The Beatles Anthology

The Beatles '95

Anthology III

Australian A3 booklets

I got this from Nathan (alcuni@q-net.net.au):

Hello, my name is Nathan and I live in Perth, Western Australia. I thought I would share this bit of information with you. I went out and bought Anthology 3 on the 28th October when it was released, and went to a mate's place to play it, but discovered the pages in my book were wrong: some were doubled up and some were not there not all. I thought I had a dud book and went back the shop to get it replaced the next day, but was informed by the guy that all the books had the same error and that it problem affected all Anthology 3 booklets in Australia. Someone at EMI is going to be in deep trouble. Anyway, that is the story. Fortunately, the contents on the CD are much better than the manufacturing of the book.

Official Capitol Records press-release

NEW YORK, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGY 3, the third and final chapter from the Anthology collection, will be released by Capitol Records on Tuesday, October 29th.

THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGY 3 comprises 50 songs -- first takes, out-takes, and never before heard recordings from the period of 1968-1970, a total of 2 1/2 hours of music.

This was the time of The White Album, Let It Be and Abbey Road and THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGY 3 includes "stripped bare" alternative versions of Beatles classics from that period, including Helter Skelter, Come Together, Hey Jude, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Glass Onion, Don't Pass Me By and Something.

ANTHOLOGY 3 also includes Beatles tracks never released by the band before, among them Not Guilty, What's the New Mary Jane, Teddy Boy and Come and Get It.

And, revealed for the first time, Anthology 3 features seven tracks from the Beatles rarest private tape: acoustic demo sessions for The White Album, recorded not in the studio but at George Harrison's home.

The Beatles "at home" tracks are: Happiness Is A Warm Gun, Mean Mr. Mustard, Polythene Pam, Glass Onion, Junk, Piggies and Honey Pie.

The release of THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGY 3 completes -- game, set, and match -- an extraordinary year in the life of The Beatles.

Since November 1995 The Beatles have set new benchmarks with the various Anthology projects:

In this year The Beatles have both revitalized the memories of millions and attracted the new interest of those too young to remember. And as always -- as Beatles press officer Derek Taylor notes -- their music preserves their role and influence "intact to infinity."

The Beatles Anthology 3 Track List

CD One -- All 27 tracks previously unreleased (Track notes by Mark Lewisohn)

1 A BEGINNING A short orchestral piece composed by George Martin as the original intro to Don't Pass Me By.
2 HAPPINESS IS A WARM GUN John's blues, the first of seven tracks from demo sessions for The White Album recorded at George Harrison's home.
3 HELTER SKELTER R & B version of Paul's legendary heavy metal rocker.
4 MEAN MR. MUSTARD First soundings of John's Abbey Road classic taped at George's home.
5 POLYTHENE PAM Acoustic demo, from the "home tapes", of John's witty Abbey Road number.
6 GLASS ONION An acoustic "home taping" of John's White Album belter.
7 JUNK Paul's early working of the ballad demoed at George's but issued on McCartney.
8 PIGGIES George's "home taped" demo of his incisive comment for The White Album.
9 HONEY PIE The final track from the "home tapes", Paul's acoustic demo of The White Album song.
10 DON'T PASS ME BY An out-take of Ringo's first solo song composition.
11 OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA A fully completed alternative version of Paul's calypso swinger.
12 GOOD NIGHT An eavesdrop into a Beatles session, with ideas pitched from all as Ringo sings.
13 CRY BABY CRY Take One of John's White Album song.
14 BLACKBIRD A pure acoustic/vocal performance of Paul's ballad.
15 SEXY SADIE John's slower version of the master.
16 WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS A laid-back, acoustic demo of George's classic.
17 HEY JUDE An alternative version, with ad-libs, of Paul's all-time great.
18 NOT GUILTY A completely unreleased track written by George for The White Album.
19 MOTHER NATURE'S SON A strictly solo rendition by Paul.
20 GLASS ONION A then-unreleased experiment in music and sound-effects by John.
21 ROCKY RACCOON A fun out-take of Paul's White Album comedy.
22 WHAT'S THE NEW MARY JANE Another completely unreleased track, conceived by John in best experimental style.
23 STEP INSIDE LOVE/LOS PARANOIAS Light-hearted jams from the White Album sessions. Paul wrote Step Inside Love as the theme for Cilla Black's TV series. Los Paranoias was made up on the spot.
24 I'M SO TIRED A fine alternative of John's masterpiece.
25 I WILL The master was take 67. This is Paul's take one.
26 WHY DON'T WE DO IT IN THE ROAD Paul's acoustic guitar early take.
27 JULIA A gentle studio work-out of John's ballad.

CD TWO -- All 23 tracks previously unreleased

1 I'VE GOT A FEELING The first of 12 selections from the Let It Be sessions at the Apple studio in January 1969, with Billy Preston on keyboards for Paul and John's doubleheader.
2 SHE CAME IN THROUGH THE BATHROOM WINDOW A Let It Be rehearsal for Paul's song from Abbey Road.
3 DIG A PONY Fine vocal performances highlight John's Let It Be outtake.
4 TWO OF US Paul and John emulate The Everly Brothers in this duet.
5 FOR YOU BLUE A good unreleased version of George's 12-bar blues.
6 TEDDY BOY An unreleased Beatles track, written by Paul and issued on his 1970 solo debut album.
7 MEDLEY: RIP IT UP/ SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL/BLUE SUEDE SHOES A jam from the Let It Be sessions.
8 THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Let It Be version of this was dressed up with orchestra and choir -- this is the undressed version as Paul intended it to sound.
9 OH! DARLING Another Let It Be rehearsal for Paul's song that would be taped anew for Abbey Road, the Beatles' final recorded album.
10 ALL THINGS MUST PASS The first of three demos by George recorded solo at Abbey Road in February 1969, never released by The Beatles, but the title track of his first post-Beatles album.
11 MAILMAN, BRING ME NO MORE BLUES The Beatles sing Buddy Holly.
12 GET BACK Paul's rocker recorded live during The Beatles last live performance, on the roof at Apple.
13 OLD BROWN SHOE The second of George's solo demos.
14 OCTOPUS' GARDEN An early out-take of Ringo's song for Abbey Road.
15 MAXWELL'S SILVER HAMMER Written by Paul during the White Album sessions, rehearsed during Let It Be, and recorded during Abbey Road.
16 SOMETHING The last of George's solo demos from February 1969, an early beginning of a classic.
17 COME TOGETHER First take of John's Abbey Road opener.
18 COME AND GET IT Paul's demo, completed in under an hour, of the hit he gave to Badfinger.
19 AIN'T SHE SWEET 1969 recording of the standard that The Beatles first taped in Hamburg in 1961.
20 BECAUSE A stunning new remix of John's Abbey Road track.
21 LET IT BE A live-in-the-studio out-take of Paul's anthem
22 I ME MINE The last new song recorded by The Beatles for 24 years, taped in January 1970. This is the original version of George's Let It Be number.
23 THE END A guitar-based version of Paul's aptly-titled last track on The Beatles' last recorded album. And still saying it all.

Anthology Videos

The Anthology videos (8 cassettes) have been released


Being for the Benefit - Take a close listen to Mr. Kite on Anthology II. update

Advance reviews of Anthology II, which was released on March 18, 1996. The single "Real Love" was released on March 4.

For a review of Anthology Vol. 1, please read Now That's A Good Job.

For a (a bit dated) summary of what it's all about, please read The Anthology FAQ, written by Saki and Ed Chen.

Many magazines contain articles about the Beatles Anthology, e.g. the October 23, 1995 edition of Newsweek which is highly recommended!

Genesis publications will issue a limited edition Anthology book in late 1996 or 1997. As they were exhibitor at the 1995 International Frankfurt Bookfair, I decided to get there and ask their spokesman personally. I've also shot two photo's there.

Make sure that you also check the Beatletext page! It's updated often and there have been many text pages about the Anthology. It's likely that there will be even more.

Anthology Links

... some are currently inactive - but might come back for Anthology III!

AbbeyRd's page includes gossip/unconfirmed listing for Anthology 3 and a computerized image linking the Anthology 1 and Anthology 2 covers. (There's an overt "Paul is dead" clue there -- Paul is the only one missing from the "With the Beatles" cover.)

ABC Television also have a page: The Beatles Anthology.

LIFE magazine also has an Anthology Page. The 30 October edition of LIFE is about Beatles.

Steve Clifford has created an "Anthology Publications Web Site", see his Beatles Homepage

Capitol Records also have their Anthology Web Page

Parlophone Records also have an Anthology track listing

Lots of new Beatles'95 photos on the Obvious Moose Page


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1995, 1996 Harald Gernhardt. Last updated Sun May 26 16:00:12 GMT+0200 1996. Many thanks to Ron Synovitz!