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Strawberry Fields Forever
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8I agree with you there. I also think he sounds better vocally on some of the takes than he does on the final.

"Now and then, though, someone does begin to grow differently. Instead of down, his feet grow up toward the sky. But we do our best to discourage awkward things like that."

"What happens to them?" insisted Milo.

"Oddly enough, they often grow ten times the size of everyone else," said Alec thoughtfully, "and I’ve heard that they walk among the stars."

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Tomorrow Never Knows said:

I would prefer if SFF  in Magical Mystery Tour album was less experimental and more clear like John's Demo from Spain.Although i still like the released version ( in MMT and as a single), i think it's too heavy and has too many music elements…

True. And I prefer the intro of the demo which is on Anthology to the one with the mellotron… a-hard-days-night-john-5

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actually the mellotron was not really needed

And In The End, The Love You Take….Is Equal to the Love……You Make

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I love the backing vocals on the 2nd verse of the Love version. I wish that there was a version of the Love version that didn't transition into the released version. Just the acoustic version in the beginning.

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Hi, it’s The Strawberry again. 🙂

 

The first time I heard Anthology 2 , Strawberry Fields Forever Take 1, I thought, “Beautiful, simple, magical” But then I heard a version with the overdub backing vocals and I said to myself “I need this song in high quality.” I have been searching for about a year now and  have found it….. sort of, a fragment of a high quality mix. You can hear it on Sgt. Pepper Deluxe, Strawberry Fields Forever Take 1 ARVS Mix. But I cannot get this mix all the way through and without the narration at the end. But, because of this fragment, I know this mix must exist out there somewhere! If anyone knows where to get this mix, please reply to this. But only if it is high quality unlike the most common Take 1+Overdub file.

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Newbie here :P

What do you guys think they are really saying when they say they are going to strawberry fields where ‘nothing is real’ but ‘nothing to get hung about’?

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The ‘Nothing is Real’ lyric means pretty much what it says, Strawberry Fields being a place that John felt that he could escape “reality”, things like school and family issues didn’t exist in Strawberry Fields.  ‘Nothing to get hung about’ is just an extension of that same sense of being “free from the chains of reality” while spending time there.  I often wondered if one of the big attractions for John to Strawberry Fields was the fact that it was an orphanage, and John no doubt considered himself to be somewhat of an orphan due to being estranged by both his Mother and Father while he was young.  It’s a very introspective song that John wrote while detached from just about everything in his life at the time while filming ‘How I Won The War’.  I always looked at the lyric ‘Forever’ from the title to be very insightful, that no matter how much fame, fortune & artistic growth he achieved, the only real sense of belonging that he’d felt was the inner peace that he experienced while hanging out in the yard of an orphanage while growing up.  He revisited this later in the ‘Hard Times Are Forever‘ lyric as well, the “It’s been very hard, it’s getting easier now” seems sort of reminiscent of “that is I think it’s not too bad” to me, even if John himself wasn’t conscious of it…:-)

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That Hard times are forever lyric also makes me think of Getting Better for some reason.

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It’s getting hard to be someone
But it all works out
It doesn’t matter much to me

Could this be John saying that he is no longer the driving force in The Beatles? He was “someone” when the band formed…he was the leader…but now Paul is assuming the role. If there is any possibility that this thought is in John’s head, he seems to be a bit conflicted about it because he uses the word “hard” but then he muses that it all works out; and he tries to think that it doesn’t matter much to him that he isn’t the leader anymore.

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Hello again Beatle Biblers, I’d like to draw everybody’s attention towards It’s Not Too Bad (perhaps a working title), an album where we can hear the evolution of “Strawberry Fields Forever ” from the first takes, when it was just a faster song sung by John while he strummed his guitar until it became the masterpiece it is. It seems to me that John didn’t have much more than a few chords and probably the lyrics; the rest was team work, most likely with a lot of input from George Martin and Paul (we know how John simply used to say to Martin “fix it”, we know how two different takes became the final version). I haven’t read anything about it on the forum, which is strange. It is, at least for me, fascinating material to listen to. If there is a thread about “Strawberry…” you (mods) can place my post there. Oudis.

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The whole song was there…….For them to fix……and they did. But it was there.

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I once watched a Youtube video of a similar purpose, compiling and narrating everything that went into the song’s creation, which traced the roots as far back as 1964! They showed a brief film clip of John tootling away on a recorder for fun, and improvising a couple of licks that sounded remarkably like the mellotron-flute bit during the false ending, really interesting.

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That video is in this Forum somewhere, Von. it’s where I first saw it as well. Perhaps we can impose upon our resident archivist to unearth it from the depths.
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Oudis said
Hello again Beatle Biblers, I’d like to draw everybody’s attention towards It’s Not Too Bad (perhaps a working title), an album where we can hear the evolution of “Strawberry Fields Forever ” from the first takes, when it was just a faster song sung by John while he strummed his guitar until it became the masterpiece it is. It seems to me that John didn’t have much more than a few chords and probably the lyrics; the rest was team work, most likely with a lot of input from George Martin and Paul (we know how John simply used to say to Martin “fix it”, we know how two different takes became the final version). 
 

I’m not trying to burst your bubble Oudis, but there have been many a Bootleg of these and other songs, and this is just another packaged CD of such songs.

But bottom line is, it is new to you and you are enjoying it. Enjoy, and now you are hooked and will have to find all those other Bootlegs out there! a-hard-days-night-john-6

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Von Bontee said
I once watched a Youtube video of a similar purpose, compiling and narrating everything that went into the song’s creation, which traced the roots as far back as 1964! They showed a brief film clip of John tootling away on a recorder for fun, and improvising a couple of licks that sounded remarkably like the mellotron-flute bit during the false ending, really interesting.

Oh yeah I remember seeing that too! I think there are a few different of those though.

 

Btw, Oudis, is it this you’re talking about?

 

There are various videos on Youtube that compile the different versions of Strawberry Fields Forever that existed before the final version. It’s very interesting to see how some simple strumming eventually got shaped into such a masterpiece.

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The “evolution of Strawberry Fields” video has been posted several times in this thread (see Kite’s post 68 above as an example) so I moved Oudis’s post and the follow up comments here. Do I get an “A” for my work, @Zig?

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Ahhh Girl said
The “evolution of Strawberry Fields” video has been posted several times in this thread (see Kite’s post 68 above as an example) so I moved Oudis’s post and the follow up comments here. Do I get an “A” for my work, @Zig?

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Bongo said

Oudis said
Hello again Beatle Biblers, I’d like to draw everybody’s attention towards It’s Not Too Bad (perhaps a working title), an album where we can hear the evolution of “Strawberry Fields Forever ”…

I’m not trying to burst your bubble Oudis, but there have been many a Bootleg of these and other songs, and this is just another packaged CD of such songs.

But bottom line is, it is new to you and you are enjoying it. Enjoy, and now you are hooked and will have to find all those other Bootlegs out there!

Oh you’re not bursting my bubble @Bongo. I’ve had “It’s Not Too Bad” for at least three years; it’s just that I hadn’t read anything about it here… I guess we could have a thread with bootlegs like this one.

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To be honest, This was my first Psychedelic Song by Them, I heard all the strange effects inside it, especially that Wooshy Woosh effect in the 2nd Verse, my head was spinning like a top when I heard that for the first time XD XD XD

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