- 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: 79 customer reviews
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Anthology 2 Original recording remastered
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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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2005 3-LP set. The most anticipated of the Anthology series, this collection 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 such as "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. EMI.
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.
Disk 2 features a number of "Strawberry Fields" edits, in different time signatures and keys, and with a final edit. Again, following the process is fascinating here. So it continues with alternates and outtakes from the Sgt. Pepper and Magical Mystery Tour period. The set closes with an early version of "Across the Universe" in which Lennon's vocals are spotty, but this piece is still moving and the strings absolutely shimmer.
I like this set very much, but suggest newcomers to familiarize themselves with the studio work first before delving in here.
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