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)