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The Beatles



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Jordi Planas
2 stars (2 and a half stars)

The first 2 CD volume of the "Anthology" series is the least interesting one, and in part thatīs due to the sound of some early recordings. This is like a bootleg, but with a really nice booklet and some sound improvements. Prog-rock fans can avoid this one and go directly to the second "Anthology", as there are great differences between them, in sound and quality composition. This first one is pure pop-rock and The Beatles were not still the band that would improve the pop language that allowed the birth of progressive rock. But if you are open-minded and listen to different styles, The Beatles are a must in pop-rock.

"Anthology 1" includes some really early demos only for completists, as well as some live stuff and alternate studio takes. But the highlight of the two-volume is "Free as a Bird", a totally new song made from a demo by John Lennon (and which was covered by Adrian Belew, a true Beatles-lover). To start with The Beatles, is better to listen to "Revolver", "Sgt. Peppers", "The Beatles" (better known as the "White Album"), "Abbey Road", "Past Masters vol. 2" or even "Anthology 2".

Jordi Planas | 2/5 |


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