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With alternate versions, studio outtakes, live cuts, and demo versions of material from 1965 up until 1968, Anthology 2 shows the band crafting some of the best-loved music of their career. This collection explores how strong the band’s material was at its core (listen to the largely acoustic “I’m Only Sleeping”) or just how inventive they could be without those telltale harmonies (try one of the alternate versions of “Strawberry Fields Forever”). Also included in Anthology 2 is “Real Love,” one of John Lennon’s last demos, given life thanks to a reworking by Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.

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It's The Beatles!

Shows us that music used to take talent

The Middle Period.

It`s amazing to hear how creative The Beatles were during this period..From 1965-1968 No other band has went from I`m Down to Across the Universe in 3 years.Greatest Band in the Universe..

Oh yeah, the Beatles Anthology!!!

The Beatles are with us, everybody. Don't you just love them? Here we have the second Beatles Anthology album, which chronicles the band's middle period from 1965 to early 1968. It begins with another new song called "Real Love," which was a John Lennon demo from the late 70's that Paul, George and Ringo added music to in 1994 (as they also did with the other Lennon demo, "Free As A Bird," that same year). Some of the songs featured here are live versions of "Ticket to Ride," Chuck Berry's "Rock and Roll Music" and "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby." There are also acoustic renditions of "I'm Only Sleeping" (Take 1) and "Strawberry Fields Forever" (both the demo sequence and Take 1 of the latter sound very peaceful and not forced). "Yesterday" appears twice on this album both recorded live and as a studio version without the string quartet. An alternate take of "Eleanor Rigby" has only the strings on it, making it an instrumental recording. The new mixes of "Penny Lane," "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" and "Lady Madonna" seem to distract from this album, even though they are actually made up of several different takes. The rest are basic tracks of the songs from albums, but without any other sound effects, so they seem to be unfinished. I personally like Take 2 of "Across the Universe" because it has all of the instruments playing smoothly and it flows at a steady pace, letting the Beatles' creativity really show. That being said, I think it's a great album and anyone who likes this will enjoy it. Get this and you will see how the Beatles' music started to evolve into different art forms as the band members' influences began to grow from Help! to the next several albums released later on.


Formed: 1957 in Liverpool, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s

So much has been said and written about the Beatles -- and their story is so mythic in its sweep -- that it's difficult to summarize their career without restating clichés that have already been digested by tens of millions of rock fans. To start with the obvious, they were the greatest and most influential act of the rock era, and introduced more innovations into popular music than any other rock band of the 20th century. Moreover, they were among the few artists of any discipline that were simultaneously...
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