Anthology 2 Original recording remastered
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|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|
|8. It's Only Love|
|9. I Feel Fine|
|10. Ticket To Ride|
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|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 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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Merci beaucoup! Tout était parfait! Au plaisir de faire affaire avec vous une prochaine fois!Published 10 months ago by Simon Lemoine
"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"... Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2004
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
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
around three months ago. Read more
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 morePublished on Feb. 27 2003 by Gontroppo
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 morePublished on Jan. 3 2003 by John_999
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 morePublished on Dec 28 2002
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