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Old Apr 06, 2010, 05:17 PM   #1
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Default Anthology Albums-Worth it?

Are Anthology 2 and Anthology 3 really necessary material?

I already have Anthology 1, and I think if you're going to get only one anthology, it should be that one. It has a lot of songs that weren't on their albums or singles (Hallejuh, I Love Her So , Leave My Kitten Alone, etc.), while Anthologies 2 and 3 seem only to have different takes of already released songs.


So, do you think Anthologies 2 and 3 are really worth it?
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Old Apr 06, 2010, 06:43 PM   #2
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Yes they are worth it! If you are a true Beatles fan than you should get Anthology's 2 & 3.
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Old Apr 06, 2010, 08:41 PM   #4
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You should not be without any of them.
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Old Apr 06, 2010, 09:10 PM   #5
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Yes they are worth it. I'd even buy an Anthology 4. Are ya listening Apple? Some how I doubt you are!
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Old Apr 06, 2010, 10:52 PM   #6
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Are ya listening Apple? Some how I doubt you are!
No... Apple's heading to Puerto Rico right now...

Of course... you need the entire Anthology everything! The CDs, DVDs, and book! But it'll make me happy if you just get the CDs.

Sounds to me like you're just starting your career in Beatles collecting. Spend your money on all the CD releases of everything Parlophone/Capitol/Apple first... then you can graduate to other stuff.
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Absolutely. Anthology 3 is my fav of the bunch.
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Old Apr 07, 2010, 02:44 AM   #8
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Anthologies 2 and 3 seem only to have different takes of already released songs.
Well isn't that mainly what's on Anthology 1 as well?

Anyway, here are some of the unreleased songs from Anthology 2 and 3:
If You've got troubles (Lennon-McCartney) Ringo
That means a Lot (Lennon- McCartney) Paul
Not Guilty (Harrison)
All things Must pass (Harrison)
Come and Get It (Lennon-McCartney) Paul
Junk (McCartney) Paul
Mailman Bring me No More Blues
Rock and Roll medley

Even then, the different versions of I'm only Sleeping, Helter Skelter, Something, Strawberry fields Forever, And Your Bird can Sing, I'm looking Through You, Fool On The Hill, Oh Darling, are so very different from the regular versions that it's totally essential to get them.

In many ways, Anthology 1 is the LEAST essential of the three.

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Old Apr 07, 2010, 04:57 AM   #9
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Nicely put Duke. I wanted to post that info, but was just too tired for a long post.
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Definitely get both 2 & 3 --- ANTHOLOGY 3 would be my pick for "best of the bunch" -- the "unplugged" version of "Guitar Gently Weeps" is a masterpiece... the alternate takes of "Ob La Di" and "You Know My Name" are also pretty enjoyable... and "Not Guilty" is also pretty darn good... as for ANTHOLOGY 2 -- there is of course the "new" song ("Real Love") which is pretty nice -- and the alternate version of "Tomorrow Never Knows" is pretty amazing too... but the highlights are the versions of "Strawberry Fields", "Across the Universe" and "Lady Madonna"... definitely, I'd say get 'em both, Taxman!
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In many ways, Anthology 1 is the LEAST essential of the three.
I'd probably go along with that --- it's worth having for the historical value... the very earliest recordings of the Beatles, the Decca sessions (which finally allowed Pete Best to be heard by fans everywhere, and let him collect some royalties!)... George's demo of the never released "You Know What To Do"... John's great version of "Leave My Kitten Alone".. and of course "Free As A Bird"... but I think ANTHOLOGY 2 & 3 are much more essential albums.
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What I like most on Anthology 1 is the live tracks from Royal Command and Ed Sullivan, etc. Big historical value in those--and they're very fun to hear.
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They are totally worth it. Anthology 2 & 3 have some cool unreleased songs on them. Anthology 2 is my fav of the three for its different versions. I love the strings only version of Eleanor Rigby, for example. And the instrumental of Within You Without You.
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They are totally worth it. Anthology 2 & 3 have some cool unreleased songs on them. Anthology 2 is my fav of the three for its different versions. I love the strings only version of Eleanor Rigby, for example. And the instrumental of Within You Without You.
Just the instrumental version of Within You Without You made Anthology 2 essential, in my opinion.

The Esher recordings are my favorites on Anthology 3.
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Just the instrumental version of Within You Without You made Anthology 2 essential, in my opinion.
Strange, isn't it, a lot of people like this and Eleanor Rigby, yet they were only included at the last minute because George wouldn't allow 'Carnival of Light' on. I wonder how many would have enjoyed that?!

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Strange, isn't it, a lot of people like this and Eleanor Rigby, yet they were only included at the last minute because George wouldn't allow 'Carnival of Light' on. I wonder how many would have enjoyed that?!
It's too bad we couldn't have the instrumental tracks and "Carnival of Light"; give us Beatle fans an inch, and we'll take a mile.
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