Originally issued on Apple Records in 1995, Anthology 1 is a 60-song deep 3LP collection of Beatles rarities, outtakes and live performances recorded from 1958 up to 1964 and culled from a variety of untapped sources including EMI, Polydor, Decca Records, and a variety of radio and television broadcasts. It's the first volume in a trilogy of releases which also includes Anthology 2 (1996) and Anthology 3 (1996), and directly correlates to The Beatles Anthology documentary series.
Anthology 1 is famous for including the 1977 John Lennon track, "Free As A Bird," the first new Beatles song in 25 years, which was completed by Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr in 1995, and ceremoniously opens the set. Additional songs include such Beatles hits as "Love Me Do," "Please Please Me," "A Hard Day's Night," "You Can't Do That," as well as never before heard tracks like McCartney's "In Spite of All The Danger," Ray Charles' "Hallelujah I Love Her So" and Leiber and Stoller's "Searchin." Another of the album's many highlights is a recording of the vintage performance of "All My Loving" heard live from the Beatles historic appearance on the Ed Sullivan show.
The Anthology series stands as a comprehensive document of the second coming of rock & roll, as the Beatles took what Elvis had started and expanded upon it exponentially.