visited BBC studios in the 60s, the group constantly set out to offer listeners something different."

The tracks include the band's take on Chuck Berry staples Roll Over Beethoven, Memphis, Tennessee and Beautiful Delilah, blues classic Fannie Mae, Tommy Tucker's Hi Heel Sneakers, and Bo Diddley's Cops And Robbers.

The collection opens with the group's debut single Come On, which was the first number laid down for the Saturday Club, which was hosted by legendary British broadcaster Brian Matthew.

Tracks also include live radio recordings of the Stones' (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, The Last Time and The Spider and The Fly.

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"To help recapture the spirit of the songs when they were first performed, the tapes have gone through a process called audio source separation, which involved de-mixing the transcripts and allowing engineers at Abbey Road access to the original instrumentation and voices within each track, so that they could be rebuilt, rebalanced and remixed to achieve a fuller, more substantial sound," the press release continues.

"The end result is the Stones at their most passionate and intense, transporting listeners back to the band's lean and hungry years when their standing as household names was already assured, and global domination was just 12 bars away." (KL/WN&RXM/LOT)

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