Anthology 1

Anthology 1

Infobox Album
Name = Anthology 1
Type = compilation
Artist = The Beatles

Released = 20 November 1995 (UK)
21 November 1995 (US)
Recorded = 1958 – November 1994
Genre = Rock and roll
Length = 124:54
Label = Apple34445
Producer = George Martin, Jeff Lynne
Reviews =
*Allmusic rating|3|5 [ link]
Last album = "Live at the BBC"
This album = "Anthology 1"
Next album = "Anthology 2"

"Anthology 1" is a compilation album by The Beatles and the first of a three-volume collection. It was released in November 1995 (tying in with a televised special - "The Beatles Anthology" - that aired in three parts) and includes rarities and alternative tracks from the period 1958-1964, including their days as "The Quarrymen", through the Decca auditions to the album "Beatles for Sale". Also included on this album was the Jeff Lynne produced track "Free as a Bird", which was billed as the first "new" Beatles song in 25 years.


"Anthology 1" is of historical interest to Beatles fans for, among other things, including performances by past Beatles Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best. Sutcliffe, the band's original bass player who quit the group and was replaced on bass by McCartney, is featured on three tracks: "Hallelujah, I Love Her So", "You'll Be Mine", and "Cayenne". Best, who was the band's drummer until shortly after their successful 1962 audition for EMI, is featured on tracks 10-12, 15-19, 21 and 22 on disc one. Track 22 is the original June 1962 EMI audition recording of "Love Me Do", which, after Ringo Starr replaced Best, would be re-recorded by the group four months later for their first single.

The album was a large success throughout the world. It was the first Beatles album to officially enter the Billboard 200 album chart straight at number 1 with 855,473 copies sold, making the 27th largest one-week sales in the Soundscan history, succeeding "Fresh Horses" by Garth Brooks. In its second week "Anthology 1" sold 453,000 copies and maintained the top spot. This was repeated the following week, with 435,000 copies sold. In its fourth week the same quantity was sold, but the album fell to #2 behind Mariah Carey's "Daydream". In the following week, the album fell to #3 but with 601,000 sales. "Anthology 1" was certified 3x Platinum by the RIAA after six weeks in the U.S. market. In all, the album spent 29 weeks inside the Billboard 200, reached cumulative sales of 3,639,000 (scans as April 2001) and was certified 4x Platinum by the RIAA. In the UK, reaction was similar, but the album only reached #2, behind Robson & Jerome's eponymous album. In Australia, the album spent two weeks at number-one in December 1995.

Track listing

All tracks by Lennon/McCartney, except where noted.

Disc one

#"Free as a Bird" (Lennon, with contributions from McCartney, Harrison, Starkey)
#"We were four guys ... that's all" (John Lennon speaking to Jann Wenner)
#"That'll Be the Day" [Mono] (Allison-Holly-Petty)
#"In Spite of All the Danger" [Mono] (Paul McCartney and George Harrison)
#"Sometimes I'd borrow ... those still exist" (Paul McCartney speaking to Mark Lewisohn)
#"Hallelujah, I Love Her So" [Mono] (Charles)
#"You'll Be Mine" [Mono] (Paul McCartney and John Lennon)
#"Cayenne" [Mono] (Paul McCartney)
#"First of all ... it didn't do a thing here" (Paul McCartney speaking to Malcom Threadgill)
#"My Bonnie" (traditional, arranged by Tony Sheridan)
#"Ain't She Sweet" (Ager-Yellen)
#"Cry for a Shadow" (Harrison-Lennon)
#"Brian was a beautiful guy ... he presented us well" (John Lennon speaking to David Wigg)
#"I secured them ... a Beatle drink even then" (Brian Epstein from "A Cellarful of Noise")
#"Searchin'" [Mono] (Leiber-Stoller) (Decca Audition)
#"Three Cool Cats" [Mono] (Leiber-Stoller) (Decca Audition)
#"The Sheik of Araby" [Mono] (Smith and Wheeler-Snyder) (Decca Audition)
#"Like Dreamers Do" [Mono] (Paul McCartney) (Decca Audition)
#"Hello Little Girl" [Mono] (John Lennon) (Decca Audition)
#"Well, the recording test ... by my artists" (Brian Epstein from "A Cellarful of Noise")
#"Bésame Mucho" [Mono] (Velázquez-Skylar)
#"Love Me Do" [Mono]
#"How Do You Do It?" [Mono] (Murray)
#"Please Please Me" [Mono]
#"One After 909" (Sequence) [Mono]
#"One After 909" (Complete) [Mono]
#"Lend Me Your Comb" [Mono] (Twomey-Wise-Weisman)
#"I'll Get You" (Live at the London Palladium) [Mono]
#"We were performers ... in Britain" (John Lennon speaking to Jann Wenner)
#"I Saw Her Standing There" (Live in Stockholm) [Mono]
#"From Me to You" (Live in Stockholm) [Mono]
#"Money (That's What I Want)" (Live in Stockholm) [Mono] (Gordy Jr.-Bradford)
#"You Really Got a Hold on Me" (Live in Stockholm) [Mono] (Robinson)
#"Roll Over Beethoven" (Live in Stockholm) [Mono] (Berry)

Disc two

#"She Loves You" (Live at the Royal Variety Show) [Mono]
#"Till There Was You" (Live at the Royal Variety Show) [Mono] (Meredith Willson)
#"Twist and Shout" (Live at the Royal Variety Show) [Mono] (Russell-Medley)
#"This Boy" (Live on The Morecambe and Wise Show) [Mono]
#"I Want to Hold Your Hand" (Live on The Morecambe and Wise Show) [Mono]
#"Boys, what I was thinking ..." (Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise speaking to The Beatles)
#"Moonlight Bay" (Live on The Morecambe and Wise Show) [Mono] (Madden-Wenrich)
#"Can't Buy Me Love" (Takes 1 & 2)
#"All My Loving" (Live on The Ed Sullivan Show) [Mono]
#"You Can't Do That" (Take 6)
#"And I Love Her" (Take 2)
#"A Hard Day's Night" (Take 1)
#"I Wanna Be Your Man"
#"Long Tall Sally" (Johnson-Penniman-Blackwell)
#"Boys" (Dixon-Farrell)
#"Shout" (Isley-Isley-Isley)
#"I'll Be Back" (Take 2)
#"I'll Be Back" (Take 3)
#"You Know What to Do" (Demo) (Harrison)
#"No Reply" (Demo)
#"Mr. Moonlight" (Takes 1 & 4) (Johnson)
#"Leave My Kitten Alone" (Take 5) (John-Turner-McDougal)
#"No Reply" (Take 2)
#"Eight Days a Week" (Takes 1, 2 & 4)
#"Eight Days a Week" (Take 5)
#"Kansas City/Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey" (Take 2) (Leiber-Stoller/Penniman)

Chart positions

succession box
before = "R. Kelly" by R. Kelly
title = "Billboard" 200 number-one album
years = December 9 - December 29 1995
after = "Daydream"
by Mariah Carey
succession box
before = "Something to Remember" by Madonna
title = Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
years = December 3 - December 16 1995
after = "The Memory of Trees" by Enya

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