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Anthology 1 Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 21 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002TYX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews
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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
See all 34 tracks on this disc
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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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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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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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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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 albums and singles. If you're a fan, it's great stuff to hear every once in awhile. I especially enjoyed the tracks that show them building "Eight Days a Week"--you hear the almost off-the-cuff musicality of the four lads as they work out the harmonic structure of the song.
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?
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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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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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