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Anthology 1 Original recording remastered
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Over 50 rare nuggets from the Fab Four's earliest (1958-1964) days, included the fabled Decca audition tape that the label, to its eternal dismay, rejected, plus early Quarrymen recordings ( That'll Be the Day ), a version of Love Me Do with Pete Best on drums, a demo of Can't Buy Me Love , You Know What to Do (the second song George ever wrote) and many more essential, oft-bootlegged-but-never-sounding-so-good Beatles rarities.
This is the first release in a three-part series that essentially amounted to the three surviving Beatles officially sanctioning the release of tracks that had been bootlegged for years. Thus, you get some of their earliest recordings as teens; the tracks they cut in Hamburg, Germany; their Decca audition tapes (which were rejected); and, finally, alternate takes and works in progress of songs that are now part of the world's consciousness. Oh, yeah, you also get "Free As a Bird," the John Lennon track the other Beatles "finished" in 1995; it's out of context in the company of some of the group's early classics. Beatlemaniacs, of course, love exploring this stuff, but the three Anthologies are hardly a place for beginners to start their explorations. --Bill Holdship
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It's got some good Decca recordings as well as the first takes of Love Me Do and Please Please Me (recorded on September 11th, 1962). Also the Tony Sheridan Hamburg songs. And some early takes of 1 after 909 from 1963. Lend Me Your Comb, a great Carl Perkins cover. And then alternate takes of their more famous early songs. Get this and try to get your hands on the "Beatles: Live at the Star Club 1962", another great rough early recording. These recordings show how timeless the Beatles were.
But all that's not enough to recommend the album highly. The reason to get this album is the presence of five tracks at the end of Disk One, live tracks recorded in 1963 before an enthusiastic, but not hysterical audience. This is the best, maybe the only, good documentation of the greatness of the Beatles live, before Beatlemania destroyed their ability to perform. True, their early songs were recorded "live" in the studio, and we have the BBC stuff, so you can hear them playing together on other recordings, but this stuff is really special. Fiery, tight, powerful, s--t-hot, it just leaves you wanting more. You get "I Saw Her Standing There," "From Me to You," "Money (That's What I Want)," "You've Really Got a Hold on Me," and "Roll over Beethoven." The audio is rich and clean.
Supposedly, according to the liner notes, there were 7 songs recorded for this session, which was done for a Swedish radio broadcast. Where are the other two? Overall, I'm surprised that this rare documentation of the Beatles doing what made them famous initially, performing as the very best straight-ahead rock and roll band of its day and maybe any day, hasn't been culled into an "Early Live Beatles" CD of its own. And, are we certain that no other live recordings of this quality exist?
As I'm SUCH a Beatles fan, I can't help but give this collection 4 stars. However, my spouse is not a Beatles fan. So this does nothing for her.
"Free As A Bird" is okay. But it's a commercialization of the television anthology. Think of it, the song's composer dead for years yet still able to reunite with his mates to do this song. Okay. A bit too sentimental for my tastes.
The quotes are interesting. They're comments by "the boys" about the band's early development, e.g., when the played with Tony Sheridan (and Pete Best was still their drummer then, I think). But, again, that's more significant to hardcore fans and others would be at best distracted by them.
Yeah, it's fun to hear early Beatles, when they were in Hamburg. And to hear Ed Sullivan--my first introduction to any British musicians, let along the Beatles--announce the BEATles. But if you're really into that sort of collection, I may recommend "Live at Star Club in Hamburg" if it's still available. the recording quality isn't good, but it really is early Beatles.
The set us fun; it's historical. So, if you want a complete collection as much as I do, get it, for sure. But don't expect non-fans to succumb to Beatlemania once they hear it.
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pas satisfait. album double avec 2 fois le meme disque. Très decu.Published 3 months ago by Andre Morin
Merci beaucoup! Tout était parfait! Au plaisir de faire affaire avec vous une prochaine fois!Published 10 months ago by Simon Lemoine
Review no. 84. I, of course have known about this must-have Beatles 2-CD box set for years now but I've just fairly recently purchased a copy. Read morePublished on July 14 2009 by Mike Reed
Don't get suckered into buying this. If these recordings had been previously rejected, it was for a good reason (yes, even if they are by the Fab Four!). Read morePublished on June 21 2004
Material from an intense period of development, including the covers from the hundreds of hours on stage in Hamburg that forged them into professionals. Read morePublished on Nov. 13 2003
NEEDS TO REALIZE THAT THE BEATLES ARE THE BEST BAND EVER!!!
i mean seriously how can u say that the beatles were "not that good!!! Read more