Anthology 2

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Anthology 2
Compilation album by The Beatles
Released 18 March 1996
Recorded 16 February 1965 – 6 February 1968; c. 1979 and February 1995
Genre Rock, pop, psychedelic rock[1]
Length 127:54
Label Apple CDP 7243 8 34448 2
Producer George Martin, Jeff Lynne, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr ("Real Love")
The Beatles chronology
Anthology 1
(1995)
Anthology 2
(1996)
Anthology 3
(1996)
Singles from Anthology 2
  1. "Real Love"
    Released: 4 March 1996

Anthology 2 is a compilation album by The Beatles, released by Apple Records in March 1996. It is the second of the three-volume Anthology collection, all of which tie-in with the televised special The Beatles Anthology. The opening track is "Real Love", the second of the two recordings that reunited the Beatles by means of magnetic tape. Like its predecessor, the album topped the Billboard 200 album chart, and has been certified 4× Platinum by the RIAA. The Anthology albums were made available on the iTunes Store on 14 June 2011.

Content[edit]

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.[2]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B[4]
Guitarist 5/5 stars[5]
Robert Christgau (dud)[6]
The Independent Mixed[7]

Like its predecessor, Anthology 2 sold well. In the United States, it debuted at No. 1, selling 442,000 copies the first week. The next week, it fell to No. 2, selling 201,000 copies, being replaced by Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill. The album spent two more weeks on the Top 10, at No. 4 and then No. 8, remaining for 22 consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 and then re-entering the charts twice, marking a No. 96 reach during the Christmas season of 1996. In all, the album spent 37 weeks on the charts (eight more than Anthology 1) and sold 1,707,000 copies. In the United Kingdom, the success was similar. The first Anthology album had debuted at No. 2 when it was released in November 1995; but its successor reached No. 1, where it remained for one week. The album spent a total of 13 weeks on the UK Album Chart.

Track listing[edit]

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

Disc one
  1. "Real Love" (Lennon) – 3:54
    • Lennon demo recorded at The Dakota, 1979; Beatles version recorded February 1995
  2. "Yes It Is" (Takes 2 & 14) – 1:50
  3. "I'm Down" (Take 1) – 2:53
    • Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, 14 June 1965
  4. "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" (Takes 1, 2 & 5) [mono] – 2:45
  5. "If You've Got Trouble" (Take 1) – 2:48
    • Tracks 4-5 recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, 18 February 1965
  6. "That Means a Lot" (Take 1) – 2:27
    • Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, 20 February 1965
  7. "Yesterday" (Take 1) – 2:34
    • Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, 14 June 1965
  8. "It's Only Love" (Takes 2 & 3) [mono] – 1:59
    • Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, 15 June 1965
  9. "I Feel Fine" [mono] – 2:16
  10. "Ticket to Ride" [mono] – 2:45
  11. "Yesterday" [mono] – 2:43
  12. "Help!" [mono] – 2:55
    • Tracks 9-12 recorded live at ABC Theatre, Blackpool, on 1 August 1965 for the Blackpool Night Out television broadcast
  13. "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby" (Carl Perkins) [mono] – 2:45
    • Recorded live at Shea Stadium, New York City, 15 August 1965
  14. "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" (Take 1) – 1:59
    • Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, 12 October 1965
  15. "I'm Looking Through You" (Take 1) – 2:54
    • Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, 24 October 1965
  16. "12-Bar Original" (Edited Take 2) (Lennon–McCartney–Harrison–Starkey) – 2:55
    • Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, 4 November 1965
  17. "Tomorrow Never Knows" (Take 1) – 3:14
    • Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, 6 April 1966
  18. "Got to Get You into My Life" (Take 5) [mono] – 2:54
    • Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, 7 April 1966
  19. "And Your Bird Can Sing" (Take 2) – 2:13
    • Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, 20 April 1966
  20. "Taxman" (Take 11) (Harrison) – 2:32
    • Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, 21 April 1966
  21. "Eleanor Rigby" (Take 14) – 2:06
    • Backing string section without vocals; recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, 28 April 1966
  22. "I'm Only Sleeping" (Rehearsal) [mono] – 0:41
  23. "I'm Only Sleeping" (Take 1) [mono] – 2:59
    • Tracks 22-23 recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, 29 April 1966
  24. "Rock and Roll Music" (Chuck Berry) [mono] – 1:39
  25. "She's a Woman" [mono] – 2:55
Disc two
  1. "Strawberry Fields Forever" (Demo sequence) [mono] – 1:42
    • Lennon demo recorded at Kenwood, Weybridge, November 1966
  2. "Strawberry Fields Forever" (Take 1) – 2:35
    • Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, 24 November 1966
  3. "Strawberry Fields Forever" (Take 7 & Edit piece) [mono] – 4:14
    • Full take of song used for intro and first verse - recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, 24 November and 9 December 1966
  4. "Penny Lane" (Take 9 horn overdub) – 3:13
    • Composite of takes recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, 29 December 1966 – 17 January 1967
  5. "A Day in the Life" (Takes 1, 2, 6 & orchestra) – 5:05
    • Basic track of master version without "psychedelic" overdubs - composite of takes recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, 19–20 January and 10 February 1967
  6. "Good Morning Good Morning" (Take 8) – 2:40
    • Composite of takes recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, 8 & 16 February 1967
  7. "Only a Northern Song" (Takes 3 & 12) (Harrison) – 2:44
    • Composite of takes recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, 13–14 February and 20 April 1967
  8. "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!" (Takes 1 & 2) – 1:05
  9. "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!" (Take 7 & effects tape) – 2:34
    • Tracks 8-9 composite of takes recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, 17 & 20 February 1967
  10. "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" (Takes 6, 7 & 8) – 3:06
    • Composite of takes recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, 1–2 March 1967
  11. "Within You Without You" (Harrison) – 5:27
    • Instrumental backing track; composite of takes recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, 15 March–3 April 1967
  12. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)" (Take 5) [mono] – 1:27
    • Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, 1 April 1967
  13. "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)" – 5:43
    • Composite of takes recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, 17 May 1967 – 30 April 1969
  14. "I Am the Walrus" (Take 16) – 4:02
    • Basic track of master version without "psychedelic" overdubs - recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, 5 September 1967
  15. "The Fool on the Hill" [mono] – 2:48
    • McCartney demo recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, 6 September 1967
  16. "Your Mother Should Know" (Take 27) – 3:02
    • Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, 16 September 1967
  17. "The Fool on the Hill" (Take 4) – 3:45
    • Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, 25 September 1967
  18. "Hello, Goodbye" (Take 16 and overdubs) – 3:18
    • Composite of takes recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, 2 & 19 October 1967
  19. "Lady Madonna" (Takes 3 & 4) – 2:22
    • Composite of takes recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, 3 & 6 February 1968
  20. "Across the Universe" (Take 2) – 3:29
    • Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, 3 February 1968

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[8] 4× Platinum 400,000^
France (SNEP)[9] Gold 109,900[10]
Japan (RIAJ)[11] Platinum 266,000[12]
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[14] 4× Platinum 2,000,000^

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

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom 1996-03-18 Apple, EMI Triple vinyl LP PCSP728 / 72438 34448 1 6
Double CD CDPCSP728 / 7243 8 34448 2 3
Cassette TCPCSP728
United States 1996-03-19 Apple, Capitol, EMI Triple vinyl LP CDP 7243 8 34448 1 6
Double CD CDP 7243 8 34448 2 3

Notes[edit]

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  2. ^ Carnival of Light - The Beatles Bible
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  6. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Review: Anthology 2 (Capitol/Apple, 1995)". Retrieved 12 August 2009. 
  7. ^ Barber, Nicholas (17 March 1996). "Review: Beatles: Anthology 2 (Parlophone, two CDs/three LPs/two tapes)". Independent News & Media. Retrieved 12 August 2009. 
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  11. ^ "RIAJ > The Record > May 1996 > Certified Awards (March 1996)". Recording Industry Association of Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved 25 December 2013. 
  12. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9. 
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Preceded by
Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette
Billboard 200 number-one album
6–12 April 1996
Succeeded by
Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette
Preceded by
Falling into You by Celine Dion
UK number one album
30 March – 5 April 1996
Succeeded by
Greatest Hits by Take That