Anthology 3 Preview
By Joe Caldwell
The following is the official Capitol Records press-release relating to the
track-listing and scheduled US release date for ANTHOLOGY 3, as just
released to the wire-services this afternoon
NEW YORK, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGY 3, the third and
final chapter from the Anthology collection, will be released by Capitol
Records on Tuesday, October 29th.
THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGY 3 comprises 50 songs -- first takes, out-takes,
andnever before heard recordings from the period of 1968-1970, a total of
2 1/2 hours of music.
This was the time of The White Album, Let It Be and Abbey Road and THE
BEATLES ANTHOLOGY 3 includes "stripped bare" alternative versions of
Beatles classics from that period, including Helter Skelter, Come Together,
Hey Jude, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Glass Onion, Don't Pass Me By and
ANTHOLOGY 3 also includes Beatles tracks never released by the band
before, among them Not Guilty, What's the New Mary Jane, Teddy Boy and Come
and Get It.
And, revealed for the first time, Anthology 3 features seven tracks
from the Beatles rarest private tape: acoustic demo sessions for The White
Album, recorded not in the studio but at George Harrison's home.
The Beatles "at home" tracks are: Happiness Is A Warm Gun, Mean Mr.
Mustard, Polythene Pam, Glass Onion, Junk, Piggies and Honey Pie.
The release of THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGY 3 completes -- game, set, and
match-- an extraordinary year in the life of The Beatles.
Since November 1995 The Beatles have set new benchmarks with the
various Anthology projects: -- The Beatles Anthology TV series was screened in a world record 94
-- The Beatles Anthology 1 set a world record for the biggest double
album sale in a week.
-- Anthology 1 & 2 have sold 13 million double albums.
The Beatles back catalog has sold in excess of six million albums.
-- In the past year The Beatles sold more albums in the USA alone than
any other artist.
-- In 1996 Free As A Bird and Real Love were officially certified gold
singles by the Record Industry Association of America, giving The
Beatles their 21st and 22nd gold singles, the most for any group in
In this year The Beatles have both revitalized the memories of millions
and attracted the new interest of those too young to remember. And as
always -- as Beatles press officer Derek Taylor notes -- their music preserves
their role and influence "intact to infinity."
The Beatles Anthology 3 Track List
CD One -- All 27 tracks previously unreleased (Track notes by Mark
CD TWO -- All 23 tracks previously unreleased
- A BEGINNING -- A short orchestral piece composed by George Martin
as the original intro to Don't Pass Me By.
- HAPPINESS IS A WARM GUN -- John's blues, the first of seven tracks
from demo sessions for The White Album recorded at George Harrison's home.
- HELTER SKELTER -- R & B version of Paul's legendary heavy metal
- MEAN MR. MUSTARD -- First soundings of John's Abbey Road classic
taped at George's home.
- POLYTHENE PAM -- Acoustic demo, from the "home tapes", of John's
witty Abbey Road number.
- GLASS ONION -- An acoustic "home taping" of John's White Album
- JUNK -- Paul's early working of the ballad demoed at George's but
issued on McCartney.
- PIGGIES -- George's "home taped" demo of his incisive comment for
The White Album.
- HONEY PIE -- The final track from the "home tapes", Paul's acoustic
demo of The White Album song.
- DON'T PASS ME BY -- An out-take of Ringo's first solo song
- OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA -- A fully completed alternative version of
Paul's calypso swinger.
- GOOD NIGHT -- An eavesdrop into a Beatles session, with ideas
pitched from all as Ringo sings.
- CRY BABY CRY -- Take One of John's White Album song.
- BLACKBIRD -- A pure acoustic/vocal performance of Paul's ballad.
- SEXY SADIE -- John's slower version of the master.
- WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS -- A laid-back, acoustic demo of
- HEY JUDE -- An alternative version, with ad-libs, of Paul's
- NOT GUILTY -- A completely unreleased track written by George for
The White Album.
- MOTHER NATURE'S SON -- A strictly solo rendition by Paul.
- GLASS ONION -- A then-unreleased experiment in music and
- ROCKY RACCOON -- A fun out-take of Paul's White Album comedy.
- WHAT'S THE NEW MARY JANE -- Another completely unreleased track,
conceived by John in best experimental style.
- STEP INSIDE LOVE/LOS PARANOIAS -- Light-hearted jams from the White
Album sessions. Paul wrote Step Inside Love as the theme for Cilla Black's
TV series. Los Paranoias was made up on the spot.
- I'M SO TIRED -- A fine alternative of John's masterpiece.
- I WILL -- The master was take 67. This is Paul's take one.
- WHY DON'T WE DO IT IN THE ROAD -- Paul's acoustic guitar early
- JULIA -- A gentle studio work-out of John's ballad.
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- I'VE GOT A FEELING -- The first of 12 selections from the Let It Be
sessions at the Apple studio in January 1969, with Billy Preston on
keyboards for Paul and John's doubleheader.
- SHE CAME IN THROUGH THE BATHROOM WINDOW -- A Let It Be rehearsal for
Paul's song from Abbey Road.
- DIG A PONY -- Fine vocal performances highlight John's Let It Be
- TWO OF US -- Paul and John emulate The Everly Brothers in this duet.
- FOR YOU BLUE -- A good unreleased version of George's 12-bar blues.
- TEDDY BOY -- An unreleased Beatles track, written by Paul and issued
on his 1970 solo debut album.
- MEDLEY: RIP IT UP/ SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL/BLUE SUEDE SHOES -- A jam
from the Let It Be sessions.
- THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD -- The Let It Be version of this was
dressed up with orchestra and choir -- this is the undressed version as Paul
it to sound.
- OH! DARLING -- Another Let It Be rehearsal for Paul's song that
would be taped anew for Abbey Road, the Beatles' final recorded album.
- ALL THINGS MUST PASS -- The first of three demos by George recorded
solo at Abbey Road in February 1969, never released by The Beatles, but the
title track of his first post-Beatles album.
- MAILMAN, BRING ME NO MORE BLUES -- The Beatles sing Buddy Holly.
- GET BACK -- Paul's rocker recorded live during The Beatles last
live performance, on the roof at Apple.
- OLD BROWN SHOE -- The second of George's solo demos.
- OCTOPUS' GARDEN -- An early out-take of Ringo's song for Abbey
- MAXWELL'S SILVER HAMMER -- Written by Paul during the White Album
sessions, rehearsed during Let It Be, and recorded during Abbey Road.
- SOMETHING -- The last of George's solo demos from February 1969, an
early beginning of a classic.
- COME TOGETHER -- First take of John's Abbey Road opener.
- COME AND GET IT -- Paul's demo, completed in under an hour, of the
hit he gave to Badfinger.
- AIN'T SHE SWEET -- 1969 recording of the standard that The Beatles
first taped in Hamburg in 1961.
- BECAUSE -- A stunning new remix of John's Abbey Road track.
- LET IT BE -- A live-in-the-studio out-take of Paul's anthem
- I ME MINE -- The last new song recorded by The Beatles for 24
years, taped in January 1970. This is the original version of George's Let
It Be number.
- THE END -- A guitar-based version of Paul's aptly-titled last track
on The Beatles' last recorded album. And still saying it all.
The only "big surprise" at first glance would be track 1 on CD 1, "A
Beginning" -- A short orchestral piece composed by George Martin as the
original intro to "Don't Pass Me By."
- Joe Caldwell
The Ottawa Beatles Site