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Written by: Lennon-McCartney
Recorded: 9, 20 August 1968
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Ken Scott

Released: 22 November 1968 (UK), 25 November 1968 (US)

Paul McCartney: vocals, acoustic guitar, drums, timpani, bass
Uncredited: two trumpets, two trombones

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This was an ALMOST perfect song. The Music and Lyrics are beautiful.
Unfortunately, Paul didn't leave well enough alone. 
I could have done without the Brass and the drums. They ruin the peace of the song for me. 
Paul singing, playing guitar with another one dubbed on and tapping his feet. 
It would have sounded something like this:

Mother Nature's Son - Remix

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I think I prefer the song in mono, the parts blend better, they're way too separated in the stereo for me. I've wondered whether Paul was influenced at this time by the recordings of Simon & Garfunkel, and it may be that this was a reciprocal process as Simon admitted later that Bridge Over Troubled Water was at least influenced by the production of Let It Be the song. 

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ewe2 said
I think I prefer the song in mono, the parts blend better, they're way too separated in the stereo for me. I've wondered whether Paul was influenced at this time by the recordings of Simon & Garfunkel, and it may be that this was a reciprocal process as Simon admitted later that Bridge Over Troubled Water was at least influenced by the production of Let It Be the song.   

'Bridge Over Troubled Water' was recorded on the 9th November 1969 and released in January 1970 so couldn't have been influenced by 'Let It Be'.

I don't care too much for 'Mother Nature's Son'. It's a nice breather between the rockers of side 3 but aside from that it's pretty forgetful. It's also a mystery why take 2 is on 'Anthology 3' when it's very similar to the released version sans the brass overdub whilst far more interesting material remained in the vaults.

I'm sure I've read that the brass suggestion was from John but according to 'Recording The Beatles' John's suggestion was for 'Blackbird' and Paul took it for 'Mother Nature's Son', so maybe that's where that came from.

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@meanmistermustard said

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I think I prefer the song in mono, the parts blend better, they're way too separated in the stereo for me. I've wondered whether Paul was influenced at this time by the recordings of Simon & Garfunkel, and it may be that this was a reciprocal process as Simon admitted later that Bridge Over Troubled Water was at least influenced by the production of Let It Be the song.   

'Bridge Over Troubled Water' was recorded on the 9th November 1969 and released in January 1970 so couldn't have been influenced by 'Let It Be'.

I think Simon's quote was along the lines that they were songs that had much in common.

However, should he have specifically said that it was directly influenced by Let It Be, I do not see the dates preclude him remembering honestly. We know there were acetate copies of Glyn Johns' Get Back doing the rounds in 1969.

Joe Cocker had access to the song in 1969 as he recorded a version (though it wasn't released until becoming a bonus track decades later).

Aretha's version came out during January 1970, meaning that was probably recorded in 1969.

There is lots of evidence that the recordings were being passed around among a select group from around the summer of 1969. The Beatles confirm this sort of sharing of unreleased or private recordings with friends was going as they are heard in January 1969 discussing what they think of Bob's Basement Tapes - which wouldn't be released until 1975.

Then there is the TMoQ Kum Back bootleg (the first Beatles bootleg), made up of Johns' mixes, which started circulating on tape around the end of September 1969, and was rumoured to come from an acetate or tape John leaked at the Toronto Rock & Roll Revival gig on 13 September.

Tracklisting for Kum Back -
Side 1: Get Back; The Walk; Let It Be; Teddy Boy; Two of Us
Side 2: Don't Let Me Down; I've Got A Feeling; The Long And Winding Road; For You Blue; Dig A Pony; Get Back (reprise)

Even by September 1969, there were radio stations on the East Coast in the US that had somehow got hold of the first two Johns' compilations and were playing them.

I would be most surprised if Simon had not heard Let It Be by the time he came to record Bridge...

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I was going by the "production" of 'Let It Be' not the recording or song itsef. A good few artists had access to Beatles songs before they were officially released.

Here is Paul Simon speaking about the two in a Rolling Stone interview back in May 1970.

Many people have noticed a great similarity between "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and the Beatles' "Let It Be." Did you notice this?

That was interesting to me that we both wrote these songs that were very similar. The first time I heard "Let It Be" I couldn't believe that he did that. They are very similar songs, certainly in instrumentation, sort of in their general musical feel, and lyrically. They're sort of both hopeful songs and resting peaceful songs. He must've written it about the same time that I wrote mine and he gave it to Aretha Franklin which is funny because when I first wrote "Bridge," I said boy, I bet Aretha could do a good job on this song. It's one of those weird things and it happened simultaneously.

Apparently Paul sent a demo of 'Let It Be' to Aretha.

Aretha Franklin recorded "Let It Be" in December 1969, and it was released on her album This Girl's In Love With You in January 1970, two months before The Beatles released their version. Aretha recorded it with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. David Hood, their bass player, said that Paul McCartney sent demos of the song to Atlantic Records (Franklin's label) and to the Muscle Shoals musicians. Said Hood, "I kick myself for not grabbing that demo. Because I think they probably dropped it in the garbage. Our version was different. We changed it a little bit from his demo, where their version is different from that demo and from Aretha's version, as well. Just slightly, but little things." (

source - post 11 (scroll down the page)).

Joe Cocker was given 'Something' and 'She Came In Through The Bathroom Window' before they were released on 'Abbey Road' as both were on 'Joe Cocker!' released a month later so certainly had direct access.

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This is one of my absolute favourite Beatles songs. I think it's just lovely, and Paul sings it beautifully. I'd really like to learn it on the guitar one day. a-hard-days-night-george-9

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This is your favourite Beatles song?! a-hard-days-night-john-7

I hate this song. It's boring and bad at the same time. Yet I don't skip it, because that's too much work.

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Evangeline said
This is your favourite Beatles song?! a-hard-days-night-john-7

One of them. I haven't got an individual favourite.

I hate this song. It's boring and bad at the same time. Yet I don't skip it, because that's too much work.  

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@WeepingAtlasCedars said
This is one of my absolute favourite Beatles songs. I think it's just lovely, and Paul sings it beautifully.

I concur! I adore this song, always have. Pastoral folky ballads are just my thing, I suppose, and this is a good'un. 

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I'd really like to learn it on the guitar one day. a-hard-days-night-george-9  

You should, it's not too hard. One of my first really good-sounding guitar songs. I encourage you to try it... it'll probably stretch you a little bit, which is always a good thing. paul-mccartney-thumb_gif 

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I was going by the "production" of 'Let It Be' not the recording or song itself.

I figured Simon had to have heard it and incorporated something of the grandiosity of the piece somehow, so was guessing about "production". I didn't know Simon might have heard it before release, but certainly Bridge was released in enough time. 

Anyway I like this song, and it's fun to play on the ukulele, particularly in C.

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Captain Kundalini said
This was an ALMOST perfect song. The Music and Lyrics are beautiful.
Unfortunately, Paul didn't leave well enough alone. 
I could have done without the Brass and the drums. They ruin the peace of the song for me. 
Paul singing, playing guitar with another one dubbed on and tapping his feet. 
It would have sounded something like this:

Mother Nature's Son - Remix  

Nice remix CK. Keep 'em coming.a-hard-days-night-ringo-8   But honestly I love the song just as Paul made it. a-hard-days-night-paul-10

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Brilliant and very underrated song. I actually prefer Mother Nature's Son to Blackbird. It has more mystery and substance behind it.

I think you can really hear the influence of India and the Maharishi in the song as well which is pretty cool.

Jack White did a nice version of the song at the White House.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUr3sugBfJA

 

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I don't really like Jack White's cover. 

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I don't really like Jack White's cover.   

Yeah, it's not the best cover in the world. I think I probably appreciate it more then I like it because nobody ever plays the song and it's cool to see a Beatles deepcut being performed a-hard-days-night-paul-8

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Brilliant and very underrated song. I actually prefer Mother Nature's Son to Blackbird. It has more mystery and substance behind it.

I think you can really hear the influence of India and the Maharishi in the song as well which is pretty cool.

 

I completely agree! Mother Nature's Son is such a beautiful song and I also prefer it to Blackbird! Every time I listen to it I imagine standing on a hill during sunrise and looking down onto a forest. The way the song captures the feeling of being in unity with nature is simply amazing, I wish I knew how Paul achieved that! 

One thing that bothers me about this song, however, are the three kicks with the bass drum right at the beginning. It sounds as if someone dropped something to me.

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This song is absolutely incredible. It's so simple and yet so effective. Paul's guitar composition is subtle and beautiful, the lyrics are innocent and full of longing, and the brass gives the song an air of fresh wild majesty. I don't know if anyone else has visited the Alpes but to me this sounds like an alpine valley in spring.

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^^ is what I mean. Led Carroz is a village I've visited, by the way. 

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I have been to Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. I can only find one of my pictures from there right now. It was very peaceful and majestic. We were there in May 2006. Spring was just coming to the valley.

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I was wandering around my great-grandmother's house (which is in the country) strumming my guitar, and naturally, I decided to play this song, sitting on a fence post surrounded by dry Novembery brush with the sun shining on my back and occasional crickets and things sounding off. It was a very peaceful moment.

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I was wandering around my great-grandmother's house (which is in the country) strumming my guitar, and naturally, I decided to play this song, sitting on a fence post surrounded by dry Novembery brush with the sun shining on my back and occasional crickets and things sounding off. It was a very peaceful moment.  

I'm so intimidated by Mother Nature's Son and Blackbird, even though I've played guitar for years, I don't even want to try them out!  I should take a look at them...

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