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Free As a Bird [Single, Import]

The BeatlesAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 19, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, Import
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B000034CGB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,820 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Free As A Bird
2. I Saw Her Standing There
3. This Boy
4. Christmas Time (Is Here Again)

Editorial Reviews

Deleted in the U.S.! The only other single besides 'Real Love' taken from the Fab Four 's 1995 collection 'Anthology' (Volume 1). It's backed with three non-album tracks, 'I Saw Her Standing There' (Studio Take Nine), 'This Boy' (Alternate Take) and 'Christmas Time Is Here Again'. This was the first 'reunion' track to feature the three remaining members voices electronically overdubbed to John Lennon's original vocals. EMI. 1995.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars O-U-T spells "out"! November 29, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This was the first single released from the Beatles Anthology. The CD contains three bonus tracks that were not featured in the Anthology. "Free As a Bird" is a "new" Beatles song, on which the three living Beatles overdubbed vocals and instruments onto a John Lennon demo. It is pretty good, although not up to the standards of the Beatles legendary classics. "I Saw Her Standing There" is an alternate take which mainly differs from the master take by some faulty harmonies. "This Boy" is a false start and an almost complete take, where a minor mistake is made and the recording breaks down in laughter. "Christmas Time (Is Here Again)" is an edited version of an unreleased Beatles song. The complete version is about twice as long as what is included here, although you are not missing much by not hearing the complete version. It gets pretty repetetive, with the song's one verse being repeated over and over again. Diehard Beatles fans will want to get this CD for the three otherwise unavailable tracks.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Whatever happened to the life that we once knew?" June 10, 2003
Format:Audio CD
As others has pointed out, the 3 volumed Beatles Anthology sets didn't include all they could have (particularly the 1st 2 volumes). Since there are 3 tracks not on any of the Anthology CD's, this is worth collecting (it's too bad this and the Real Love CD were discontinued in the USA).
The "new" Beatles song actually evolved from a 1977 John Lennon demo and the other 3 added their musical contributions onto it. There is a demo of "I Saw Her Standing There" (the entire 9th take). There are 2 takes of "This Boy," which feature John and Paul giggling during vocal snafu's! Finally, there is the complete musical version of the Beatles' "Christmas Time (Is Here Again)," taken from their 1967 Christmas record (with individual Christmas greetings from Paul, John, George and Ringo from the previous year). George Martin plays "Auld Lang Syne" on the organ as John recites a Christmas poem.
Included on the cover is John Lennon's unique artwork.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't feel ripped off October 9, 2002
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Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you already have "Anthology 1," then you're really only getting three tracks. I was hoping that this disc would have the original demo that Lennon recorded alone, but instead, it has the Beatles version, the exact same as on the "Anthology 1" album. But the other three tracks are pretty good. There's a take of "I Saw Her Standing There," that sounds a little shaky. It's the entire take that provided the "One-two-three-four" count-in that's on "Please, Please Me." The Beatles' first album had a different take, but they used the count-in from the take presented on this disc.
There are two takes of "This Boy," which are good. I love the between-take chatter that the Anthology albums are also full of.
The best track is track four, "Christmas Time is Here Again." However, the song is mainly the four Beatles repeating the title phrase over and over, with a few little phrases by Paul, John and Ringo wedged in. There are also little greetings by each of The Beatles, no more than five seconds each, saying "Merry Christmas, we hope you have a great New Year..." etc. At the end is a strange monologue by John Lennon with wintry wind whistling back and forth from one speaker to the other.
Although you may feel a little cheated that there are only three new tracks, consider this: these tracks aren't available anywhere else...ANYWHERE. Now, that's quite worth the money, if you ask me!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beatles wish you a merry Christmas December 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Highly recommended for the great track CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE AGAIN. Christmas never rocked that way before. It was a song recorded for fan clubs and sent to the fans around Christmas time. It's very rare to hear the Fab Four sing about Christmas.

A little joke by John at the end of the song!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 SONGS of DELIGHT.............. February 2, 2007
Format:Audio CD
You just have to hear these recordings done by The Beatles as a few are done a little differently and sound great. "THIS BOY" is hilarious, as our boy Lennon was always apt to miss his lines and here's the proof, a little humour not heard on other "straight" recordings.

The cover is interesting and worth having, as it was said to have been a drawing by John for his best friend and original QUARREYMEN member, Pete Shotten. The Quarreymen was John's first band, and, as of February 2007, still plays today.

The real nice piece is a number originally recorded, probably 1/2 dinking around, by John and later given to the remaining Beatles at the time, George,Ringo, and Paul, who recorded it in 1994 and placed it on The Beatles Anthology series #1.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars FREE AS A BIRD April 9, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Well, I personaly think that if anybody has the right to go back and get old Lennon demo tapes and use them to make good songs it would definatly be Paul, George and Ringo. I mean just listen to "Free As A Bird" and "Real Love" they're great. I'm just sad that they didn't remake "Grow Old With Me" for 'Anthology 3' like they were suppose to.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beatles Reunited 26 Years Later September 16, 2009
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What a thrill to hear new music from John, Paul, George, and Ringo! Through the miracle of recording technology, the Fab Four released "Real Love" and "Free As A Bird" using some unfinished song tapes by John Lennon. I learned about these 2 new songs by watching "The Beatles Anthology" Series on DVD. I've been a Beatles fan all my life and these new songs made me feel like a kid again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you are Beatlemaniac you need this CD in your collection.
Published 1 month ago by armando martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by JUAN CARLOS GARCIA CRISTOBAL
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Album
This is a single release of Free As A Bird with 3 other tracks. The 3 tracks are alternate versions that could very well have been added to the anthology box set. Read more
Published 8 months ago by R. Raiz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great song...............and collection
This is a real gem.I have really come to love Free as Bird as one of their best songs.Include in this collection is take nine of what then was called Seventeen better know as I Saw... Read more
Published 10 months ago by MusicLover
5.0 out of 5 stars Free as a bird
I am Beatlemaniac and this product besides being the history of rock n roll was the soundtrack of my life.
Published 17 months ago by Caiuby
5.0 out of 5 stars excelente
Pedido llego a tiempo y en buen estado , el embalaje fue el correcto, lo recomiendo 100%, creo que seguiré comprando mas productos.
Published 18 months ago by Claudio
4.0 out of 5 stars First Time I Heard This Song
As big as a Beatles fan as I am, I had never heard of this song. So it was great finding it.
Published 20 months ago by David I Nesbit
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice
The main reason for me buying this was to have a fully realized version of Christmas Time Is Here Again assembled as a real song, rather than just snips. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Michael L. Knapp
4.0 out of 5 stars nice single worth a couple of buck
The Beatles / Free as a Bird (four song CD): The song "Free as a bird" is worth having. The other three cuts are nice. Read more
Published on December 14, 2011 by J. Bynum
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beatles at Their Best!
Quality of product was excellent and only goes to prove that only the Beatles can top themselves!
Published on September 3, 2010 by Ben Gilbert
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