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Anthology 2

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As expected, the second installment of the Anthology series reflects the Beatles' increasing use of the studio-as-laboratory during their "middle years." Some live material from 1965 to 1966 appears on the first disc, and the second "reunion" single ("Real Love") leads off the set. But the emphasis is upon alternate takes from early 1965 to early 1968, during which time the group rapidly evolved from post-Merseybeat through folk-rock to psychedelia. As with the first volume, this is nearly always interesting but perhaps thinner on revelations than some might expect. The Help!-era outtakes "If You've Got Troubles" and "That Means a Lot" are on the light side but very fun, especially the latter, which Paul and the group perform much better than P.J. Proby (who covered the song shortly afterward). Some of the alternate takes are extremely different and excellent performances on their own merits: the funkier version of "I'm Looking Through You" and the less mellow arrangement of "Norwegian Wood," a wall-of-drugs reverb for "Tomorrow Never Knows," a very Byrds-like approach to "And Your Bird Can Sing" (with giggle-laden vocals), and an acoustic demo of "Fool on the Hill." The earlier, much more acoustic version of "Strawberry Fields Forever" is the most notable gem. On the other hand, much of the material differs from the official cuts in fairly minute gradations and will be of greater interest to scholars than general listeners (although discoveries like a different solo on "Penny Lane" are fascinating). The seven live tracks on disc one, from the waning days of Beatlemania, are better than many would have assumed, showing the group still capable of generating heat on-stage.
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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1
Real Love (Anthology 2 Version)
00:03:53

John Lennon, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Producer - GEORGE HARRISON, Producer - Geoff Emerick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marc Mann, Sequencer, AssociatedPerformer - Jeff Lynne, Producer - Ringo Starr, Producer - The Beatles, MainArtist - Jon Jacobs, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1996 Yoko Ono Lennon, Paul McCartney, G.H. Estate Ltd. and Ringo Starr

2
Yes It Is (Anthology 2 Version)
00:01:50

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Norman Smith, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

3
I'm Down (Anthology 2 Version / Take 1)
00:02:53

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Norman Smith, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

4
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away (Anthology 2 Version / Take 5)
00:02:44

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Norman Smith, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

5
If You've Got Trouble (Anthology 2 Version)
00:02:48

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Norman Smith, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

6
That Means A Lot (Anthology 2 Version)
00:02:26

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Norman Smith, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

7
Yesterday (Anthology 2 Version)
00:02:33

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Norman Smith, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

8
It's Only Love (Anthology 2 Version)
00:01:58

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Norman Smith, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

9
I Feel Fine (Anthology 2 Version / Live From The ABC Theatre, Blackpool, UK/1965)
00:02:16

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

℗ 1996 Lumiere/Movie Acquisition

10
Ticket To Ride (Anthology 2 Version / Live From The ABC Theatre, Blackpool, UK/1965)
00:02:44

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

℗ 1996 Lumiere/Movie Acquisition

11
Yesterday (Anthology 2 Version / Live From The ABC Theatre, Blackpool, UK/1965)
00:02:42

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

℗ 1996 Lumiere/Movie Acquisition

12
Help! (Anthology 2 Version / Live From The ABC Theatre, Blackpool, UK/1965)
00:02:54

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

℗ 1996 Lumiere/Movie Acquisition

13
Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby (Anthology 2 Version / Live from Shea Stadium, New York, USA/1965)
00:02:45

George Martin, Producer - Carl Perkins, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Apple Corps Ltd

14
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (Anthology 2 Version / Take 1)
00:01:59

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Norman Smith, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

15
I'm Looking Through You (Anthology 2 Version)
00:02:53

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Norman Smith, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

16
12 Bar Original (Anthology 2 Version)
00:02:54

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Norman Smith, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

17
Tomorrow Never Knows (Anthology 2 Version / Take 1)
00:03:13

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Geoff Emerick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

18
Got To Get You Into My Life (Anthology 2 Version / Take 5)
00:02:53

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Geoff Emerick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

19
And Your Bird Can Sing (Anthology 2 Version / Take 2)
00:02:13

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Geoff Emerick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

20
Taxman (Anthology 2 Version / Take 11)
00:02:31

GEORGE HARRISON, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Geoff Emerick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

21
Eleanor Rigby (Anthology 2 Version / Strings Only)
00:02:06

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Geoff Emerick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

22
I'm Only Sleeping (Anthology 2 Version / Rehearsal / Instrumental)
00:00:40

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Geoff Emerick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

23
I'm Only Sleeping (Anthology 2 Version / Take 1)
00:02:58

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Geoff Emerick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

24
Rock And Roll Music (Anthology 2 Version / Live From Nippon Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan/1966)
00:01:39

Chuck Berry, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Apple Corps Ltd

25
She's A Woman (Anthology 2 Version / Live From Nippon Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan/1966)
00:02:58

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

℗ 1996 Apple Corps Ltd

DISC 2

1
Strawberry Fields Forever (Anthology 2 Version / Demo Sequence)
00:01:42

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

℗ 1996 Yoko Ono Lennon

2
Strawberry Fields Forever (Anthology 2 Version / Take 1)
00:02:34

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Geoff Emerick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

3
Strawberry Fields Forever (Anthology 2 Version / Take 7 And Edit Piece)
00:04:13

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Geoff Emerick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

4
Penny Lane (Anthology 2 Version / Alternate Mix)
00:03:12

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Geoff Emerick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

5
A Day In The Life (Anthology 2 Version)
00:05:04

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Geoff Emerick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

6
Good Morning Good Morning (Anthology 2 Version / Take 8)
00:02:39

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Geoff Emerick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

7
Only A Northern Song (Anthology 2 Version)
00:02:43

GEORGE HARRISON, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Geoff Emerick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

8
Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite! (Anthology 2 Version / Takes 1 & 2)
00:01:05

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Geoff Emerick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

9
Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite! (Anthology 2 Version / Take 7)
00:02:33

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Geoff Emerick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

10
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (Anthology 2 Version / Alternate Mix)
00:03:04

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Geoff Emerick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

11
Within You, Without You (Anthology 2 Version / Instrumental)
00:05:28

GEORGE HARRISON, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Geoff Emerick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

12
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Anthology 2 Version)
00:01:26

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Geoff Emerick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

13
You Know My Name (Look Up The Number) (Anthology 2 Version)
00:05:42

CHRIS THOMAS, Producer - John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Geoff Emerick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist - Jeff Jarratt, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1996 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

14
I Am The Walrus (Anthology 2 Version / Take 16)
00:04:02

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Geoff Emerick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

15
The Fool On The Hill (Anthology 2 Version / Demo)
00:02:47

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Geoff Emerick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

16
Your Mother Should Know (Anthology 2 Version / Take 27)
00:03:02

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Geoff Emerick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

17
The Fool On The Hill (Anthology 2 Version / Take 4)
00:03:44

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Ken Scott, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

18
Hello, Goodbye (Anthology 2 Version / Take 16)
00:03:17

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Ken Scott, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist - Kazuko Katagiri, Translator

℗ 1996 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

19
Lady Madonna (Anthology 2 Version / Alternate Mix)
00:02:22

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Geoff Emerick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ken Scott, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

20
Across The Universe (Anthology 2 Version / Take 2)
00:03:31

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Ken Scott, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

Album Description

As expected, the second installment of the Anthology series reflects the Beatles' increasing use of the studio-as-laboratory during their "middle years." Some live material from 1965 to 1966 appears on the first disc, and the second "reunion" single ("Real Love") leads off the set. But the emphasis is upon alternate takes from early 1965 to early 1968, during which time the group rapidly evolved from post-Merseybeat through folk-rock to psychedelia. As with the first volume, this is nearly always interesting but perhaps thinner on revelations than some might expect. The Help!-era outtakes "If You've Got Troubles" and "That Means a Lot" are on the light side but very fun, especially the latter, which Paul and the group perform much better than P.J. Proby (who covered the song shortly afterward). Some of the alternate takes are extremely different and excellent performances on their own merits: the funkier version of "I'm Looking Through You" and the less mellow arrangement of "Norwegian Wood," a wall-of-drugs reverb for "Tomorrow Never Knows," a very Byrds-like approach to "And Your Bird Can Sing" (with giggle-laden vocals), and an acoustic demo of "Fool on the Hill." The earlier, much more acoustic version of "Strawberry Fields Forever" is the most notable gem. On the other hand, much of the material differs from the official cuts in fairly minute gradations and will be of greater interest to scholars than general listeners (although discoveries like a different solo on "Penny Lane" are fascinating). The seven live tracks on disc one, from the waning days of Beatlemania, are better than many would have assumed, showing the group still capable of generating heat on-stage.
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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