Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Anthology 1 by the Beatles: The Album

The Beatles Anthology 1 was released by Apple in November of 1995 to coincide with the documentary series on ABC, The Beatles Anthology. It was produced by George Martin, with Jeff Lynne producing "Free As a Bird," a new Beatles track based on an old Lennon tape given to the surviving Beatles by Yoko Ono.

The two-CD set contains outtakes, live performances, and rare versions of the songs never heard (or only available on bootleg albums and CDs). The material for this first-of-three CD set features material recorded from 1958 to 1964. Some of the initial tracks date as far back as the Quarrymen days and/or come from reel-to-reel recordings the Beatles made as teenagers. In general, the set contains early home recordings, the Decca audition, and Beatles material through Beatles for Sale.

The CD cover is a collage of dozens of Beatles photographs, some torn. The cover was done by Kalus Voormann in the same style he used for the cover of Revolver.

The track list is as follows. Ones followed by ellipsis are brief snippets of dialogue.

Disc One:

Free as a Bird
We were four guys, that's all ...
That'll Be the Day
In Spite of All the Danger
Sometimes I'd borrow ...
Hallelujah, I Love Her So
You'll Be Mine
First of all ...
My Bonnie
Ain't She Sweet
Cry for a Shadow
Brian was a beautiful guy ...
I secured them ...
Three Cool Cats
The Sheik of Araby
Like Dreamers Do
Hello Little Girl
Well, the recording test ...
Besame Mucho
Love Me Do
How Do You Do It
Please Please Me
One After 909 (false start)
One After 909
Lend me Your Comb
I'll Get You
We were performers ...
I Saw Her Standing There
From Me to You
You Really Got a Hold on Me
Roll Over Beethoven

Disc Two

She Loves You
Till There Was You
Twist and Shout
This Boy
I Want to Hold Your Hand
Boys, what I was thinking ...
Moonlight Bay
Can't Buy Me Love (takes 1 & 2)
All My Loving
You Can't Do That (take 6)
And I Love Her (take 2)
A Hard Day's Night (take 1)
I Wanna Be Your Man
Long Tall Sally
I'll Be Back (take 2)
I'll Be Back (take 3)
You Know What to Do
No Reply
Mr. Moonlight (takes 1 & 4)
Leave My Kitten Alone (take 5)
No Reply (take 2)
Eight Days a Week (partial)
Eight Days a Week (take 5)
Kansas City/Hey! Hey! Hey! (take 2)

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