I think THAT MEANS A LOT was a pretty good song, but the recording just has horrid production. A bit too much treble and echo for my tastes.
One track that really should have been on ANTHOLOGY 3 is the version of DON'T LET ME DOWN that was to be issued on the 'GET BACK' album - the one where John says "Hit it, Bill!" right before Billy Preston's closing piano solo. I also think a better version of I'VE GOT A FEELING should have been included. ANTHOLOGY 3 gives us an incomplete breakdown take. Originally that version of FEELING was recorded straight out of DIG A PONY without interuption. By removing DIG A PONY, Paul's "Yes he does now" at the beginning of FEELING seems senseless. He is responding to John's "All I want is you - Yes I do" that ended DIG A PONY.
The artificially a capella BECAUSE is rather fun. I'd like to see Apple/EMI come up with a whole CD of stuff like that.
MAILMAN BRING ME NO MORE BLUES is rather odd. Everytime I hear it I can imagine them playing REVOLUTION 1 to the tune instead. I wish they had.
I think the alternate version of I'M SO TIRED is just about as wonderful as the white album version.
As interesting as ELEANOR RIGBY without vocals may be, to me it suddenly is not a true Beatles recording, as we're left with only session musicians.
The REVOLVER and PEPPER outtakes are a wonderful asset to the ANTHOLOGY 2 set. There didn't seem to be much from this period circulating on decent sounding boots. I would have loved if they had included an alternate version of WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS. Poor Ringo is a bit under represented on the ANTHOLOGY sets. This is one of the most popular Ringo vocals, and it should have been included.
AND YOUR BIRD CAN SING is funny, but I wish they would have included the same take before John & Paul laughed all over it. The ideal solution would have been having both versions side by side.
One big let down with ANTHOLOGY 1 is the omission of anything from their 11 February 1963 session for their debut LP. I want to hear the 2nd take of TWIST AND SHOUT that John couldn't sing because his voice gave out after the fantastic first take. I think take 2 has a historical significance, and it's somewhat of an infamous moment.
As easy as it is to tear apart the 3 ANTHOLOGY sets, it's twice as easy to praise this wonderful collection. What a great gift this was to Beatles fans everywhere. I was pleased that they didn't make it into a 6 CD boxed set. That would have been too expensive for many fans.