Anthology 1 is a compilation album by The Beatles and the first of a three-volume collection. It was released by Apple Records—catalogue number 34445—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 3× 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.
osodaniel on 1st Jun 13:
“I LOVE IT FOREVER,OSODANIEL”
Agatha correia on 30th May 13:
“I love this Album”
Beatle 208 on 23rd May 13:
“The Beatles Anthology 1 was released November 20, 1995 Producer George Martin, Jeff Lynne (''Free As A Bird'') Recorded From 1958-1994.”
Tadeusz on 11th Mar 13:
“I have this album and is not good”
Beatle 208 on 8th Feb 13:
“the call it the beatles athonlogy because they made outtakes in abbey road studios.”
Miss_McCartney on 5th Jan 13:
“I Love It, because with him, I got to know the earliest Beatles.”
Maxwellsilverhammer on 3rd Jan 13:
“Such a brilliant album.”
OmarLennon on 14th Dec 12:
“i buy the anthology box set in itunes...are awesome the 3 antholgies remastered...i loveee them”
Firefly on 1st Dec 12:
“Where can I download this album?”
Fan Beatle 19 on 15th Sep 12:
“tengo tambien que comprar este album”
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