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)

2246 Two Of Us – The Beatles (1970)

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Malaysian EP.

Two Of Us was written by Paul McCartney but is credited to Lennon/McCartney. The song was first recorded by The Beatles in 1969. An extract from the rehearsals was included on the Fly On The Wall disc included with the 2003 album Let It Be…Naked. An outtake recorded at Apple Studio in London in 1969 was released in 1996 on The Beatles’ album Anthology 3. An alternative take 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.

Two Of Us was recorded by The Beatles at Apple Studio in 1969 and was produced by Phil Spector. It was first released on The Beatles’ 1970 album Let It Be. Two Of Us was also released on the EP Let It Be in Malaysia in 1970. The EP also included Let It Be, The Long And Winding Road and I’ve Got A Feeling. The song has been performed live by Paul McCartney.

Now Hear This: Two Of Us – The Beatles (1996)
Two Of Us – The Beatles (2003)
Fly On The Wall – The Beatles (2003)

2217 Instant Karma! – Lennon/Ono With The Plastic Ono Band (1970)

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Instant Karma!

This song was written by John Lennon in 1970. It was first recorded by John Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band in 1970. It was recorded at EMI Studios in London and was produced by Phil Spector. The recording features George Harrison, Klaus Voormann, Billy Preston, Yoko Ono, Mal Evans and Allen Klein. It was released as a single on the Apple Records label in 1970 with Who Has Seen The Wind? on the B-side. The single reached number five on the UK Singles Chart and number three on the Billboard Chart. The song was part of John Lennon’s live repertoire and he performed a live vocal over a mix of the song’s instrumental track twice for the BBC Television programme Top of The Pops in 1970. John Lennon performed the song live at Madison Square Garden in New York in 1972. A live version was released on the album Live In New York City in 1986.

Now Hear This: Instant Karma! – John Lennon (1986)

2177 I Hear You Knocking – Dave Edmunds (1970)

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Ringo Starr and Dave Edmunds.

I Hear You Knocking was written by Dave Bartholomew and was first recorded by Smiley Lewis in 1955. Fats Domino recorded the song in 1961. Dave Edmunds recorded his version in 1970. His version was released as a single in 1970 with Black Bill on the B-side. The single went to number one on the UK Singles chart and number four on the Billboard chart. John Lennon liked the song saying “I always liked simple rock. There’s a great one in England now, ‘I Hear You Knocking’”. George Harrison also liked the song. He played it with Phil Spector during a jam session in 1971. I Hear You Knocking was part of the repertoire of The Pete Best Band. They recorded it live in Liverpool in 1988. That version was released in 1992 on the album Live At The Adelphi, Liverpool 1988. The song was part of the repertoire of Ringo Starr And His All-Starr Band and was sung by Dave Edmunds. A live version from 2000 was released on the 2001 album The Anthology…So Far.

Now Hear This : I Hear You Knocking – The Pete Best Band (1992)
I Hear You Knocking – Ringo Starr And His All-Starr Band (2001)

1119 I Went To Your Wedding – Alma Cogan (1953)

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John Lennon and Alma Cogan.

This song was written by Jessie Mae Robinson in 1952. It was first recorded by Steve Gibson And The Original Red Caps. Since then it has been recorded by Patti Page, The Lennon Sisters, and Paul Anka among others. It was recorded by Alma Cogan in 1953 and released as a single. The B-side was You Belong To Me. George Harrison played the song during a jam session with Phil Spector in 1971.

1052 You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ – The Righteous Brothers (1964)

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The Righteous Brothers.

This song was written by Phil Spector, Barry Mann, and Cynthia Weil. It was first recorded by The Righteous Brothers in 1964. It was produced by Phil Spector and released as a single. The B-side was There’s A Woman. It reached number one on the Billboard chart and the UK Singles chart. Liverpudlian singer Cilla Black covered the song in 1965 and released as a single. Cilla Black re-recorded the song for her 1985 album Surprisingly Cilla. George Martin recorded the song for his 1965 album George Martin Scores. Billy Preston recorded the song the same year for his album The Apple Of Their Eye.

Now Hear This : You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ – Cilla Black (1965)
You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling – George Martin (1965)
You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ – Billy Preston (1965)
You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ – Cilla Black (1985)

1038 Silent Night – Phil Spector and Artists (1963)

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A Christmas Gift For You From Philles Records.

Silent Night was written in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber and Joseph Mohr. English lyrics were written in 1859 by John Freeman Young. The song has been recorded by Percy Faith, Chet Atkins,  and Booker T. & The M.G.’s among others. The song was recorded in 1963 for the album A Christmas Gift For You From Philles Records (later released A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector). It was released as the last track on the album. The song plays while record producer Phil Spector delivers a Christmas message to fans. The Beatles recorded their own annual Christmas message for fans between 1963 and 1969. The Beatles sang a parody version of Silent Night as Bonfire Night during the recording sessions for The Beatles Third Christmas Record in 1965.

Now Hear This : The Beatles Christmas Record – The Beatles (1963)