Header

ANTHOLOGY 3

The Beatles

Proto-Prog


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

The Beatles Anthology 3 album cover
3.61 | 53 ratings | 5 reviews | 26% 5 stars

Excellent addition to any
rock music collection


Write a review
Buy THE BEATLES Music
from Progarchives.com partners
Boxset/Compilation, released in 1996

Songs / Tracks Listing


Disc 1
1. A Beginning (0.50)
2. Happiness Is A Warm Gun (2.15)
3. Helter Skelter (4.38)
4. Mean Mr.Mustard (1.58)
5. Polythene Pam (1.26)
6. Glass Onion (1.51)
7. Junk (2.25)
8. Piggies (2.01)
9. Honey Pie (1.19)
10. Don't Pass Me By (2.42)
11. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (2.56)
12. Good Night (2.38)
13. Cry Baby Cry (2.47)
14. Blackbird (2.19)
15. Sexy Sadie (4.06)
16. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (3.27)
17. Hey Jude (4.21)
18. Not Guilty (3.22)
19. Mother Nature's Son (3.17)
20. Glass Onion (2.08)
21. Rocky Raccoon (4.13)
22. What's The New Mary Jane (6.12)
23. Step Inside Love/Los Paranoias (2.31)
24. I'm So Tired (2.14)
25. I Will (1.55)
26. Why Don't We Do It In The Road (2.15)
27. Julia (1.57)

Disc 2
1. I've Got A Feeling (2.49)
2. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window (3.37)
3. Dig A Pony (4.18)
4. Two Of Us (3.27)
5. For You Blue (2.23)
6. Teddy Boy (3.18)
7. Medley Rip It Up;Shake, Rattle And Roll;Blue Suede Shoes (3.11)
8. The Long And Winding Road (3.41)
9. Oh! Darling (4.08)
10. All Things Must Pass (3.05)
11. Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues (1.56)
12. Get Back (3.09)
13. Old Brown Shoe (3.03)
14. Octopus's Garden (2.49)
15. Maxwell's Silver Hammer (3.50)
16. Something (3.19)
17. Come Together (3.40)
18. Come And Get It (2.30)
19. Ain't She Sweet (2.09)
20. Because (2.24)
21. Let It Be (4.05)
22. I Me Mine (1.48)
23. The End (2.51)

Total Time 1:45:33

Lyrics

Search THE BEATLES Anthology 3 lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search THE BEATLES Anthology 3 tabs

Line-up / Musicians


- John Lennon / guitars, vocals
- Paul McCartney / bass, vocals
- George Harrison / guitar, vocals
- Ringo Starr / drums, vocals

Releases information

CD Apple Corps CDPCSP729

Thanks to PROGMAN for the addition
Edit this entry

THE BEATLES MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

Buy THE BEATLES Anthology 3 Music


Abbey RoadAbbey Road
Remastered
EMI 2012
Vinyl$17.99
$16.01 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
THE BEATLES She Loves You & I'll Get You 7" G- SWAN US $10.00 [0 bids]
29m 44s
PICKIN ON THE BEATLES 2 / VARIOUS NEW CD US $19.99 Buy It Now 30m 13s
THE BEATLES "MEET THE BEATLES" LP MONO US $39.99 Buy It Now 30m 29s
The Beatles "What Goes On" & "Nowhere Man" 45 LP 5587 Capitol BMI England US $4.95 [0 bids]
30m 31s
vintage THE BEATLES PAUL McCARTNEY Tripping the Live Fantastic CASSETTE double US $17.99 Buy It Now 30m 43s
Signed Beatles Guitar US $8,807.12 [0 bids]
US $13,212.00 Buy It Now
30m 52s
Radio Show: GOODTIME OLDIES! #94-45 DION, BEATLES, ZOMBIES, MIRACLES, TURTLES US $19.99 Buy It Now 31m 12s
10-MINUTE TEACHER THE BEATLES LOVE ME DO GUITAR DVD TUTORIAL LEARN TO PLAY US $7.91 Buy It Now 32m 41s
THE BEATLES "SGT. PEPPERS LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND" LP ORANGE LABEL W/ INSERT US $24.99 Buy It Now 33m 52s
The BEATLES Requests EP 1960s MONO US $26.38 Buy It Now 34m 3s
Rubber Soul by The Beatles (CD, May-1987, Capitol/EMI Records) US $6.39 [0 bids]
34m 28s
Beatles "Beatles / 1962-1966" (Apple) US $32.99 Buy It Now 34m 56s
Ofra Harnoy Orford Quartet Play The Beatles Fanfare Dig DFL6002 Audiophile US $28.75 Buy It Now 34m 58s
Beatles "Beatles" (White Album) (Capitol) US $219.99 Buy It Now 35m 2s
Count Basie Eleanor Rigby 45 VG+ Funky Soul Jazz Beatles Covers Samples NicePlay US $6.95 Buy It Now 36m 36s
BEATLES MYTHOLOGY 1966 CD MINI LP US $15.99 Buy It Now 36m 48s
BEATLES, THE love songs VG/M-/M- JAPAN EAS-50007.8 | 14-0220-014 US $99.99 Buy It Now 37m 44s
BEATLES, THE the beatles' second album VG/VG USA ST2080 | 14-0220-012 US $44.99 Buy It Now 37m 51s
THE BEATLES - CALENDAR 2014 - NEW - INCLUDES POSTER - VERY VERY GOOD - MEXICAN US $12.50 Buy It Now 38m 11s
BEATLES ABBEY ROAD MINI LP WITH OBI JAPAN US $22.00 [0 bids]
US $35.00 Buy It Now
39m 1s
THE BEATLES white album, m-, NUMBERED JAPAN PRESS, W/OBI, POSTER 19 US $49.95 [0 bids]
39m 19s
*****SALE PRICE! RARE JUMBO POSTER trumpets THE BEATLES at NORTHWICH, 1963!***** US $11.99 Buy It Now 41m 5s
THE BEATLES THE BRITISH ARE COMING LE #1312 3D GLASSES VINYL IN MINT CONDITION US $14.99 [0 bids]
41m 13s
BEATLES 2 SECOND 2nd ALBUM orig Capitol T2080 US $29.99 [0 bids]
42m 15s
THE BEATLES - CALENDAR 2014 - SEALED - VERY VERY GOOD - MEXICAN US $14.80 Buy It Now 43m 27s
Badfinger Magic Christian Music LP 1970 Apple Beatles CLEAN VINYL!!!!!! US $17.99 Buy It Now 43m 47s
BEATLES Kum Back CD Mini LP US $14.99 Buy It Now 44m 41s
"The Beatles" 2 CD, "Let it Be ... Naked" 2 CD, & John Lennon's "Imagine" CD US $10.00 [0 bids]
US $29.95 Buy It Now
45m 26s
JOHN LENNON BEATLES PEACE AND LOVE KEY RING SUPERB QUALITY GREAT GIFT IDEA US $17.61 Buy It Now 48m 31s
THE BEATLES RINGO STARR OFFICIAL NEMPIX DEZO HOFFMAN PROMO PHOTOGRAPH FULL GLOSS US $32.25 [0 bids]
50m 33s
KEN LAZARUS Cecilia LP SEALED Steady S-114 REGGAE Beatles US $25.95 Buy It Now 52m 32s
Sings Beatles & Dylan by Richie Havens (CD, May-1992, Ryko Distribution) rock US $10.00 [0 bids]
52m 39s
Beatles record ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC 2 record set US $12.25 [0 bids]
52m 44s
Meet The Beatles Vinyl Record (T-2047) US $3.50 [0 bids]
US $30.50 Buy It Now
53m 20s
The Beatles: Chronlogically Complete 8 CD Set US $30.00 [0 bids]
US $55.00 Buy It Now
54m 17s
SERIAL NO. 032849 THE BEATLES HELP 1965 JAPAN CD 3200yen CP32 1ST PRESS US $35.99 Buy It Now 57m 57s
The Beatles (Hey Jude LP) Capitol records recorded in England US $50.00 [0 bids]
58m 42s
Lot of (2) History of British Rock & Vol 2 LP Record Albums Kinks Beatles Cream US $15.00 [0 bids]
1h
the Beatles 45 record She loves you I'll get you Swan s-4152-s vg+ US $5.00 [0 bids]
1h 4m
Beatles Magical Mystery Tour Apple SMAL2835 US $15.00 Buy It Now 1h 4m
PAUL MACCARTNEY(beatles)/coming up/ 1980 wl promo 45 US $15.99 Buy It Now 1h 9m
HISTORY OF BRITISH ROCK NM- Beatles Troggs Cream Kinks Animals Searchers 2 LPS US $19.95 Buy It Now 1h 11m
BEATLES '65 Mono 1st pressing ORIG T-2228 One skip Capitol Records inner sleeve US $29.95 Buy It Now 1h 11m
Beatles Get Back CD MINI LP US $15.99 Buy It Now 1h 12m
BEATLES YELLOW SUBMARINE KEY RING BUY 2 & GET 50% OFF THE 2ND ONE! FREE P+H! US $26.42 Buy It Now 1h 13m
The Beatles,At The Hollywood Bowl,1977 Capital 1st Press.VG+ To EX Cond. US $21.99 Buy It Now 1h 13m
The Beatles,With The Beatles,2012 EMI/Apple Press.Sealed US $21.99 Buy It Now 1h 13m
The Beatles A Hard Day's Night Original Soundtrack {UAL-3366} **MONO** US $17.00 Buy It Now 1h 14m
The Beatles The Early Beatles RARE Capitol Paper Label Cassette Tape US $49.99 Buy It Now 1h 16m
Past Masters, Vol. 2 by Beatles (CD-1988, Capitol/EMI) $2 SHIPPING US $5.95 Buy It Now 1h 18m
THE BEATLES From Me To You / Thank You Girl 1963 PARLOPHONE R5015 7" VINYL US $7.26 [0 bids]
1h 19m
BEATLES Songs, Music from Television Film MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR 2CD MINI LP US $16.99 Buy It Now 1h 21m
Radio Show: GOODTIME OLDIES! #92-26 HOLLIES, BEATLES, FOUR TOPS, BADFINGER, US $19.99 Buy It Now 1h 22m
BEATLES HEY JUDE 8 Track Tape Cartridge US $3.99 [0 bids]
1h 24m
THE BEATLES - FURTHER REQUESTS 7" EP oz Aussie press GEPO 70015 SHE LOVES YOU US $17.57 Buy It Now 1h 25m
The Beatles : Abbey Road CD (1988) US $9.98 Buy It Now 1h 32m
HONEYCOMBS shadow of joe meek have i the right 60s beatles queen beach boys US $1.60 [0 bids]
1h 33m
HONEYCOMBS MAGIC FOOTPRINTS beatles beach boys hollies 60s 70s 80s 90s queen who US $1.60 [0 bids]
1h 34m
The Beatles Revolver CD US $5.40 Buy It Now 1h 34m
Beatles - Beatles For Sale - Parlophone PCS 3062 - U.K. IMPORT - unipak style cv US $14.99 [0 bids]
1h 34m
Ringo Starr - Sentimental Journey - Apple SW 3365 - Beatles US $9.99 [0 bids]
1h 34m
HONEYCOMBS HOWARD/BLAIKLEY LENNON/MCARTNEY,BEATLES,60s,70's,BEACH BOYS,QUEEN US $1.60 [0 bids]
1h 34m
2012 spaceships all over the world ANGEL cd queen/sweet/pop rock/beatles/stones US $1.60 [0 bids]
1h 35m
HONEYCOMBS shadow of joe meek have i the right 60s beatles queen beach boys US $1.60 [0 bids]
1h 35m
HONEYCOMBSMAGIC PIRATE RADIO HITS 60's 70's beatles beach boys fortunes move US $1.60 [0 bids]
1h 36m
ANGEL d.b.v JIMMY'S OPERA rock pop opera beatles pink floyd who queen beach boys US $0.81 [0 bids]
1h 36m
ANGEL d.b.v JIMMY'S OPERA rock pop opera beatles pink floyd who queen beach boys US $1.60 [0 bids]
1h 36m
HONEYCOMBS from the underworld beatles beach boys hollies queen howard blaikley US $1.60 [0 bids]
1h 37m
HONEYCOMBS from the underworld beatles beach boys hollies queen howard blaikley US $1.60 [0 bids]
1h 37m
vintage BEATLES ringo starr and his all-star band cassette US $19.99 Buy It Now 1h 37m
PAUL McCARTNEY WINGS BACK TO THE EGG EMI RECORDS EPS-81200 GEM MINT THE BEATLES US $19.99 [0 bids]
1h 40m
The BEATLES / HARD DAYS NIGHT 1st stereo orig. UAS 6366 VG++ (EX) I cry cover US $39.99 Buy It Now 1h 42m
Beatles Hits From Me To You GEP 8880 Vinyl 45 US $75.00 Buy It Now 1h 42m
Beatles Penny Lane /Eleanor Rigby GEPO 70045 Vinyl 45 US $75.00 Buy It Now 1h 42m
vintage BEATLES Mind Games cassette apple 4xw-3414 US $19.99 Buy It Now 1h 42m
1969 THE BEATLES The Ballad Of John And Yoko US 45 Apple 2531 EX Stereo US $15.25 Buy It Now 1h 42m
The Beatles A Hard Day's Night LP UAL3366 MONO Original 1F/1F rare oop vinyl OST US $59.00 Buy It Now 1h 45m
The Beatles "Strawberry Fields" 7" EAR-20234 Japan John Lennon Paul McCartney US $24.99 Buy It Now 1h 46m
Mono Box Set by The Beatles (CD, Sep-2009, 13 Discs, Capitol) US $250.00 [0 bids]
1h 50m
AUDIO CASSETTE TAPE THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGY 1 VINTAGE MUSIC ALBUM US $7.95 [0 bids]
1h 50m
THE BEATLES RUBBER SOUL 2014 Mono Vinyl Reissue of 1965 classic! US $17.50 [0 bids]
1h 51m
The BEATLES 45 September In the Rain Rare CLEAR variant #CC 88 US $25.00 Buy It Now 1h 51m
THE BEATLES LOVE SONGS MINT CONDITION US $950.00 Buy It Now 1h 53m
Meet the beatles rare 2nd pressing 1964 t 2047 mono ascap #1 bmi rainbow label US $40.00 [0 bids]
1h 55m
The Beatles' Hits - Parlophone Mono EP US $25.00 Buy It Now 1h 56m
The WOODSTOCK SINGERS Walkin Thru The Park LP Bob Dylan BEATLES Cover Songs US $21.00 Buy It Now 1h 56m
The Beatles - Russian Release 45RPM Octopus Garden/Something/Come Together US $59.00 Buy It Now 1h 57m
Beatles - Ticket To Ride / Yes It Is 7" 45 NM US $10.00 Buy It Now 1h 58m
1967-1970 by The Beatles (CD, Oct-1993, 2 Discs, Capitol) Blue Album US $24.99 Buy It Now 2h
Beatles - Hear The Beatles Tell All - Vee Jay PRO-202 - Stereo - still SEALED US $9.99 [0 bids]
2h
the BEATLES WHITE UNPLUGGED ALBUM ~ Album is New,Vinyl and Cover *MINT Condition US $46.99 Buy It Now 2h
THE BEATLES - Revolver - LP Vinyl 1971 Capitol ST-2576 T-42 US $20.00 Buy It Now 2h 2m
Beatles 45'-Lady Madonna US $5.00 [0 bids]
US $7.00 Buy It Now
2h 2m
Beatles. For Sale. 1st Press Y & B. UK 'Stereo' LP. Nice condition!!! US $27.43 [11 bids]
2h 2m
Beatles 1964 The Tribute All You Need Is Live NEW 2CD 2000 USA 28trk US $63.99 Buy It Now 2h 6m
Meet the Beatles LP 1st debut stereo st2047 WEST COAST #6 RARE BMI 1 version! US $499.00 Buy It Now 2h 8m
The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Clubs Band 8 Track Cartridge US $0.99 [0 bids]
2h 11m
The Beatles - Let It Be [Let It Be... Naked] (CD, Nov-2003, 2 Discs, Capitol) US $9.99 Buy It Now 2h 11m
Radio Show: GOODTIME OLDIES! #92-28 SAM & DAVE, BEATLES, KINKS, BEACH BOYS, CCR US $19.99 Buy It Now 2h 11m
THE BEATLES 'ROCK 'N' ROLL MUSIC' CASSETTE [1976] US $8.05 Buy It Now 2h 13m

More places to buy THE BEATLES music online Buy THE BEATLES & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for THE BEATLES DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

THE BEATLES Anthology 3 ratings distribution


3.61
(53 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(26%)
26%
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(45%)
45%
Good, but non-essential (25%)
25%
Collectors/fans only (4%)
4%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
0%

THE BEATLES Anthology 3 reviews


Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by Guillermo
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars This "Anthology 3" package includes recordings of their last years as a band (from May 1968 to their last recording session in January 1970). Their creativity was still very good and influential, but their personal relationships as a band were increasingly deteriorated. It is amazing that they still recorded very good quality albums like "The Beatles", "Abbey Road" and "Let It Be" among their personal conflicts.

For this third "Anthology" package, there wasn`t another "new song". They considered other Demos recorded by Lennon on cassettes, but they finally rejected them because they considerated them as not as good as "Free as a Bird "and "Real Love". So, this third volume on Disc 1 has Demos of songs for the "White Album" and the "Abbey Road" album, some of them very funny, with The Beatles`humour ("Mean Mr. Mustard", "Glass Onion"), alternate takes, previously unreleased songs (Harrison`s "Not Guilty", and Lennon`s "What`s the New Mary Jane", both finally rejected for the "White Album"), funny jam sessions ("Step Inside Love / Los Paranoias"), etc.

Disc 2 is mostly dedicated to their material for the "Abbey Road" and "Let It Be" albums, with some songs recorded during their Apple building "Rooftop Concert", some George Harrison`s and Paul McCartney`s Demos, some jams, and the final recording done by The Beatles in 1970, (without Lennon, who was "on holiday"), of George Harrison`s song called "I Me Mine".

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to Guillermo (BETA) | Report this review (#74355) | Review Permalink
Posted Friday, April 07, 2006

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Team
3 stars This last volume in the Anthology series of Beatles collectors heaven, is actually quite good though I prefer Volume 2. I love the White album alternative versions and this is the best thing about the volume. It is a fantastic experience to hear earlier versions of Happiness Is A Warm Gun (2.15), Helter Skelter (4.38), Mean Mr. Mustard (1.58), Polythene Pam (1.26), Glass Onion (1.51), Piggies (2.01), Honey Pie (1.19), Don't Pass Me By (2.42) and Blackbird (2.19). The versions are similar but noticeably devoid of the clean production courteous of Apple Studios. It is great to hear Harrison on While My Guitar Gently Weeps (3.27), and McCartney raw and vulnerable on Hey Jude (4.21), Mother Nature's Son (3.17) and the wonderful Rocky Raccoon (4.13). Lennon is terrific even on earlier versions of Glass Onion (2.08) and I'm So Tired (2.14). This is a raunchy Beatles sound and is quite surprising. There are no overlays or studio tricks and the sound is much more endearing, as you can enjoy the band having fun doing what they do best.

CD 2 features the "Revolver", "Abbey Road" and "Let It Be" studio outtakes and alternatives, and of course after this "Let It Be ? Naked" came out, the far superior version. My interest lies primarily in the "Abbey Road" sessions and here are some real treasures. Alt takes of She Came In Through The Bathroom Window (3.37), Octopus's Garden (2.49), Maxwell's Silver Hammer (3.50), Something (3.19) and Come Together (3.40) are simply wonderful. The "Revolver" sessions are fine but the rarities are more interesting such as Teddy Boy (3.18), Medley Rip It Up; Shake, Rattle And Roll; Blue Suede Shoes (3.11), and All Things Must Pass (3.05). The version of The Long And Winding Road (3.41) is raw but worth a listen, as is Get Back (3.09), Old Brown Shoe and Because (2.24). The version here reminds me of the version on "Love". It ends with an altar ego of Let It Be (4.05), I Me Mine (1.48) and, appropriately, The End (2.51). Overall this volume is well worthwhile ad it is great to hear all 3 Anthologies in a row if you have 4 and a half hours to spare. The Anthologies are historically indispensable for Beatles maniacs and I am glad I have had the pleasure to hear these classics in various forms. It says a lot about the recording industry and how a song can change from conception to final creation. Beatles forever!

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to AtomicCrimsonRush (BETA) | Report this review (#791485) | Review Permalink
Posted Friday, July 20, 2012

Review by Chicapah
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars I must admit that it's impossible for me to be objective about The Beatles. I was an impressionable 14 year old when I experienced my personal coming-of-age epiphany whilst witnessing their American debut on Ed Sullivan in early '64 (Yes, I'm an aging boomer but I wouldn't want to be associated with any other generation) and in an instant all my questions about what the future held for me were answered big time. John, Paul, George and Ringo were going to collectively lead not just me but all of us into the musical Promised Land where all the restrictive fences were going to be torn down and ceremoniously torched in a blazing bonfire of revolution. No genre was taboo, no concept too strange and the sky was the limit. The atmosphere was indescribable. I can tell you this much, though. We had a ball reacting to their every move. Each new LP release by the Fab Four was a mind-expanding, celebratory event. Even conservative AM Top 40 radio stations would play EVERY cut on the album for weeks on end. Society at large was gleeful to be engulfed, inundated and influenced by the sounds The Beatles conjured up from their unbridled imaginations and unleashed on the world. It was a magical time to be a teenager in love with life-defining music. If you haven't a clue as to what I'm on about then I'm afraid I can't help you. I doubt that such a widespread phenomenon will ever be repeated on such an enormous scale so I reckon you had to be there. Nothing was ever the same again. Nothing.

The three anthology sets that coincided with the huge celebration of all things Beatles in the mid- 90s (that included the airing of an exhaustive network television documentary) were intended to make available all of the incidental recordings, rare tapes and demos that few had ever heard. The public ate up the packages like free surf and turf. The first collection portrayed them as youthful, eager overachievers who took full advantage of being in the right place in the right era with the right material and the right look. Of course, none of those factors would've made any difference if they hadn't have possessed an unassailable and undeniable talent for tapping into the yearnings and dreams of everyone under the age of 30 and brilliantly expressing them through the highly efficient and accessible vehicle known as rock & roll. Anthology 1 is a testament to their enthusiasm and ambition. #2 shows them to be fearless pioneers who refused to stay in their assigned niche and had no qualms about going wherever their muse led them. When faced with the realization that touring and playing live concerts had become detrimental to their creativity they did what no other entity would've had the guts to do (because of the income involved) and sold all of their luggage. The fully-stocked workshop that was the studio would now be the sole medium through which they'd communicate to the masses. Anthology 2 is an intriguing exploration into how an adventurous, progressive-minded quartet of gifted musicians was able to permanently alter the planet's rotation forevermore.

Anthology 3 completes the triathlon. It generally covers the last two years of the band's existence when the changes they initiated and championed in modern civilization eventually began to change them, as well. Their innocence was long gone and they'd found that the golden crown of adulation was heavier than anticipated. Yet they sensed they had a reputation to uphold and a responsibility to not let their legion of fans down. That constant pressure forced them to work in a tight cocoon together and, as to be expected, they began to cherish their time away from the conclave. These two CDs reveal their own unique personalities and artistic leanings coming to the surface independent of the "group" mentality. They knew what they sounded like as a cohesive unit, now they each wanted to find out what they sounded like as individuals. One of the misconceptions about this final period of The Beatles' career is that they couldn't stand one another's company. The 50 cuts included here dispel that rumor completely. One can't help but hear their boisterous camaraderie seeping into many of the tracks. The fact is, they couldn't have produced the stellar music they did if they'd been preoccupied with conniving ways to stab the guy next to them in the back all the time. Making the best music they could was their reason for living and they took their job quite seriously.

Of course, having George Martin as a mentor and advisor didn't hurt. That's why the opening piece, "A Beginning" is appropriate. It's a lush symphonic instrumental originally intended to serve as an intro to Ringo's goofy "Don't Pass Me By" on the White Album. It's obvious that the two didn't jive as a couple so Martin's score was jettisoned but, fortunately, not destroyed. Its inclusion is a lovely way to begin. Seven of the next eight selections were culled from homemade tapes recorded at George's house in Surrey. Having knocked the residents of the earth for a loop with the ground-breaking masterpiece that is "Sgt. Peppers," one gets the feeling that they were now more comfortable with and confident in their songwriting skills and they were willing to lay down every tune idea they came up with no matter how unorthodox or weird an outsider would've considered it to be. The best of this bunch is John's raw rendition of "Happiness is a Warm Gun." It's a ragged, incomplete outline to be sure but Lennon's raspy vocal riding atop his aggressive acoustic guitar strumming is convicting and real. "Junk," an unfinished melody idea of Paul's, displays a lot of potential but I guess it fell to the wayside. A pity. Harrison's "Piggies" showcases his uncannily mellow vocal style in its unaffected state and it's a treat. McCartney's nostalgic "Honey Pie" shamelessly demonstrates his enjoyment of the creative process that seemed to enrapture him at times. The rest of disc 1 (except for one cut) consists of demos they recorded in rehearsals at Abbey Road. Of special interest is the piano/vocal run-through of "Good Night." Mr. Starr's singing is especially unaffected and the orchestral score is gorgeous. "Sexy Sadie" sports an unexpectedly laid-back aura that surreptitiously underlines John's sarcastic skewering of their once-esteemed Indian guru. But the highlight is George's solo version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." It's an incredibly haunting presentation of his immaculate song that proudly stands on its own two feet without unnecessary decoration. "Not Guilty" is another Harrison-penned number that stayed hidden for eleven more years until he put it on his eponymous LP. It has a proggy slant that's worthy of note.

Disc 2 is a mixture of demos captured at the Abbey Road and Apple Studios. Most of the tracks are rough test runs but it's the screw-up moments that demonstrate their wit and nonchalant attitude that I've always found endearing. They knew that amazing tunes often grew from small ideas if they were only given the chance to sprout so little hiccups along the way didn't faze them in the least. It was all part of the process. Honorable mentions go out to Lennon's poignant rendition of "I'm So Tired," the group's loose but upbeat take on "I've Got a Feeling" that exudes pure elation, George's smooth-as-silk offering of "All Things Must Pass" that demonstrates his ongoing maturation as a composer of merit and the edgy vocal performance John delivers on "Come Together" that coats it with a truckload of grit. I've always loved Badfinger's breakthrough single, "Come and Get It," and it's a sweet bonus to get to hear Paul's original version that's almost as irresistible. The most astounding cut is the isolated, vocals-only track of "Because." Arranged by the master George Martin (and employed later on to raise the curtain on the engaging "Love" soundtrack), it's a marvel to behold. Their awesome blend of voices is ethereal and wholly captivating. I also appreciate the no-frills demo of "Let It Be" and it makes me wonder what it was like to hear one of the greatest songs of the modern age being unveiled for the first time ever. Lennon's complimentary remarks uttered when they finish the take says volumes. Even he was stunned by his partner's accomplishment. It's only fitting that they decided to exit with "The End" but the tacking on of a backwards rendering of the climactic piano chord on "A Day in the Life" was a stroke of absolute genius. Can't ask for more.

Like its predecessors, Anthology 3 went straight to #1 and didn't stop selling until it reached triple platinum status. Hard to believe that folks would gladly pay top dollar to have in their grasp an assortment of outtakes, coarse demos and snippets of tomfoolery from four lads from Liverpool, England but they weren't just anybody. These cuts had emanated from the one-and-only Beatles who rattled the universe with regularity throughout the turbulent but marvelous 60s. My humble opinion is that prog rock was destined to be an inevitable offshoot in the evolution of rock & roll but it would've been delayed in being nurtured, investigated and expanded by years if not for this spectacular band blowing the doors off the establishment's fortress. I make no apologies for indulging in every tidbit of Beatlemania I can wallow in because they did what other artists only dream of doing. Making an indelible mark in history that will never be duplicated. I was lucky enough to get to watch it happen before my very eyes. Perhaps no one's ever rocked you and your peers' world down to its core. My condolences. This group thoroughly transformed my life. Therefore I'll always be in their debt.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to Chicapah (BETA) | Report this review (#1179223) | Review Permalink
Posted Sunday, May 25, 2014

Latest members reviews

3 stars The third of a trilogy of alternative and previously unreleased Beatles material. These three dubble-CDs are a quite interesting historical documents together with the accompanying booklets and just because of that worthy of the admission price. The last of the series, this one covers the time ... (read more)

Report this review (#94809) | Posted by Frasse | Tuesday, October 17, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This third part of the "Anthology" series may be not as essential as the second, but itīs more recommendable than the first onen (if only for the overall excellent sound quality). Here you will find a whole CD covering the "White Album" period, one of the most interesting by The Beatles, in wh ... (read more)

Report this review (#86666) | Posted by Jordi Planas | Friday, August 11, 2006 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of THE BEATLES "Anthology 3"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | GeoIP Services by MaxMind | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 0.45 seconds