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The Long And Winding Road
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26 May 2012
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GeorgeTSimpson
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I like the song but not what spector has done to it. The best takes is i think the one used in naked because it has no bass errors and a nice organ solo. But I don't think that strings are wrong at all, but what spector did was too much it sounds like good night, I don't even hear the piano anymore in some parts. I think the perfect version of The Long And Winding Road (and i think if let it be hadn't had the no overdub stuff martin would have produced it like this) would be the 31st January take (naked) orchestrated in the way Golden Slumbers is. Anyway it would be nice if there were a version of the let it be album produced by george martin (like the let it be single version)

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
26 May 2012
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The Spector mix isnt too bad if not played too often, the worst offence Spector made to the beatles catalogue was turning Across The Universe into an unlistenable borefest dirge. There are a few really nice moments, 1 being after the bridge and orchestral solo the louder drum immediately after "But still they lead me back to The Long And Winding Road".  

My favourite is the Anthology 3 basic take, the bareness of the performance gives it a more emotional feel.

Not a big fan of the Naked version, the solo is pretty dull for a start. 

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2 June 2012
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I've just listened to the Good Evening New York City version, I think that's the perfect arrangement and that's the way the arrangement of the studio version should have been

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
16 July 2012
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In the spector version the beginning is very nice (the The Long And Winding Road line) but then there is this loud dum-dum and it's so different to the soft style of the beginning I think that sounds teerible but in the other parts of the song the orchestra is not so bad (only when there's another dum-dum). Anyway I habe a question: Are george's guitar and billy's electric piano or organ (i read sometimes that he played electric piano, sometimes that he played organ) cut out or are they there but not easily audible? I read somewhere that spector jsut used paul's piano and vocals and lennon's bass and then oberdubbed the orchestra (+new drums by ringo) but I also read (I think on beatlesbible) that he just turned the volume of guitar and electric piano/organ quiet. So what is true? If billy were also on this song he would be on four songs on 1 (get back, something, let it be and The Long And Winding Road), quite good.

Edit: I think I hear george's guitar line, clearly audible in the Anthology 3 version, very quietly after the "that leads to your door" part in the beginning (and on similar points) and at 2:05 i hear some chords possibly played on george's guitar which are clearly audible on both the spector and the anthology version. I haven't heard bill so far, though.

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
25 July 2012
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I'm afraid I'll never be a big fan of this song.  

I remember when I first heard it, way back when it was first released in 1970, The Beatles were just breaking up, and I thought to myself "if THIS is the type of song they're releasing nowadays, maybe it's just as well they're calling it quits".   The Henry Manciniesqe strings and choir don't help it, but then again, they do suit it.  It's Paul's sentimentality run amok, in my opinion.  I don't think he sings it all that well, either.   And John's bass is pretty clumsy.  

It was released not too long after "Let It Be", and I thought "wow... I remember when these guys knew how to rock -- it's almost ironic to call them the BEATles nowadays".  I've since come to like "Let It Be" quite a bit.... but regarding "Long and Winding Road",  I'm with Vonbontee -- maybe in another three decades, when I'm in the home, I'll come to like it!

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