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Anthology 1 [Original recording remastered]

Beatles , The Beatles Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. Free As A Bird
2. We Were Fours Guys...That's All
3. That'll Be The Day
4. In Spite Of All The Danger
5. Sometimes I'd Borrow...Those Still Exist
6. Hallelujah I Love Her So
7. You'll Be Mine
8. Cayenne
9. First Of All...It Didn't Do A Thing Here
10. My Bonnie
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Disc: 2
1. She Loves You
2. Till There Was You
3. Twist And Shout
4. This Boy
5. I Want To Hold Your Hand
6. Boys, What Was I Thinking...
7. Moonlight Bay
8. Can't Buy Me Love
9. All My Loving
10. You Can't Do That
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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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THE BEATLES Anthology 1 (1995 UK 60-track 2-CD album set comprising classic tracks and a selection of alternate versions picture sleeve complete with 46-page booklet in fat jewel caseCDPCSP727)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Listen for all fans April 14 2004
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Anthology I starts with "Free as a Bird", a demo by John filled in by the other 3 in 1994. The video is probably the best ever even if the song isn't quite up to Beatles standards. Then a recording from 1958 when John, Paul, and George were still the Quarrymen doing Buddy Holly covers. Very rough, but fresh recordings. Then a few from Paul's house in 1960 including 2 originals, "You'll be Mine" (a song where they do their comic voices) and "Cayenne" (Paul's haunting instrumental) which are the only known recordings with Stu Sutcliffe on bass (the artist who left the band and died in Hamburg).
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indespensible for the Beatles fan! May 10 2004
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This is the first 2 CD set of the three part Beatles Anthology on CD. It provides the listener with great insight into and enjoyment of the very early Beatles' work as well as a great recording of a concert they did in Sweden just as they hit true stardom in Great Britain. There is a beautiful booklet some 46 pages long with photos and information about the recordings. The wonderful thing about the Beatles Anthology CD set is that the listener and fan can hear and read about the evolution of such songs as One after 909 (which wouldn't get released for six years after the versions you will hear on this CD set). There are recordings with the Beatles using different drummers as they searched for a drummer or on one occasion when Ringo was sick and couldn't play. I would strongly recommend this and the other two Beatles Anthology CD sets for the Beatles fan who truly wants to know the evolution of the Beatles sound. A must-have!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Only for the hardcore fans Sept. 10 2003
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Being pretty much forced to surrender my gift certificate to this rather than "Mellon Collie", I was almost put off the Beatles right off the bat. I didn't like this CD. Aside from "Free as a Bird" and some of the later tracks nearing their creative golden age, I just didn't like the songs. Maybe I'm picking bones, but at the time I wasn't a hardcore-enough fan to go ga-ga over 15 second snippets of interviews with John Lennon and some bad-sounding demos. Historic significance didn't really mean much to me back then, and it still doesn't today. Perhaps one day I will give this album a thorough listen to see if I like it, but the last time I listened to it, it still didn't click with me. Stick with the next two Anthologies, especially number 2: two discs of embryonic genius.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best for die hard fans. Dec 17 2003
Format:Audio CD
First, disc no. 1 of this collection was scratched by someone. That , i.e, missing something from my Beatles collection, was the equivalent of a life-threatening disease! Many, many thanks to Amazon.com. I found someone selling just that disc so I need not have purchased the complete set again!
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Beatles Anthology One Nov. 13 2003
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Material from an intense period of development, including the covers from the hundreds of hours on stage in Hamburg that forged them into professionals. A glimpse into the begginings of the greatest band there ever was or ever will be!
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i mean seriously how can u say that the beatles were "not that good!!! they are certainly a hell of a lot better than you will ever be! never mind it's useless to talk to close-minded people like you.
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It's interesting reading other reviews of this album. I get the impression that some people expected more of it than they got. This album is in fact an archeological dig into the Beatles' other unreleased recorded works and a retracing of their early history. It's not a "Hits" compilation..Go to "1", "1962-66" & "1967-70" if you want that. Instead, what we find here are early demos, live recordings, a failed Audition with Decca (who have probably kicked themselves up the butt every day since January 1 '62), alternate takes, works in progress, unreleased finished recordings and television & radio performances. For a huge fan like myself, this is a treasure trove especially listening to the development of the lads as musicians and performers through the years 1958-1964 which is the period covered in this volume. Yeah the early, scratchily recorded stuff may sound like crap in parts but, putting things in perspective, these guys were 16-18 year olds cutting their teeth on Elvis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins etc. How many of these types of bands sounded great at their first rehearsals especially recorded on such primitive equipment? I think any fan disppointment can be waived here! Besides they are a pointer to what was to follow, particularly with the inclusion and first release of "In Spite Of All The Danger", the first original Beatles song to be recorded.
The alternate versions really are worth a listen. The acapella intro to "Eight Days A Week" I think is possibly better than the released verison. "Leave My Kitten Alone" could have been a "Beatles For Sale" track. "One After 909" is really interesting in comparison to the released '69 version. The development of songs is the important thing here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beatles - 'Anthology 1' (Capitol)
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 more
Published on July 14 2009 by Mike Reed
1.0 out of 5 stars Great way to steal our money
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 more
Published on June 21 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Truth Be Told, These Recordings Are Horribly Bad
To put it as plainly and as honestly as possible---Beatles Anthology 1 stinks. If this ratings page allowed for it, I would have rated this CD in negative numbers. Read more
Published on July 15 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Live Cuts = Five Stars
This album is well-described as a lot of historical recordings of the early gestation of the Beatles, along with a lot of demos or alternate takes of songs from their first few... Read more
Published on May 9 2003 by John Stodder
3.0 out of 5 stars Good compilation, but recommended for die-hard fans only
INTRODUCTION: Through the course of 1995 and 1996, the Beatles Anthology series was released. This was a three-piece set, each piece consisting of two discs filled with unreleased... Read more
Published on April 17 2003 by Rocker_Man
4.0 out of 5 stars Better for study of Beatles history than introduction
Anthology 1 was the first two-disk set released along with the Anthology television special, which is also available on VHS and DVD. Read more
Published on March 27 2003 by Jack Fitzgerald
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