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7 August 2012
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Well, I can see perfectly well why they didn't use either of the versions( especially the second one..) It would have needed a lot of polishing, and what's with the usually so perfect John/Paul harmony, it's so off. Because of all of the tensions they had? John's comments are funny, though

7 August 2012
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To be fair those two versions were recorded at Twickenham not Apple where it was more 'why are we here?, what the heck are we doing?' than 'lets try and make something'. John wasnt that interested in recording a decent performance of ATU and that spread to the others, possibly because he knew the Wildlife mix was to be released on the charity lp. No doubt he was stoned, drunk or both.

 

I like it because its so bad, there are a few examples of that from the Get Back sessions.

He told us not to get overwhelmed by grief and whatever thoughts we have... to keep them happy, because any thoughts we have of him will travel to him wherever he is. (John Lennon - 27/8/67)
23 August 2012
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I've always loved the two-part harmony in the get back session versions of Across The Universe and I always missed them in the official versions. I just listened to the wildlife version and in the end (when the piano plays) you can hear a second voice in the often repeated "jai guru deva". It's definitely not the girls. And it sounds very much like the get back sessions harmony. It's not easily audible and maybe only in the Past Masters version but it's definitely there

Once there was a way to get back homewards. Once there was a way to get back home; sleep pretty darling do not cry. And I will sing a lullaby
24 August 2012
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The first version I heard was the LIB version.  I never had heard the Wildlife version until the Past Masters came out in the late 80s.  When I heard it, I thought John sounded like a chipmunk. a-hard-days-night-john-7

 

I always assumed that the wildlife version was sped up so the bird could be added to the intro and outro to fit into a predetermined time constraint.

 

I like all the versions, but IMO, I believe the ...Naked version is the best.a-hard-days-night-john-1

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26 August 2012
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 hear hear!! Since I listened to Across The Universe LIB Naked I love that album.

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie…… Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower… Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go. Beware of Darkness…  I believe in SH...
26 August 2012
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My preferred version of what's available is either the Anthology 2 or the Naked version, depending on my mood.  But I think the definitive version would STILL be the Let It Be version at the correct speed and the choir and orchestral overdubs completely mixed out (is there any way for Apple to do this??  george-martin) -- mostly because I like the wah-wah flourishes and the tamboura is more prominent.

26 August 2012
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Don't forget the piano which I miss very much in the naked version. Anyway I'va always though that the let it be version would have been better without the tamboura, it doesn't really fit with the orchestra. I love the orchestra in the let it be version but not with the tamboura, that's what makes it sound over produced for me

Once there was a way to get back homewards. Once there was a way to get back home; sleep pretty darling do not cry. And I will sing a lullaby
21 September 2012
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I´ve just listened to this for the upteenth time. It still blows me away.

John Lennon really was a genius.a-hard-days-night-john-1

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21 September 2012
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The lyrics are sublime and make the whole song regardless of the musical arrangement, IMO. I don't care who did or did not produce or overproduce it.

If the musical arrangement was nothing but a 20-piece kazoo and cow bell orchestra and it was produced by a deaf pygmie with no musical background, I would still love it.

To the fountain of perpetual mirth, Let it roll for all its worth.

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21 September 2012
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Zig said
The lyrics are sublime and make the whole song regardless of the musical arrangement, IMO. I don't care who did or did not produce or overproduce it.

If the musical arrangement was nothing but a 20-piece kazoo and cow bell orchestra and it was produced by a deaf pygmie with no musical background, I would still love it.

The  20-piece kazoo and cow bell orchestra produced by a deaf pygmie with no musical background has probably been done or someone is doing it now. You have dips on any royalties they make Zig.

He told us not to get overwhelmed by grief and whatever thoughts we have... to keep them happy, because any thoughts we have of him will travel to him wherever he is. (John Lennon - 27/8/67)
23 September 2012
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Imo all versions are great because what really matters in this songs are the awesome lyrics (which make this song to one of my favourite beatles songs) and they are the same in all versions

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24 September 2012
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meanmistermustard said

Zig said
The lyrics are sublime and make the whole song regardless of the musical arrangement, IMO. I don't care who did or did not produce or overproduce it.

If the musical arrangement was nothing but a 20-piece kazoo and cow bell orchestra and it was produced by a deaf pygmie with no musical background, I would still love it.

The  20-piece kazoo and cow bell orchestra produced by a deaf pygmie with no musical background has probably been done or someone is doing it now. You have dips on any royalties they make Zig.

Yes, I got my royalty check the other day for all of the recordings sold thus far. The cup of coffee I bought with the royalty money was delicious.

To the fountain of perpetual mirth, Let it roll for all its worth.

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24 September 2012
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If a cup of stewed lukewarm coffee in a half-ass cleaned cup with smudges around the sides served in some horrid supermarket cafe by a seller dangling a cigarette from their mouth and coughing all over you then yeughpaul-mccartney.

But if a grande with lashings of cream, caramel and grated chocolate trimmings served to you by a friendly happy individual whilst sitting in a big comfy seat with the sun shining thru the window and some fabulous music played in the background...mal-evansstuart-sutcliffeapple01

He told us not to get overwhelmed by grief and whatever thoughts we have... to keep them happy, because any thoughts we have of him will travel to him wherever he is. (John Lennon - 27/8/67)
24 September 2012
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Wow - a lot of thought went into that. It seems a shame to tell you that I drink my coffee black.

And now, I will hit myself with a ...

stay-on-topic

Um, "Across The Universe"...great song!

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24 September 2012
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I dont like coffee, eat chocolate or buy hot drinks in supermarkets. a-hard-days-night-ringo-12

 

As for the on topic thingy... erm... erm... yeah.

 

 Very important. Across The Universe. Silly Spector.

He told us not to get overwhelmed by grief and whatever thoughts we have... to keep them happy, because any thoughts we have of him will travel to him wherever he is. (John Lennon - 27/8/67)
25 September 2012
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"Words are flowing out like endless cream into a coffee cup..."

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!" -- Paul McCartney
25 September 2012
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Von Bontee said
"Words are flowing out like endless cream into a coffee cup..."

a-hard-days-night-ringo-8I'm diggin' this, Von.a-hard-days-night-ringo-10apple01ahdn_ringo_09<---Apparently, Ringo does, too.a-hard-days-night-ringo-15

"I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know? I'm just one of those people."
19 October 2012
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GeorgeTSimpson said
Don't forget the piano which I miss very much in the naked version. Anyway I'va always though that the let it be version would have been better without the tamboura, it doesn't really fit with the orchestra. I love the orchestra in the let it be version but not with the tamboura, that's what makes it sound over produced for me

The Naked version is probably more appropriate for Let It Be, since the tamboura and wah-wah guitar strongly indicate overdubbing... of which they were making a point to steer clear on that project.

I actually managed to correct the pitch/speed of the Spector version on an audio editing program I downloaded.  However, I'm having trouble converting it to mp3 form, and I also haven't been able figure out how to mix out the choir and orchestra (or if it's even possible on this program -- probably not).

19 October 2012
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One of my favorite Lennon songs, I grew up with the LIB version, liked the WWF version better (including the bird effects, made me feel as if the song were lifting off into the ether), now like the "Naked" version a bit better still -- I probably need to spend a bit more time with the Anthology rendition to see if it really wins me over.  Despite the flaws of each, it's a goosebump kind of song for me regardless of which I'm listening to.

In the very early '70s my folks announced (on the last day of school, no less -- what a bummer!) that we were putting our house in CT up for sale and moving to Maine as soon as it was sold.  As a mid-high school teen looking at leaving the friends I'd grown up with, I was completely devastated and depressed by the news -- was in denial for weeks, I was probably still in denial for months after we'd gotten to Maine.  I apparently spent a bunch of time walking around the house singing my new mantra:  "Nothing's gonna change my world/Nothing's gonna change my world."  Often, repeatedly, and out-loud-enough for others to hear.

I think that my Dad started getting sick of it, probably sick to death of it, because one day he looked at me and said, "You know, you can say that as many times as you like, but it doesn't make it true.  We ARE moving!"

Gee, thanks, Dad for the life-lesson.  A couple of years ago my Mom made this remark to me:  "You know, looking back on it, I really don't know why we ever moved to Maine."  If she wasn't my mother, if I didn't love her like no other, I might have choked her at that moment.

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I am laughing as I write this, BluemeanAl! What a great story, and identifiable to anyone who has kept a 'Beatle Mantra' running through their head during the most distressing times.

So you wound up in NC and I'm here in SC - apparently, our moving decisions aren't always the best!

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