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The Beatles 11/20/1995

Review

The first in a series of three double-CD sets of previously unreleased and rare Beatles material, released in conjunction with the mammoth Anthology video documentary. This covers the late '50s to the end of 1964, mixing studio outtakes, live performances, primitive recordings from the Quarrymen/Silver Beatles days, excerpts from the famous 1962 Decca audition, the most notable 1961 Tony Sheridan-era recordings, and brief spoken bits from interviews. Although this material is undeniably of vast historical importance, it can't be placed in the same company as the Beatles' proper albums, in either cohesion or quality. While the studio outtakes (many never even heard on bootleg) are the most enticing items, these are almost exclusively alternate versions of songs they placed on their official releases (the most notable exceptions being the 1964 R&B cover "Leave My Kitten Alone," the 1962 demo "How Do You Do It," and the unimpressive 1964 Harrison original "You Know What to Do"). Sometimes the differences are quite interesting (a much more electric-oriented version of "And I Love Her," for example), but the alternates also illustrate how the group were virtually unerring in selecting the best arrangement and take of their songs for the final versions. The pre-1962 items are sometimes taken from private rehearsal tapes of primitive fidelity and are really of archival value only. One could go on at great length about the many curiosities and finds unearthed by this compilation, but for most general consumers, two observations may suffice. It does not stand up to the Beatles' fully conceived albums (even Live at the BBC), but the Beatles' scraps and leavings are more interesting than over 95 percent of other performers' best work. By that standard, this must be judged a worthwhile collection, especially (but not solely) for dedicated Beatles fans. ~ Richie Unterberger
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Free as a Bird The Beatles 4:22
  3. 2 We Were Fours Guys... That's All The Beatles 0:11
  4. 3 That'll Be the Day The Beatles 2:8
  5. 4 In Spite of All the Danger The Beatles 2:45
  6. 5 Sometimes I'd Borrow...Those Still Exist The Beatles 0:18
  7. 6 Hallelujah I Love Her So The Beatles 1:12
  8. 7 You'll Be Mine The Beatles 1:37
  9. 8 Cayenne The Beatles 1:14
  10. 9 First of All... It Didn't Do a Thing Here The Beatles 0:7
  11. 10 My Bonnie The Beatles & Tony Sheridan 2:40
  12. 11 Ain't She Sweet The Beatles 2:11
  13. 12 Cry for a Shadow The Beatles 2:22
  14. 13 Brian Was a Beautiful Guy...He Presented Us Well The Beatles 0:9
  15. 14 I Secured Them... A Beatle Drink Even Then The Beatles 0:18
  16. 15 Searchin' The Beatles 2:58
  17. 16 Three Cool Cats The Beatles 2:23
  18. 17 The Sheik of Araby The Beatles 1:40
  19. 18 Like Dreamers Do The Beatles 2:34
  20. 19 Hello Little Girl The Beatles 1:38
  21. 20 Well, the Recording Test... By My Artists The Beatles 0:31
  22. 21 Besame Mucho The Beatles 2:33
  23. 22 Love Me Do The Beatles 2:29
  24. 23 How Do You Do It? The Beatles 1:56
  25. 24 Please Please Me The Beatles 1:57
  26. 25 One After 909 The Beatles 2:21
  27. 26 One After 909 The Beatles 2:53
  28. 27 Lend Me Your Comb The Beatles 1:48
  29. 28 I'll Get You The Beatles 2:8
  30. 29 We Were Performers... In Britain The Beatles 0:12
  31. 30 I Saw Her Standing There The Beatles 2:49
  32. 31 From Me to You The Beatles 2:6
  33. 32 Money (That's What I Want) The Beatles 2:52
  34. 33 You Really Got a Hold on Me The Beatles 2:58
  35. 34 Roll Over Beethoven The Beatles 2:19
  36. 1 She Loves You The Beatles 2:49
  37. 2 Till There Was You The Beatles 2:55
  38. 3 Twist and Shout The Beatles 3:5
  39. 4 This Boy The Beatles 2:22
  40. 5 I Want to Hold Your Hand The Beatles 2:37
  41. 6 Boys, What Was I Thinking... The Beatles 2:6
  42. 7 Moonlight Bay The Beatles 0:48
  43. 8 Can't Buy Me Love The Beatles 2:8
  44. 9 All My Loving The Beatles 2:18
  45. 10 You Can't Do That The Beatles 2:38
  46. 11 And I Love Her The Beatles 1:50
  47. 12 A Hard Day's Night The Beatles 2:39
  48. 13 I Wanna Be Your Man The Beatles 1:47
  49. 14 Long Tall Sally The Beatles 1:44
  50. 15 Boys The Beatles 1:48
  51. 16 Shout The Beatles 1:28
  52. 17 I'll Be Back The Beatles 1:13
  53. 18 I'll Be Back The Beatles 1:56
  54. 19 You Know What to Do The Beatles 1:57
  55. 20 No Reply The Beatles 1:45
  56. 21 Mr Moonlight The Beatles 2:45
  57. 22 Leave My Kitten Alone The Beatles 2:50
  58. 23 No Reply The Beatles 2:26
  59. 24 Eight Days a Week The Beatles 1:25
  60. 25 Eight Days a Week The Beatles 2:47
  61. 26 Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! The Beatles 2:42

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