Anthology 3

Anthology 3

by The Beatles


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The final installment of the Anthology series has two discs of previously unreleased material from the White Album era through the group's demise in early 1970. In terms of sheer listenability, this may be the strongest volume of the three, if only because it focuses almost solely upon studio recordings rather than mixing live concerts/broadcasts and outtakes. Also, by this time the Beatles had perfected their approach to recording, meaning that even the early/alternate versions of many of their cuts were often of outstanding quality. There's some prime stuff here: "unplugged" White Album demos from mid-1968, radically different versions of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and "Helter Skelter," a stringless "The Long and Winding Road," three beautifully sung and played Harrison solo demos from early 1969, and several songs the Beatles never released, like "All Things Must Pass," "Not Guilty," "Teddy Boy," "Come and Get It," and "Junk." Not everything here is so great that the casual consumer will be fascinated, of course. As on previous Anthology sets, some of these alternates are only very slightly different from the official versions; the oldies covers from the Let It Be era are off-the-cuff jams that aren't up to the group's usual level of brilliance. It's still a fascinating collection, both for the insight it affords you into the group's creative process at the end of their career, and for the considerable excellence of the music itself.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/29/1996
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724383445127
catalogNumber: 34451
Rank: 25101


Disc 1

  1. A Beginning
  2. Happiness Is a Warm Gun
  3. Helter Skelter
  4. Mean Mr. Mustard
  5. Polythene Pam
  6. Glass Onion
  7. Junk
  8. Piggies
  9. Honey Pie
  10. Don't Pass Me By
  11. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
  12. Good Night
  13. Cry Baby Cry
  14. Blackbird
  15. Sexy Sadie
  16. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  17. Hey Jude
  18. Not Guilty
  19. Mother Nature's Son
  20. Glass Onion
  21. Rocky Raccoon
  22. What's the New Mary Jane?
  23. Step Inside Love
  24. I'm So Tired
  25. I Will
  26. Why Don't We Do It in the Road?
  27. Julia

Disc 2

  1. I've Got a Feeling
  2. She Came in Through the Bathroom Window
  3. Dig a Pony
  4. Two of Us
  5. For You Blue
  6. Teddy Boy
  7. Medley: Rip It up/Shake, Rattle and Roll/Blue Suede Shoes
  8. The Long and Winding Road
  9. Oh! Darling
  10. All Things Must Pass
  11. Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues
  12. Get Back
  13. Old Brown Shoe
  14. Octopus's Garden
  15. Maxwell's Silver Hammer
  16. Something
  17. Come Together
  18. Come and Get It
  19. Ain't She Sweet
  20. Because
  21. Let It Be
  22. I Me Mine
  23. The End

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beatles   Primary Artist
George Harrison   Group Member
John Lennon   Group Member
Paul McCartney   Group Member
Ringo Starr   Group Member

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
George Martin   Director,Producer
Ken Scott   Engineer
Geoff Emerick   Engineer,Remixing
Glyn Johns   Engineer
Jeff Jarratt   Engineer
Phil McDonald   Engineer
Derek Taylor   Liner Notes
Bob Thiele   Composer
Klaus Voormann   Paintings
Chris Thomas   Producer
Richard Ward   Art Direction
Stanley Clayton   Composer
Alfons Kiefer   Paintings
Ken Townsend   Engineer

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Anthology 3 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the Anthology which centers around the 'White Album', 'Get Back' sessions, and Abbey Road works in progress, demos and such. If the only worthy track on the whole set was George Harrison's leftover White Album track "Not Guilty", I would've still bought Ant-3, it is that good and that hard to believe that they left this track off the album (then again, the lyrics of the song seem to target John and Paul, so that's one theory). Luckily, there's plenty besides to make a Beatles fan want it - the alternate "Ob-la-di-Ob-la-da" arguably is better than the released version, the 'Get Back' sessions tracks give great insight as to what they had in mind (unlike 'Let it Be...Naked'), the White Album demos, and George Harrison's 1969 demos all are wonderful insights on the beginnings of great songs. The only quibble I have with Ant-3 is how come "Come and Get It" is included? Yes, it is a Paul McCartney demo, but it was intended for Badfinger, not a contender for a Beatles song (unlike his "Teddy Boy" and "Junk", and Harrison's "All Things Must Pass", which were given Beatle consideration). Still, Ant-3 is very enjoyable if you want to hear the group at work on their later period.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Between the 3 Anthology collections, the 3rd is by far the most entertaining. While the 1st dealt with real dry interviews and the 2nd with unusual takes, the 3rd try has really captured the true Beatles. From new versions of tunes from the White Album thru the final takes of Abbey Road, it gives us some new twists on old songs. The versions of Helter Skelter and She Came In Through The Bathroom Window were quite different from the final versions. George's practice session for Something was so great with extra lyrics not on the final cut. The 3rd showed the talent and humor that made the Beatles what they were - the best ever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fantastic demo recordings. Worth the price just to hear the acoustic demo of ''While my guitar gently weeps'', THE best track of the entire Anthology series.
Walterama More than 1 year ago
The Beatles Anthology 3 is the last of three double CD set. Sorry, no new Beatles song included in this album, but it does have a few never before released songs, alternative songs, and studio outtakes. This is the Beatles in their later years. A must have collection.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Upon first hearing this Anthology 3 package, I was struck by how really wonderful the acoustic 'run-throughs' of these numbers were and how nicely they could stand on their own! And it's great to finally hear the far superior 'un-Spector-ized', un-Ketchup-ed version/mix of the 'Long and Winding Road' and the simpler, charming earlier version of 'Let it Be' with its interesting, somewhat bluesy edge. BUY THIS CD!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The songs are very well arranged and re-mixed for superior quality.
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