Anthology 2

Anthology 2

by The Beatles


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As expected, the second installment of the Anthology series reflects the Beatles' increasing use of the studio-as-laboratory during their "middle years." Some live material from 1965 to 1966 appears on the first disc, and the second "reunion" single ("Real Love") leads off the set. But the emphasis is upon alternate takes from early 1965 to early 1968, during which time the group rapidly evolved from post-Merseybeat through folk-rock to psychedelia. As with the first volume, this is nearly always interesting but perhaps thinner on revelations than some might expect. The Help!-era outtakes "If You've Got Troubles" and "That Means a Lot" are on the light side but very fun, especially the latter, which Paul and the group perform much better than P.J. Proby (who covered the song shortly afterward). Some of the alternate takes are extremely different and excellent performances on their own merits: the funkier version of "I'm Looking Through You" and the less mellow arrangement of "Norwegian Wood," a wall-of-drugs reverb for "Tomorrow Never Knows," a very Byrds-like approach to "And Your Bird Can Sing" (with giggle-laden vocals), and an acoustic demo of "Fool on the Hill." The earlier, much more acoustic version of "Strawberry Fields Forever" is the most notable gem. On the other hand, much of the material differs from the official cuts in fairly minute gradations and will be of greater interest to scholars than general listeners (although discoveries like a different solo on "Penny Lane" are fascinating). The seven live tracks on disc one, from the waning days of Beatlemania, are better than many would have assumed, showing the group still capable of generating heat on-stage.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/19/1996
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724383444823
catalogNumber: 34448
Rank: 25946


Disc 1

  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
  7. Yesterday
  8. It's Only Love
  9. I Feel Fine
  10. Ticket to Ride
  11. Yesterday
  12. Help!
  13. Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby
  14. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
  15. I'm Looking Through You
  16. 12-Bar Original
  17. Tomorrow Never Knows
  18. Got to Get You into My Life
  19. And Your Bird Can Sing
  20. Taxman
  21. Eleanor Rigby
  22. I'm Only Sleeping
  23. I'm Only Sleeping
  24. Rock & Roll Music
  25. She's a Woman

Disc 2

  1. Strawberry Fields Forever
  2. Strawberry Fields Forever
  3. Strawberry Fields Forever
  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!
  9. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
  10. Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
  11. Within You, Without You
  12. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
  13. You Know My Name (Look up the Number)
  14. I Am the Walrus
  15. The Fool on the Hill
  16. Your Mother Should Know
  17. The Fool on the Hill
  18. Hello Goodbye
  19. Lady Madonna
  20. Across the Universe

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Anthology 2 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Walterama More than 1 year ago
The Beatles Anthology 2 picks up where Anthology 2 left off with another new Beatles song called Real Love. Like Free as a Bird, Real Love is another unfinished John Lennon song that was originally recorded on the motion picture soundtrack Imagine: John Lennon. This time, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr add some vocals and instruments to the song. It also included never released songs, studio outtakes, alternative songs, and live recordings of all of their hits.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a HUGE Beatles fan, but this album is truly scraping the bottom of the barrel. The recordings presented here are all music that the Beatles didn't think were good enough to release in the 60s. Nothing offered here is either revelatory or essential.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This 2nd Anthology release bring us into fascinating territory, such as the first [and complete!] 'I'm Looking Through You', the far simplier and beautifully recorded 1st complete version of 'Strawberry Fields' and other buried treasures from the sacred EMI vaults. It makes one wonder, after hearing some of these, why similiarly structured 'run-through' versions like these were not performed live on stage by the Fabs! They mostly could have been, for our pleasure! For us diehard fans and Beatles' scholars, this package generates countless hours of undeniable spellbinding fun and discussion. THANK YOU, EMI!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Back on stage from Anthology 1, this is one of the Beatles' best performances. Yesterday, Ticket To Ride, I Feel Fine, Help!, Rock And Roll Music, She's A Woman, and Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby can all be found live on disc 1 of the set. Then, however, The Beatles stopped doing concerts, and we move into Magical Mystery Tour, Sgt. Pepper, and the very beginning of Let it Be with Across The Universe. Whether the Beatles are on or off stage, this is the set to buy. Even if you don't like the Beatles, you'll like this. Even if you don't own any other CD by the Beatles, you should own this. Playing songs from Real Love to Rock And Roll Music, Strawberry Fields Forever to Across The Universe, both on and off stage, buy it! Buy it! Just trust me -- your money will be well spent on these discs. Buy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Spanning what is arguably their most creative period of 1965 to 1967 (actually to eary 1968), the Beatles' Anthology 2 makes for the most interesting of the three Ant's. If only to hear "Tomorrow Never Knows", "Strawberry Fields Forever", "Norwegian Wood" as works-in-progress should you want this set. But the best reason to get Ant-2 is to hear what may be the definitive version of "Across the Universe" (now with 'Let it Be...Naked' it's even more of a debate as to how that track should have sounded). The live tracks aren't that necessary (by the end of their touring days, it was known that you couldn't hear them in concert over the screams). "That Means a Lot" would've slotted nicely on 'Help!' but "If You Got Troubles" was thankfully nixed (as was "12-Bar Original" from 'Rubber Soul' - clearly the Beatles were not Booker T & the MG's!) My personal favorite of the three Anthologies. Oh, and "Real Love" is nice too, a glimpse of what might've been 1990's Beatles.
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