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Notable (Good or Bad) Anthology Songs or Song Fragments
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Some Other Guy (accompanied by the Video of course) is great to see/hear them before Beatlemania! brian-epstein

I hadn't seen this particular video - it's pretty amazing what they can do with a/v as far as noise cleanup these days. In the comments someone points out (and it's there at 4:16) someone in the audience yells "we want Pete" and John answers "yes".

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It should be noted that this thread, being in the albums section, is about the CDs, not the documentary, and - despite being an iconic performance - Some Other Guy is not on Anthology 1 .

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While My Guitar Gently Weeps on anthology I think is better then the White Album one.

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Matt Busby said

Like zig, ADITL gives me chills (listening to it right now 🙂 John's verses are imo better than the released version

A very nice version.

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I'm the guy who when in music shops organises the Beatles section a-hard-days-night-paul-7.

You know you're a hardcore Beatles fan when... a-hard-days-night-ringo-8

castironshore said

I really like the early take of "Tomorrow Never Knows " but i seem to be in a minority on that one.

Count me in. 'TNK' is in my Top 10 and I enjoy this version very much.

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I really like take 1 of 'Tomorrow Never Knows '; the little bit of speech by George Martin ("here it comes, stand by") at the beginning is so cool - like a heads-up to all the listeners that it's about to get so damn fucking weird just before the loops begin.

More love for a cool song.

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Well, the Anthology has some good sides and - let's say, not-so-good-ones.

I'm not a fan of demos. For instance, on A3 you have the demo version of Happiness Is A Warm Gun , and in the notes, it is said that the song has three parts - 'I Need I Fix', 'Mother Superior Jumped A Gun', and, finally, the third, HIAWG. But, on the Anthology version we don't hear the part 'HIAWG'. They've included this demo just because John sings: 'Yoko, oh no no,Yoko oh yes, yes.'

Second, I'm not a fan of talking - I want to hear the guys playing and singing - and not the talking (like on the tracks Yesterday , A Day In The Life etc.).

I like the different versions of well-known songs like Got To Get You Into My Life , Strawberry Fields, Only A Northern Song , Tomorrow Never Knows , Yesterday (without strings), Your Mother Should Know , Walrus, Eleanor Rigby (strings only), Something ... etc. I think the Anthology 2 is the best.

Of course, some track sound a bit 'empty', like Hello Goodbye (without the strings).

I think it will be a good move if EMI (Apple) would issue the Beatles albums consisting of alternate, unheard versions of our favourite songs.

For instance, we didn't hear alternate version of In My Life .

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The original George Martin solo for 'In My Life ' has surfaced @realRL and is worth hearing. The section we originally got wasn't complete (maybe down to John only wanting to hear the solo section to the end, maybe he taped over it as he was prone to do) but bootleggers have made a complete outtfake.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?.....8hWmYIA5F8

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I love the demos, @realRL, especially the Esher demos, and think it's a shame things like Child Of Nature  weren't included.

To me, things like Eleanor Rigby  (strings only) are a total waste of space. It's only there because George blocked Carnival Of Light .

Anthology 2 , to me, is the most disappointing of all the Anthology sets because so much of it (disc 2) is just "cut and paste". If it was a bootleg, we'd be calling them outfakes.

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meanmistermustard said
The original George Martin solo for 'In My Life ' has surfaced @realRL and is worth hearing. The section we originally got wasn't complete (maybe down to John only wanting to hear the solo section to the end, maybe he taped over it as he was prone to do) but bootleggers have made a complete outtfake.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?.....8hWmYIA5F8

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Ron Nasty said

To me, things like Eleanor Rigby  (strings only) are a total waste of space. It's only there because George blocked Carnival Of Light .

Well, I like that one. They wanted to show well-known songs in different (and sometimes surprising) versions.

For example, Got To Get You Into My Life sounds nothing like the Revolver version. Same goes fro the take 1 of Strawberry Fields.

Eleanor Rigby is without vocals, just strings. For comparison: on song Because (Anthology 3 ), they did the opposite: instruments were edited out and only vocals are left.

Julia is another track which is instrumental - John is trying to record the melody of song. (Nothing was edited out of this one.)

In A Day In The Life we have the part where we would expect orchestra crescendos (before Paul sings his part) - but only piano is heard - but, later, the orchestra surely comes in. So, yes, the take is incomplete (final chord is missing), but it shows the development of this nice piece of music.

Only A Northern Song is presented without all of that sounds effects put on the final version where - at moments - you can hardly track the melody of the song.

Across The Universe , a closing track on A2 is presented in a version which was meant to be for LiB album (without orchestration), as well as The Long And Winding Road , I Me Mine and Let It Be (on A3).

Good Night (Anthology 3 ) is a nice song, again, without the orchestral overdub - just the piano & Ringo's voice.

Hey Jude (A3) - a take without harmonies from John & George - just Paul singing, with other band mates playing. I must admit that, at first, I didn't like this
version 'cause it is not as perfect & complete as the final 7-minute long song, but I enjoy it more and more - again, because it is so different than 'official' version. It is charming & beautiful. (Same goes for the While My Guitar Gently Weeps ).

In general, we can say that if the song hadn't been heard or issued on Beatles album, it has been put on Anthology in 'best' version.

If it has been heard or issued, then we have a different take from the master (compare 'And I Love Her ' - the album version and the Anthology take).

Of course, we all have our favorites and songs which we are less fond of (Within You - Without You is not the one I like).

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It was an interesting read until he wrote the following about 'Tomorrow Never Knows ':

While the studio version features tight drumming and intricate tape loops, this is the sound of a drugged out band plodding away at a song without bothering to properly mic the setup

Pssst! Hey buddy! That was on purpose as John was trying to find the right sound that was in his imagination. While Mr. Lynch may have listened to the Anthology recordings, he must not have read the book. From our Joe's article on the song:

For Tomorrow Never Knows he said to me he wanted his voice to sound like the Dalai Lama chanting from a hilltop, and I said, 'It's a bit expensive, going to Tibet. Can we make do with it here?' I knew perfectly well that ordinary echo or reverb wouldn't work, because it would just put a very distant voice on. We needed to have something a bit weird and metallic...
 

A Leslie speaker is a rotating speaker, a Hammond console, and the speed at which it rotates can be varied according to a knob on the control. By putting his voice through that and then recoding it again, you got a kind of intermittent vibrato effect, which is what we hear on Tomorrow Never Knows . I don't think anyone had done that before. It was quite a revolutionary track for Revolver .

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The way i read it is that the writer (another Joe, this one a Lynch) is suggesting the song sounds like it was not miked properly not that the Beatles, well Emerick etc actually ballsed up the vocals thru incompetence. But he called that version of 'Tomorrow Never Knows ' a demo and it wasn't so a-hard-days-night-paul-3 anyway.

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meanmistermustard said
Not Guilty . Notable for being a great 'lost' George song but a horrid horrid edit.

Is Not Guilty a lost song, because it's on George's self titled album.  It would probably just be a solo song that was written before the band broke up, similar to Teddy Boy , Junk, and ATMP from the Anthology.

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William Shears Campbell said

meanmistermustard said
Not Guilty . Notable for being a great 'lost' George song but a horrid horrid edit.

Is Not Guilty a lost song, because it's on George's self titled album.  It would probably just be a solo song that was written before the band broke up, similar to Teddy Boy , Junk, and ATMP from the Anthology.  

Lost in that it sat in the vaults for years (unless you went to bootlegs) until Apple issued it in 1996. 

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The alternate Penny Lane solo I did not like. Paul wanted a "Pet Sounds" sound for the song, with good clean instrumentation. The Penny Lane trumpet solo perfectly accents the clean psychedelia that makes the song so good.

The alternate solo, maybe for its time would have been cool and new, but I believe the David Mason trumpet solo stands the test of time more than the crazy whatever it is on the alternate. 

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meanmistermustard said

Lost in that it sat in the vaults for years (unless you went to bootlegs) until Apple issued it in 1996.   

Oh you're just saying that version of the song was a lost track, not the song itself.

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William Shears Campbell said

Oh you're just saying that version of the song was a lost track, not the song itself.  

Do many people know that George re-recorded it?

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Billboard article - 'The Beatles 'Anthology' Series: 15 Demos & Alternate Versions You Need to Hear'

Surprising that 'In Spite Of All The Danger ', 'And I Love Her ' and 'Not Guilty ' do not feature.  

Because the outtake of And I Love Her is an atrocity that will scar your mind forever (or at least it did mine). a-hard-days-night-ringo-13 

It verges from the sublime to the ridiculote

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