The Beatles made a little more of their music available for streaming online.
Three chronological collections of rare tracks, including alternative versions and outtakes, in the form of ‘The Beatles’ Anthology, Volumes 1-3′, were put online first thing this morning. Notably, the albums include ‘Free as a Bird’ and ‘Real Love’, demos recorded in 1977 by John Lennon before his death, which were completed during special sessions by George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr in 1995.
The collections have been made available worldwide on nine separate streaming services, including Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Tidal and Amazon Prime Music.
One of the last bands to resist the onset of streaming, the group’s estate finally allowed the public to stream their 13 studio albums alongside a few other collections in December last year – after years of holding back the tides – but the rest of their catalogue remained unavailable. This new release marks the first step in making the rest of the Fab Four’s prodigious output for digital fans.
The Anthologies were released on CD in the mid-90s. The three chronological collections of rare and previously unreleased Beatles recordings include studio outtakes and alternate versions. All three volumes went multi-platinum around the world, and ‘Free as a Bird’ became the group’s 34th Top 10 hit in America. It even won a Grammy award in 1996, for best pop performance by a duo or group.
The material is also available on Deezer, Microsoft Groove, Napster and Slacker Radio.