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The Long And Winding Road
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MeanMrsMustard
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28 November 2010 - 5.19am

Sorry, mSkct! You deserve.... (drumroll)

Two and a half apples, a Blue Meanie, and a Mal Evans! 

Step right up and claim your prize! 

apple01apple01apple02blue-meaniemal-evans

If I seem to act unkind, it's only me, it's not my mind that is confusing things.

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28 November 2010 - 5.25am

skye said:

I was trying my best Graham Chapman.


Monty Python and "killed"? Please don't tempt me with opportunities to make parrot jokes. 🙂

"We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love." — Dr. Seuss

 

 

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skye
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28 November 2010 - 5.29am

This is supposed to be a happy occasion! Let's not argue about who killed who, and remember we're here for a song.

Ad hoc, ad loc, and quid pro quo! So little time! So much to know!

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MotherNaturesDaughter
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28 November 2010 - 5.29am

I personally think the strings and the choir elevate the emotion of the song. But I am a string player, so I could be a bit biased on that part. To me it doesn't seem very tedious or long at all. I think it's one of those songs that even though Paul didn't like it, it's a great song anyway.

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28 November 2010 - 5.34am

I don't mind the strings, but I think the choir is too far

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Zig
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28 November 2010 - 2.33pm

skye said:

This is supposed to be a happy occasion! Let's not argue about who killed who, and remember we're here for a song.


Your right..because this song...has that...certain...special...something...

Cut that out, cut that out!!!

To the fountain of perpetual mirth, Let it roll for all its worth.

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28 November 2010 - 3.24pm

It`s an amazing song

But it would have been better if they asked Paul about it, it would have avoided certain problems in the group, afterall he liked the strings but not the choir

John, Paul, George and Ringo= The Beatles

And i buried Tulio!

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GeorgeTSimpson
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26 May 2012 - 3.02pm

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

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26 May 2012 - 6.45pm

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. 

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris) 

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LennonCloset
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27 May 2012 - 8.02pm

I always skip this song, but I listen to the first line before I do that

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GeorgeTSimpson
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2 June 2012 - 9.34pm

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

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mithveaen
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3 June 2012 - 3.18am

a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 I love that nickname and the avatar... great!! apple01apple01

 

I agree with you. I have seen Paul twice (yeah Mith, bring that fact up any time you can a-hard-days-night-paul-11 ) and I have to say it truly gets me. It's a song that I love.

 

BTW Have you noticed that in the video screens in Paul concerts, you can see a desert? A friend who was with me in the last concert said "That's the new My Love" (the song he dedicates to Linda).

 

I'm a bit ashamed to say that I cried because I can totally relate with that. a-hard-days-night-ringo-5

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie……

Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower…

Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go.

Beware of Darkness… 

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GeorgeTSimpson
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3 June 2012 - 4.00pm

No, I hadn't noticed it, but after I read you're post i watched a video of one of pauls concerts and then I noticed it, thanks for the hint

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

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GeorgeTSimpson
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16 July 2012 - 10.39pm

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

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VictoR3mix
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22 July 2012 - 12.14pm

I didn't like it initially, but after several listens it grew on me. Now I think it's really great.

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vonbontee
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23 July 2012 - 4.25pm

Hm. Well, I've known the song for 30+ years and it STILL hasn't grown on me! (Whether "naked" or clothed.) Guess I'll give it another 30 and see if i'm still resistant.

I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

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mithveaen
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25 July 2012 - 5.40am

a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 hahahahahahaha that comment was soo.... VonB jajajaja a-hard-days-night-john-2a-hard-days-night-john-2apple01

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie……

Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower…

Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go.

Beware of Darkness… 

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IMDeWalrus
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25 July 2012 - 10.03pm

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!

I've got nothing to say, but it's okay..

GOOD MORNING!

GOOD MORNING!!

GOOD MORNING!!!

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GeorgeTSimpson
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10 August 2012 - 12.39am

I think I can hear billy's organ/electric piano in the bridge. Anyway vonbonte your comment was so awesome. "Whether naked or clothed", just awesome

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

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vonbontee
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10 August 2012 - 4.51am

Thanks GeorgeTSimpson!
And thanks, too, IMdeWalrus! (Henry Mancini rocks, by the way)

I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

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