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 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Double bass, Percussion, Producer, Synthesiser
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Percussion, Producer
John Lennon:
Drum machine, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Jeff Lynne:
Backing vocals, Guitar, Producer
George Harrison:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Percussion, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Jon Jacobs:
Engineer

Recording:
Circa 1979, and February 1995
Studio:
New York, circa 1979, and Sussex, England


2.

Yes It Is

Written by Lennon - McCartney

1:50 • OuttakeC • 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 • OuttakeC • 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 • OuttakeC • 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 • OuttakeA • 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 - John's composition And Your Bird Can Sing appeared on Revolver in remake form, Take 10 form 26 April. Six days earlier, in two takes, the Beatles recorded a different arrangement of the number, the overdubbing of several vocal tracks on to Take 2 indicating that, for a few days at least, they considered that it had the makings of a master. This recording is released here for the first time, counted-in by John. And someone or something - the tape does not reveal what - was causing them to giggle...

George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer

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.

She's a Woman

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:55 • LiveL3

Concert From the concert in Tokyo, Japan on Jun 30, 1966

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 • OuttakeD


5.

A Day In The Life

Written by Lennon - McCartney

5:05 • OuttakeD


6.

Good Morning Good Morning

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:40 • OuttakeC • As issued on Sgt. Pepper, the master of Good Morning Good Morning was Take 11, laden with overdubs by way of a succession of "reductions" deriving in Take 8. For almost a month, though, from 16 February to 13 March, that original Take 8 remained untouched, and, because it was complete and included an overdubbed John Lennon lead vocal, it is reasonable to assure that, for much of that time, it was considered to be the master. This is that Take 8, the basic track from 8 February with John's vocal added on the 16th.

Session Recording:
Feb 08, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Feb 16, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


7.

Only A Northern Song

Written by George Harrison

2:44 • OuttakeC • The mix presented here, in stereo and slightly speeded up, is Take 3 - the basic track from 13 February, with bass and guitar added on 20 April - with unused vocal tracks (yielding a number of lyric variations from the master) overdubbed on to a separate "reduction", Take 12, flown in.

Session Recording:
Feb 13, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Feb 14, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Apr 20, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


8.

Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite!

Written by Lennon - McCartney

1:05 • OuttakeC • Takes 1 and 2. The recordings presented here come from that initial Abbey Road session, 17 February 1967, when the Beatles cut seven takes, beginning with the above dialogue that introduced Take 1, and the performance that followed and immediately broke down. Then there is Take 2, which also broke down, and the ensuing conversation wherein Paul offered John some direction.

Session Recording:
Feb 17, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


9.

Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite!

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:34 • OuttakeD • The next cut, Take 7, formed the basic for the eventual master (which was Take 9), opening with George Martin encouraging the Beatles to perform, and then pumping away at the harmonium which he played on the track. Near to the end, this recording is crossfaded with an organ and calliope effects tape, prepared on 20 February, that formed part of the final master but is clearer in this new mix.

Session Recording:
Feb 17, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Feb 20, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


10.

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:06 • OuttakeC • Takes 6, 7 and 8. This is a unique combination of some different takes and sounds that comprised the original master of Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, broke down to their constituent parts and newly remixed. The basic track is Take 6, taped on 1 March, in which John sang a guide vocal, not yet attempting the finished model. The sound of a tamboura has been added from Take 7, also 1 March, and the chorus vocals have been flown in from Take 8, a "reduction" of Take 7 that received vocal overdubs the next day.

Session Recording:
Mar 01, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Mar 02, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


11.

Within You Without You

Written by George Harrison

5:28 • OuttakeC • Instrumental


12.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

1:27 • OuttakeC • Take 5

Session Recording:
Apr 01, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


13.

You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

5:43 • Outtake • Extended version. Here it is issued in stereo and , at almost six minutes, in extended form for the first time, including never-heard-before sections cut out by John and newly restored. Now as then the emphasis is on fun, and there is plenty to enjoy, including the sound of Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones playing saxophone.


14.

I Am The Walrus

Written by Lennon - McCartney

4:02 • OuttakeC • Take 16. Lacking at this juncture the many overdubs and effects that would turn it into perhaps the most compelling master ever issued by the Beatles this is Take 16 of I Am The Walrus, the basic track on to which all the extras were added.

George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Sep 05, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


15.

The Fool On The Hill

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:48 • DemoC • Three weeks before he recorded it for disc release on Magical Mystery Tour, Paul taped a piano/vocal demo of his latest song. Taking as long to achieve as it sounds - less than three minutes - he sat at the studio piano, playing and singing live. The result is far from the sound of the final master (indeed Paul hadn't yet fleshed out a full lyric) but it has a charm of its own and a nicely sent-up ending.

George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Sep 06, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


16.

Your Mother Should Know

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:02 • OuttakeC • Take 27. "Do you want us to do it again, George?" mocked Paul to the Beatles' producer at the star of this recording. Your Mother Should Know had already been on the blocks for a month, initial sessions taking place at a different venue - Chappell Studios, just off New Bond Street in Central London - on 22 and 23 August (the last time that the Beatles saw their manager Brian Epstein, who died on the 27th). Now Paul was embarking on a new arrangement, with snare drum, harmonium, jangle piano and vocal. The Beatles recorded eleven such takes of Your Mother Should Know during this 16th September session, the one featured here, Take 27, being marked "best", albeit only temporarily.

George Martin:
Producer
Ken Scott:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Sep 16, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


17.

The Fool On The Hill

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:45 • OuttakeD • Take 4. The master of Paul's The Fool On The Hill was a remake, started on 26 September. Three takes of an alternative arrangement were recorded the previous day, the last being "bounced down" to Take 4 and on to which recorder, drums and Paul's lead vocal were added. As with the demo, it is clear that Paul had yet to finalise the lyric at this point.

George Martin:
Producer
Ken Scott:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Sep 25, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


18.

Hello Goodbye

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:18 • OuttakeC • An early incarnation of Paul's Hello, Goodbye, the master of which was issued as a single by the Beatles in November 1967 and was the Christmas number one - in Britain holding off composition from the Magical Mystery Tour double-EP set. This is Take 16 (a "reduction" of the best basic track, Take 14, from 2 October) with vocals and more guitars added on 19 October. From here the recording would be "bounced" three more times and given a number of further overdubs, so, although, there are similarities, there are also many differences between this take and the master.

George Martin:
Producer
Ken Scott:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Oct 02, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Oct 19, 1967
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


19.

Lady Madonna

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:22 • OuttakeC • Takes 3 and 4. This is a unique remix of some of the different takes and sounds that comprised the master, encompassing Take 3 (the basic track of piano and drums with overdubs of guitar, bass, vocals and more drums) from 3 February and a "reduction" of this called Take 4, also with overdubs (particularly saxes), from 6 February.

George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Ken Scott:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 03, 1968
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Feb 06, 1968
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


20.

Across The Universe

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:29 • OuttakeC • Take 2. Here, for the first time, is an unembellished and alternative recording Across The Universe, Take 2, recorded on Saturday 3 February 1968 in EMI Studio Three, temporarily marked "best" on the tape box and so afforded overdubs and technical wonders like the phasing on John's guitar and the percussion.

George Martin:
Producer
Ken Scott:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 04, 1968
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

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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