Anthology 1

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The first in a series of three double-CD sets of previously unreleased and rare Beatles material, released in conjunction with the mammoth Anthology video documentary. This covers the late '50s to the end of 1964, mixing studio outtakes, live performances, primitive recordings from the Quarrymen/Silver Beatles days, excerpts from the famous 1962 Decca audition, the most notable 1961 Tony Sheridan-era recordings, and brief spoken bits from interviews. Although this material is undeniably of vast historical importance, it can't be placed in the same company as the Beatles' proper albums, in either cohesion or quality. While the studio outtakes many never even heard on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The first in a series of three double-CD sets of previously unreleased and rare Beatles material, released in conjunction with the mammoth Anthology video documentary. This covers the late '50s to the end of 1964, mixing studio outtakes, live performances, primitive recordings from the Quarrymen/Silver Beatles days, excerpts from the famous 1962 Decca audition, the most notable 1961 Tony Sheridan-era recordings, and brief spoken bits from interviews. Although this material is undeniably of vast historical importance, it can't be placed in the same company as the Beatles' proper albums, in either cohesion or quality. While the studio outtakes many never even heard on bootleg are the most enticing items, these are almost exclusively alternate versions of songs they placed on their official releases the most notable exceptions being the 1964 R&B cover "Leave My Kitten Alone," the 1962 demo "How Do You Do It," and the unimpressive 1964 Harrison original "You Know What to Do". Sometimes the differences are quite interesting a much more electric-oriented version of "And I Love Her," for example, but the alternates also illustrate how the group were virtually unerring in selecting the best arrangement and take of their songs for the final versions. The pre-1962 items are sometimes taken from private rehearsal tapes of primitive fidelity and are really of archival value only. One could go on at great length about the many curiosities and finds unearthed by this compilation, but for most general consumers, two observations may suffice. It does not stand up to the Beatles' fully conceived albums even Live at the BBC, but the Beatles' scraps and leavings are more interesting than over 95 percent of other performers' best work. By that standard, this must be judged a worthwhile collection, especially but not solely for dedicated Beatles fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/1995
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724383444526
  • Catalog Number: 34445
  • Sales rank: 7,828

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Free as a Bird (4:24)
  2. 2 We Were Four Guys...That's All - Jann Wenner (0:12)
  3. 3 That'll Be the Day (2:07)
  4. 4 In Spite of All the Danger (2:44)
  5. 5 Sometimes I'd Borrow...Those Still Exist - Mark Lewisohn (0:17)
  6. 6 Hallelujah, I Love Her So (1:13)
  7. 7 You'll Be Mine (1:38)
  8. 8 Cayenne (1:13)
  9. 9 First of All...It Didn't Do a Thing Here - Paul McCartney (0:07)
  10. 10 My Bonnie (2:42)
  11. 11 Ain't She Sweet (2:13)
  12. 12 Cry for a Shadow (2:22)
  13. 13 Brian Was a Beautiful Guy...He Presented Well - David Wigg (0:10)
  14. 14 I Secured Them...A Beatle Drink Even Then - Brian Epstein (0:18)
  15. 15 Searchin' (2:59)
  16. 16 Three Cool Cats (2:25)
  17. 17 The Sheik of Araby (1:43)
  18. 18 Like Dreamers Do (2:35)
  19. 19 Hello Little Girl (1:40)
  20. 20 Well, the Recording Test...By My Artists - Brian Epstein (0:32)
  21. 21 Besame Mucho (2:37)
  22. 22 Love Me Do (2:31)
  23. 23 How Do You Do It? (1:57)
  24. 24 Please Please Me (1:59)
  25. 25 One After 909 (2:23)
  26. 26 One After 909 (2:55)
  27. 27 Lend Me Your Comb (1:49)
  28. 28 I'll Get You (2:08)
  29. 29 We Were Performers...In Britain - Jann Wenner (0:12)
  30. 30 I Saw Her Standing There (2:48)
  31. 31 From Me to You (2:05)
  32. 32 Money (That's What I Want) (2:52)
  33. 33 You Really Got a Hold on Me (2:58)
  34. 34 Roll over Beethoven (2:21)
Disc 2
  1. 1 She Loves You (2:50)
  2. 2 Till There Was You (2:54)
  3. 3 Twist and Shout (3:05)
  4. 4 This Boy (2:22)
  5. 5 I Want to Hold Your Hand (2:36)
  6. 6 Boys, What I Was Thinking... (2:05)
  7. 7 Moonlight Bay (0:49)
  8. 8 Can't Buy Me Love (2:10)
  9. 9 All My Loving (2:19)
  10. 10 You Can't Do That (2:42)
  11. 11 And I Love Her (1:52)
  12. 12 A Hard Day's Night (2:43)
  13. 13 I Wanna Be Your Man (1:47)
  14. 14 Long Tall Sally (1:45)
  15. 15 Boys (1:49)
  16. 16 Shout (1:31)
  17. 17 I'll Be Back (1:12)
  18. 18 I'll Be Back (1:57)
  19. 19 You Know What to Do (1:58)
  20. 20 No Reply (1:46)
  21. 21 Mr. Moonlight (2:47)
  22. 22 Leave My Kitten Alone (2:56)
  23. 23 No Reply (2:29)
  24. 24 Eight Days a Week (1:25)
  25. 25 Eight Days a Week (2:47)
  26. 26 Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! (2:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Beatles Primary Artist
George Harrison Guitar, Vocals
John Lennon Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Paul McCartney Bass, Vocals, Track Performer
Ringo Starr Drums
Pete Best Drums
Jann Wenner Track Performer
Brian Epstein Track Performer
Mark Lewisohn Track Performer
David Wigg Track Performer
Technical Credits
George Harrison Producer
John Lennon Producer
Jeff Lynne Producer
Paul McCartney Composer, Producer
Ringo Starr Producer
Bert Kaempfert Producer
Mike Smith Producer
George Martin Director, Producer
Geoff Emerick Engineer, Remixing
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Terry Johnson Engineer
Norman Smith Engineer
Derek Taylor Liner Notes
Klaus Voormann Paintings
Terry Henebery Producer
Klas Burling Producer
Stuart Eltham Engineer
Jack Good Producer
Karl Hinze Engineer
Percy F. Phillips Engineer
Hans Westman Engineer
Richard Ward Art Direction
Janie Bradford Composer
Alfons Kiefer Paintings
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  • Posted June 17, 2011

    A True Beatles' time capsule!

    Hear where The Beatles actually began in this first of 3 double ANTHOLOGY cd's. I Warn you, be prepared for a few less than hi-fi quality recordings. But the historical value makes up for the quality. Hear the actual Quarrymen covering Buddy Holly! This was the first time John, Paul and George made a record together, albeit a one off release. After they became The Beatles, John, Paul & George had Pete Best on drums, and he can be heard on The Beatles' audition tapes for Decca Records, as well as on two songs recorded at EMI Studios. After that their producer wanted them to find a better drummer...and suddenly Ringo appears in The Beatles' story. Among the many highlights of Anthology 1 are early takes of "One After 909", live recordings from Sweden in 1963, including "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Money","All My Loving" from the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964,a sloppy but fun outtake of "A Hard Day's Night", and a leftover song from the "Beatles For Sale" sessions, "Leave My Kitten Alone". This high speed rocker resembles "Slow Down" ("Past Masters"), and many are curious as to why it was left unreleased. For me, the real fun begins with "Anthology 2", but if you're a serious Beatles fan, you have to get "Anthology 1".

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Beatles fans will understand

    Old or new Beatles fans will enjoy this one. The only ones who won't are the ones who never liked them in the first place.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Want Beatles outtakes and demos from the very beginning to 1964? Here 'tis

    If just for "Leave My Kitten Alone" should Beatles fan buy Anthology 1! How it came to pass during the 'Beatles for Sale' sessions to leave this superb track out in favor of "Mr Moonlight" will forever remain a mystery to me. Of course, there's lots more besides ... great 'in the works' versions of "Eight Days of Week", "And I Love Her", "Can't Buy Me Love" and "One After 909", lots of spirited live performances (in particular "I Saw Her Standing There", one of the most rockin' songs ever). There is, as George Harrison puts in in the DVD of Anthology, 'the most ancient Beatles music' ("That'll Be the Day" and "In Spite of All the Danger", nice insights into their very beginnings). And of course, "Free as a Bird", which along with "Real Love" gives us some indication as to what Beatles of the 1990's might've been like (I think Jeff Lynne & PGR did a fantastic job with the Lennon tapes they were given).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beatles fan

    The CD is great! If you are not a huge fan of The Beatles but want a taste of what they were like, then this CD is for you. I love it and I hope you do too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cool

    The Beatles anthology one CD is really cool. It has a new song, ''Free as a Bird'' plus really old ones like ''Thatll be the day'' and ''in spite of all the danger'' but on the disc 1, the first half of the disc, there are only 2 Lennon/McCartney songs, so they did lots of cover versions. There are clips of interviews plus live performances like ''She Loves You/Till There Was You/Twist and Shout'' and ''I Saw Her Standing There/From Me To You/Money/You Really Got a Hold On Me'' and it is an awesome album. There are also ''False starts'' tracks which are really tracks that are recorded jam sessions when The Beatles talk to each other about the song and how it should go, etc. It is a really great album for any Beatles Fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must-have! It's The Beatles -- but we've never heard it.

    I have all CDs by The Beatles. Let me start by saying that a few of my favorites are Please Please Me, With The Beatles, and The Beatles with Tony Sheridan In The Beginning. If you like these CDs, Anthology 1 is the perfect set for you. It has songs from these discs -- both on and off stage --and much more. It also includes rehearsals and interviews. Last, the material on this disc can't be bought anywhere else. So what are you waiting for? Buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fascinating!

    Certainly this collection has limited appeal, primarily for the most diehard and intense of all Beatles fans, but it is a fascinating execution and allows many of us as such to finally get a proper, full fidelity listen to lots of great stuff we've been collecting in 'bootleg format' for many years. All of it is of great interest to such Beatles fans and Beatles historians. [I particularly got a great kick out of the 'Bosa Nova' style run through of 'No Reply' and get the feeling that the Fabs, along with piano playing, producer George Martin did too at it's making!] If you're a 'Fabs Fanatic' , grab this one!! ENJOY!

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