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  • Audio CD (March 19, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: March 19, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002TYZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. Real Love
2. Yes It Is
3. I'm Down
4. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
5. If You've Got Trouble
6. That Means A Lot
7. Yesterday
8. It's Only Love
9. I Feel Fine
10. Ticket To Ride
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Strawberry Fields Forever (Demo Sequence)
2. Strawberry Fields Forever (Take 1)
3. Strawberry Fields Forever (Take 7 & Edit Piece)
4. Penny Lane
5. A Day In The Life
6. Good Morning Good Morning
7. Only A Northern Song
8. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! (Takes 1 And 2)
9. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! (Take 7)
10. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
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The most anticipated of the Anthology series, this disc covers what was arguably the Fab Four's most intensely creative period ('65-'67) when they single-handedly changed the course of popular music. Anthology 2 doesn't disappoint. Outtakes and demos show the building of songs like "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite," while the pure pop song writing of Rubber Soul and Help! is also documented, along with the sonic experimentation that characterized Revolver. Even if the legendary proto-metal jam of "What's the New Mary Jane" didn't see the light of day here, there is plenty for any Beatles fan. --Chris Nickson

Customer Reviews

A must have for beatles fans.
Michael M. Dedek
This CD covers the Beatles most creative period and provides early takes and outakes from Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt Pepper and Magical Mystery Tour.
These vinyl Anthology studio versions are taken from master tapes without digitization and have fantastic warm analog sound.
H. Kipfer

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By "bman20k" on August 31, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is where the meat of the Anthology series is. The two discs (especially the second one) cover the Beatles' most adventurous and creative time with studio experimentation, and because of that this a great companion piece to the respective studio albums (namely Revolver and Sgt. Pepper, and the Magical Mystery Tour era singles).
But like I said on the Anthology 1 review, the Anthologies can only really be appreciated with a pre-existing knowledge of the band's studio songs (and the band members' personalities to a lesser extent). It's like watching home videos of someone else's childhood--you just can't fully appreciate it without some proper frame of reference.
So this should still go only to those fans that consider themselves fans of the band. It is the best of the 3, so if you're undecided about whether or not to get the set, this would be the ideal starting point. The music here is good (even early versions and alternate takes of these songs sound great), and there is less live and interview "filler" that brought the first Anthology down. And it's fun hearing different versions of songs we're already used to. Plus, Real Love sounds great!
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96 of 102 people found the following review helpful By W. Langan on March 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This Anthology represents the Beatles beginning their experimental phase!
Like Anthology 1, this CD begins with a John Lennon solo song performed by John with additional music provided by Paul, George, and Ringo. Probably because this is a more complete song, the concept works a little better than on "Free as a Bird".
Beyond that, you get a grabbag of demos, alternative takes, and live tracks from 1965 to early 1968. "Yes It Is" begins the set. Interesting is some of the studio banter like in "I'm Down" (with Paul saying in a pseudo-American accent: "Let's hope this one turns out pretty darn good... Plastic soul, man!") and "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" (glass shatters and John mumbles: "Paul's broken a glass broke a glass Paul broke."). There are also never before released songs like "If You've Got Trouble", "That Means a Lot", and "12 Bar Original" (a fun jam in the mold of "Green Onions").
Live performances include television performances of "Yesterday" (with George introducing Paul) and "Help!", "Everybody's Got to Be My Baby" (from the legendary Shea Stadium concert) and "Rock & Roll Music" and "She's a Woman" (from their final 1966 tour). You can hear the Beatles slowly go through the motions in the end on stage as their studio recordings became more complex...
There are only a few outtakes from Rubber Soul, including the heavily sitar drenched "Norwegian Wood" and "...Looking Through You" in its early stage (with a hand clapping intro). The Revolver selections are more generous, with "Tomorrow Never Knows" (which even without all the tape effects sounds bizarre!
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By nowhereman on January 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD
As many other reviewers have stated, these CDs contain many demos and alternate versions of Beatles' songs. Among all of this material there is also some previously unreleased material which is very good. But this isn't just a matter of raiding the vaults to give Fab Four Junkies a fix; this material is a series of revelations about the band's most fertile period.
The live versions of 1965 material start the first disc off and then it moves to the more inventive songs from "Rubber Soul" and "Revolver." There are several very interesting alternate takes here, but the real excitement is on the second disc. Here one sees the evolution in sound during the making of "Sgt. Pepper," and it becomes very clear that the Beatles could have gone many different directions with their new songs. The "Magical Mystery Tour" material is first rate; unfortunately, many people have forgotten this over the past 30 years.
The absolute highlight of the collection for me is the sparse version of 'Across the Universe' that closes the second disc. It is light years better than the half-baked version that turned up on "Let it Be" three years later. "Anthology 2" shows the Beatles at the height of their powers, and in this it pleases Fab Four Fanatics or general music fans alike.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By L.A. Scene on December 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The Beatles need no introduction when it comes to the elite of Rock/Pop music. When trying to "rank" the greatest artists of the Rock/Pop era, there is no doubt that the quartet from England ranks number one on just about every list. Going even further, the Beatles might be the top act in the history of modern music - among any genre. Some quarter-century after their breakup, the Beatles began to consider their place in history. This impetus played a key role in the release of the three volume, "Beatles Anthology" CD set and corresponding television documentary. One of the main attractions of this project was that it would bring the three surviving Beatles together for the first time since the famous breakup. Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr would collaborate together on two unfinished John Lennon songs: "Free as a Bird" and "Real Love" - creating a "virtual" reunion among the four band members. This three volume set would not be an ordinary greatest hits collection - it would provide a historical retrospective to the band through rare and unreleased material. The second volume, "Beatles Anthology 2" covers the middle to late years of the Beatles from 1965 through 1968 - and shows some of their most creative material.

As mentioned, this CD serves as a historical retrospective to the band. The material is arranged in chronological order. One of the strengths of "Beatles Anthology Volume 1" was that there was material that was prefaced with spoken words by the likes of Lennon, McCartney, and Brian Epstein. These spoken words helped set the stage for the material to follow. Unfortunately, "Beatles Anthology 2" does not have any spoken words with the exception of some comments that are on the demo cuts.
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