A Beginning

“A Beginning” is an instrumental from 1968 which is on the The Beatles’ 1996 album, “Anthology 3”. However, the Fab Four played no part in it as it’s a George Martin composition from start to finish. Be that as it may, it is a part of a Beatles’ album. With this in mind, we must review it!

In Detail


Release Date: 28th October, 1996 (UK), 29th October, 1996 (US)
Recorded: 22 July, 1968
Genre: Orchestral
Track Duration: 0:50
Record Label: Apple Records
Composer: George Martin
Producer: George Martin


Orchestra: twelve violins, three violas, three cellos, three flutes, clarinet, horn, vibraphone, double bass, harp

Track Source

Anthology 3

A Beginning - track composed by George Martin on the The Beatles' album Anthology 3

Anthology 3 Album (1996)

A Beginning

George Martin intended “A Beginning” to be the introduction of Ringo Starr’s first solo composition, “Don’t Pass Me By“. Of course, this was while they were working on the “White Album“. Using the same orchestra as that on the song “Good Night“, The Beatles had very little input if any at all and they didn’t use it on their songs. However, the piece became an incidental cue for the “Eleanor Rigby” song in the Yellow Submarine film. Moreover, the piece didn’t become available on record until the “Anthology 3” album release in 1996.

In the first place, side 2 of the first “Yellow Submarine album” has no songs just orchestral pieces by George Martin. However, the “Yellow Submarine Songtrack” album only has the songs from the film of the same name. So, before you buy one of those albums, be sure to check both out before you go spending your cash. Beatlemaniacs will buy both, of course.

When the remaining Beatles recorded two “new” songs “Free as a Bird” and “Real Love” in the mid 1990’s, they intended to release a third called “Now and Then“. But George Harrison, wasn’t not happy with with the way it was going, therefore that single never materialised. The intended single “Now and Then” would have been on the “Anthology 3” album, so they had to juggle things around. Instead, they used “A Beginning” as the first track on that album.

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