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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,516 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 2CD comprising of alternate versions demos BBC recordings picture sleeve complete with 46-page booklet in fat jewel case CDPCSP727)

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Gontroppo on 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The sound quality of the Anthology is vastly superior and much much cheaper than those now superseded pirate recordings.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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. S. Smith on 23 July 2013
Format: Audio CD
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 finally complete my collection of "The Beatles Anthology" releases by buying a copy of this double CD - the earliest volume of the trilogy and the one that covers, for me at least, their least important era.

Most of the content of Anthology 1 is aimed at die-hard collectors - those who will have much of this material (and more) on bootlegs - but I guess the world that waited 25 years for any new Beatle product could be forgiven for rushing out and buying these archive releases, eager to know what the fuss may be about. It goes without saying that anything associated with The Beatles and Apple requires a long and winding road to be travelled down before gaining an official release and at least it's fair to report that the compilers haven't left many stones unturned in their pursuit of an evenly balanced and interesting collection.

There's no denying the historical significance of much of this material - after all this is The Beatles - and everything they did, if not truly sensational, eventually draws the listener in, like some doomed sailor pursuing a siren perched on some carefully hidden rocks.

Aside from `Free As A Bird' (a 1977 John Lennon demo that the surviving Beatles worked on to produce their first new song since 1969) that was issued as a single and launched the Anthology Project back in 1995 (a 6 part TV series, 10 DVD box set and 3 double CDs), Anthology 1 comprises a cluster of mostly unreleased material recorded between the summer of 1958 (as The Quarry Men) and October 1964 (the end of the year that "Beatlemania" took over the USA.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gille liath on 1 Dec. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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.

Two things strike me about it. One is how raw and exciting some of the live stuff is. The Kinks, The Who etc are credited with having pioneered the 'heavy' sound - but what did they really add to the power and energy shown here on numbers like Money (That's What I Want)?

The other is the breadth of the Beatles' musical interests, even back then: country, folk, doo-wop, soul and what I want to call 'lounge jazz' as well as rock'n'roll. The last, especially, stood them in good stead - you can see the connection between songs like 'Besame Mucho' or 'Till there was You', and the surprising agility between chord sequences, time signatures and tempi in their own early records. Some people will try and tell you there were loads of bands around at the time doing what the Beatles did; and that they just got lucky or had better management. I don't believe a flippin word of it. Even technically, they were way ahead of the average rock band then and now.

For the last few decades, bands have had the attitude that all they need is 'three chords and the truth'. The Beatles showed that you can convey the truth better if you have a few more chords. The astonishing odyssey that took them through Revolver, Sergeant Pepper and the white album had already started here.

These tracks will not do much to convert the Beatles-sceptic; but for anyone who loves the group, they do need to be heard. What they give you, which you don't get from the ordinary records, is the ebullient atmosphere of their rise to the top. This is a bunch of lads conquering the world with sheer good vibes - and beginning to change it in the process.
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