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  • Audio Cassette (7 Oct. 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B000002TZ3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Gontroppo on 20 Jun. 2003
Format: Audio CD
There are some treasures on this set:
The demo recordings at George Harrison's Esher home included on this set show The Beatles' genius at being able to develop an idea and turn it into a song. It is also a great experience to be able to listen in on the rehearsal for John's simple song Goodnight.
The widely-distributed bootleg of George singing While My Guitar Gently Weeps, with accompaniment by Paul on organ is included, as is George's early version of All Things Must Pass. The Beatles made about 100 takes of Not Guilty, but eventually decided not to include it on their double album. It is a better song than some that did make it into the 1968 White album, and worth hearing how it was done by The Beatles, though you can also hear George's own version on his 1979 eponymously named album.
Rumours have it that the original version of Let It Be [originally named Get Back] will be released in 2003. But you can hear some of the original album here with the singalong version of Teddy Boy [with John's sarcastic comments in the background], the shorter version of I Me Mine, the original arrangement of Dig A Pony and the simpler version of Long and Winding Road.
Because sounds stunning as an a cappella version: it must be the most inventive vocal harmony The Beatles ever sang.
Highly recommended: you won't want to listen to this album every day, but it is fun to dig it out and play these alternative versions from time to time.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By David McCarthy on 25 April 2000
Format: Audio CD
This double cd of out-takes and demos is almost like Beatles Unplugged. The sound is out of this world and the songs are ever better! I wasn't sure whether to get this as I have all the albums anyway but I'm so glad I did. There almost like different songs here! If your a beatle fan, you NEED to own this.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Nov. 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is probably the most "no-frills" anthology, since there are no "discovered" John Lennon demos which the 3 surviving Beatles overdubbed parts on and no CD single promoting this CD.
This features an entire CD full of the White Album sessions with many never before released songs like "Not Guilty", "Step Inside Love", and "What's the New Mary Jane". It also features great sounding demos like "Don't Pass Me By", "Hey Jude", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Glass Onion" (with some hilariously bizarre touches!) and Julia (it's a scream to hear Paul interrupt John by giving him advice!).
The 2nd CD features highlights from the Let It Be and Abbey Road sessions. Premonition makes its way here as there are songs included later to make it onto solo records like "Teddy Boy" and "All Things Must Pass". Highlights include "I Me Mine", "Oh! Darling", "Come and Get It", "Because" and of course "The End". Best line: "You bounder! You cheat!" Enjoy this collection, since there won't be more rarities from the Beatles any time soon.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Marc B on 24 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
Some of the songs on this collection are near identical to the ones already released so why the omissions? No Child of Nature, Sour Milk Sea or Circles from the Esher Sessions or Suzy Parker from the Get Back sessions... also Helter skelter fades far too early (it was about 25 mins long)and missed a lot of the band improvising. Apart from that worth it for the acoustic While My Guitar Gently Weeps..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Philip End on 18 May 2008
Format: Audio CD
A previous reviewer said its like the Beatles unplugged. So my apologies for taking it for my title- but it's exactly what I wanted to say. Though some of the tracks are fully orchestrated. This album just has the edge over the 2nd Anthology for me. There are some charming acoustic versions of well known tracks, especially the Esher sessions at George's house/mansion. It has a great feel. You'd never guess they were going to split up from this, it has such a positive, good-humoured, warm feel to it, with the banter and chat. (So,I think the Amazon review comment saying it is 'a study of how the Beatles themselves came apart', is rather mislaeding; it gave me the expectation of bickering and shoddiness. It is very far from that.). It is a must for White Album fans and has the previously unreleased, but complete, 'Not Guilty', and 'What's the New Mary Jane'- which were as good as many other White album tracks which weren't shelved. Of course it covers Abbey Road material and the final Let it Be; perhaps the closest in feel to this album.
I like the relaxed feel of the whole album: a special quality that you don't get with polished studio albums and different from live albums. Great!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Reid TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Jan. 2013
Format: Audio CD
This is a fascinating double album, a history lesson of the Beatles' later years. But don't think that it is therefore only of interest to Beatles' completists. There are some gems here that make it worth buying, and I shall mention a few.

George Harrison is very much to the fore in this commentary ...

Above all is his achingly beautiful acoustic version of 'While my Guitar Gently Weeps'. This is a wonderful song - I thought it was one of the high spots on the White Album, but this is, if anything, even better.

'Not Guilty' was well worked-up by the Beatles but never issued by them and was eventually used by George Harrison on a solo album. 'All Things Must Pass' became a massive favourite on George's triple album, rated by many as the best of the solo Beatles' releases. Here it is in early form and without the heavy Phil Spector production.

There is an early version of Paul Mccartney's 'Junk' which eventually made it onto his first solo album.

'Teddy Boy' was demoed by Paul to the others but not liked. John Lennon made his feelings known! It too became a solo track.

'Come and Get It' was written by Mccartney and given to Badfinger: here it is done by Paul and it is clear how slavishly Badfinger copied his arrangement.

'What's the new Mary Jane' is a piece of Lennon experimentation: there was talk of it being released as a Beatles single, but it was not good enough to deserve that.

For Beatles fans this is a must-have. It shows many of their later tracks in their earliest manifestations and gives alternative versions of others. The supporting notes are very good at describing them.
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