I noticed that the running times for the Beatles' Anthology 1
discs were a bit shorter than that of the Anthology 3
CDs, so I was curious to see if you could gather all six discs worth of the Beatles Anthology
onto five discs...Here's what I noticed:
I figured that since I would be bunching them together to save time, it wouldn't make sense to keep "Real Love" in between "Kansas City/Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey" from the end of Anthology 1 and "Yes It Is," which followed it on Anthology 2. So, I moved the two reunion singles to very end of the set, making everything chronological.
When I did that, I found that, yes, you could fit all of the Anthology tracks into 5 CD's, and strangely enough, each disc covers a specific time frame:
Disc 1 - 1958 - 1963 (77:26)
Disc 2 - 1964 - 1965 (78:58)
Disc 3 - 1966 - 1967 (79:31)
Disc 4 - 1968 (79:44)
Disc 5 - 1969 - 1995 (79:34)
It seems strange that there was no overlap in years. And If I would have added one extra song to any of the discs, the running time would have gone over 80 minutes.
Kinda makes me wonder if they were originally planning on releasing the set this way, divided by specific time frames, rather than just three volumes.