Monday 12 October
LP release: The Beatles Anthology 3
Parlophone/Apple (double CD)/(double cassette)/(triple vinyl). 1: 'A Beginning'
(George Martin); 'Happiness Is A Warm Gun'; 'Helter Skelter'; 'Mean Mr Mustard';
'Polythene Pam'; 'Glass Onion'; 'Junk'; 'Piggies'; 'Honey Pie'; 'Don't Pass Me
By'; 'Obladi-Oblada'; 'Good Night'; 'Cry Baby Cry'; 'Blackbird'; 'Sexy Sadie';
'While My Guitar Gently Weeps'; 'Hey Jude'; 'Not Guilty'; 'Mother Nature's Son';
'Glass Onion'; 'Rocky Racoon'; 'What's The New Mary Jane'; 'Step Inside Love/Los
Paranoias'; 'I'm So Tired'; 'I Will'; 'Why Don't We Do It In The Road'; 'Julia'.
2: 'I've Got A Feeling'; 'She Came In Through The Bathroom Window'; 'Dig A
Pony'; 'Two Of Us'; 'For You Blue'; 'Teddy Boy'; 'Rip It Up/Shake Rattle And
Roll/Blue Seude Shoes'; 'The Long And Winding Road'; 'Oh Darling'; 'All Things
Must Pass'; 'Mailman Bring Me No More Blues'; 'Get Back'; 'Old Brown Shoe';
'Octopus's Garden'; 'Maxwell's Silver Hammer'; 'Something'; 'Come Together';
'Come And Get It'; 'Ain't She Sweet'; 'Because'; 'Let It Be'; 'I Me Mine'; 'The
As with the previous Anthology, the release date
for Anthology 3 was mysteriously delayed by several
weeks. This time the dispute apparently did not involve the actual contents of
the CD, and insider reports suggest the problem may have been an internal
dispute over the precise wording of songwriting credits for certain Anthology
The third and final chapter from the Anthology
collection, comprises 2 and a half hours of first takes, out-takes and never
before heard recordings from the period 1968-1970.
Press reviews, with the exception of a few, were mixed at best:
"If Anthology 2 was the
parallel Beatles , stacked with portmanteau mixes which would
never have existed otherwise, then 3 is The Beatles Unplugged.
Naked genius, no less"
"Anthology 3 is an
enthralling glimpse between the shutters of a band in chaos"
"Never again will the post-fab three match the style and
scope of these lovingly compiled volumes of classic curiosities and indubitable
"It's an unprettified final shot that reveals them as
real people who just happened to be musical geniuses"
The Independant reviewed What's The New Mary Jane as "a
naive, stumbling piano number that dissolves in a musique concrete collage of
surprising gentleness" and Paul McCartney claimed
it was a song he was "especially pleased with."
McCartney also listed other favourites from the album
While My Guitar Gently Weeps: "Just George
on acoustic and nothing else, no Beatles, no Clapton
playing the lead."
Dig A Pony: " John and I sing like angels,
to be modest. Man, John and I are having such a good time on
it, you can just tell in our voices."
Two Of Us: "Theres one song called Two Of Us,
a little bit of an Everley Brothers thing between John
and I. And the atmosphere on it is really very good."
Teddy Boy: "On the new Anthology
we do Teddy Boy which was considered as a Beatles
song but we never got around to it. Weve now put together a version, an
edit of one of the takes of us trying it, which sounds interesting. But you can
actually hear on it, also, that the band wasnt very interested in it. I
dont know why. Maybe I hadnt finished it enough or something. Maybe
it was just tension coming in. The bit Id like to keep actually, was
John sort of making fun of it. He starts towards the end of it
going "Grab your partners, do-si-do!" So weve kept
that on. And while it was in some way indicative of friction, it also was good
The Long And Winding Road: "We actually use take one, which
is interesting. Weve taken off all the singers and all the strings and
everything. And its just a plain, straightforward version. It really didnt
need all the other stuff. Thats one thing I was saying to George
Martin, we often looked at each other and said, "Why did we
do those thirty other takes? The first was perfectly good."
Come And Get It: "A straightforward pop song, you know, with
the old innuendos: come and get what?"
Let It Be: "And then we do a nice version, I think a very
early version, of Let It Be. This is kind of nice and rough and ready."
Yoko Ono was similarly impressed with the whole project,
"The Anthology albums were like a jewel.
They showed how really talented they were. You get a feeling of how laid-back
the '60s were. You don't get that from groups today. Some of them are really
violent. It's nice to bring back the feeling of joy of the Beatles ."
Neil Aspinall (Apple) & Noel Gallagher (Oasis)
at the launch of Anthology 3
The Beatles apparently rejected the idea of releasing the
soulful version of Helter Skelter as a single.
Over in the States, Anthology 3 entered the
album charts at No.1 - their 18th chart topping album in the US and their third
consecutive US. No.1 in a year- a feat not achieved since the 60s.
In America, the combined sales of all three Anthology
packages, plus the group's back catalogue, ensured that the Beatles
took the remarkable accolade of being 1996s top selling album act - 32 years
after they first achieved this status. In fact official figures show that the
group sold more albums in 1996 than they did in any year since the 1960s.
Neil Aspinall: With the Anthology
series George Martin has trawled through everything, taken the
best stuff and theyve put it all out. They havent left stuff there,
thinking, "We can put that out later", or "If
we do a box set of Anthology in a couple of years
time then we can have a few bonus tracks on there." The bonus tracks
are already on there.
"And so to bed. Fabs split, working approach becomes
increasingly individualistic, but innate quality still shines through. In all
likelihood, 'Anth' Three is last Beatles
record ever, although 'never can tell' conclusion probably wise"
Paul: Ends are beginnings and beginnings are ends.
Ringo: This is the end of the beginning.
George: Well it's always the end of the beginning isn't
it? Play the game existence till the end of the beginning.
Sources include: Mojo Aug 96, Oct 96; Q Magazine Jun 97; Beatles Monthly
No. 244 Aug 96, No. 246 Oct 96, No. 247 Nov 96, No. 248 Dec 96 (Beat
Publications Ltd), Anthology Promotional Video (Apple)
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