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9 March 2012
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The Strawberry
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 Hi again, it me! 😀

 I find that this is, of course, one of John's many greatest songs. But I didn't really ever hear the Let It Be version until a few months back. I started it and thought to myself, "Oh! No no no! Wrong key! Blah!"

 Why!? Why would they transpose from a beautiful D natural, to a D flat?!?

 

 P.S. Anytime I listen to Across The Universe now, I speed up my record player a little bit. a-hard-days-night-john-4heart

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9 March 2012
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I absolutely no idea why Mr Spector so drastically slowed down ATU, propably to increase the intensity of the song (on the flip side Mr Martin sped it up to another unnatural sounding speed plus it has the horrible fan backing vocals).

Purple Chick speed corrected Mr Sector's version on Let It Be Delux and it is so much better, it doesnt drag to the point of mind-numbing. The orchestral arrangement now sounds fabulous (there is a violin or viola or some other instrument that can be heard at times and it is so lush).

 

Sadly the worst mixes of ATU are the most commonly known, played and available ones (LIB & PM). blue-meanie

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10 March 2012
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The first version of 'Across The Universe' I heard was on Let It Be...Naked. I LOVE that version! So sad and raw. When I finally heard the Let It Be version I threw up a bit in my mouth (kidding kidding). It's not very good and I only listen to it if I'm listening to the album or to lazy to change. 6y

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I remember saying this once before without any prior realisation, and I think I gave 1 mod and the 2nd top poster a mini heart attack in saying I didn't like Across The Universe. Then Zig, the grand man of Maine, reminded me of Anthology 2's version. At which point - well, the only word is I shut up. Great song -horrible post Jan 1969 production (ie, PM and LIB)

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Across The Universe is possibly the song officially available in the most different versions. I'd like to know who exactly played on every version. Does McCartney contribute to the let it be and the naked version?

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15 June 2012
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To be honest I like all the versions, except the ones with Apple Scruffs. None are perfect but they don't have to be, because the lyrics are great.

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15 June 2012
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I think Paul plays on the LIB mix of ATU, everything being buried by Spectors orchestration so you cant hear it, but it may have been mixed out before.

As for the Naked mix its John on vocals & acoustic guitar, Ringo on tom toms & George playing tamboura. 

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12 July 2012
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23 July 2012
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I'm glad that someone agrees with me! Because, really, I like all of the versions... Like I Have said a couple of times already... And lyrics are the main reason for me, too, like you FlyOn (ohh, and welcome, by the way)

The wwf version is pretty silly, with the bird noises and chorus and all, but I like the hippie feeling it gives off; the rawer versions have great guitar sounds but I don't think John excels in the vocals, Spector version is said to be overproduced and slow, but I don't mind, at all; it makes the song sound like a space anthem and the chorus is amazing, also, you have more time to focus on the lyrics because of the tempo.a-hard-days-night-ringo-14 I'm sorry

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Finally, someone else who likes the Past Masters version! I agree that it is a teensy bit--no, wait...a lot bit--silly with the bird noises at the beginning, but it is the first version I ever heard of "Across The Universe" and will, therefore, always hold a special place in my heart. I instantly fell in love with the lyrics and John's dream-like vocal performance: if ever there was a song that could make me high from listening to it, it would be the Past Masters version of "Across The Universe".

However, I still find myself showing a preference towards the Let It Be...Naked version of the song. I find I can take the message in the song more seriously without the corny bird noises kicking everything off haha. I also think John's voice has slightly more depth and emotion than is found in Past Masters.

As for the Let It Be version...? I can sum that one up in one word: BLAH!

Strictly lyrically, one of John's very best. 

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And for some reason they didnt use one of the Get Back recordings?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....tY6yCMxFI4

 

And why wasnt part of this on LIBN's FOTW bonus disc?

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