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Anthology 2 [Original recording remastered]

Beatles , The Beatles Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. Real Love
2. Yes It Is
3. I'm Down
4. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
5. If You've Got Trouble
6. That Means A Lot
7. Yesterday
8. It's Only Love
9. I Feel Fine
10. Ticket To Ride
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Strawberry Fields Forever (Demo Sequence)
2. Strawberry Fields Forever (Take 1)
3. Strawberry Fields Forever (Take 7 And Edit Piece)
4. Penny Lane
5. A Day In The Life
6. Good Morning Good Morning
7. Only A Northern Song
8. Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite! (Takes 1 And 2)
9. Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite! (Take 7)
10. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
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The most anticipated of the Anthology series, this disc covers what was arguably the Fab Four's most intensely creative period ('65-'67) when they single-handedly changed the course of popular music. Anthology 2 doesn't disappoint. Outtakes and demos show the building of songs like "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite," while the pure pop song writing of Rubber Soul and Help! is also documented, along with the sonic experimentation that characterized Revolver. Even if the legendary proto-metal jam of "What's the New Mary Jane" didn't see the light of day here, there is plenty for any Beatles fan. --Chris Nickson

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THE BEATLES Anthology 2 (1996 Taiwanese issue 2-CD album set featuring a 45 track collection of hits rarities and previously unreleased recordings sealed complete with an extensive booklet and the original obi-strip)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like being a fly on the wall of the studio April 4 2003
Format:Audio CD
Anthology 2 is less a historical document than 1, but the sound here is of better quality, even if the takes sometimes break down. The two disk set covers the period from 1965-1968, so we get a lot of studio experimentation and alternate takes of familiar songs.
The set kicks off with "Real Love" which I think is a stronger and more complete tune than "Free as a Bird." Lennon's voice is stronger, there are melody changes, and no added sentimental verses. Great slide work by George.
The second song is "Yes It Is" and I like the way they tricked this up, starting with a rather thin sounding guide vocal by John, nearly collapsing into some silly nonsense singing, then suddenly blossoming full of three-part harmony. That is the strength of this set, showing the progression of early demos and song fragments to the finished versions we all know.
A couple unreleased tracks, "If You've Got Trouble" and "That Means a Lot" have appeared on bootlegs, and when you listen you can understand that while they weren't bad songs, they just lacked that Beatle magic.
Other interesting bits are "Tomorrow Never Knows" without that cool backbeat that Ringo used to propel the song. Here it merely drones. "And Your Bird Can Sing" has a very different guitar instrumental track and the Fabs cutting up in the vocal booth. "Got To Get You Into My Life" is minus the horns and with a much more martial feel. "Eleanor Rigby" strings only gives an interesting contrast to how a song is put together and the timing involved. "I'm Only Sleeping" has a mellow vibe intro, then changes to something more like the released version.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice collector's piece for die hards July 4 2002
Format:Audio CD
The attraction to the Anthology Collection is the use of alternative takes of old Beatles standards. While I have heard "Strawberry Fields" and "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" countless times, these alternate takes are interesting because they make you listen carefully for any differences. The new song, "Real Love" has a serene feel that makes one wish they were still releasing albums to this day. On another note, however, the record doesn't bring much more than the same material we've all heard numerous times back to life, only in an incomplete form. I think highly of this record because I am a die hard Beatles enthusiast. But I only listened to it a few times because I was interested in how these takes differed from the ones placed on the U.K. official releases. "Anthology 2" is a nice collector's item for Beatleheads, but those interested in their hits should look into picking up "1" or even one of their classic U.K. releases such as "Revolver" or "Rubber Soul" first. If you want to hear "Free as a Bird," download it off the web.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Their Peak Jan. 3 2002
Format:Audio CD
As many other reviewers have stated, these CDs contain many demos and alternate versions of Beatles' songs. Among all of this material there is also some previously unreleased material which is very good. But this isn't just a matter of raiding the vaults to give Fab Four Junkies a fix; this material is a series of revelations about the band's most fertile period.
The live versions of 1965 material start the first disc off and then it moves to the more inventive songs from "Rubber Soul" and "Revolver." There are several very interesting alternate takes here, but the real excitement is on the second disc. Here one sees the evolution in sound during the making of "Sgt. Pepper," and it becomes very clear that the Beatles could have gone many different directions with their new songs. The "Magical Mystery Tour" material is first rate; unfortunately, many people have forgotten this over the past 30 years.
The absolute highlight of the collection for me is the sparse version of 'Across the Universe' that closes the second disc. It is light years better than the half-baked version that turned up on "Let it Be" three years later. "Anthology 2" shows the Beatles at the height of their powers, and in this it pleases Fab Four Fanatics or general music fans alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative Genius July 1 2004
Format:Audio CD
The seven live tracks on disc 1 of this compilation are evidence that Beatlemania is not long for the world. In fact, the closing tracks on disc 1 are songs recorded live at the Budokan Hall in Japan. Two months later the Beatles were through touring. Now they could continue to develop their music even further. Here for the first time, listeners can enjoy totally new versions of songs recorded in 1965 and '66, at the height of creative minds. The emerging creative genius would soon create such powerful works as "Sgt. Pepper" and "Magical Mystery Tour." Disc 2 is full of ultra rare outtakes from that period. Buy this set, and enjoy the early versions of what would become some of the Beatles' most memorable songs...and a little humor on the side.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great compilation! Jan. 8 2004
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Format:Audio CD
"Anthology 2" is a fine double-cd album. It simply showcases the Beatles' remarkable progression in their musical style, from the simple-structured "Yes It Is" to the complex and trance-inducing "Tomorrow Never Knows" (which is slower but still great as the mastered version!) and the majestic "A Day In The Life". The track selections are good, the sleevenotes are very informative, and most importantly the sound quality is excellent.
It's good to know how the Beatles recorded their famous songs with such creativity, inventiveness and not to mention some sense of humor as well. Listening to this album feels like we're personally "witnessing" and hearing the band's jam sessions inside the studio, or "watching" their concerts.
Overall, it's a very decent album. Definitely a must for die-hard Beatlemaniacs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars yes it is ,real love
the best of the anthologies is # 2 1965-68 their creative peak.this 2 cd set is worth every penny. revolver outtakes are the highlight to this grand era of the fab four.
Published on Nov. 8 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Beatles album ever!
I Am 11 years old I have liked the Fab Four since I was about 9 or so.
I just really started liking the Beatles
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Published on Aug. 11 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Good compilation, but recommended for die-hard fans only
[Before you vote on this review, remember that I am a die-hard Beatles fan, and that's why I am being somewhat critical. Read more
Published on March 18 2003 by Rocker_Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Alternative Versions and Interesting Experiments
Some of the most interesting recordings of the 3 Anthology collections appear on Volume 2. There are alternate versions of songs which are quite different from those that were... Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2003 by Gontroppo
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and fun (mostly).
Four stars rather than five mainly due to the needless "Real Love". Even though it's better than "Free as a Bird", like that track, it does not fit chronologically and contributes... Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2003 by John_999
5.0 out of 5 stars Anthology 2
This is a very good album. This includes songs from the sessions and they are I've You've Got Trouble, That Means A Lot, 12-Bar Original, Strawberry Fields Forever (Demo Sequence),... Read more
Published on Dec 29 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars for die hard fans & Beatles collectors only!
Like the part 1, this cd features the rough mixes, mono demo recording, rough studio chats. This re-released is dedicated especially to the die hard fans only. Read more
Published on Nov. 3 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars REVISION TAMPIQUEÑA
ESTE VOLUMEN DE LA ANTOLOGIA NO PARECE CUMPLIR CON LAS EXPECTATIVAS EN CUANTO A SU CONTENIDO.CONTINUA CON LA POLITICA ESTABLECIDA POR EMI EN SU ANTERIOR VOLUMEN Y LA CUAL... Read more
Published on July 7 2002 by ulises
4.0 out of 5 stars The good gets better
Fresh off the success of their last hit album, "Beatles For Sale," The Beatles are back in the studio producing "Help!," "Revolver," and "Rubber Soul. Read more
Published on June 21 2002 by Julie A.K. Ross
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