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|Compilation album by The Beatles|
|Released||18 March 1996|
|Recorded||16 February 1965 – 6 February 1968; c. 1979 and February 1995|
|Label||Apple CDP 7243 8 34448 2|
|Producer||George Martin, Jeff Lynne, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr ("Real Love")|
|The Beatles chronology|
|Singles from Anthology 2|
Anthology 2 is a compilation album by The Beatles, released by Apple Records in March 1996. It is the second of the three-volume Anthology collection, all of which tie-in with the televised special The Beatles Anthology. The opening track is "Real Love", the second of the two recordings that reunited the Beatles by means of magnetic tape. Like its predecessor, it topped the Billboard 200 album chart, and has been certified 4× Platinum by the RIAA. The Anthology albums were made available on the iTunes Store on 14 June 2011.
Anthology 2 features outtakes, rarities, and alternative performances from the 1965 sessions for Help! to sessions just prior to their trip to India in February 1968. It starts off with the second new Beatles track, "Real Love", as with "Free as a Bird" again based on a demo made by John Lennon and given to Paul McCartney by Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono. The three surviving Beatles added guitars, bass, drums, percussion, and backing vocals, but unlike with the previous song, did not re-work either lyric or music. "Real Love" remained solely credited to Lennon, becoming the only Beatle song to have Lennon by himself in the writing credit.
Disc one contains three unreleased compositions, one being an instrumental entitled "12-Bar Original" recorded for Rubber Soul but subsequently unused. Two other songs recorded for Help!, "If You've Got Trouble" and "That Means a Lot", were abandoned and never returned to again by the band. The former was originally slated to be the usual vocal spot for Ringo Starr on Help!, and the latter was eventually given to singer P.J. Proby. The version of "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby" from the group's famed August 1965 show at Shea Stadium but left off the documentary appears here for the first time. "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" and "I'm Looking Through You" appear in early versions before they were remade in the forms known from their release on Rubber Soul.
Disc two contains work-in-progress versions of tracks from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour. "Your Mother Should Know" also appears in an early version different from the known release, and tracks one and 15 are demo recordings respectively by Lennon and McCartney. The take of "Strawberry Fields Forever" that made up the first minute of the released record appears in its entirety on track three. Although recorded or started during this period, "Only a Northern Song", "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)" and "Across the Universe" would not see release until years later, in 1969 and 1970.
Like its predecessor, Anthology 1, Anthology 2 sold well. In the United States, it debuted at #1, selling 442,000 copies the first week. The next week, it fell to #2, selling 201,000 copies, being replaced by Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill. The album spent two more weeks on the Top 10, at #4 and then #8, remaining for 22 consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 and then re-entering the charts twice, marking a #96 reach during the Christmas season of 1996. In all, the album spent 37 weeks on the charts (eight more than Anthology 1) and sold 1,707,000 copies. In the United Kingdom, the success was similar. Anthology 1 debuted at #2 album when released in 1995; but its successor reached #1, where it remained for one week. The album spent a total of 13 weeks on the UK Album Chart.
|1996||The Billboard 200||1|
|United Kingdom||1996-03-18||Apple, EMI||Triple vinyl LP||PCSP728 / 72438 34448 1 6|
|Double CD||CDPCSP728 / 7243 8 34448 2 3|
|United States||1996-03-19||Apple, Capitol, EMI||Triple vinyl LP||CDP 7243 8 34448 1 6|
|Double CD||CDP 7243 8 34448 2 3|
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6–12 April 1996
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30 March – 5 April 1996
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