Saturday, January 7, 2012

Anthology Three CD Sampler

The last of the CD samplers for the Anthology series, number three was released somtime in 1996 according to the copyright information. I'm pretty sure it was released around the same time as the commercial release. The catalogue number for the Anthology Three CD sampler is Apple/Capitol DRPO-7087.

The layout is very similar to the previous Anthology Two CD sampler. The CD comes in a jewel case and has the bass drum on the front cover similar to the previous CD sampler with differences in colour (the back ground is cream coloured and the white lettering is on black). The angle of the drum also changes. The front cover contains the Beatles' logo and the title "Anthology 3". There are four black and white photos of the individual Beatles on the left side of the opening in the front jewel case. All photos taken during the "White Album" sessions with the exception of George Harrison who's photo looks like it was taken in 1967 (he has his strat and coloured shirt). John is on top with his Epiphone, Paul is next with headphones and guitar, George and then Ringo at a microphone. The spine of the jewel case is balck and contains (from top) the catalogue number, the artist and title and the words "promo CD" and finally the Capitol and Apple logos.

The back of the jewel case contains the blurb: "Promotional Use Only/ Not For Sale", the catalogue number on an angle in tiny print along the top right, the track listing, the production credits , the Apple and Capitol Logos followed by the copyright information. Finally; mono and stereo differences are noted.

An eight page booklet is contained within. The booklet contains the tracklisting and a photo from the final August 1969 photo session, a quote from Derek Taylor, the tracklisting with detailed liner notes along with photos of the Fabs from various sessions and colour photos of the Beatles from the period 1968/69. The bottom last page contains the catalogue number/ promo markings/ copyright information along with the Apple logo on the left and the Capitol logo on the right.

The CD has the large full Apple with a silver background. The "promotional use only/not for sale" blurb is at the top followed by the catalogue number. The Beatles' logo is on the left hand side along with the Capitol logo underneath. On the right side of the CD are the words: "Taken from the album The Beatles Anthology 3" and "See booket for details". The tracklisting is at the bottom. The perimeter print contains the "all rights reserved" print along with the Capitol west coast Hollywood address. The back of the inlay card is cream coloured along with the title and artists' logos.

The tracklisting contained within are as follows: "Helter Skelter" (take 2 edited), "Cry Baby Cry" (take 1), "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (original July 25 1968 version), "Because" (remix - vocals only) and "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" (outtake).

These CD samplers contain very nice packaging (especially the first one) and are quite collectible.

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