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Strawberry Fields Forever
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20 June 2010
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GniknuS
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Found this video on youtube and I thought I'd share it. It has commentary by George Martin about basically how he did it. The Beatles were quite a little band, and this video really shows how brilliant they really were. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v....._RZJ084CGg

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20 June 2010
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Wow, this is some good stuff- thanks for sharing!

I love how George attempts to sing the chorus and first verse at the beginning of the video! (Nice try, Georgie george-martin)

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20 June 2010
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Alissa said:

Wow, this is some good stuff- thanks for sharing!

I love how George attempts to sing the chorus and first verse at the beginning of the video! (Nice try, Georgie george-martin)


 

I just love the "and I thought, you devil!" part. What a funny group of guys.

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20 June 2010
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GniknuS said:

Alissa said:

Wow, this is some good stuff- thanks for sharing!

I love how George attempts to sing the chorus and first verse at the beginning of the video! (Nice try, Georgie george-martin)


 

I just love the "and I thought, you devil!" part. What a funny group of guys.


You can see how George would be a good fit for the boys- he had a sense of humour. Any other producer would have gotten murdered. blue-meanie
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20 June 2010
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Alissa said:

GniknuS said:

Alissa said:

Wow, this is some good stuff- thanks for sharing!

I love how George attempts to sing the chorus and first verse at the beginning of the video! (Nice try, Georgie george-martin)


 

I just love the "and I thought, you devil!" part. What a funny group of guys.


You can see how George would be a good fit for the boys- he had a sense of humour. Any other producer would have gotten murdered. blue-meanie
 

 

Yeah he had to be a little bit "off" to even take some of their ideas, specifically John's, seriously. But that's why they were so brilliant, they actually tried stuff! They were innovators and music was never the same again.

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20 June 2010
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I never get tired of that song.  a-hard-days-night-john-5

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20 June 2010
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That's so cool! I didn't know they slowed it down like that; George Martin is my herooo a-hard-days-night-george-9  I hope I (he) live(s) long enough to meet him... he's a legend!

Is there a more famous music producer in the world? I think NOT!

What's this audio from? The interview thing. I'd love to hear more! a-hard-days-night-george-9

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20 June 2010
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A Fiendish Thingy said:

That's so cool! I didn't know they slowed it down like that; George Martin is my herooo a-hard-days-night-george-9  I hope I (he) live(s) long enough to meet him... he's a legend!

Is there a more famous music producer in the world? I think NOT!

What's this audio from? The interview thing. I'd love to hear more! a-hard-days-night-george-9


 

I think I saw somewhere that the BBC did this. But it is interesting to hear George Martin talk about the track, I would love it if there was just an interview with him talking about every song they ever did. We deserve that, right George?george-martin

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21 June 2010
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Mhh interesting. Ok I'm going to say something stupid... but I think George Martin doesn't get credit enough. So many people can believe the Beatles did everything by themselves.

 

Maybe I'm seeing it in black and white, but that's my feeling.

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21 June 2010
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mithveaen said:

Mhh interesting. Ok I'm going to say something stupid... but I think George Martin doesn't get credit enough. So many people can believe the Beatles did everything by themselves.

 

Maybe I'm seeing it in black and white, but that's my feeling.


 

I can agree with your statement.

 

By the way, great stuff!

I'd like to say "thank you" on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we passed the audition. John Lennon
3 January 2011
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OK. I love this song. It makes me go "Aaah John" like a fangirl. 

This is what I like about it:

Both versions: The lyrics, the melody, and the way he sings "Nothing is real." 

Album/single version: George Martin's mad skills, the fadeout/fadein/fadeout, and the cellos! 

Anthology/LOVE version: John's voice, placement of verses, and (LOVE only) bits of songs at the end. 

What do you think?

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3 January 2011
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It is probably one of my favorite John songs.  The lyric "Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see" will probably end up tattooed on me someday.   I feel the lyric is incredibly relevant today with all the people of my/younger generations being sucked into the media and thinking everything is supposed to be that way.  i.e.  it is normal to act the way people do on MTV

 

Funny story,  for Johns birthday, I played John Lennons solo and Beatles songs at work.  And I was at the register, where the stereo happens to be when Strawberry Fields Forever came on.  When the trick ending came some guy in line was like "What it going on in this song!"  I simply said "The Beatles is going on." 

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RedLennon said:

Funny story,  for Johns birthday, I played John Lennons solo and Beatles songs at work.  And I was at the register, where the stereo happens to be when Strawberry Fields Forever came on.  When the trick ending came some guy in line was like "What it going on in this song!"  I simply said "The Beatles is going on." 

That's awesome!


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4 January 2011
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I love this song, especially the message it portrays. I personally like, "No one I think is in my tree / I mean I must be high or low" which I read somewhere was John talking about how he was different, especially as a child. That no one was really on the same page as him and that he was never really at the same level as everyone else, either too high or too low (part of this is my interpretation). Pretty much everything RedLennon was saying - everyone is supposed to be a certain way and anyone who isn't is weird. For me, my biggest struggle is actually one of my favorite hobbies, writing, which I'm constantly ridiculed for. a-hard-days-night-ringo-2

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4 January 2011
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I suppose it's an alright song. a-hard-days-night-john-1

But you're right M3, all of the versions are excellent but my favorite would have to be the beginning of the Love one, I love John's voice like that. It's so haunting and impossible to replicate, like on A Day In The Life and Oh My Love.

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4 January 2011
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One of my favourites songs, indeed. What versions? there's only one that counts for me (of any beatle song, by the way), the 1967 single, the other ones are... well, I don't care.

 

Miss Winters said:

For me, my biggest struggle is actually one of my favorite hobbies, writing, which I'm constantly ridiculed for.

 

What? Why are you ridiculed? Who do that?

I write too.

I'd like to say "thank you" on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we passed the audition. John Lennon
4 January 2011
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Nice thread M3... For once, it will be me who actually re-rails one.

I like all of the versions I’ve heard (I do not own Love) but especially enjoy hearing the metamorphosis of the song on Anthology. John’s demo sends shivers up my spine.

As for the false ending – that’s one of my favorite parts.

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4 January 2011
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My favourite Beatles song. stuart-sutcliffe

You all will have read that Dave Dee is no longer with us. But Mickey and Titch and I would like to carry on the good work that's always gone down in number two.
4 January 2011
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MeanMrs.Mustard said:

It's not an insult, and he may come back (again). I'm just including this as a warning. 

mr. Sun king coming together said:

It was, but as Von said about "Her Majesty," "But really, unfortunately, the surprise factor obviously only works the first time you play the album."


That's why you induce amnesia/don't listen to the song for a while and allow yourself to forget the surprise! a-hard-days-night-george-10

Thanks for the invocation, Mr. Sun king! Just for the record, the fade in "Strawberry Fields Forever" (and "Helter Skelter" for that matter) doesn't bother me in the least because I hear it as part of the song itself, not as a full 16-second gap between two different songs. By comparison, it only goes truly silent for a second or less.

I love how "SFF" just keeps building in every way, one verse at a time- instruments get added, instrumental parts grow more dissonant and menacing, John's vocals grow more unearthly, the words themselves get more obscure and inarticulate, until the song ends. And then grows really weird.

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4 January 2011
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RedLennon said:

 The lyric "Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see" will probably end up tattooed on me someday.  


Over your eyes? a-hard-days-night-paul-11
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