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Anthology 2 is a compilation album by The Beatles, released on Apple Records in March 1996. It is the
The Beatles (Anthology 2 - Front)

'Anthology 2', released in 1996

second of a three-volume collection, all of which tie-in with the televised special The Beatles Anthology, and contains "Real Love," the second of the two recordings that reunited the Beatles by means of magnetic tape. Like its predecessor it topped the Billboard 200 album chart, and has been certified 2× Platinum by the RIAA.

ContentEdit

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 of 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" remaining solely credited to Lennon.

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.

ReceptionEdit

Like its predecessor, Anthology 1, Anthology 2 sold well. In the United States, it debuted at #1, selling 442,000 copies the first week. The next week, it fell to #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 #4 and then #8, remaining for 22 consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 and then re-entering the charts twice, marking a #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. Anthology 1 debuted at #2 album when released in 1995; but its successor reached #1, where it remained for one week. The album spent a total of 13 weeks on the UK Album Chart.

Track listingEdit

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

Disc oneEdit

  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, June 14, 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, February 18, 1965
  6. "That Means a Lot" (take 1) – 2:27
    • Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, February 20, 1965
  7. "Yesterday" (take 1) – 2:34
    • Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, June 14, 1965
  8. "It's Only Love" (takes 2 & 3) [mono] – 1:59
    • Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, June 15, 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 August 1, 1965 for Blackpool Night Out television broadcast
  13. "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby" (Carl Perkins) [mono] – 2:45
  14. "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" (take 1) – 1:59
    • Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, October 12, 1965
  15. "I'm Looking Through You" (take 1) – 2:54
    • Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, October 24, 1965
  16. "12-Bar Original" (edited take 2) (Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starkey) – 2:55
    • Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, November 4, 1965
  17. "Tomorrow Never Knows" (take 1) – 3:14
    • Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, April 6, 1966
  18. "Got to Get You Into My Life" (take 5) [mono] – 2:54
    • Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, April 7, 1966
  19. "And Your Bird Can Sing" (take 2) – 2:13
    • Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, April 20, 1966
  20. "Taxman" (take 11) (Harrison) – 2:32
    • Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, April 21, 1966
  21. "Eleanor Rigby" (take 14) – 2:06
    • Backing string section without vocals; recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, April 28, 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, April 29, 1966
  24. "Rock and Roll Music" (Chuck Berry) [mono] – 1:39
  25. "She's A Woman" [mono] – 2:55
    • Tracks 24-25 recorded live at Nippon Budokan Hall, Tokyo, June 30, 1966

Disc twoEdit

  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, November 24, 1966
  3. "Strawberry Fields Forever" (take 7 & edit piece) [mono] – 4:14
    • Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, November 24 and December 9, 1966
  4. "Penny Lane" (take 9 horn overdub) – 3:13
    • Composite of takes recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, December 29, 1966 through January 17, 1967
  5. "A Day in the Life" (takes 1, 2, 6 & orchestra) – 5:05
  6. "Good Morning Good Morning" (take 8) – 2:40
    • Composite of takes recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, February 8 & 16, 1967
  7. "Only a Northern Song" (takes 3 & 12) (Harrison) – 2:44
  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, February 17 & 20, 1967
  10. "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" (takes 6, 7 & 8) – 3:06
    • Composite of takes recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, March 1 & 2, 1967
  11. "Within You Without You" (Harrison) – 5:27
    • Instrumental backing track; composite of takes recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, March 15 through April 3, 1967
  12. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)" (take 5) [mono] – 1:27
    • Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, April 1, 1967
  13. "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)" – 5:43
    • Composite of takes recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, May 17 through April 30, 1969
  14. "I am the Walrus" (take 16) – 4:02
    • Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, September 3, 1967
  15. "The Fool on the Hill" [mono] – 2:48
    • McCartney demo recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, September 6, 1967
  16. "Your Mother Should Know" (take 27) – 3:02
    • Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, September 16, 1967
  17. "The Fool on the Hill" (take 4) – 3:45
    • Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, September 25, 1967
  18. "Hello, Goodbye" (take 16 and overdubs) – 3:18
    • Composite of takes recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, October 2 & 19, 1967
  19. "Lady Madonna" (takes 3 & 4) – 2:22
    • Composite of takes recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, February 3 & 6, 1968
  20. "Across the Universe" (take 2) – 3:29
    • Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, February 4, 1968

Chart positionsEdit

Year Chart Position
1996 The Billboard 200 1[1]

Release historyEdit

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

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