2248 Across The Universe – The Beatles (1970)

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This song was written by John Lennon in 1968. It is credited to Lennon/McCartney. It was first recorded by The Beatles in 1968. Take 2 of the recording was released on The Beatles’ 1996 album Anthology 2. The 1968 version was first released on the 1969 charity album No One’s Gonna Change Our World. The Beatles played the song during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. Rehearsals of the song were included in the 1970 movie Let It Be. In 1970 Glyn Johns remixed the 1968 recording for inclusions on The Beatles’ 1970 album Let It Be. That version was not released and the song was remixed again by Phil Spector and that version was released on the Let It Be album. The 1968 recording was remixed again for the 2003 album Let It Be…Naked. Cilla Black recorded the song in 1970 for her album Sweet Inspiration. Her version was produced by George Martin. David Bowie recorded the song in 1975 for his album Young Americans. That version features John Lennon on backing vocals and guitar.

Now Hear This: Across The Universe – The Beatles (1969)
Across The Universe – Cilla Black (1970)
Across The Universe – David Bowie (1975)
Across The Universe (Take 2) – The Beatles (1996)
Across The Universe – The Beatles (2003)

2219 Let It Be – The Beatles (1970)

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Let It Be.

Let It Be was written by Paul McCartney in 1968 but is credited to Lennon/McCartney. The song was first recorded by The Beatles in 1969. Rehearsals of the song were recorded at Twickenham Film Studios and Apple Studios in London during the Let It Be album sessions. Take 1 of the song was released in 1996 on the album Anthology 3. A remix of take 27A and 27B was released in 2003 on the album Let It Be…Naked. A version of the song was featured in the 1970 movie Let It Be.

Let It Be was first released as a single in 1970. The B-side was You Know My Name (Look Up The Number). The single version of Let It Be was recorded at EMI Studios in 1969 and was produced by George Martin. George Martin and Paul McCartney overdubbed orchestration and backing vocals to the track in 1970. The recording features backing vocals by Linda McCartney and Billy Preston on Hammond organ. The single reached number two on the UK Singles chart and number one on the Billboard Chart. A remixed version of the song was produced by Phil Spector and was released on The Beatles’ 1970 album Let It Be.

The song was part of Billy Preston’s repertoire. A live version was released on his 1974 album Live European Tour. Paul McCartney recorded the song as part of Ferry Aid in 1987. The Ferry Aid line-up included Boy George, Kate Bush, and Edwin Starr among others. That version was released as a charity single with Let It Be (The Gospel Jam Mix) on the B-side. It reached number one on the UK singles chart. The song is part of Paul McCartney’s repertoire. He performed the song live at the Live Aid concert in 1985. He was joined on stage by David Bowie, Bob Geldof, Alison Moyet and Pete Townshend. That version was released in 2018 on the compilation album Live Aid (Live, 13th July 1985). Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr performed the song live at the Linda McCartney memorial service in London in 1998. Paul McCartney has also performed the song live with Billy Joel at Shea Stadium in 2008. That version was released on the Billy Joel’s album Live At Shea Stadium, released in 2011. Other live versions have been released on Tripping The Live Fantastic (1990) Back In The U.S. (2002), Back In The World (2003), and Good Evening New York City (2009).

Let It Be has also been recorded by Aretha Franklin, Ike and Tina Turner, Nicky Thomas and Joan Baez among others.

Now Hear This: Let It Be – The Beatles (1970)
Let It Be – Ferry Aid (1987)
Let It Be – Paul McCartney (1990)
Let It Be – The Beatles (1996)
Let It Be – Paul McCartney (2002)
Let It Be – Paul McCartney (2003)
Let It Be – The Beatles (2003)
Let It Be – Paul McCartney (2009)
Let It Be – Billy Joel, Paul McCartney (2011)
Let It Be – Paul McCartney (2018)

2029 Across The Universe – The Beatles (1969)

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No One’s Gonna Change Our World.

Across The Universe was written by John Lennon in 1968. It is credited to Lennon-McCartney. It was first recorded by The Beatles in 1968. It was recorded at EMI Studios and was produced by George Martin. The recording features backing vocals by two fans of The Beatles, Lizzie Bravo and Gayleen Pease. The recording also features George Martin on Hammond organ. Take 2 was released on The Beatles’ 1996 album Anthology 2. The song was first released on the 1969 charity album No One’s Gonna Change Our World. The album also included songs by Cilla Black (What The World Needs Now Is Love), Rolf Harris (Cuddly Old Koala), Spike Milligan (Ning Nang Nong, The Python) and Lulu (I’m A Tiger). The Beatles played the song during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. Rehearsals of the song were used in The Beatles’ 1970 movie Let It Be. A remixed version of the 1968 recording was released on The Beatles’ 1970 album Let It Be. A second remix was released on the 2003 album Let It Be…Naked. A version recorded by Cilla Black in 1970 was produced by George Martin and was released on the album Sweet Inspiration. A version recorded by David Bowie for his 1975 album Young Americans features John Lennon on backing vocals and guitar.

Now Hear This: Across The Universe – The Beatles (1970)
Across The Universe – Cilla Black (1970)
Across The Universe – David Bowie (1975)
Across The Universe (Take 2) – The Beatles (1996)
Across The Universe – The Beatles (2003)

1276 Foot Stomping – Part 1 – The Flares (1961)

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The Flares.

This song was written by Aaron Collins. It was recorded by The Flares in 1961 and was released as a single. The B-side was Foot Stomping – Part 2 by The Ramrocks. The single reached number twenty on the R&B chart and number twenty-five on the Billboard chart. The song was played during a jam with David Bowie and John Lennon and inspired David Bowie’s song Fame, co-written with John Lennon.

Now Hear This : Fame – David Bowie (1975)