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Anthology 3 [Original recording remastered]

The Beatles Audio CD
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sad affair... March 13 2004
By A Customer
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Essential Anthology Feb. 27 2000
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fitting end Sept. 10 2003
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent collection March 24 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars SWEET
VINYL Delightful UK import. Worth every penny. Forgot how nice these versions were and on vinyl... what can I say... the way they were meant to be heard.
Published 18 months ago by rb1620
3.0 out of 5 stars White Album + Up
I picked this up at the local library and as soon as i finished hearing it, i had to go out and buy some cd-rs. Read more
Published on March 4 2004 by Pithy Commentz
5.0 out of 5 stars Mother Superior jumped the...oh ____...wrong chord...
There seems to be a true variety of opinion as to the merit of this collection, indeed of the anthology series as a whole, among music fans. Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2004 by "howlinw"
5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal Beatles' tunes.
All right, most who come to this page probably argue that that Beatles are the best. So do I. The stuff you heard on the released albums, while superb, was all mixed,... Read more
Published on Nov. 24 2003 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and Beautiful
This is the guys working out their songs in the studio. the cut of Helter Skelter is slowed way down and is wonderful. the liner notes are well written. Read more
Published on Aug. 9 2003 by "jps_37"
4.0 out of 5 stars From "The Beatles" until "The End"
Anthology 3 covers the period from 1968-1970 that includes the releases "The Beatles," "Abbey Road" and "Let it Be. Read more
Published on April 10 2003 by Jack Fitzgerald
4.0 out of 5 stars Scraping the bottom of the barrel? Hardly.
In actuality, the third anthology release is an essential artifact for Beatles fans, housing as it does one cd of outtakes from The White Album--which produced more (and more... Read more
Published on April 6 2003 by Michael Topper
5.0 out of 5 stars A FABulous Addition to Any Beatles Collection
This review refers to "The Beatles Anthology 3" 2 disc CD....
A wonderful edition of Beatles music and Beatles history to add to any serious collection of... Read more
Published on March 2 2003 by L. Shirley
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting demos, rehearsals, alternative versions
There are some treasures on this set:
The demo recordings at George Harrison's Esher home included on this set show The Beatles' genius at being able to develop an idea and... Read more
Published on March 1 2003 by Gontroppo
1.0 out of 5 stars out takes at a high price.
Sorry I had to give the beatles only one star but I thought I had to get your attention.
If you want out takes of John saying oops wrong cord or feedback through a whole song... Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2003
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