Anthology 3

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Anthology 3
Anthology3cover.jpg
Compilation album by
Released28 October 1996 (1996-10-28)
Recorded22 February 1967 – 3 January 1970
StudioEMI Studios and Apple Studios, London
GenreRock
Length145:33
LabelApple, Capitol
ProducerGeorge Martin
The Beatles chronology
Anthology 2
(1996)
Anthology 3
(1996)
Yellow Submarine Songtrack
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau(choice cut)[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB[3]
MusicHound3/5[4]
Q4/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[6]

Anthology 3 is a compilation album by the Beatles, released on 29 October 1996 by Apple Records as part of The Beatles Anthology series. The album includes rarities and alternative tracks from the final three years of the band's career, ranging from the initial sessions for The Beatles (better known as "the White Album") to the last sessions for Let It Be and Abbey Road in 1969 and early 1970. It is the last in a trilogy of albums with Anthology 1 and Anthology 2, all of which tie in with the televised special The Beatles Anthology.

The album was certified 3x Platinum by the RIAA and was the group's third double album in a row to reach number one on the US charts, equalling a record set by Donna Summer in the 1970s.

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]

Following "Free as a Bird" on Anthology 1 and "Real Love" on Anthology 2, a third John Lennon solo demo entitled "Now and Then" was to be reworked by the three surviving members of The Beatles (George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr) for Anthology 3. However, this project was shelved due to Harrison's dislike of the song. McCartney later stated that Harrison called Lennon's demo recording "fucking rubbish."[7] McCartney told Q Magazine in 1997 that "George didn't like it. The Beatles being a democracy, we didn't do it."[8] In its place is "A Beginning", an orchestral instrumental track by producer George Martin, initially intended for the White Album as the intro to "Don't Pass Me By".

Connecting to the previous Anthology albums, the cover image painted by Klaus Voorman features a collage of Beatles-related imagery designed to appear as a wall of peeling posters and album covers. An updated picture of Voorman can be seen in Harrison's hair in a segment of the Revolver album cover.

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.TitleWriter(s)Recording date and locationLength
1."A Beginning" (instrumental)George Martin22 July 1968
EMI Studios, London, UK
0:50
2."Happiness Is a Warm Gun" (home demo; mono) 28 May 1968
Kinfauns, Esher, UK
2:15
3."Helter Skelter" (Take 2 edited; mono) 18 July 1968
EMI Studios
4:38
4."Mean Mr. Mustard" (home demo) 29 May 1968
Kinfauns
1:58
5."Polythene Pam" (home demo) 29 May 1968
Kinfauns
1:26
6."Glass Onion" (home demo) 28 May 1968
Kinfauns
1:51
7."Junk" (home demo)Paul McCartney28 May 1968
Kinfauns
2:25
8."Piggies" (home demo; mono)George Harrison28 May 1968
Kinfauns
2:01
9."Honey Pie" (home demo; edited from 2:01) 28 May 1968
Kinfauns
1:19
10."Don't Pass Me By" (Takes 3 & 5)Richard Starkey5–6 June 1968
EMI Studios
2:42
11."Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" (Take 5) 3–5 July 1968
EMI Studios
2:56
12."Good Night" (rehearsal & Take 34) 28 June & 22 July 1968
EMI Studios
2:38
13."Cry Baby Cry" (Take 1) 16 July 1968
EMI Studios
2:46
14."Blackbird" (Take 4) 11 June 1968
EMI Studios
2:19
15."Sexy Sadie" (Take 6) 19 July 1968
EMI Studios
4:07
16."While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (demo)Harrison25 July 1968
EMI Studios
3:28
17."Hey Jude" (Take 2) 29 July 1968
EMI Studios
4:21
18."Not Guilty" (Take 102; edited from 4:28)Harrison8–9 & 12 August 1968
EMI Studios
3:22
19."Mother Nature's Son" (Take 2) 9 August 1968
EMI Studios
3:17
20."Glass Onion" (original mono mix) 11–13, 16 & 26 September 1968
EMI Studios
2:08
21."Rocky Raccoon" (Take 8) 15 August 1968
EMI Studios
4:13
22."What's the New Mary Jane" (Take 4) 14 August 1968
EMI Studios
6:12
23."Step Inside Love / Los Paranoias" (jam)Lennon–McCartney / John Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, Starkey16 September 1968
EMI Studios
2:31
24."I'm So Tired" (Takes 3, 6 & 9) 8 October 1968
EMI Studios
2:14
25."I Will" (Take 1) 16 September 1968
EMI Studios
1:55
26."Why Don't We Do It in the Road?" (Take 4; mono) 9 October 1968
EMI Studios
2:15
27."Julia" (Take 2) 13 October 1968
EMI Studios
1:58
Total length:74:05
Disc two
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording date and locationLength
1."I've Got a Feeling" (Savile Row sessions) 23 January 1969
Apple Studio, Savile Row, London
2:49
2."She Came In Through the Bathroom Window" (Savile Row sessions) 22 January 1969
Apple Studio
3:37
3."Dig a Pony" (Savile Row sessions) 22 January 1969
Apple Studio
4:18
4."Two of Us" (Savile Row sessions) 24 January 1969
Apple Studio
3:27
5."For You Blue" (Savile Row sessions)Harrison25 January 1969
Apple Studio
2:23
6."Teddy Boy" (Savile Row sessions; edited from 5:55)McCartney24 & 28 January 1969
Apple Studio
3:18
7."Medley: Rip It Up / Shake, Rattle and Roll / Blue Suede Shoes" (Savile Row sessions)Robert Blackwell, John Marascalco / Charles Calhoun / Carl Perkins26 January 1969
Apple Studio
3:11
8."The Long and Winding Road" (Savile Row sessions; master track with Phil Spector alterations removed) 26 January 1969
Apple Studio
3:42
9."Oh! Darling" (Savile Row sessions; edited from 6:37) 27 January 1969
Apple Studio
4:07
10."All Things Must Pass" (demo)Harrison25 February 1969
EMI Studios
3:05
11."Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues" (Savile Row sessions)Ruth Roberts, Bill Katz, Stanley Clayton29 January 1969
Apple Studio
1:56
12."Get Back" (Live at the Beatles' rooftop concert) 30 January 1969
Apple Building rooftop, Savile Row
3:09
13."Old Brown Shoe" (demo)Harrison25 February 1969
EMI Studios
3:03
14."Octopus's Garden" (Takes 2 & 8)Starkey26 April 1969
EMI Studios
2:49
15."Maxwell's Silver Hammer" (Take 5) 9 July 1969
EMI Studios
3:50
16."Something" (demo; mono)Harrison25 February 1969
EMI Studios
3:19
17."Come Together" (Take 1) 21 July 1969
EMI Studios
3:40
18."Come and Get It" (demo by McCartney)McCartney24 July 1969
EMI Studios
2:30
19."Ain't She Sweet" (jam)Milton Ager, Jack Yellen24 July 1969
EMI Studios
2:08
20."Because" (a cappella) 4 August 1969
EMI Studios
2:24
21."Let It Be" (Take 1) 25 January 1969
Apple Studio
4:05
22."I Me Mine" (Take 16)Harrison3 January 1970
EMI Studios
1:48
23."The End" (remix featuring final chord of "A Day in the Life") 22 February 1967; 23 July; 5, 7–8, 15 & 18 August 1969
EMI Studios
2:53
Total length:71:31

Vinyl release[edit]

Cassette release[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[9] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[10] Gold 181,000[11]
United Kingdom (BPI)[12] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[13] 3× Platinum 1,500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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