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17 November 2015
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#9 Dream single - John Lennon

Written by: Lennon
Recorded: July-August 1974
Producer: John Lennon

Released: 4 October 1974 (UK), 26 September 1974 (US)

John Lennon: vocals, acoustic guitar
Nicky Hopkins: electric piano
Jesse Ed Davis: electric guitar
Eddie Mottau: acoustic guitar
Ken Ascher: clavinet
Klaus Voormann: bass guitar
Arthur Jenkins: percussion
Jim Keltner: drums
Bobby Keys: saxophone
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18 August 2016
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Whilst this is a really good song and I love the melody am I alone in thinking the production is all wrong on this track? It just occurs to me that in the hands of George Martin it would have ended up a much better recording. I can't put my finger on everything that is wrong with it but one thing that stands out for me is that there isn't enough variation in the dynamics of the recording and perhaps the arrangement. Everything seems to be turned up to a level 10 with all the strings and the intensity etc and I think Lennon should have allowed for the listeners ears to get their breath back.

Lennon was usually very astute in knowing what a song needed regarding the arrangement but I feel he got it wrong on this song.

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18 August 2016
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The guitar tone heard at the beginning is all over Walls And Bridges . I'm not sure if I like it. #9 dream is very ambient, which fits the style and theme of the song, but I also agree theres something about it that doesn't seem quite right. George Martin would have done an exceedingly better job.

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18 August 2016
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I like the way the song was made. I don't feel like there's any sound flaw anywhere. 

 It's a beautiful song, I could listen to it all day. 

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Wonder if Yoko would let Giles Martin work on a new mix.

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@Zig said

Beauty is in the ear of the beholder. For me, this is one of the more interesting tracks on Pepper. The story line in itself is gripping, but the way the song is structured is what sells me on it - particularly John's haunting lines in the chorus;
She (we gave her most of our lives)
Is leaving (sacrificed most of our lives)
Home (we gave her everything money could buy)
She's Leaving Home , after living alone, for so many years (bye bye)
Brilliant. It would be even more brilliant if the lines "we gave her everything money could buy" and "bye bye" were a bit of Lennonesque wordplay. a-hard-days-night-john-1

The lyric on #9 dream 

"more I cannot say, what more can I say?" Reminds me a lot of this She's Leaving Home . He builds a call and response, but the response plays with the words quite a bit. 

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Evangeline said
I like the way the song was made. I don't feel like there's any sound flaw anywhere. 

 It's a beautiful song, I could listen to it all day.   

It’s magical and haunting. The section from 2.09 to 2.50 is absolutely unbelievable. “Dreeeeeeeeeeeam dream away. Magic in the air. Was magic in the air? I beeeeeeelieve, yes I believe. More I cannot say. What more can I say?” 

I think this song makes me miss John the most. 

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This version is a more intimate...a-hard-days-night-john-7

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I've been enjoying this one a lot recently, such a lovely, mysterious tone to it. 

I've always kind of regarded it as a peace offering to George, who deep down he really loved but knew he had let down badly over the years . Musically it feels like something Harrison would have appreciated. The eastern feel to the strings, the guitar playing in George's signature style, the lyrics maybe referencing India. Maybe I'm wrong but at 3.25 the buried voice in the mix always sounded to me like 'Hare Krishna ...George'.

Lennon was trying to make amends to a lot of people around this time so I guess it's possible. It's an absolute beauty anyway.

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chord progressions and key changes on this song are insane

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castironshore said
I've been enjoying this one a lot recently, such a lovely, mysterious tone to it. 

  

It's amazing, and probably the closest John came to doing something Beatley/weird in his solo career in terms of marrying atmosphere and nonsense lyrics, ala I Am The Walrus , Dig A Pony , Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds , etc. 

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