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First released: 1996, March 19
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Anthology 2 continues to tell the story of the Beatles chronologically. This set ranges from the beginning of 1965, through to February 1968 except for the first track "Real Love".
Unfortunately, this set is spoilt in some cases by the creation of "new" mixes from basic takes, rather than complete untouched takes ... but there are so many unavailable takes as to make this essential anyway !
The producer and project leader was George Martin.
From 22nd May 1995 George Martin with occasional assistance from Paul, George and Ringo began to re-listen, and mix tracks intended for The Beatles Anthology albums.
Additional research was by Mark Lewisohn, a local man from Essex who is responsible for the two most essential books about the Beatles ... "The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions", and "The Complete Beatles Chronicle".
This release was a triple L.P. double-gatefold album set, or on a double C.D. set with the cover design by Klaus Voorman.
Producers Jeff Lynne, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr
Within two days of recording If You've Got Trouble, the Beatles taped a further number for the Help! movie that would also remain unissued. Iadeed, they made two concerted attempts at r cording Paul's That Means a Lot, dedicating fivT hours to the task on 20 February and then autting a re-make on 30 March. But it was all to no avail. "We thought we'd give it to somebody who could sing it well," John Lennon told to the New Musncal Express soon after the Beatles decided to rnlinquish the song, indicating P J Proby, the era's most con roversial singer, whose exclusive version was irsued in September 1965 and reached 24 on tht same paper's singles chart.
Four songs taken from the six performed by the Beatles on the British television show Blackpool Night Out, broadcast live to the nation on summer Sunday evenings from the northern seaside resort. It was the group's second and last appearance
The opening title on Revolver, Taxman was George Harrison's acerbic and witty view of the inescapable realities of life. Take 12 was the master recording, this being a "reduction", or "bounce", of Take 11. Issued here for the first time is that Take 11,
Eleanor Rigby presented in a manner never before heard, featuring only the double string quartet - four violinists, two viola players and two cellists - in isolation, performing the score written and conducted for Paul's song by George Martin.
As soon as the Beatles completed Revolver they headed out on tour - indeed, they chose the album's title while in Tokyo. Two of the five shows they performed there were taped by the Japanese television company NTV, and a pair of songs from