Anthology 2

By The BeatlesOfficial album • Part of the collection “The Beatles • Post break-up albums

Timeline See what happened in March 1996
UK release date:
Mar 18, 1996
US release date:
Mar 18, 1996
Publisher:
Apple
Sessions This album has been recorded during the following sessions

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Track list

Disc 1


1.

Real Love

Written by John Lennon

3:54 • Outtake


2.

Yes It Is

Written by Lennon - McCartney

1:50 • Outtake • Take 2. Because the take broke down it is completed here with a section (in newly remixed and edited form) from the master, Take 14, distinguished by George's tone-pedal guitar sounds and some fine three-part vocal harmony by John, Paul and George, emphasising how well the recording blossomed - and how quickly too: the Beatles recorded Yes It Is form start to finish inside five hours.

Session Recording:
Feb 16, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


3.

I'm Down

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:54 • Outtake • Issued here for the first time is Take 1, played live in the studio and, as Paul had wished turning out "pretty darn good". Listen closely at the end for Paul's comment "Plastic soul man, plastic soul", a phrase which, when slightly altered, became the title of the Beatles' sixth album, issued in December 1965.

Session Recording:
Jun 14, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


4.

You've Got to Hide Your Love Away

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:45 • Outtake • Take 5. This is prefaced by some studio banter: John's "1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, hold on, hold on" count-in that is all there was of Take 1, and some "shattering" talk that preceded Take 2

Session Recording:
Feb 18, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


5.

If You've Got Trouble

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:48 • Outtake • Take 1

Paul McCartney:
Bass
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Vocals
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 18, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


6.

That Means a Lot

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:27 • Outtake • Take 1

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Backing vocals, Maracas, Rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead guitar, Maracas

Session Recording:
Feb 20, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


7.

Yesterday

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:34 • Outtake • Issued here for the first time is the only alternate studio recording of the song, Take 1, performed solo by Paul, voice and acoustic guitar.

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Vocals

Session Recording:
Jun 14, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


8.

It's Only Love

Written by Lennon - McCartney

1:59 • Outtake • Take 2, preceded by the false start that was Take 3

Session Recording:
Jun 15, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


9.

Blackpool Night Out show

Four songs taken from the six performed by the Beatles on the British television show Blackpool Night Out, broadcast live to the nation on summer Sunday evenings from the northern seaside resort. It was the group's second and last appearance on the programme. The sequence comprises I Feel Fine, the A-side of the single that had held the number one spot at Christmas 1964, Ticket To Ride, number one at Easter 1965, the first stage performance of Yesterday, already beginning to attract attention beyond its unheralded placement as the thirteenth track of the Beatles' latest album, and the first stage performance of Help! - the title of that new album, the Beatles' new film and new 45.







11.

Norwegian Wood (The Bird Has Flown)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

1:59 • Outtake • Take 1, an earlier model issued here for the first time, was recorded during the first day of sessions for the new album. Like the eventual master, it includes a sitar contribution by George Harrison (the first time this Indian instrument was heard in a "pop" song) and also a lead and occasionally double-tracked vocal by John, harmonies from Paul and John, acoustic guitar, finger cymbals, maracas and bass guitar. The recording was marked "best" on the tape box and studio log-sheet so, clearly, the Beatles thought that they had made a master, and indeed it remained the preferred take for nine days, until they cut a remake

Session Recording:
Oct 12, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


12.

I'm Looking Through You

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:54 • Outtake • First master version. The Beatles spent nine hours on 24 October working on I'm Looking Through You, perfecting a rhythm track and then overdubbing lead and harmony vocals on to this new Paul McCartney composition. For two weeks the result was considered to be the master, until a remake was started on 6 November (and another one followed on the 10th) that added the two "Why, tell me why" choruses and caused the fine first version to remain unissued.

Session Recording:
Oct 24, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


13.

12-bar Original

Written by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison

2:54 • OuttakeB • Stereo • Part of take 2

Paul McCartney:
Bass
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Lead guitar
George Harrison:
Lead guitar
George Martin:
Harmonium, Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Nov 04, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


14.

Tomorrow Never Knows

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:15 • Outtake • Mark I, take 1

Session Recording:
Apr 06, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


15.

Got to Get You Into My Life

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:54 • Outtake • Take 5

Session Recording:
Apr 07, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


16.

And Your Bird Can Sing

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:13 • Outtake • Take 2

Session Recording:
Apr 20, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


17.

Taxman

Written by George Harrison

2:32 • Outtake


18.

Eleanor Rigby

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:06 • Outtake


19.

I'm Only Sleeping

Written by Lennon - McCartney

0:41 • Outtake


20.

I'm Only Sleeping

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:59 • Outtake



22.

Disc 2


1.

Strawberry Fields Forever

Written by Lennon - McCartney

1:42 • Demo • This is John Lennon, alone in his music room at home in Weybridge, recording demonstration versions of his latest composition. The date would be circa the Ides of November 1966: John wrote Strawberry Fields Forever (evoking memories of his childhood Liverpool) while on location in Almeria, Spain, during the shooting of the motion picture How I Won The War, and taped these demos after his return on the 7th but before the Beatles convened for recording at EMI on the 24th.


2.

Strawberry Fields Forever

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:35 • Outtake • Take 1

Session Recording:
Nov 24, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


3.

Strawberry Fields Forever

Written by Lennon - McCartney

4:14 • Outtake • Take 7 and edit piece

Session Recording:
Nov 29, 1966
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


4.

Penny Lane

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:13 • Outtake


5.

A Day In The Life

Written by Lennon - McCartney

5:05 • Outtake


6.

Good Morning Good Morning

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:40 • Outtake


7.

Only A Northern Song

Written by George Harrison

2:44 • Outtake


8.

Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite!

Written by Lennon - McCartney

1:05 • Outtake


9.

Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite!

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:34 • Outtake


10.

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:06 • Outtake


11.

Within You Without You

Written by George Harrison

5:28 • Outtake



13.


14.

I Am The Walrus

Written by Lennon - McCartney

4:02 • Outtake


15.

The Fool On The Hill

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:48 • Outtake


16.

Your Mother Should Know

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:02 • Outtake


17.

The Fool On The Hill

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:45 • Outtake


18.

Hello Goodbye

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:18 • Outtake


19.

Lady Madonna

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:22 • Outtake


20.

Across The Universe

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:29 • Outtake

About

From Wikipedia:

Anthology 2 features outtakes, rarities, and alternative performances from the 1965 sessions for Help! to sessions just prior to their trip to India in February 1968. It starts off with the second new Beatles track, “Real Love“, as with “Free as a Bird” again based on a demo made by John Lennon and given to Paul McCartney by Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono. The three surviving Beatles added guitars, bass, drums, percussion, and backing vocals, but unlike with the previous song, did not re-work either lyric or music. “Real Love” remained solely credited to Lennon, becoming the only Beatle song to have Lennon by himself in the writing credit.

Disc one contains three unreleased compositions, one being an instrumental entitled “12-Bar Original” recorded for Rubber Soul but subsequently unused. Two other songs recorded for Help!, “If You’ve Got Trouble” and “That Means a Lot“, were abandoned and never returned to again by the band. The former was originally slated to be the usual vocal spot for Ringo Starr on Help!, and the latter was eventually given to singer P.J. Proby. The version of “Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby” from the group’s famed August 1965 show at Shea Stadium but left off the documentary appears here for the first time. “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)” and “I’m Looking Through You” appear in early versions before they were remade in the forms known from their release on Rubber Soul.

Disc two contains work-in-progress versions of tracks from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour. “Your Mother Should Know” also appears in an early version different from the known release, and tracks one and 15 are demo recordings respectively by Lennon and McCartney. The take of “Strawberry Fields Forever” that made up the first minute of the released record appears in its entirety on track three. Although recorded or started during this period, “Only a Northern Song“, “You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)” and “Across the Universe” would not see release until years later, in 1969 and 1970.

One track that remains officially unreleased from this time, “Carnival of Light”, was vetoed off this set by George Harrison.

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