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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

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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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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...
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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.

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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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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).

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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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