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Recently fallen in love with this album all over again. 

I know Spector gets shit for the sound on some of the songs, and in some cases its justified, but the album wouldn't be the same without it in my opinion. The sound on Awaiting On You All for example, is otherworldly!

Totally agree, that's why I like the bombastic religious anthem style of Spector and quiet introspective acoustic style of demos just the same. Best example is Let It Down , acoustic and full version.

Yep. Both are fantastic. I can listen to either version depending on what my mood is, which is a great luxury to have. 

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Silly Girl said

 

I have a theory that the thing that's being let roll is, I dunno, love perhaps. Or life. Or are they the same thing?... 

Our esteemed member @Zig's sig quotes a George song that may shed light on it - "For the fountain of perpetual mirth, let it roll for all its worth". I don't know, it just came to mind when I saw your theory. I always thought it probably referred to love...but I think yes, love and life are the same thing (in the best of all possible worlds).

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castironshore said

It's funny how people hear music differently eh ?

With "let it roll" the piano playing and the way it leads the melody feels very lennonesque to my ears,and i'm sure he would have loved all the reverb on the track. Lyrically speaking it isn't too far away from john either.

"i dig love" just reminds me of pauls solo cuts on "the beatles" somehow, totally built from scratch in the studio. The fall and rise sequence on electric piano strikes me as something he would have enjoyed messing with. I've always imagined him singing this one as it plays.

But hey i may be totally wrong LOL.

One is never totally wrong for what they hear/see/interpret. Music, like any other art form, is wide open for interpretation.

Thanks for your explanations. Next time I hear those songs, I'll see if I can listen to them through your ears. apple01

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Sun King said
Recently fallen in love with this album all over again. 

I know Spector gets shit for the sound on some of the songs, and in some cases its justified, but the album wouldn't be the same without it in my opinion. The sound on Awaiting On You All for example, is otherworldly!

Not sure how could have ever fallen out of love with it 😉

Fortunately the site hung up on me so I didn't have to interrupt my rare uninterrupted listen of Abbey Road to listen to Awaiting On You All to confirm my opinion here...I think Spector was dead on here, making the sound match the lyrical meaning. I turned my son, who's a Catholic priest preseminarian, onto this song and he loves it (though he's not a big Beatles fan, he does have good taste in music - or is that a contradiction?). We're going to see Willie Nelson and Old Crow Medicine Show together in a couple weeks, I can't wait - I haven't seen him all summer. Anyway, I ramblestay-on-topic...I've spent all afternoon here, I've got to get ready to go 🙁

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Sun King said
Recently fallen in love with this album all over again. 

I know Spector gets shit for the sound on some of the songs, and in some cases its justified, but the album wouldn't be the same without it in my opinion. The sound on Awaiting On You All for example, is otherworldly!

Not sure how could have ever fallen out of love with it 😉

Fortunately the site hung up on me so I didn't have to interrupt my rare uninterrupted listen of Abbey Road to listen to Awaiting On You All to confirm my opinion here...I think Spector was dead on here, making the sound match the lyrical meaning. I turned my son, who's a Catholic priest preseminarian, onto this song and he loves it (though he's not a big Beatles fan, he does have good taste in music - or is that a contradiction?). We're going to see Willie Nelson and Old Crow Medicine Show together in a couple weeks, I can't wait - I haven't seen him all summer. Anyway, I ramblestay-on-topic...I've spent all afternoon here, I've got to get ready to go 🙁

Haha. It was more so that it had been out of the rotation for a while, I'll never stop loving this masterpiece!

Yep. The spiritual nature of the song needed a massive production. Anything less would do the song a disservice. 

Have a good time with your son. Me and my Dad went to see Paul in May and it was one of the best days of my life, made better because we shared the experience together as Beatle and Paul fans!

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I really love this album. it makes me want to meet Krishna!

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I'd love to hear a remix of the album with some of the wall of sound reduced, George spoke about it before he died but never got the chance to do it. Not removing Spector's work from the catalogue, it would still be the master, but to get the opportunity to hear some of the songs breathe a bit more as there is so much to hear even in the rough mixes and outtakes.

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I'm with you, mmm. I loved the album from day one. Then, upon hearing some of the demos/early takes, I started thinking some of the tracks were overproduced. I kinda wish we had a mix that was somewhere in the middle. Failing that, I still love this album.

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@Matt Busby proposed 

Silly Girl soliloquised  

 I have a theory that the thing that's being let roll is, I dunno, love perhaps. Or life. Or are they the same thing?... 

Our esteemed member Zig's sig quotes a George song that may shed light on it - "For the fountain of perpetual mirth, let it roll for all its worth". I don't know, it just came to mind when I saw your theory. I always thought it probably referred to love...but I think yes, love and life are the same thing (in the best of all possible worlds).

That quote is from the very song I was referring to. And if you'll pardon my Grammar Naziing, it's 'To the fountain of perpetual mirth, let it roll for all its worth'. I think that detail is important as it can be interpreted in two different ways: it can either be that his 'Let it roll for all its worth' is addressed to the fountain of perpetual mirth, with the perpetual mirth being the thing that is let roll; or it establishes the fountain of perpetual mirth as just another place, along with 'across the floor' and 'out the door' and what-have-you, with 'it' being let roll still unspecified, in which case it's love/life. 

I prefer the latter interpretation, myself. ahdn_george_01 

Can you tell I love this song to pieces? ahdn_george_06

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Guys, the song is about letting it roll. If you don't get what it is or why is that, then you don't get it.

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Guys, the song is about letting it roll. If you don't get what it is or why is that, then you don't get it.

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It----> a-hard-days-night-george-4

No? a-hard-days-night-george-10

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Silly Girl said

StrawberryWalrus said
Guys, the song is about letting it roll. If you don't get what it is or why is that, then you don't get it.

a-hard-days-night-john-6

It----> a-hard-days-night-george-4

No? a-hard-days-night-george-10

I'll refrain. Might have sounded wrong up there.

But whatever some may think it is, is fine for me really a-hard-days-night-paul-11

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Today, while reading George Harrison : Behind The Locked Door, I discovered the song 'All Things Must Pass ' was written while he was visiting The Band and Bob Dylan in November 1968. He was enthralled with The Band's debut album Music From Big Pink that was released earlier that summer and wanted to write a song similar to 'The Weight'. It's very cool for me that one of my favorite bands inspired my favorite Beatle.

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Today, while reading George Harrison : Behind The Locked Door, I discovered the song 'All Things Must Pass ' was written while he was visiting The Band and Bob Dylan in November 1968. He was enthralled with The Band's debut album Music From Big Pink that was released earlier that summer and wanted to write a song similar to 'The Weight'. It's very cool for me that one of my favorite bands inspired my favorite Beatle.

The Band were great. All great musicians but Levon Helm in particular - drums, mandolin, harmonica, bass, guitar, and vocals. In fact he sings several of the verses in The Weight (at least in The Last Waltz I think others sing a verse or two - surely Robbie Robertson would be one) - which is one of the greatest rock songs of all time imo (and has several famous mondegreens, "take the load off Fanny" (or Annie...or myriad other similar words) being perhaps the most misunderstood.

To get slightly on a Beatley topic, he played in Ringo's All Starr band, 1989 edition (which had a tremendous lineup - Joe Walsh, Dr. John, Nils Lofgren, Billy Preston, Clarence Clemons, and Jim Keltner).

It would never have occurred to me that All Things Must Pass was inspired by The Weight though...interesting to think about, thanks for posting that.

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As the Harrifans among ye may have noted, I changed my location to a line from 'Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp' so now ye shall 'Find me where ye echo lays'.  heart

(This explanation being for the benefit of Mr Kite the non-Harrifans among ye.) 

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Matt Busby said

Levon Helm...played in Ringo's All Starr band, 1989 edition (which had a tremendous lineup - Joe Walsh, Dr. John, Nils Lofgren, Billy Preston, Clarence Clemons, and Jim Keltner).

Yep - so did Rick Danko.

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I'm looking to purchase this album and I should like some advice; should I get the original ATMP or the 2001 remaster? 

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Silly Girl said
I'm looking to purchase this album and I should like some advice; should I get the original ATMP or the 2001 remaster? 

I have both (bought the remaster and obtained the original in a torrent of the entire George solo collection). I'm kind of a stuck up purist, so I'd recommend starting with the original (but getting the remaster as soon as possible thereafter 😉 However the remaster has some alternate versions of songs and is definitely more robust. Early Takes Volume 1 has some really interesting versions of ATMP songs too - I'd look to get that at some point too 🙂

So to summarize:

1a) Original

1b) Remaster

2) Early Takes

Hope this helps! Maybe you should try listening to both versions before you buy? (yes, it would be tempting to just d/l both versions and buy neither). I won't judge you, I have some illegally downloaded stuff, but I buy when I can.

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I have listened to ATMP , that's how I know I want to buy it a-hard-days-night-john-1 But I still want to actually own a physical CD that is mine. 

Anyway, thanks, that's what I was thinking of going with. I'm a bit of a stuck-up purist myself. a-hard-days-night-george-9 

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For all you Harrifans out there, you gotta watch his "Living In The Material World " DVD docu. It's long, but really good! ahdn_george_05 

Lots of detail on his great songs from that album and others. 

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