June 11, 2008 12:13

Unheard Beach Boys, David Bowie, Coldplay songs to be released

Pink Floyd, Kylie Minogue and Lily Allen rarities to be made available too

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Thousands of hours of previously-unreleased music from the likes of Coldplay, The Beach Boys and David Bowie is to be made avaiolable to the public.

BBC Worldwide and EMI Music have struck a deal to release the music, stored in an extensive archive of TV and radio recordings, which has been locked away for years at the BBC.

Unheard recordings will be released from EMI-related artists including the aforementioned artists plus Kylie Minogue, Sir Paul McCartney, Lily Allen and Pink Floyd.

The recordings include live radio sessions from Pink Floyd - including songs from their 1967 debut album 'Piper At The Gates Of Dawn', when Syd Barrett, was still in the band and a stripped-down version of Coldplay's 2000 hit 'Shiver'.

The deal will mean EMI can include these BBC recordings from their artists on DVDs, CDs and digital downloads, and will build on recordings from artists already released by the BBC, including Queen and Roxy Music.

There is no word as yet as about when or how the first batch of material will be made available.

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