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Anthology 3 Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 29 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002TZ2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 90 customer reviews
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Disc: 1
1. A Beginning
2. Happiness Is A Warm Gun
3. Helter Skelter
4. Mean Mr Mustard
5. Polythene Pam
6. Glass Onion
7. Junk
8. Piggies
9. Honey Pie
10. Don't Pass Me By
See all 27 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. I've Got A Feeling
2. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
3. Dig A Pony
4. Two Of Us
5. For You Blue
6. Teddy Boy
7. Rip It Up (Medley)
8. The Long And Winding Road
9. Oh! Darling
10. All Things Must Pass
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From the White Album to the end, the last days of the Beatles weren't smooth, which made the fact that they still produced some astonishing music all the more remarkable. In abbreviated form, "What's the New Mary Jane" is finally issued here, and proves underwhelming. For the rest of the set, it's largely down to outtakes and demos, but this time there isn't the same insight of the previous two volumes. Anthology 3 comes dangerously close to the sound of barrels being scraped. That said, it's the Beatles, and in whatever form, the music still shines brilliantly. --Chris Nickson

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By A Customer on March 13 2004
Format: Audio CD
Well, though you don't know (or don't even care) to find out how the Beatles split, just a thorough listening to Anthology 3 and you'll feel the melancholy and the bitterness. There are many upbeat songs though, and even those silly ones (like "Maxwell's Silver Hammer", made even sillier on the outtake), and weird "experimentals" ("What's The New Mary Jane"), and some great moments (such as the first take on "Come Together" and the edgy rocker "I've Got A Feeling" which they discontinued playing because John Lennon complained something like it was too loud!). Still, the slower, more melancholy and leisurely numbers prevail and characterize the overall mood of this album, and these songs are the best, in my opinion. The early recordings of "Something", "All Things Must Pass" and especially the painfully lovely "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (all by George Harrison) are sparse (duh!) and in effect more soulful and more beautiful. Paul McCartney's "Junk" (though I've never heard his own version yet) is wistful and lovely, as well as "Two Of Us", and John's early take on "Julia" is almost perfect if not for his guitar slip-up in mid-song. "Because" is sung "a cappella", with lots of layered vocal tracks which sound so amazing you'll feel like you're in outer space.
Some of the album's tracks taken from the band's impromptu (and final) show at the Apple HQ's rooftop, meanwhile, are quite a treat, with the band members (plus Billy Preston) seemed to enjoy performing.
All in all, the album presents a lot of different sounds and different styles, you want to imagine they're playing in another band.
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By A Customer on Feb. 27 2000
Format: Audio CD
I've listened to all three Beatles Anthologies repeatedly: this is the only one I got my wallet out for, and it's been worth every cent. It's on Anthology 3, more than on the two earlier discs, that you'll hear discarded studio takes that were patently better than their counterparts which made it onto vinyl in the 1960's. Side One alone is almost worth the price of admission. After the nice but irrelevant orchestral intro 'A Beginning', engineer Geoff Emrick's 'Take Two' introduces a thunderous, menacing drum/bass with a sparse guitar scrawling lines above it. It's only when Paul McCartney's anguished, psychotic vocals kick in that you realise you're listening to 'Helter Skelter' - and how I wish they'd maintained the stripped, slow-burning feel of this take over the White Album's frantic but thin-sounding version. The gems continue with an acoustic sequence that has superlative readings of 'Mean Mr Mustard', 'Glass Onion', 'Polythene Pam', (with John's amusing ad-libs adding to the charm of these songs) 'Piggies' and Paul's 'Junk'. Other album highlights are a mellow 'Oh! Darling' with warm harmonies between John and Paul, a slower, bluesier 'She Came In Through The Bathroom Window', 'I Dig a Pony' and 'Two of Us' (both of these similar to yet subtly better than the 'Let It Be' versions), a mumbled Lennon rendition of 'Ain't She Sweet', and the soaring harmonies of 'Because' stripped of all instrumentation. Of course, George Martin and the Beatles got it right a lot of the time when they selected which takes to release.Read more ›
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Disorganized, chaotic, and yet still brilliant: a perfect snapshot of the Beatles' turbulent final period. While this collection doesn't reach the dizzying heights of their second anthology, this does contain some very pretty and telling versions of songs we have come to love. The Escher recordings, at George's house, are a particular delight. No new songs to sell the album, but it's still a wonderful example of how individual flashes of brilliance would continue to light the Beatles during their downfall.
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In 1995 and 1996, The Beatles Anthology collection was released. This was a six compact disc set (three sets of two discs each), featuring a plethora of rare, unreleased tracks. And in 1996, the last of the three sets finally got released. Read on for my review of Anthology 3.
-This compilation features a number of tracks that never saw the light of day until the release of this compilation (except on bootlegs.) Among these are Beginning and Not Guilty.
-You get early demo versions of songs from the band's latter years, including acoustic demos of George Harrison's classics While My Guitar Gently Weeps and Something.
-The compilation features two discs of nothing but rare material, making it ideal to any big time Beatles fan.
-There are even early rare demos of songs the band members would perform in their solo careers, such as Paul McCartney's Junk and Teddy Boy, and George Harrison's All Things Must Pass.
-The original Beatles demo of Come and Get It, the song that Paul McCartney wrote for classic rockers Badfinger, can be found in this set.
-Stores tend to jack up the prices of Beatles recordings, as well as the prices of two-disc recordings, and since this is both of those things, expect to pay quite a bit for it.
-Because of the price, I can only recommend this set to big fans of the band - this is NOT a good starting place if you're new to the band.
Overall this is another good Anthology set, but as I previously stated, if you're new to the band, start elsewhere (Please Please Me or Past Masters Volume One are the ideal starting points for new fans (don't bother with hits compilations - The Beatles are NOT a greatest hits band!)) To put it simply - recommended to big fans, but not casual fans.
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