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8 June 2014
Father McCartney
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Is it vintage Beatles? Probably not. But I've always enjoyed it as a song, even if it is 'sacrilage', as some people would have it.

Likewise Real Love.

8 June 2014
Ahhh Girl
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20 August 2013

Freezerbird. Ha!

(see Joe's post #3 above)

9 June 2014
Musketeer Gripweed (kezron9)
Coldspring Harbor, NY
Carnegie Hall
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17 January 2014

I was 5 when released so was not listening. But I think it was done well with what they were working with. I think would of been done better with George Martin, I believe George demanded Jeff Lynne to gain more creative input. I think Real Love would of been a hit for John and that the song sounded great. It has more of a natural feel since they just had to over dub once the noise and hiss was reduced. It has classic Beatles style all over it. 

9 June 2014
Hollywood Bowl
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I was alive when Free As A Bird came out – I'd been a Beatles Fan since 1964 – I was very excited when I heard what Paul, George and Ringo were doing UNTIL I learned that Jeff Lynne was producing – I know his sound and never liked it – and Free As A Bird sounds more like a Jeff Lynne record than a Beatles song or a John Lennon song.

I know some will disagree but he ruined it – in my opinion – they should have insisted on using George Martin – somehow he and his son were able to do Beatles LOVE album – so it wasn't his hearing that was the true obstacle .

And so frankly, I can't stand to hear it. From the very first notes I thought "Ugh, it's ELO."

"She looks more like him than I do."
9 June 2014

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I was dead excited back when the news was announced and can remember watching the 30 minute ITV special which premièred the video in the UK (i never heard the Radio One broadcast) with my family. A while later ITV also broadcast the Real Love video in a 5 minute slot which we also watched together. I have newspaper clippings from the Anthology era in scrapbooks and in shoe boxes stored a cupboard; it was just incredible how it was everywhere, every newspaper you opened had an article on The Beatles and the upcoming documentary. You could also go into a store every week and find a new special Beatles magazine with unseen pictures – of course they weren't but you only found that out after buying it.

I really liked the song at the time, heck it was the Beatles and i was a mad young fan so i was always going to love it – actually preferred it to Real Love. Just after that Christmas we went away on a family vacation to somewhere in England (ahdn_george_08) and i got the CD single in some shop (had bought the cassette when it came out) and we played it over and over in the car.

But then about 3 or 4 years later i heard a fan mix on Anthology Plus that stripped so much of the song away and it was gorgeous with the focus being on the harmonies and that became the go-to version for me. Now i rarely play it as John's vocal is so yucky and i dislike the production. Its ok but should forever remain contained within the Anthology series – a footnote in their history. 

For Real Love the demo on the Lennon Anthology (different demo to the one Yoko donated) is so much better than what the Beatles name is attached to.

Truth be told i hardly ever play either.

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
9 June 2014
Monkey Finger
The Kaiserkeller
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10 February 2013

I remember seeing the video premiere at the end the Anthology here in the states. I'm pretty sure it wasn't released on radio until after the video debut. I'm not sure I would've loved it as I do without that video. Pretty sure I teared up the first time I saw it (as I still do sometimes, sap that I am).

I agree with Robert above that Jeff Lynne's production is horrible. I like the production sound of early ELO records but by the early 80s, Lynne was using that horrible snare drum sound that infects everything he produces.

Also agree that George Martin should have done it, no matter what the state of his hearing at the time. george-martin

9 June 2014
Canberra, ACT
Apple rooftop
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29 August 2013

Father McCartney said
Is it vintage Beatles? Probably not. But I've always enjoyed it as a song, even if it is 'sacrilage', as some people would have it.

Likewise Real Love.

Same here – and as noted on other posts I don't mind the production either; and I have Real Love for the video :)

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