I am often asked what artists and songs inspired me to write songs and pick up the guitar. This is the fourth in the series of posts and features Sir Paul McCartney and the Beatles from 'Let It Be'.
Of course The Beatles changed everything and split up long before I became musically aware.
Many argue about who was the greatest Beatle, and after watching the massive anthology, Starlite and I decided that Paul was the man. Having said that, I don't believe that they would have created what they did without each other.
'The Long And Winding Road' is not my favourite Beatles tune, but believe it's one of the most beautiful popular songs ever written.
Paul hated the final mix and arrangement:
"In an interview published by the Evening Standard in two parts on 22 and 23 April 1970, McCartney said: "The album was finished a year ago, but a few months ago American record producer Phil Spector was called in by Lennon to tidy up some of the tracks. But a few weeks ago, I was sent a re-mixed version of my song 'The Long and Winding Road' with harps, horns, an orchestra, and a women's choir added. No one had asked me what I thought. I couldn't believe it. "The Beatles' usual producer, George Martin, agreed, calling the remixes "so uncharacteristic" of the Beatles.] "It was an insult to Paul," engineer Geoff Emerick recalled. "It was his record. And someone takes it out of the can and starts to overdub things without his permission"
Well like it or not, the orchestra and ethereal choir are on there forever and Phil Spector produced the raskal. I personally really like the 'Let It Be' version.
Due to all the copyright stuff, I can't find a link to this album so I attach the naked version, with Billy Preston, some George Harrison action and no orchestra.
I recently started piano lessons next; this is one of the reasons why...
[EDITOR'S NOTE: In January 2016, we recorded a podcast talking in detail about this track and all the others in the series. Take a listen!]
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