FREE AS A BEATLE

THE NEW ALBUM PROVIDES AN OPEN MIKE INTO THE BIRTH OF ROCK'S GREATEST GROUP

WELL, WHAT DID YOU EXPECT to find in the Abbey Road vaults--Al Capone? The hype preceding last week's debut of Free as a Bird, the Beatles' first new single since The Long and Winding Road in 1970, was so intense that anything short of the world premiere of Beethoven's 10th would have been anticlimactic. The clock on the Sunday edition of abc's Beatles Anthology didn't help: Two minutes to Free as a Bird ... one minute ... 15 seconds ... as if it were a countdown to a very special Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve. Coming at the end of...

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