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The Beatles Anthology is the name of a documentary series, a series of three albums and a book, all of which focus on the history of one of the world's most popular rock band The Beatles. Image File history File links Information_icon. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ...

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Documentary series

Main article: The Beatles Anthology (5 DVD Set)

Approximately coinciding with the release of the "Free as a Bird" single and Anthology 1 album (the first of three double-CD albums), The Beatles Anthology series of documentaries was broadcast on ITV in the United Kingdom and ABC television in the United States in 1995. The Anthology series was assembled in the same way that the book was, as a series of first-person accounts by the Beatles themselves. The Anthology series is done the same way, with V.O. recordings of all four Beatles to push the narrative of the story. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison are also shown in interview segments filmed for the series itself, while Lennon is seen through archival interview footage. The Beatles Anthology (DVD) is the DVD version of the original eight episode 1995 TV serial titled The Beatles Anthology covered in four DVDs, plus an additional 81 minutes Special Features Disc. ... Free As A Bird is a song, single and video released by The Beatles in December 1995 as part of their reunion and promotion around the release of the video documentary Anthology and their Anthology 1 compilation album. ... The Beatles Anthology 1 was released in late 1995, and includes rarites and alternatives tracks from their days as the Quarry Men, through the Decca auditions and the album Beatles for Sale. ... Independent Television (generally known as ITV but also as ITV Network or Channel 3) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990... The American Broadcasting Company ( oftenly known as ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ...


The series, which was made over five years of planning and production (1,760 minutes),[citation needed] assembled numerous film clips and interviews to present a complete history of the band from the Beatles' own personal perspectives. The series was later released on VHS, laserdisc and as a boxed set of five DVDs.


DVD 1 Episodes 1 & 2 (July '40 to February '64)
DVD 2 Episodes 3 & 4 (February '64 to August '65)
DVD 3 Episodes 5 & 6 (August '65 to June '67)
DVD 4 Episodes 7 & 8 (June '67 to The End)
DVD 5 Special Features


Albums

Main articles: Anthology 1, Anthology 2, and Anthology 3

To accompany the Anthology series, three double music albums were released, each containing two CDs of never-before-released Beatles material (although many of the tracks had appeared on bootleg vinyl and CD for many years prior). The Beatles Anthology 1 was released in late 1995, and includes rarites and alternatives tracks from their days as the Quarry Men, through the Decca auditions and the album Beatles for Sale. ... The Beatles Anthology 2 is an album released in March 1996, and includes rarites and alternatives tracks from the sessions for Help! through the sessions for Magical Mystery Tour and singles they were planning to release before their trip to India in 1968. ... The Beatles Anthology 3 was released in October 1996, and includes rarities and alternatives tracks from the final two years of their career as a band ranging from the initial sessions for the White Album through to the last sessions for Let It Be and Abbey Road in January 1970. ...


Two days after the first television special in the series had aired, Anthology 1 was released to stores, and included music recorded by The Quarrymen, the famous Decca Records audition tapes, and various out-takes and demos from the band's first four albums. It also included the song "Lend Me Your Comb", omitted from the collection 'Live at the BBC', released the previous year (1994). The song "Free as a Bird" was included at the very start. 450,000 copies of Anthology 1 were sold in its first day of release, the most sales for an album in a single day ever. The Beatles' original drummer Pete Best, fired by the band in 1962 before they hit it big, received his first substantial Beatles royalties from this album, for the inclusion of early tracks on which he played. (The courtesy did not extend to the cover art - an early group photo in the cover collage featured a strategically-placed rip, revealing the image of Ringo Starr in place of Best.) The Beatles Anthology 1 was released in late 1995, and includes rarites and alternatives tracks from their days as the Quarry Men, through the Decca auditions and the album Beatles for Sale. ... The Quarry Men (sometimes Quarrymen) were a little-known skiffle group formed around Liverpool, England in March 1957 by John Lennon. ... It has been suggested that Decca Music Group be merged into this article or section. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Free As A Bird is a song, single and video released by The Beatles in December 1995 as part of their reunion and promotion around the release of the video documentary Anthology and their Anthology 1 compilation album. ... The Beatles, early 1962: (L-R) Pete, George, Paul and John. ... A collage composed of magazine articles and pictures Collage (From the French: , to stick) is regarded as a work of visual arts made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole. ...


On March 18, 1996, Anthology 2 was released. The second collection presented out-takes and demos from the Beatles' sessions for Help!, Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Magical Mystery Tour. These included selected early demos and takes for Lennon's "Strawberry Fields Forever", previously available only to bootleg collectors. The new song "Real Love" — which, like "Free as a Bird", was based on an unfinished Lennon recording — was also included in the two-CD collection. is the 77th day of the year (78th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... The Beatles Anthology 2 is an album released in March 1996, and includes rarites and alternatives tracks from the sessions for Help! through the sessions for Magical Mystery Tour and singles they were planning to release before their trip to India in 1968. ... Help! is the fifth album released by The Beatles, the soundtrack album from their film Help!. Produced by George Martin for EMI Records, the album (in its original British form) contains seven songs that appeared in the movie of the same name, and seven that did not, including the most... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Back cover The back cover of the original 1966 UK LP. The main photo was edited in separate parts for the booklet of the 1988 compact disc release. ... Back cover The back cover of the original 1967 UK LP. This release featured (for the first time on a Beatles album) complete lyrics. ... Magical Mystery Tour is an album by British rock band The Beatles, first released in late November 1967. ... BRILLIANT SONG! Music sample Strawberry Fields Forever ( file info) Problems? See media help. ... Real Love is a song originally written and performed as a demo by John Lennon, and later reworked by the three remaining members of The Beatles (Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr) in late 1995. ...


On October 28, 1996, Anthology 3 was released. The third collection featured out-takes and demos from The White Album, Abbey Road, and Let It Be. October 28 is the 301st day of the year (302nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 64 days remaining. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... The Beatles Anthology 3 was released in October 1996, and includes rarities and alternatives tracks from the final two years of their career as a band ranging from the initial sessions for the White Album through to the last sessions for Let It Be and Abbey Road in January 1970. ... The Beatles U.S. chronology The Beatles is the ninth official album by The Beatles, a double album released in 1968 (see 1968 in music). ... Back cover The back cover of the original 1969 UK LP. Note that Her Majesty is not listed, unlike later reissues and the compact disc version - originaly making it a hidden track. ... Let It Be is the twelfth and final album by the Beatles, released on May 8, 1970 by the bands own Apple Records label. ...

The three album covers, when laid side-by-side, become one long painted collage of various peeling posters and album covers representing the different stages of The Beatles' career. This was the work of Klaus Voormann, who also created the album cover for Revolver in 1966. The Anthology covers required Voormann to recreate elements of his cover for Revolver within the collage. During the music video for "Free as a Bird", the Anthology collage appears as posters on a shop window as the camera pans quickly across the street. The design also adorned the VHS, laserdisk and DVD releases, again to be properly encountered by laying the cases side-by-side. Upon the release of Anthology 3, HMV stores made available a cardboard sleeve designed to hold all three CD volumes of which each side of the sleeve make up half of the collage. Image File history File links Anthology_cover_collage. ... Klaus Voormann (born 29 April 1938) is a German artist, musician, and record producer who was associated with the early days of The Beatles in Hamburg and later designed the cover of their album Revolver. ... See also: 1965 in music, other events of 1966, 1967 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music Hot 100 No. ... Free As A Bird is a song, single and video released by The Beatles in December 1995 as part of their reunion and promotion around the release of the video documentary Anthology and their Anthology 1 compilation album. ... Pioneers LaserDisc Logo The Laserdisc (LD) was the first commercial optical disc storage medium, and was used primarily for the presentation of movies. ... His Masters Voice, often abbreviated to HMV, is a famous trademark in the music business, and for many years was the name of a large record company. ...


The success of the Anthology albums was parodied by the release of the Rutles' Archaeology some months later. This album even included a spoof of "Free as a Bird", entitled "Don't Know Why". In Anthology style, the album included both outtakes from the original Rutles album and new material. Perhaps fittingly, delays in the release of the third volume of the Beatles' series ultimately meant that the Rutles' parody arrived in shops on the same day as its inspiration. The Rutles are a parody of The Beatles, jointly created by Eric Idle and Neil Innes. ...


Book

In October 2000, The Beatles Anthology book was released, which included interviews with all four band members and others involved, plus rare photos. The book went straight to the top of the New York Times bestsellers list.[1] 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ...

Cover of "The Beatles Anthology" book.

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Paul and Yoko

During the filming of The Beatles Anthology, Yoko Ono and McCartney recorded "an extreme avant-garde piece called 'Hiroshima Sky' consist[ing] of an endless E-minor chord played by Linda on keyboards, Paul churning away on his double bass, Sean Lennon plus junior members of the McCartney family on whatever was to hand and the usual yelps and hollers from Ono."[2] The tape has never been officially released. Yoko Ono Lennon (小野 洋子 Ono Yōko(ONO Yōko), born February 18, 1933) is a Japanese-American artist and musician. ... A work similar to Marcel Duchamps Fountain Avant garde (written avant-garde) is a French phrase, one of many French phrases used by English speakers. ... Linda Louise, Lady McCartney (September 24, 1941 – April 17, 1998) was an American photographer, musician, and animal rights activist. ... Side and front views of a modern double bass with a French bow. ... Sean Taro Ono Lennon (aka Sean Ono Lennon, born October 9, 1975) is an American singer, songwriter, musician and actor. ...


Promotional items

Each of the three Anthology albums had their own promotional CDs. These CDs featured some of the songs from their corresponding albums and were sent to radio stations shortly before the official release dates. These CDs have since become highly sought collector's items. Promotional displays used in stores for each of the three album releases are also now fetching high prices amongst collectors.


References

  1. ^ The New York Times Best Seller List - October 22, 2000. From [1]
  2. ^ "The Unknown Paul McCartney" review bbc.co.uk Retrieved: 16 November, 2006

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The Beatles Anthology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (818 words)
The Beatles Anthology is the name of a documentary series, a series of three albums and a book, all of which focus on the history of the popular rock band The Beatles.
All of the surviving Beatles members filmed new interviews to add to older interviews with John Lennon, who was murdered by Mark David Chapman in 1980.
On October 28, 1996, Anthology 3 was released.
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