Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Magical Mystery Listening Tour: Day 10

More Beatles domination courtesy the English alphabet:

The Beatles - Anthology Outtakes 1
The Beatles - Anthology Outtakes 2
The Beatles - Anthology Outtakes 3

The Anthology Outtakes bootlegs are companion sets to the official Anthology releases (see yesterday's post) and are just as essential. They contain loads more outtakes, demos, and rarities, some which were included in the Anthology documentary (but not the CDs), and many (most of them) which were not included in any Anthology release. There are lots of gems buried in here, such as some Cavern club rehearsals from autumn '62 (including a very early version of I Saw Her Standing There), and a 30-second clip of the Quarrymen playing Puttin' On the Style in 1957! Anthology Outtakes 2 has some great stuff, including an alternate version of That Means a Lot, demos for We Can Work It Out and If I Fell, as well as songs Lennon/McCartney wrote and gave to other artists (Bad to Me, One and One Is Two). Anthology Outtakes 2 also contains two of my favorite unedited versions, It's All Too Much (running a full 8 minutes), and Sexy Sadie (with the entire instrumental coda intact, nearly an entire minute longer than the album version). Anthology Outtakes 3 I actually prefer to the official Anthology 3: it contains more Get Back outtakes (the good ones), as well as cuts from the aborted Get Back album compiled by Glyn Johns. It finishes with the songs that Paul, George, and Ringo played together at George's house in the Anthology film.

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