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Anthology 1

The Beatles

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The first in a series of three double-CD sets of previously unreleased and rare Beatles material, released in conjunction with the mammoth Anthology video documentary. This covers the late '50s to the end of 1964, mixing studio outtakes, live performances, primitive recordings from the Quarrymen/Silver Beatles days, excerpts from the famous 1962 Decca audition, the most notable 1961 Tony Sheridan-era recordings, and brief spoken bits from interviews. Although this material is undeniably of vast historical importance, it can't be placed in the same company as the Beatles' proper albums, in either cohesion or quality. While the studio outtakes (many never even heard on bootleg) are the most enticing items, these are almost exclusively alternate versions of songs they placed on their official releases (the most notable exceptions being the 1964 R&B cover "Leave My Kitten Alone," the 1962 demo "How Do You Do It," and the unimpressive 1964 Harrison original "You Know What to Do"). Sometimes the differences are quite interesting (a much more electric-oriented version of "And I Love Her," for example), but the alternates also illustrate how the group were virtually unerring in selecting the best arrangement and take of their songs for the final versions. The pre-1962 items are sometimes taken from private rehearsal tapes of primitive fidelity and are really of archival value only. One could go on at great length about the many curiosities and finds unearthed by this compilation, but for most general consumers, two observations may suffice. It does not stand up to the Beatles' fully conceived albums (even Live at the BBC), but the Beatles' scraps and leavings are more interesting than over 95 percent of other performers' best work. By that standard, this must be judged a worthwhile collection, especially (but not solely) for dedicated Beatles fans.
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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1
Free As A Bird (Anthology 1 Version)
The Beatles
00:04:25

John Lennon, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Producer, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Geoff Emerick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Lynne, Producer - Ringo Starr, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1995 Yoko Ono Lennon, Paul McCartney, G.H. Estate Ltd. and Ringo Starr

2
We Were Four Guys... That's All (Anthology 1 Version)
John Lennon
00:00:12

John Lennon, MainArtist - Not Applicable, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1995 Jann Wenner

3
That'll Be The Day (Anthology 1 Version)
The Quarry Men
00:02:07

Buddy Holly, ComposerLyricist - Norman Petty, ComposerLyricist - Jerry Allison, ComposerLyricist - The Quarry Men, MainArtist

℗ 1995 Yoko Ono Lennon, Paul McCartney, G.H. Estate Ltd. and Apple Corps Ltd.

4
In Spite Of All The Danger (Anthology 1 Version)
The Quarry Men
00:02:44

Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, ComposerLyricist - The Quarry Men, MainArtist

℗ 1995 Yoko Ono Lennon, Paul McCartney, G.H. Estate Ltd. and Apple Corps Ltd.

5
Sometimes I'd Borrow...Those Still Exist (Anthology 1 Version)
Paul McCartney
00:00:18

Paul Mccartney, MainArtist - Not Applicable, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1995 MPL Communications Ltd.

6
Hallelujah I Love Her So (Anthology 1 Version)
The Beatles
00:01:13

Ray Charles, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1995 Paul McCartney

7
You'll Be Mine (Anthology 1 Version)
The Beatles
00:01:38

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1995 Paul McCartney

8
Cayenne (Anthology 1 Version)
The Beatles
00:01:13

Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1995 Paul McCartney

9
First Of All... It Didn't Do A Thing Here (Anthology 1 Version)
Paul McCartney
00:00:07

Paul Mccartney, MainArtist - Not Applicable, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1995 Mark Lewisohn

10
My Bonnie (Anthology 1 Version)
The Beatles
00:02:41

Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Bert Kaempfert, Producer - The Beatles, MainArtist - Tony Sheridan, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bertie Bernd, Adapter

℗ 1995 Polydor International GmbH

11
Ain't She Sweet (Anthology 1 Version)
The Beatles
00:02:13

Bert Kaempfert, Producer - Milton Ager, ComposerLyricist - Jack Yellen, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1995 Polydor International GmbH

12
Cry For A Shadow (Anthology 1 Version)
The Beatles
00:02:22

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, ComposerLyricist - Bert Kaempfert, Producer - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1995 Polydor International GmbH

13
Brian Was A Beautiful Guy...He Presented Us Well (Anthology 1 Version)
John Lennon
00:00:10

John Lennon, MainArtist - Not Applicable, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1995 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

14
I Secured Them... A Beatle Drink Even Then (Anthology 1 Version)
Brian Epstein
00:00:18

George Martin, Producer - Not Applicable, ComposerLyricist - Brian Epstein, MainArtist

℗ 1995 The Estate Of Brian Epstein

15
Searchin' (Anthology 1 Version)
The Beatles
00:02:59

Jerry Leiber, ComposerLyricist - Mike Stoller, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, MainArtist - Mike Smith, Producer

℗ 1995 Apple Corps Ltd

16
Three Cool Cats (Anthology 1 Version)
The Beatles
00:02:25

Jerry Leiber, ComposerLyricist - Mike Stoller, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, MainArtist - Mike Smith, Producer

℗ 1995 Apple Corps Ltd

17
The Sheik Of Araby (Anthology 1 Version)
The Beatles
00:01:43

FRANCIS WHEELER, ComposerLyricist - TED SNYDER, ComposerLyricist - Harry Smith, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, MainArtist - Mike Smith, Producer

℗ 1995 Apple Corps Ltd

18
Like Dreamers Do (Anthology 1 Version)
The Beatles
00:02:35

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, MainArtist - Mike Smith, Producer

℗ 1995 Apple Corps Ltd

19
Hello Little Girl (Anthology 1 Version)
The Beatles
00:01:39

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, MainArtist - Mike Smith, Producer

℗ 1995 Apple Corps Ltd

20
Well, The Recording Test... By My Artists (Anthology 1 Version)
Brian Epstein
00:00:32

Stuart Eltham, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - George Martin, Producer - Not Applicable, ComposerLyricist - Brian Epstein, Spoken Word, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1995 The Estate Of Brian Epstein

21
Besame Mucho (Anthology 1 Version)
The Beatles
00:02:37

Sunny Skylar, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Consuelo Velázquez, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1995 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

22
Love Me Do (Anthology 1 Version)
The Beatles
00:02:31

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1995 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

23
How Do You Do It? (Anthology 1 Version)
The Beatles
00:01:56

Mitch Murray, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1995 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

24
Please Please Me (Anthology 1 Version)
The Beatles
00:01:59

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1995 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

25
One After 909 (Anthology 1 Version / False Starts)
The Beatles
00:02:23

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1995 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

26
One After 909 (Anthology 1 Version / Complete)
The Beatles
00:02:55

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1995 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

27
Lend Me Your Comb (Anthology 1 Version)
The Beatles
00:01:49

Ben Weisman, ComposerLyricist - Kathleen Twomey, ComposerLyricist - Fred Wise, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, MainArtist - Terry Henebery, Producer

℗ 1995 BBC

28
I'll Get You (Anthology 1 Version)
The Beatles
00:02:08

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1995 PolyGram International Music BV

29
We Were Performers... In Britain (Anthology 1 Version)
John Lennon
00:00:12

John Lennon, MainArtist - Not Applicable, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1995 Jann Wenner

30
I Saw Her Standing There (Anthology 1 Version)
The Beatles
00:02:48

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, MainArtist - Klas Burling, Producer - Hans Westman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Yoji Shimamura, Translator

℗ 1995 The Swedish Broadcasting Corporation

31
From Me To You (Anthology 1 Version)
The Beatles
00:02:05

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, MainArtist - Klas Burling, Producer - Hans Westman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1995 The Swedish Broadcasting Corporation

32
Money (That's What I Want) (Anthology 1 Version)
The Beatles
00:02:52

Berry Gordy Jr., ComposerLyricist - Janie Bradford, ComposerLyricist - Don Covay, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, MainArtist - Klas Burling, Producer - Hans Westman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1995 The Swedish Broadcasting Corporation

33
You Really Got A Hold On Me (Anthology 1 Version)
The Beatles
00:02:58

William Robinson, Jr., ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, MainArtist - Klas Burling, Producer - Hans Westman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1995 The Swedish Broadcasting Corporation

34
Roll Over Beethoven (Anthology 1 Version)
The Beatles
00:02:25

Chuck Berry, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, MainArtist - Klas Burling, Producer - Hans Westman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1995 The Swedish Broadcasting Corporation

DISC 2

1
She Loves You (Anthology 1 Version / Live At The Prince Of Wales Theatre, London/1963)
The Beatles
00:02:50

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1995 PolyGram International Music BV

2
Till There Was You (Anthology 1 Version / Live At The Prince Of Wales Theatre, London/1963)
The Beatles
00:02:54

Meredith Willson, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1995 PolyGram International Music BV

3
Twist And Shout (Anthology 1 Version / Live At The Prince Of Wales Theatre, London/1963)
The Beatles
00:03:05

Phil Medley, ComposerLyricist - BERT RUSSELL, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1995 PolyGram International Music BV

4
This Boy (Anthology 1 Version)
The Beatles
00:02:21

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1995 PolyGram International Music BV

5
I Want To Hold Your Hand (Anthology 1 Version)
The Beatles
00:02:37

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1995 PolyGram International Music BV

6
Boys, What Was I Thinking... (Anthology 1 Version)
The Beatles
00:02:05

Not Applicable, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, MainArtist - Eric Morecambe, MainArtist - Ernie Wise, MainArtist

℗ 1995 PolyGram International Music BV

7
Moonlight Bay (Anthology 1 Version)
The Beatles
00:00:49

Percy Wenrich, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, MainArtist - Edward Madden, ComposerLyricist - Eric Morecambe, MainArtist - Ernie Wise, MainArtist

℗ 1995 PolyGram International Music BV

8
Can't Buy Me Love (Anthology 1 Version)
The Beatles
00:02:10

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1995 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

9
All My Loving (Anthology 1 Version)
The Beatles
00:02:18

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1995 Sullivan Productions Inc

10
You Can't Do That (Anthology 1 Version)
The Beatles
00:02:42

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1995 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

11
And I Love Her (Anthology 1 Version)
The Beatles
00:01:51

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - The Beatles, MainArtist - Kazumi Yasui, Translator

℗ 1995 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

12
A Hard Day's Night (Anthology 1 Version)
The Beatles
00:02:43

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1995 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

13
I Wanna Be Your Man (Anthology 1 Version)
The Beatles
00:01:47

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, MainArtist - Jack Good, Producer

℗ 1995 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

14
Long Tall Sally (Anthology 1 Version)
The Beatles
00:01:44

Enotris Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Richard Penniman, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, MainArtist - Robert "Bumps" Blackwell, ComposerLyricist - Jack Good, Producer

℗ 1995 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

15
Boys (Anthology 1 Version)
The Beatles
00:01:49

Wes Farrell, ComposerLyricist - Luther Dixon, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, MainArtist - Jack Good, Producer

℗ 1995 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

16
Shout (Anthology 1 Version)
The Beatles
00:01:31

Ronald Isley, ComposerLyricist - RUDOLPH ISLEY, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, MainArtist - O'Kelly Isley Jr., ComposerLyricist

℗ 1995 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

Album Description

The first in a series of three double-CD sets of previously unreleased and rare Beatles material, released in conjunction with the mammoth Anthology video documentary. This covers the late '50s to the end of 1964, mixing studio outtakes, live performances, primitive recordings from the Quarrymen/Silver Beatles days, excerpts from the famous 1962 Decca audition, the most notable 1961 Tony Sheridan-era recordings, and brief spoken bits from interviews. Although this material is undeniably of vast historical importance, it can't be placed in the same company as the Beatles' proper albums, in either cohesion or quality. While the studio outtakes (many never even heard on bootleg) are the most enticing items, these are almost exclusively alternate versions of songs they placed on their official releases (the most notable exceptions being the 1964 R&B cover "Leave My Kitten Alone," the 1962 demo "How Do You Do It," and the unimpressive 1964 Harrison original "You Know What to Do"). Sometimes the differences are quite interesting (a much more electric-oriented version of "And I Love Her," for example), but the alternates also illustrate how the group were virtually unerring in selecting the best arrangement and take of their songs for the final versions. The pre-1962 items are sometimes taken from private rehearsal tapes of primitive fidelity and are really of archival value only. One could go on at great length about the many curiosities and finds unearthed by this compilation, but for most general consumers, two observations may suffice. It does not stand up to the Beatles' fully conceived albums (even Live at the BBC), but the Beatles' scraps and leavings are more interesting than over 95 percent of other performers' best work. By that standard, this must be judged a worthwhile collection, especially (but not solely) for dedicated Beatles fans.
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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