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Anthology 1

The Beatles Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (21 Nov 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Apple/EMI
  • ASIN: B000002TYX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,031 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Free As A Bird
2. We Were Fours Guys...That's All
3. That'll Be The Day
4. In Spite Of All The Danger
5. Sometimes I'd Borrow...Those Still Exist
6. Hallelujah I Love Her So
7. You'll Be Mine
8. Cayenne
9. First Of All...It Didn't Do A Thing Here
10. My Bonnie
See all 34 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. She Loves You
2. Till There Was You
3. Twist And Shout
4. This Boy
5. I Want To Hold Your Hand
6. Boys, What Was I Thinking...
7. Moonlight Bay
8. Can't Buy Me Love
9. All My Loving
10. You Can't Do That
See all 26 tracks on this disc

Product Description

THE BEATLES Anthology 1 (1995 UK 60-track 2-CD album set comprising classic tracks and a selection of alternate versions picture sleeve complete with 46-page booklet in fat jewel caseCDPCSP727)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History in the Making 20 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
This first Anthology CD has lots of treasures, including the earliest recordings The Beatles made.
The spoken word segments are interesting, I think. It is helpful that they have been assigned a track each, so that you don't have to listen to them every time you play the CD.
A lot of the material was previously released on expensive bootleg recordings. These LPs, tapes and CDs were often marketed at about twice the price of commercial recodings, and were often only 15 minutes long.
The sound quality of the Anthology is vastly superior and much much cheaper than those now superseded pirate recordings. Even if the Anthology series had not been produced, it would still be hard to sell those bootlegs in our peer-to-peer on-line environment.
Some of my favourite tracks:
Free As A Bird It is great to hear The Beatles together, even if one member was not able to appear personally. Real Love is a better song, but FAAB was a great introduction to the Anthology set, I think.
Three Cool Cats and The Sheik of Araby are great fun. I love the "not 'arf!" in Sheik.
How Do You Do It It is interesting to hear how The Beatles, however reluctantly, performed this song, later recorded by Gerry and The Pacemakers.P>One After 909 The alternative versions made available in this set are interesting and this one is a real gem.
Leave My Kitten Alone is one of the best songs recorded, but not released by The Beatles.
I'll Be Back is one several songs on the Anthology series which let us listen to The Beatles creating their masterpieces. It is great to hear this version with a different metre and feel, and The Beatles evaluation of their experiments.
Not the best of the 3 sets, but well worth owning and listening to every once in a while.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Free As A Bird...... 17 Nov 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I like this version of "Free as a Bird". I also like this version of "One After 909" and "Leave my Kitten Alone". I wish it had included outtakes of "Don't Bother Me" (since that was, after all, George's 1st composition) and "She's a Woman". Also funny are the Morecambre & Wise routines and the classic line "Will the people in the cheaper rows clap their hands and the rest of you rattle your jewelery?" "8 Days a Week" features some nice hamornising from John and Paul. The alternative version of "Love Me Do" is evidence enough that Ringo was a better drummer than Pete Best! Also, if you can find it, get the CD single "Free as a Bird", which features 3 tracks not here including the 1967 "Christmas Time Is Here Again".
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating historical document 14 Oct 2003
Format:Audio CD
These 57 tracks are largely works in progress from their very earliest recording days - although their first "new" single "Free As A Bird" is also here. Included are their cover versions from Hamburg, their first self-written efforts, the early Decca audition tapes before they were signed, snippits of interviews, performances on TV and at live concerts. Many of the early stuff is very badly recorded. Overall the first Anthology shows that the band are not yet masters of their art although it is still a must buy for the avid fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An important historical document 30 Aug 2007
Format:Audio CD
I do not understand how a Beatles fan could NOT give this five stars. It gives us insight into the early days, John's love of Eric Morecambe and goon-style jokes, the close harmonies without any musical air-brushing, the quips and the boys before they became famous (the first disc at least).

I think volume 2 - also reviewed - is better than this, but this is still a five star job and I recommend buying all three volumes of anthology and keeping them on the 6 disc CD changer in your car.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Little to recommend I'm afraid 23 Jun 2007
By Marc B
Format:Audio CD
Even for the most passionate Beatle fan (I count myself as one) there really is not a lot here that stands up to repeat listening other than as a historical document. This is especially the case on the poor quality recordings from 1957 and the practice session from 1960, although granted they are fascinating. The failed Decca audition has passed into folklore and Dick Rowe unsurprisingly has been ridiculed ever since as the `Man who turned down the Beatles' but judging by the selections here this decision doesn't seem as much of a gross miscalculation as it does now with the benefit of hindsight. It shows that Rowe and Decca's musical judgement was more sound than Brian Epstein's who insisted that the Beatles play a more Showbiz and versatile set instead of the primal Rock and Roll that was whipping up the Cavern club on a daily basis. Tracks like Sheik of Araby are particularly excruciating. When the Beatles completed Please Please Me a copy was sent to Decca in an effort to trick them into rejecting them again... they failed to fall for it. The Parlophone test was going the same way until the EMI staff recalled a bored George Martin from the BBC canteen to hear an early take of Love Me Do. Here was something genuinely fresh and unique and it was on the strength of this and their personal charisma that won the day and the rest as they say is history. A curious decision was the omission of Love of the Loved which was performed at the Decca audition but not included, why? It's no worse than the other Lennon and McCartney originals from these sessions. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anthology on Vinyl, what a treat!
I originally bought the anthology series (like most people in the 1990s) on CD, and they were good; but nothing compared to these beatifully executed vinyl versions. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paul Galbally
4.0 out of 5 stars scouse honour
The really seismic stuff was still to happen, of course - that's why I haven't bought this till now, when second hand copies have become very reasonable. Read more
Published 4 months ago by gille liath
5.0 out of 5 stars Anthology 1
Extremely quick delivery which was well packaged. Item as described. Item well priced and really good value. I recommend seller.
Published 6 months ago by Robert Coley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Arrived on time well packed with booklet etc. what more to say it's the Beatles after all. Nothing more to be said except what a stupid idea making us cover so many words.
Published 8 months ago by gagetman
3.0 out of 5 stars Before They Were Fab (1958-64)
I admit that I'm neither a Beatles completist nor expert - but I do have a natural interest in any sort of archive release by many a rock band and very recently I decided to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by M. S. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars If Only
As a generation (and then some) person from the Beatles era, sooo would have loved to have been around when the Fab Four were. Next best thing ?. Read more
Published 9 months ago by CEJs
5.0 out of 5 stars i loved it
I brought theses cds for my husband because he did not have it on cd because I all ways buy him there cds when they come out .
Published 9 months ago by paula beckett
3.0 out of 5 stars Musical archaelogy
This is a tough one. On one hand you have two discs documenting the first years of perhaps the greatest band ever through unreleased and rare tracks, studio banter, interview... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Torben Madsen
3.0 out of 5 stars Anthology 1 Beatles
Should have been rated GOOD and not VERY GOOD. Case was yellowed with age (or perhaps tobacco smoke). Disc is jumpy in parts. Read more
Published 12 months ago by andrew gallacher
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
this made my fiance very happy he thinks its an excellent cd, will be purchasing more beatles cds and dvds
Published 14 months ago by Dawn Sexton
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