Anthology 1

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Anthology 1
Compilation album by The Beatles
Released 20 November 1995
Recorded 1958 – 18 October 1964; February–March 1994
Genre Rock and roll
Length 124:54
Label Apple CDP 7243 8 34445 2
Producer George Martin, Jeff Lynne ("Free as a Bird")
The Beatles chronology
Live at the BBC
(1994)
Anthology 1
(1995)
Anthology 2
(1996)
Singles from Anthology 1
  1. "Free as a Bird"
    Released: 4 December 1995

Anthology 1 is a compilation album by The Beatles, released by Apple Records in November 1995. It was released as the first part of the Anthology trilogy of albums with Anthology 2 and Anthology 3, all of which tie-in with the televised special The Beatles Anthology. It contains "Free as a Bird", billed as the first new Beatles song in 25 years. The album topped the Billboard 200 album chart and was certified 8x Platinum by the RIAA. The Anthology albums became available on the iTunes Store on 14 June 2011.

Content[edit]

Anthology 1 includes rarities, outtakes, and live performances from the period 1958–1964, including their days as "The Quarrymen", through the Decca audition to sessions for the album Beatles for Sale. It is of historical interest as the only official release of performances with Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best in the band. Sutcliffe, the band's original bass player during 1960, and sporadically during the group's second Hamburg season, appears on the disc one tracks, "Hallelujah, I Love Her So", "You'll Be Mine" and "Cayenne". Best, who was the band's drummer from just prior to the group's first departure for Hamburg in August 1960 until 15 August 1962, is on disc one, tracks 10–12, 15–19 and 21–22.

Disc one tracks 10–12 were recorded at a session in Hamburg where The Beatles served as the back-up band to the English rock and roll musician Tony Sheridan. Some songs from this session were released on the 1962 LP My Bonnie, credited to Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers. The song "My Bonnie" would be their introductory single in England, featuring Sheridan on lead vocal and guitar. Disc one tracks 21–22 are the only surviving recordings of The Beatles' first EMI session. Track 22 is the original recording of "Love Me Do", which, after Ringo Starr replaced Best, would be re-recorded by the group four months later for their first single. Disc one track 23 features EMI session drummer Andy White in place of Starr.

Disc two contains performances from comedy duo Morecambe and Wise's popular television programme, Two of a Kind, as well as the opening song from their famed performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, which introduced the band to most of the US in 1964.

The flashpoint for the album came with the song "Free as a Bird" – the three remaining Beatles Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr re-working a John Lennon demo recording given to McCartney by Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono Lennon. Produced by Harrison's Traveling Wilburys band-mate Jeff Lynne, the three added additional music and lyrics, instrumentation and backing vocals, with McCartney and Harrison both taking a turn at a lead vocal.

Album cover[edit]

The cover of Anthology 1 is the first third of the Anthology collage made by Klaus Voormann. Various photographs and album covers are torn and collected together. Pete Best's face was torn away from the Savage Young Beatles record jacket in the centre of the album cover, revealing the face of his successor, Ringo Starr, below. The missing piece was subsequently used on the cover of Best's Haymans Green album in 2008.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

The album was a large success throughout the world. It was the first Beatles album to enter the Billboard 200 album chart at No. 1. It sold 855,473 copies in its first week, the 27th largest one-week sales in the Soundscan history, succeeding Fresh Horses by Garth Brooks. In its second week Anthology 1 sold 453,000 copies and maintained the top spot. This was repeated the following week, with 435,000 copies sold. In its fourth week the same quantity was sold, but the album fell to No. 2 behind Mariah Carey's Daydream. In the following week, the album fell to No.3 but with 601,000 sales. Anthology 1 was certified 3× Platinum by the RIAA after six weeks in the US market. In all, the album spent 29 weeks inside the Billboard 200, reached cumulative sales of 3,639,000 scans as of April 2001. In the UK, reaction was similar, but the album only reached No. 2, behind Robson & Jerome's eponymous album. In Australia, the album spent two weeks at No.1 in December 1995.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks in stereo and written by Lennon–McCartney except where noted.

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Free as a Bird" (Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, Starkey) – 4:25
  2. "We were four guys ... that's all" (Lennon speaking to Jann Wenner) – 0:12
  3. "That'll Be the Day" [Mono] (Allison, Holly, Petty) – 2:08
  4. "In Spite of All the Danger" [Mono] (McCartney, Harrison) – 2:45
  5. "Sometimes I'd borrow ... those still exist" (McCartney speaking to Mark Lewisohn) – 0:18
  6. "Hallelujah, I Love Her So" [Mono] (Charles) – 1:13
  7. "You'll Be Mine" [Mono] – 1:39
  8. "Cayenne" [Mono] (McCartney) – 1:14
    • Tracks 6–8 recorded at McCartney's house in Liverpool, late summer or spring 1960
  9. "First of all ... it didn't do a thing here" (McCartney speaking to Malcom Threadgill) – 0:07
  10. "My Bonnie" (traditional, arranged by Tony Sheridan) – 2:42
  11. "Ain't She Sweet" [Mono] (Ager, Yellen) – 2:13
  12. "Cry for a Shadow" [Duophonic] (Lennon, Harrison) – 2:22
    • Tracks 10–12 recorded at Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany, 22 June 1961
  13. "Brian was a beautiful guy ... he presented us well" (Lennon speaking to David Wigg) – 0:10
  14. "I secured them ... a Beatle drink even then" (Brian Epstein from A Cellarful of Noise) – 0:18
  15. "Searchin'" [Mono] (Leiber, Stoller) – 3:00
  16. "Three Cool Cats" [Mono] (Leiber, Stoller) – 2:25
  17. "The Sheik of Araby" [Mono] (Smith, Wheeler, Snyder) – 1:43
  18. "Like Dreamers Do" [Mono] – 2:36
  19. "Hello Little Girl" [Mono] – 1:40
  20. "Well, the recording test ... by my artists" (Epstein from A Cellarful of Noise) – 0:32
  21. "Bésame Mucho" [Mono] (Velázquez, Skylar) – 2:37
  22. "Love Me Do" [Mono] – 2:32
    • Tracks 21–22 recorded at EMI Studios, London, 6 June 1962
  23. "How Do You Do It" [Mono] (Murray) – 1:57
    • Recorded at EMI Studios, London, 4 September 1962
  24. "Please Please Me" [Mono] – 1:59
    • Recorded at EMI Studios, London, 11 September 1962
  25. "One After 909" (Sequence) [Mono] – 2:23
  26. "One After 909" (Complete) [Mono] – 2:56
    • Tracks 25–26 recorded at EMI Studios, London, 5 March 1963
  27. "Lend Me Your Comb" [Mono] (Twomey, Wise, Weisman) – 1:50
    • Recorded live at BBC Maida Vale Studios, London, 2 July 1963, for the Pop Go The Beatles radio broadcast
  28. "I'll Get You" [Mono] – 2:08
  29. "We were performers ... in Britain" (Lennon speaking to Jann Wenner) – 0:12
  30. "I Saw Her Standing There" [Mono] – 2:49
  31. "From Me to You" [Mono] – 2:05
  32. "Money (That's What I Want)" [Mono] (Gordy, Bradford) – 2:52
  33. "You Really Got a Hold on Me" [Mono] (Robinson) – 2:58
  34. "Roll Over Beethoven" [Mono] (Berry) – 2:22
    • Tracks 30–34 recorded live at the Karlaplansstudion, Stockholm, Sweden, 24 October 1963, for the Popgrupp från Liverpool på besök i Stockholm (English: Pop Group from Liverpool Visiting Stockholm) radio broadcast

Disc two[edit]

  1. "She Loves You" [Mono] – 2:50
  2. "Till There Was You" [Mono] (Willson) – 2:54
  3. "Twist and Shout" [Mono] (Russell, Medley) – 3:05
  4. "This Boy" [Mono] – 2:22
  5. "I Want to Hold Your Hand" [Mono] – 2:37
  6. "Boys, what I was thinking..." (Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise speaking to The Beatles) – 2:06
  7. "Moonlight Bay" [Mono] (Madden, Wenrich) – 0:50
  8. "Can't Buy Me Love" (Takes 1 & 2) – 2:10
  9. "All My Loving" [Mono] – 2:19
  10. "You Can't Do That" (Take 6) – 2:42
  11. "And I Love Her" (Take 2) – 1:52
    • Tracks 10–11 recorded at EMI Studios, London, 25 February 1964
  12. "A Hard Day's Night" (Take 1) – 2:44
    • Recorded at EMI Studios, London, 16 April 1964
  13. "I Wanna Be Your Man" – 1:48
  14. "Long Tall Sally" (Johnson, Penniman, Blackwell) – 1:45
  15. "Boys" (Dixon, Farrell) – 1:50
  16. "Shout" (Isley-Isley-Isley) – 1:31
  17. "I'll Be Back" (Take 2) – 1:13
  18. "I'll Be Back" (Take 3) – 1:58
    • Tracks 17–18 recorded at EMI Studios, London, 1 June 1964
  19. "You Know What to Do" (Demo) (Harrison) – 1:59
  20. "No Reply" (Demo) – 1:46
    • Tracks 19–20 recorded at EMI Studios, London, 3 June 1964
  21. "Mr. Moonlight" (Takes 1 & 4) (Johnson) – 2:47
  22. "Leave My Kitten Alone" (Take 5) (John, Turner, McDougal) – 2:57
    • Tracks 21–22 recorded at EMI Studios, London, 14 August 1964
  23. "No Reply" (Take 2) – 2:29
    • Recorded at EMI Studios, London, 30 September 1964
  24. "Eight Days a Week" (Sequence) – 1:25
  25. "Eight Days a Week" (Complete) – 2:48
    • Tracks 24–25 recorded at EMI Studios, London, 6 October 1964
  26. "Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!" (Take 2) (Leiber, Stoller/Penniman) – 2:44
    • Recorded at EMI Studios, London, 18 October 1964

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[2] Gold 30,000x
Austria (IFPI Austria)[3] Gold 25,000x
Canada (Music Canada)[4] 9× Platinum 900,000^
Germany (BVMI)[5] Gold 250,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[6] 2× Platinum 607,000[7]
Norway (IFPI Norway)[8] Gold 25,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[9] Gold 50,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[10] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[11] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[12] Platinum 50,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[14] 8× Platinum 4,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[15] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Charts[edit]

Preceded by
R. Kelly by R. Kelly
Billboard 200 number-one album
9–29 December 1995
Succeeded by
Daydream by Mariah Carey
Preceded by
Something to Remember by Madonna
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
3–16 December 1995
Succeeded by
The Memory of Trees by Enya

Notes[edit]

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