Anthology Three
Story Behind the Album
      This double album is the  last in a series of three and it is part of the latest project by the Beatles. These albums are accompanied by a ten hour, eight tape movie compilation. The project was done by the three surviving Beatles (Paul, George and Ringo for those who are unfamilar with the Beatles) and it also features Neil Aspinall, roadie and Derek Taylor, publicist, who also passed away soon after the project's completion. Both the videos and the albums are a great piece of work that span the career of the Beatles and provide the most depth of any project done on the Beatles (apart from the books by Mark Lewisohn, who also worked on the booklet in the albums). Since the project is done by the Beatles, it makes it official, and the audience gets to hear what they intended and how they want their story told. This could be a hindrance because the whole truth may not be shown. Despite this, they make for an excellent listening and showing and are a must for any Beatles fan.
The songs are divided among six discs and three albums. This one, has the material that is at the end of the Beatles career. It features nearly all outtakes and a few never before heard songs. The songs here show the changing styles of the Beatles as it incorporates songs from the White Album, Let It Be and Abbey Road.
Almost every song on disc one and two are fantastic, and it's hard to decifer the best ones. This album did not feature a new song, but it has some of George Martin's unused orchestration for "Goodnight". Some of the best songs on disc one are, "Junk" a song by Paul that would be used on his solo album, "Cry Baby Cry" which is better here than on the White Album, and "Blackbird". "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", in my opinion is the best song on disc one. This version is all acoustic and fantastic.  "Hey Jude", "Mother Nature's Son", and "Julia", only the guitar to it, are also some good ones. "Not Guilty" by George and "What's the New Mary Jane" are some of the  unheard songs.
On disc two, some great songs are "I've Got A Feeling" messed up by John in the end, "The Long And Winding Road" as Paul intended it to sound, "All Things Must Pass", which would be the title songs to George's first solo album, and "Get Back" as performed on the rooftop. "Something", acoustically, "Come Together", "Come  And Get It", which would be given to Badfinger for their first hit, just the vocals of "Because", "Let It Be", done live, beautifully, and "The End" make up the best songs on the  disc two.
The anthology albums are a must for Beatles fans. They show different takes to some of  our favorite songs, that are awkward at first but then you can  see the beauty of transition. The whole concept is rooted in nostagalia, past visits of old songs and even the cover is designed by Hamburg buddy Klaus Vooman (also the designer of Revolver). The albums are a great trip back to the past of good times and great music.
Track Listing
Disc One
1. A Beginning [Martin]
2. Happiness Is A Warm Gun
3. Helter Skelter
4. Mean Mr. Mustard
5. Polythene Pam
6. Glass Onion
7. Junk [McCartney]
8. Piggies
9. Honey Pie
10. Don't Pass Me By [Starkey]
11. Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da
12. Good Night
13. Cry Baby Cry
14. Blackbird
15. Sexy Sadie
16. While My Guitar Genly Weeps [Harrison]
17. Hey Jude
18. Not Guilty [Harrison]
19. Mother Nature's Son
20. Glass Onion
21. Rocky Raccoon
22. What's The New Mary Jane
23. Step Inside Love/ Los Paranoias
24. I'm So Tired
25. I Will
26. Why Don't We Do It In The Road
27. Julia
Disc Two
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 [Harrison]
6. Teddy Boy [Harrison]
7. Medley: Rip It Up [Blackwell/Marascalco] Shake, Rattle And Roll [Calhoun] Blue Suede Shoes [Perkins]
8. The Long And Winding Road
9. Oh! Darling
10. All Things Must Pass [Harrison]
11. Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues [Roberts/Katz/Clayton]
12. Get Back
13. Old Brown Shoe [Harrison]
14. Octopus's Garden [Starkey]
15. Maxwell's Silver Hammer
16. Something [Harrison]
17. Come Together
18. Come And Get It [McCartney]
19. Ain't She Sweet [Ager/Yellen]
20. Because
21. Let It Be
22. I Me Mine
23. The End
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