|Now remastered – but only available from streaming providers|
The Beatles Anthology, Vols 1-3 are now available on all collaborating streaming services, and it is the June 2011 remastered-for-iTunes versions. Originally released in 2CD volumes in 1995 and 1996, Anthology’s three chronological collections of rare and previously unreleased Beatles recordings include studio outtakes and alternate versions. The “Free as a Bird” and “Real Love” singles, from Anthology, Volume 1 and Anthology, Volume 2, respectively, were completed in 1995 by George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr from 1977 demos recorded by John Lennon.
The 2011 remasters sound a lot better than their 1995-96 counterparts, which is especially noticeable on the first of the three volumes.
Upon their original release, Anthology, Volumes 1-3 topped charts and went multi-platinum in several countries around the world. “Free as a Bird” became The Beatles’ 34th Top 10 hit in the U.S., winning the 1996 GRAMMY® Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Anthology, Volume 3 includes “A Beginning,” an instrumental orchestral arrangement originally recorded for The Beatles (The White Album).
Anthology, Volumes 1-3 were remastered at Abbey Road Studios by the same team of engineers responsible for The Beatles’ GRAMMY-winning 2009 studio album remasters, carefully maintaining the authenticity and integrity of the original analogue recordings. The collections are accompanied by original collage artwork created by Klaus Voormann from classic Beatles imagery.
You can listen to The Beatles Anthology Vol 1-3, and the selected highlights collection, right now.