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on 8 March 2016
I've wanted The Beatles Anthology's for a long while now and I've always been very put off by the prices that are put on them because A) It's a double CD and B) it's got The Beatles' name on it. I saw one of them for £25! Which is just absolutely extortionate. I would seriously recommend buying second hand, like new, unless you can find them new for a decent price.

For starters these anthology's are just brilliant, there's no two ways about it. It's by no means a 'best of' album so if that's what you're looking for then I would recommend the Red and Blue albums. To hear the evolution of the songs, the studio banter and just hearing the magic in general, is fascinating.

If you're a massive Beatles fan then this is just a must have (the anthology book is brilliant too!).
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on 17 August 2012
The Anthology series collect demos, jams, covers, live versions, unreleased tracks, and other rarities and oddities. I'm mostly interested in the original compositions; complete songs that didn't make it onto an album in the core catalogue. I'll list those for you now, so you don't have to track them down yourself:

A1 features Free As A Bird, a John Lennon song that was found in demo form on a cassette after his death. With Yoko's blessing it was completed by the remaining Beatles. Also featured are: My Bonnie, the Beatles first commercial release providing the backing for Tony Sheridan; Cry for a Shadow, the instrumental B-side to a Tony Sheridan single; Like Dreamers Do, an early Paul McCartney song recorded for the Decca Records audition; Hello Little Girl, an early John Lennon song recorded for the Decca Records audition; How Do You Do It, a song George Martin had acquired and wanted the Beatles to release as their first single - they vetoed it as being too bright and breezy; and You Know What to Do, an early George Harrison demo that never got past the demo stage.
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on 28 October 2015
I am an old time Beatles fan, and there is a lot of old times Beatles music here. If you are only familiar with them from various best of compilations, or, like many of my younger friends, from the Red and Blue albums which you think are not compilations, but originally released LPs from the day, these discs will give you some insight into a growth period. There is a sense of real fun here, young people exploring the music they loved. The Anthology 2 disc gives you a taste of the results of that experimentation, which may seem a quantum change from Anthology 1. Listen closely.
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on 25 May 2013
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 snippets and false starts. On the other hand the anthology doesn't really make for a particularly good listening experience on its own.

If you're looking for a quick way to get an overview of the work of The Beatles, the anthologies are not the ideal starting point. They are certainly of historical interest, but only really work as companion pieces to the studio albums. And with very few exceptions the best versions made it onto those studio albums, not onto the cutting room floor.

Some of the early tracks are understandably of dubiuos quality. But if you are a fan of the Beatles and have their studio albums, by all means, get this. If not you should probably steer clear of this for now.
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on 28 January 2002
for all the lovers of rock n roll here it is.
If You enjoyed beatles rocking days the albums like early tapes in the beginning, please please me or any of the other early beatle albums you are goinge to like this much!!!
these songs are recorded when rock n roll was still the latest thing and beatles where really rocking. Disc 1 mainly features Pre parlophone recordings some of the most rocking recordings.
however very underrated. three tracks from the polydor recordings from the great beatle year 61 this time mixed& masterd by george martin this time! (My bonnie Aint she sweet and Cry for a shadow) this recording of aint she sweet is also the mix with some additional overdubbes of drums made by american studio musiciants in 1964. also included 5 rocking decca tracks from 1 january 62 and 2 tracks from the emi audtions from june 62. this recordings really show beatles at a rocking peak before becomming a dry and clean pop band also bésame mucho with its rocking beat and the nice cha cha boom. and the more bleusy edit of love me do(these where the last recordings with pete)
this collection featuers also recording by john paul george and stu eve before pete joined the band. they are also rockin check out halleluja i just love here so with flowin bass.
after ringo joined the band some intresting live recordings where included on this collection.
check out beatles live in sweden or live at a tv show preforming the great song Shout!
this collection filled with rock n roll is good
however the hamburg tracks from 61/62 with pete best and tony sheridan remains my rock n roll favourites.
and this ends up on 2nd place!!!!
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on 30 April 2014
This charts the (very) early days of the Fab 4 and as such as an aural document of their roots. It's interesting to note that in their later (solo) years all four of the Beatles released albums of rock'n'roll covers, and on their first four albums they matched their own material with plenty of energetically played rock'n'roll classics.
So, this collects together early rehearsals, the Hamburg days, early studio work, the Tony Sheridan days and their emergence as an unstoppable pop phenomenon. Much of it is for the completist only......the audio quality is understandably weak on much of the material and some of it is, well, just not very good.
My personal highlight is their exchange with Morcambe and Wise where Eric keeps calling Ringo, 'Bongo'. Priceless.
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on 2 December 2000
The first of the three anthologies gives a chance to listen and learn the first times of the Beatles. Album includes short interviews and some badly recorded old songs that you 'd hardly find in any other disc of the Beatles. This is a perfect choice for ones who 'd like to start listening to the Beatles , or the ones who already listen the Beatles and want to find out the different side of the Beatles. I also recommend the second and the third anthologies to ones that want to understand the improvement of rock and pop music, from simple rock'n roll to the todays rock.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 14 November 2015
For Beatles enthusiasts, the three anthologies which were released by Apple/EMI Records in 1995/1996 to tie-in with the 'The Beatles Anthology' eight-part television series are truly indispensable.

If you are looking for a collection which contains the timeless pop tunes which helped to change British culture forever, you should look into the following two boxsets instead: 1962-1966 [The Red Album] and 1967-1970 [The Blue Album], both of which have all of the essential singles, and songs you'll always hear played on the radio, These 'Anthology' series however, loaded with treats and rarities, are probably of the most interest to collectors, and genuine devotees.

If you fall into either one of the above categories, what you have on offer here are two CDs covering the period 1958–1964, with everything, mostly in chronological order. The opening track though, 'Free as a Bird', was originally composed and recorded in 1977, but never saw the light of day until this collection's release. The track was released as a single around the same time, peaking at no.2 in the UK charts in December '95, 25 years after the band had broken up.

Other previously unissued treasure on here includes alternative studio takes, home demos, short TV interviews, and exciting live recordings of songs we are already familiar with, and tunes which the four men never put to record, like the Isley Brothers' 'Shout'. We also have the chance to hear some excellent covers of R&B hits like 'Kansas City' and 'Hallelujah, I Love Her So'.

A wonderful bonus in each of these sets are the bumper booklets, containing detailed information about each of the recordings, and some excellent vintage photographs of the band from over their first period. With so much of real merit on offer, the Anthology albums are an excellent series for fans of John, Paul, George and Ringo, four talented men who gave us some of the best British music that has ever been written and composed. These aren't 'greatest hits' packages, their treasure troves.
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on 8 May 2015
Only for fans
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