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Anthology 2 Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (March 19 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002TYZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 76 customer reviews
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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
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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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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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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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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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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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[Before you vote on this review, remember that I am a die-hard Beatles fan, and that's why I am being somewhat critical.]
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 rarities. An accompanying eight video set was also released, which covered the history of the band (and will be released on DVD soon.)
The Anthology consists of several rare tracks. Among these are demos and live tracks, which take up the vast majority of the series. Many of the demos never found their way onto albums, and the ones that did often differ from their album counterparts. Any Beatles fan is sure to enjoy them. The live tracks are also excellent, capturing the band in its prime. Once again, fans will enjoy these. Also, some of the anthologies contain a track written by the deceased John Lennon that was "finished" by the remaining members of the band. These tracks are surprisingly good.
Anthology Two covers the band's material ranging from the Help! album to the Magical Mystery Tour album. This means the compilation covers roughly from 1965-1967. Real Love, one of the unfinished (but now completed) Lennon tracks, kicks off the first disc. This is a surprisingly good track, believe it or not. After that it's about two hours of live tracks and demos. Unlike the first Anthology, this one doesn't contain any of the brief interviews. This is more a good thing than bad, because it leaves more space for demos and live tracks. Besides, those interviews were nothing special anyway. The stand-out tracks here are the demos of Norwegian Wood, You've Got To Hide Your Love Away, It's Only Love, And Your Bird Can Sing, and Taxman. The live version of Ticket To Ride is also very good.
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