The Beatles Anthology Vol. 1

Annotated Track Listing

Following is the latest dissemination of information regarding the complete track list for The Beatles' Anthology Volume One, a two-CD set due in stores November 21. Information that appears in the current issue of ICE appears in plain text; updated info appears in italics. (Many things are even updated from our previous News Flash.)

ALL TRACKS ARE PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED, unless specified otherwise. After polling some experts, we've also determined that the following tracks have never been heard by collectors... that is, have never been circulated among fans on tape or bootlegs: Disc One--tracks 3 (only half of it), 4, 8 (maybe; hard to say with instrumentals), 22, 24, and 28. Disc two--tracks 4, 10, 11, 15, 17-21, and 23-26.

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1. Free As A Bird - Paul, George and Ringo add new recordings to an old John Lennon tape. Will be released as a single in early December.

2. We Were Four Guys... - John Lennon spoken-word comment.

3. That'll Be The Day - Rare 1958 Quarry Men recording made of the Buddy Holly song. "That'll Be The Day" was the first hit for Holly's group, The Crickets; the record went to #1 on both sides of the Atlantic in 1957.

4. In Spite Of All The Danger - Also the Quarry Men from 1958, of a Paul McCartney/George Harrison song.

5. Sometimes I'd Borrow... - Paul McCartney talking about recording at home in 1960.

6. Hallelujah, I Love Her So - the Ray Charles song, this is a 1960 home recording of the Eddie Cochran version of the song. Although it never charted in America, Cochran had a mild British hit with the song in Jan/Feb 1960; it reached #22 on the British charts.

7. You'll Be Mine - 1960 home recording of a Paul and John song, from the Quarry Men tape.

8. Cayenne - Home recording of an instrumental written by Paul, from the Quarry Men tape.

9. First Of All... - Paul talking about recording in Hamburg.

10. My Bonnie - one of the few previously released songs on the set, this is the famous June 1961 version with Tony Sheridan on lead vocals. This and the next two tracks feature Pete Best on drums.

11. Ain't She Sweet - Another previously released track, from Hamburg June 1961, with John Lennon singing lead.

12. Cry For A Shadow - Also previously released, the Hamburg June 1961 instrumental written by Harrison and Lennon that was the flip side to the "Ain't She Sweet" single on Atco Records in America.

13. Brian Was A Beautiful Guy - John talking about Brian Epstein.

14. I Secured Them... - Brian Epstein recalling the Decca audition, reading from his book "A Cellarful Of Noise."

15. Searchin' - The first of five tracks taken from their failed audition for Decca Records on January 1, 1962, with Pete Best on drums. This song, written by Leiber and Stoller, was The Coasters' first hit, from the summer of 1957.

16. Three Cool Cats - Another Leiber and Stoller song originally done by the Coasters, with George on lead vocal.

17. The Sheik Of Araby - An old standard with George on lead and Paul and John ad-libbing. Written in 1921, this song was an American hit for several old-time artists, including Spike Jones in 1943.

18. Like Dreamers Do - A Lennon/McCartney original which was later a hit for The Applejacks in Britain (but not America). The Applejacks hit rose to #20 on the British singles chart in the summer of 1964, on--ironically--Decca Records.

19. Hello Little Girl - Another early Lennon/McCartney original closes out the five Decca audition tracks. When the Beatles hit it big in England in 1963, The Fourmost recorded this song for Parlophone and released it as a single in September. It cracked the British Top 10.

20. Well, The Recording Test... - Brian Epstein reads another passage from "A Cellarful Of Noise."

21. Besame Mucho - This and the following track were recorded during the Beatles' first visit to Abbey Road studios on June 6, 1962. Yet another track from The Coasters, who had an American semi-hit with it in 1960. "Besame Mucho" is a Mexican song that was originally a smash hit for Jimmy Dorsey & amp; His Orchestra in 1944, topping the charts for two months.

22. Love Me Do - Like "Besame Mucho," this features John, Paul, George, and Pete Best on drums. The first version recorded for EMI, later re-recorded as their first single.

23. How Do You Do It - From a September 4, 1962 session; Ringo Starr is now the Beatles' drummer from this point onwards. Since they didn't write it (Mitch Murray did), the Beatles rejected Parlophone's desire for this to be their first single. The song was later a big hit for Gerry & amp; The Pacemakers in 1963 (in England) and 1964 (in America).

24. Please Please Me - An early version of the group's second single, with Andy White on drums, dating from September 11, 1962. Not the famous slow version that George Martin told them to speed up; Beatle historians now believe that version was probably never recorded.

25. One After 909 (Sequence) - Recorded during the "From Me To You" sessions on March 5, 1963, this track consists of three incomplete takes, or "false starts."

26. One After 909 (Complete) - The full take. The Beatles would shelve the song, of course, until re-recording it in 1969 for their "Let It Be" album.

27. Lend Me Your Comb - a non-original first recorded by Carl Perkins; from a July 16, 1963 BBC broadcast. Conspicuously absent from last year's "Live At The BBC" Beatles release, the song now makes an appearance.

28. I'll Get You - Recorded live at the Beatles' first appearance on the TV show "Val Parnell's Sunday Night At The London Palladium," a top-rated program that was the British equivalent to "The Ed Sullivan Show." The date was October 13, 1963 (a correction from "ICE"); the next morning, the term "Beatlemania" was coined in the British press to describe the scene.

29. We Were Performers... - John recalls early live performances.

30. I Saw Her Standing There - The first of five songs taken from an October 24, 1963 Swedish radio broadcast that Beatle aficionados feel was one of the group's finest hours on stage.

31. From Me To You - Paul introduces the group's third single.

32. Money (That's What I Want) - Co-written by a young Berry Gordy Jr., the founder of Motown.

33. You Really Got A Hold On Me - Smokey Robinson wrote this Top 10 Miracles hit.

34. Roll Over Beethoven - As usual, George sings lead on this Chuck Berry classic.


1. She Loves You - The first of three songs from the group's famous Royal Command Performance in London before the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and Lord Snowden, November 4, 1963.

2. Till There Was You - Introduced by a nervous Paul.

3. Twist And Shout - Introduced by John with his now-famous comment, "Would the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? And the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your jewelry."

4. This Boy - The first of two songs from the British TV program "The Morecambe And Wise Show," December 2, 1963.

5. I Want To Hold Your Hand - Having performed the B-side of their current single, they then performed the A-side.

6. Boys, What I Was Thinking... - Ernie Wise then introduced the Beatles to Eric Morecambe, and there followed some good-humored banter between Eric and the boys.

7. Moonlight Bay - "Television history" is how Eric introduces it: Morecambe and Wise and The Beatles together. The standard dates back to early in the century--having charted twice in 1912--and was a Top 20 hit for Bing Crosby & amp; Gary Crosby in 1951.

8. Can't Buy Me Love - Take two, recorded in Paris on January 29, 1964.

9. All My Loving - The first song ever performed by the Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show," February 9, 1964.

10. You Can't Do That - An earlier studio take than the released version.

11. And I Love Her - The second take of the song that later became a gentle ballad. This features a heavier sound, including drums and a picked electric guitar.

12. A Hard Day's Night - The very first take of the song, notably different from the finished, released version.

13. I Wanna Be Your Man - The first of four tracks recorded on April 19, 1964 for a British TV special called "Around The Beatles." These four tracks are presented in stereo and without the screaming girls that permeated the TV broadcast. Interesting, Ringo does the lead vocal on two of the four songs: this one, and "Boys."

14. Long Tall Sally - A blistering vocal from Paul on the Little Richard classic.

15. Boys - Although recorded for the show, this track was never used.

16. Shout - A rare performance of The Isley Brothers' classic 1959 hit.

17. I'll Be Back (Take 2) - Sung in a different tempo from the released version.

18. I'll Be Back (Take 3) - The very next take, but now sounding very different.

19. You Know What To Do - The first-ever release of the second song, supposedly, that George Harrison ever wrote for a Beatles album (the first being "Don't Bother Me"), but the group never formally recorded it. This demo dates from the evening of June 3, 1964. The tape was lost for decades, and only recently discovered inside an unmarked tape box at Abbey Road studios.

20. No Reply (Demo) - An early demo done by John for British artist Tommy Quickly, also from June 3, 1964. Quickly recorded the song based on this demo, but never released it.

21. Mr. Moonlight - An earlier take from the released version, with a guitar solo in place of the familiar organ.

22. Leave My Kitten Alone - Lennon's radical, scorching rearrangement of Little Willie John's 1959 semi-novelty record. From the August 14, 1964 Beatles For Sale sessions.

23. No Reply - Take two from the formal sessions for the song on September 30, 1964. Not yet finished, but nearly.

24. Eight Days A Week (Sequence) - Various false starts and experimentation on the song.

25. Eight Days A Week (Complete) - A complete version which starts and ends very differently than the commercially released version.

26. Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey! - Take two in the studio (a correction from the "ICE" story).

Special thanks to authors Mark Lewisohn and Allan Kozinn, Joel Whitburn's Record Research books, and Randy Dry, for background information.

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