Anthology 2

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Anthology 2
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Compilation album by The Beatles
Released 18 March 1996 (1996-03-18)
Recorded 16 February 1965 – 30 April 1969; c. 1979 & February 1995
Genre Rock, pop
Length 127:54
Label Apple (CDP 7243 8 34448 2), Capitol
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 on 18 March 1996 by Apple Records as part of The Beatles Anthology series. It features rarities, outtakes and live performances from the 1965 sessions for Help! to the sessions just prior to their trip to India in February 1968. It is the second in a trilogy of albums with Anthology 1 and Anthology 3, 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 for the first time since the band's break-up. Like its predecessor, the album topped the Billboard 200 album chart and has been certified 4× Platinum by the RIAA.

The Anthology albums were remastered and made available digitally on the iTunes Store on 14 June 2011, individually and as part of the Anthology Box Set.

Content[edit]

"Real Love", as with "Free as a Bird", is based on a demo made by John Lennon and given to Paul McCartney by Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono. The three surviving Beatles (McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr) added guitars, bass, drums, percussion and backing vocals, but unlike with the previous song, did not re-work the lyrics or music. "Real Love" remained solely credited to Lennon, becoming the only Beatles 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 out of the documentary about the show appears for the first time.

Disc two contains work-in-progress versions of tracks from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour. The take of "Strawberry Fields Forever" that made up the first minute of the released record appears in its entirety on track three. Also included are three songs that were started during this period – "Only a Northern Song", "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)" and "Across the Universe" – but 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 Harrison.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau (dud)[3]
Entertainment Weekly B[4]
Guitarist 5/5 stars[5]
The Independent (mixed)[6]
Melody Maker "Recommended"[7]
MusicHound 3/5[8]
NME 10/10[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[9]
Wall of Sound 92/100[10]

Like its predecessor, Anthology 2 sold well. In the United States, it debuted at number one, selling 442,000 copies its first week. The next week, it fell to number two, selling 201,000 copies, being replaced by Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill. The album spent two more weeks on the top 10, at number four then number eight, remaining on the Billboard 200 for 22 consecutive weeks and then re-entering the charts twice, marking a number 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 number two when it was released in November 1995, but its successor reached number one, where it remained for one week. The album spent a total of 13 weeks on the UK Album Chart.

Track listing[edit]

CD release[edit]

All tracks in stereo, except where noted.

All tracks written by Lennon–McCartney, except where noted. 

Disc one
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date and location Length
1. "Real Love"   John Lennon c. July 1979; February 1995
The Dakota, New York City, New York US; the Mill Studio, Sussex, UK[citation needed]
3:54
2. "Yes It Is" (Takes 2 & 14)   16 February 1965
EMI Studios, London, UK
1:50
3. "I'm Down" (Take 1)   14 June 1965
EMI Studios
2:53
4. "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" (Takes 1, 2 & 5; mono)   18 February 1965
EMI Studios
2:45
5. "If You've Got Trouble"     18 February 1965
EMI Studios
2:48
6. "That Means a Lot" (Take 1)   20 February 1965
EMI Studios
2:27
7. "Yesterday" (Take 1)   14 June 1965
EMI Studios
2:34
8. "It's Only Love" (Takes 3 & 2; mono)   15 June 1965
EMI Studios
1:59
9. "I Feel Fine" (live on Blackpool Night Out; mono)   1 August 1965
ABC Theatre, Blackpool, UK
2:16
10. "Ticket to Ride" (live on Blackpool Night Out; mono)   1 August 1965
ABC Theatre
2:45
11. "Yesterday" (live on Blackpool Night Out; mono)   1 August 1965
ABC Theatre
2:43
12. "Help!" (live on Blackpool Night Out; mono)   1 August 1965
ABC Theatre
2:55
13. "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby" (live at Shea Stadium; mono) Carl Perkins 15 August 1965
Shea Stadium, New York City
2:45
14. "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" (Take 1)   12 October 1965
EMI Studios
1:59
15. "I'm Looking Through You" (Take 1)   24 October 1965
EMI Studios
2:54
16. "12-Bar Original" (Take 2 edited) Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Richard Starkey 4 November 1965
EMI Studios
2:55
17. "Tomorrow Never Knows" ("Mark 1" / Take 1)   6 April 1966
EMI Studios
3:14
18. "Got to Get You into My Life" (Take 5; mono)   7 April 1966
EMI Studios
2:54
19. "And Your Bird Can Sing" (Take 2)   20 April 1966
EMI Studios
2:13
20. "Taxman" (Take 11) Harrison 21 April 1966
EMI Studios
2:32
21. "Eleanor Rigby (strings only)" (Take 14)   28 April 1966
EMI Studios
2:06
22. "I'm Only Sleeping (rehearsal)" (mono)   29 April 1966
EMI Studios
0:41
23. "I'm Only Sleeping (Take 1)" (mono)   29 April 1966
EMI Studios
2:59
24. "Rock and Roll Music" (live in Tokyo; mono) Chuck Berry 30 June 1966
Nippon Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan
1:39
25. "She's a Woman" (live in Tokyo; mono)   30 June 1966
Nippon Budokan Hall
2:55
Disc two
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date and location Length
1. "Strawberry Fields Forever (demo sequence)" (mono)   November 1966
Kenwood, Weybridge, UK
1:42
2. "Strawberry Fields Forever (Take 1)"     24 November 1966
EMI Studios
2:35
3. "Strawberry Fields Forever (Take 7 and edit piece)" (mono)   29 November & 9 December 1966
EMI Studios
4:14
4. "Penny Lane" (remix)   29 December 1966 – 17 January 1967
EMI Studios
3:13
5. "A Day in the Life" (Takes 1, 2, 6 & orchestra)   19–20 January & 10 February 1967
EMI Studios
5:05
6. "Good Morning Good Morning" (Take 8)   8 & 16 February 1967
EMI Studios
2:40
7. "Only a Northern Song" (Takes 3 & 12) Harrison 13–14 February & 20 April 1967
EMI Studios
2:44
8. "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! (Takes 1 and 2)"     17 February 1967
EMI Studios
1:05
9. "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! (Take 7)"     17 & 20 February 1967
EMI Studios
2:34
10. "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" (Takes 6, 7 & 8)   1–2 March 1967
EMI Studios
3:06
11. "Within You Without You (instrumental)"   Harrison 15 March – 3 April 1967
EMI Studios
5:27
12. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)" (Take 5; mono)   1 April 1967
EMI Studios
1:27
13. "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)"     17 May 1967 – 30 April 1969
EMI Studios
5:43
14. "I Am the Walrus" (Take 16)   5 September 1967
EMI Studios
4:02
15. "The Fool on the Hill (demo)"     6 September 1967
EMI Studios
2:48
16. "Your Mother Should Know" (Take 27)   16 September 1967
EMI Studios
3:02
17. "The Fool on the Hill (Take 4)"     25 September 1967
EMI Studios
3:45
18. "Hello, Goodbye" (Take 16)   2 & 19 October 1967
EMI Studios
3:18
19. "Lady Madonna" (Takes 3 & 4)   3 & 6 February 1968
EMI Studios
2:22
20. "Across the Universe" (Take 2)   3 February 1968
EMI Studios
3:29

Vinyl release[edit]

Cassette release[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[11] 4× Platinum 400,000^
France (SNEP)[12] Gold 109,900[13]
Japan (RIAJ)[14] Platinum 266,000[15]
United Kingdom (BPI)[16] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[17] 4× Platinum 2,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Charts[edit]

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

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalogue
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]

  1. ^ Carnival of Light - The Beatles Bible
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