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Anthology 2

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The Beatles 31/9/1996

Review

As expected, the second installment of the Anthology series reflects the Beatles' increasing use of the studio-as-laboratory during their "middle years." Some live material from 1965 to 1966 appears on the first disc, and the second "reunion" single ("Real Love") leads off the set. But the emphasis is upon alternate takes from early 1965 to early 1968, during which time the group rapidly evolved from post-Merseybeat through folk-rock to psychedelia. As with the first volume, this is nearly always interesting but perhaps thinner on revelations than some might expect. The Help!-era outtakes "If You've Got Troubles" and "That Means a Lot" are on the light side but very fun, especially the latter, which Paul and the group perform much better than P.J. Proby (who covered the song shortly afterward). Some of the alternate takes are extremely different and excellent performances on their own merits: the funkier version of "I'm Looking Through You" and the less mellow arrangement of "Norwegian Wood," a wall-of-drugs reverb for "Tomorrow Never Knows," a very Byrds-like approach to "And Your Bird Can Sing" (with giggle-laden vocals), and an acoustic demo of "Fool on the Hill." The earlier, much more acoustic version of "Strawberry Fields Forever" is the most notable gem. On the other hand, much of the material differs from the official cuts in fairly minute gradations and will be of greater interest to scholars than general listeners (although discoveries like a different solo on "Penny Lane" are fascinating). The seven live tracks on disc one, from the waning days of Beatlemania, are better than many would have assumed, showing the group still capable of generating heat on-stage. ~ Richie Unterberger
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Real Love [Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 3:47
  3. 2 Yes It Is [Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 1:49
  4. 3 I'm Down [Take 1 / Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 2:51
  5. 4 You've Got To Hide Your Love Away [Take 5 / Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 2:43
  6. 5 If You've Got Trouble [Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 2:47
  7. 6 That Means A Lot [Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 2:24
  8. 7 Yesterday [Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 2:31
  9. 8 It's Only Love [Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 1:55
  10. 9 I Feel Fine [Live From The ABC Theatre, Blackpool, UK/1965 / Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 2:15
  11. 10 Ticket To Ride [Live From The ABC Theatre, Blackpool, UK/1965 / Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 2:45
  12. 11 Yesterday [Live From The ABC Theatre, Blackpool, UK/1965 / Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 2:43
  13. 12 Help! [Live From The ABC Theatre, Blackpool, UK/1965 / Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 2:52
  14. 13 Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby [Live From Shea Stadium, New York, USA/1965 / Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 2:42
  15. 14 Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) [Take 1 / Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 1:58
  16. 15 I'm Looking Through You [Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 2:51
  17. 16 12 Bar Original [Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 2:53
  18. 17 Tomorrow Never Knows [Take 1 / Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 3:11
  19. 18 Got To Get You Into My Life [Take 5 / Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 2:49
  20. 19 And Your Bird Can Sing [Take 2 / Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 2:13
  21. 20 Taxman [Take 11 / Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 2:31
  22. 21 Eleanor Rigby [Strings Only / Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 2:5
  23. 22 I'm Only Sleeping [Rehearsal / Instrumental / Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 0:39
  24. 23 I'm Only Sleeping [Take 1 / Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 2:56
  25. 24 Rock And Roll Music [Live From Nippon Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan/1966 / Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 1:38
  26. 25 She's A Woman [Live From Nippon Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan/1966 / Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 2:53
  27. 1 Strawberry Fields Forever [Demo Sequence / Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 1:41
  28. 2 Strawberry Fields Forever [Take 1 / Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 2:33
  29. 3 Strawberry Fields Forever [Take 7 And Edit Piece / Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 4:12
  30. 4 Penny Lane [Alternate Mix / Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 3:11
  31. 5 A Day In The Life [Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 5:3
  32. 6 Good Morning Good Morning [Take 8 / Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 2:39
  33. 7 Only A Northern Song [Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 2:41
  34. 8 Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite! [Takes 1 & 2 / Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 1:5
  35. 9 Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite! [Take 7 / Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 2:32
  36. 10 Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds [Alternate Mix / Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 3:3
  37. 11 Within You, Without You [Instrumental / Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 5:23
  38. 12 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [Reprise / Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 1:24
  39. 13 You Know My Name (Look Up The Number) [Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 5:41
  40. 14 I Am The Walrus [Take 16 / Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 3:59
  41. 15 The Fool On The Hill [Demo / Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 2:46
  42. 16 Your Mother Should Know [Take 27 / Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 3:0
  43. 17 The Fool On The Hill [Take 4 / Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 3:42
  44. 18 Hello, Goodbye [Take 16 / Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 3:16
  45. 19 Lady Madonna [Alternate Mix / Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 2:21
  46. 20 Across The Universe [Take 2 / Anthology 2 Version] The Beatles 3:25

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