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)

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2010 The Maharajah Of Brum – Lance Percival (1967)

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Lance Percival.

The Maharajah Of Brum is a comedy song written by Lance Percival and George Martin. The song is a parody of the song Matthew And Son recorded by Cat Stevens in 1966. The song is also a parody of the Indian music trend of the mid-sixties. Comedian Lance Percival uses an Indian accent similar to the one made famous by Peter Sellers. The song was recorded at EMI Studios in 1967 and was arranged by Mike Vickers and was produced by George Martin. It was released as a single with Taking The Maharajah Apart on the B-side. Lance Percival provided the voices of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr in The Beatles cartoon series. He also provided the voice of Old Fred in The Beatles’ 1968 movie Yellow Submarine. The Maharajah Of Brum was his sixth single release in the UK. His other singles included Riviera Cayf, If I Had Wings, and End Of The Season.

2000 Because – The Beatles (1969)

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Abbey Road.

Because was written by John Lennon but is credited to Lennon-McCartney. It was first recorded by The Beatles in 1969. It was recorded at EMI Studios and was produced by George Martin. The recording features George Martin on electric harpsichord. The recording does not feature Ringo Starr. An a cappella version was released on The Beatles’ 1996 album Anthology 3. Because was first released on The Beatles’ 1969 album Abbey Road.

Now Hear This: Because (A cappella) – The Beatles (1996)

1995 Maxwell’s Silver Hammer – The Beatles (1969)

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George Harrison and John Lennon.

Maxwell’s Silver Hammer was written by Paul McCartney but is credited to Lennon-McCartney. It was written in 1968 and was first played during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. Rehearsals of the song were used in The Beatles’ 1970 movie Let It Be. The song was recorded by The Beatles in 1969. It was recorded at EMI Studios and was produced by George Martin. Take 5 was released in 1996 on the album Anthology 3. The recording features George Martin on organ. The recording does not feature John Lennon. Maxwell’s Silver Hammer was released on The Beatles’ 1969 album Abbey Road.

Now Hear This: Maxwell’s Silver Hammer (Take 5) – The Beatles (1996)

1994 Come Together – The Beatles (1969)

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Come Together.

Come Together was written by John Lennon but is credited to Lennon-McCartney. It was recorded by The Beatles in 1969. It was recorded at EMI Studios and was produced by George Martin. Take 1 was released on Anthology 3 in 1996. Come Together was first released on The Beatles’ 1969 album Abbey Road. It was later released as the B-side to Something. The single reached number one on the Billboard chart and number four on the UK Singles chart. A new remix was released on The Beatles’ 2006 album Love. It was part of a medley along with Dear Prudence and Cry Baby Cry.

John Lennon performed the song at the One To One concert in New York in 1972. A recording of the afternoon performance was released in 1986 on the album Live In New York City. The evening performance was released in 1998 on the album John Lennon Anthology. The Smokin’ Mojo Filters recorded a version of the song in 1995 for the charity album The Help Album. Paul McCartney was a member of The Smokin’ Mojo Filters. A version recorded by Robin Williams and Bobby McFerrin was produced by George Martin and was released on the 1998 album In My Life. Sean Lennon performed the song live with Areosmith in 2012. Areosmith recorded the song in 1978. The song has also been recorded by The Supremes, Ike & Tina Turner, and Diana Ross among others.

Now Hear This: Come Together – John Lennon (1986)
Come Together – The Smokin’ Mojo Filters (1995)
Come Together (Take 1) – The Beatles (1996)
Come Together – John Lennon (1998)
Come Together – Robin Williams And Bobby McFerrin (1998)
Come Together/Dear Prudence/Cry Baby Cry (Transition) – The Beatles (2006)

1980 Unfinished Music No. 2 – Life With The Lions – John Lennon And Yoko Ono (1969)

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Unfinished Music No. 2 – Life With The Lions

This Avant-garde album was recorded by John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1968 and 1969. Side one was recorded at Lady Mitchell Hall at Cambridge University in Cambridge. Side two was recorded at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital in London. The album was produced by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The album contains five avant-garde pieces including No Bed For Beatle John and Radio Play. The album was released on the Zapple Records label in 1969. The back cover included a quote from George Martin.

Tracklist:
Side 1
1) Cambridge 1969
Side 2
1) No Bed For Beatle John
2) Baby’s Heartbeat
3) Two Minutes Silence
4) Radio Play

1978 Don’t Let Me Down – The Beatles With Billy Preston (1969)

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Don’t Let Me Down.

Don’t Let Me Down was written by John Lennon but is credited to Lennon-McCartney. It 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 sessions. Two  extract from the rehearsals were included on the Fly On The Wall disc included with the 2003 album Let It Be…Naked. The Beatles and Billy Preston recorded the song at Apple Studios in 1969. That version was produced by George Martin and was released as the B-side to Get Back. The single was credited to The Beatles With Billy Preston. It reached number one on the UK Singles chart and the Billboard chart. The Beatles and Billy Preston performed the song live twice on the roof of Apple Studios in London in 1969. An edit of the two performances was released on the album Let It Be…Naked in 2003. One live performance was used in The Beatles’ 1970 movie Let It Be.

Now Hear This: Don’t Let Me Down – The Beatles (2003)
Fly On The Wall – The Beatles (2003)