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)

2247 Dig A Pony – The Beatles (1970)

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Thai EP. 

This song was written by John Lennon but is credited to Lennon/McCartney. The song was first recorded by The Beatles in 1969. A version recorded at Apple Studios in 1969 was released on Anthology 3 in 1996. The Beatles and Billy Preston performed the song live on the roof of Apple Studios in 1969. That version was produced by Phil Spector and released on The Beatles’ 1970 album Let It Be. An edited version of the live recording was released in 2003 on Let It Be…Naked. A version of the song was used in The Beatles’ 1970 movie Let It Be. Dig A Pony was also released on an EP in Thailand in 1970. The EP also included Two Of Us, I Me Mine and Let It Be.

Now Hear This: Dig A Pony – The Beatles (1996)
Dig A Pony – 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)

2242 Teddy Boy – Paul McCartney (1970)

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Paul McCartney.

Teddy Boy was written by Paul McCartney in 1968. The song was recorded by The Beatles during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. An edit of two takes was released on Anthology 3 in 1996. Paul McCartney recorded the song at his home studio in London and later added overdubs at Morgan Studios in London. The recording was produced by Paul McCartney and features backing vocals by Linda McCartney. Teddy Boy was first released in 1970 on the Paul McCartney album McCartney.

Now Hear This: Teddy Boy – The Beatles (1996)

2238 Junk – Paul McCartney (1970)

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Paul McCartney.

Junk was written by Paul McCartney in 1968. A demo version recorded by The Beatles in 1968 was released in 1996 on Anthology 3. The song was also played during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. Paul McCartney recorded the song at his home studio and Morgan Studios in London in 1970. That version features Linda McCartney on backing vocals. It was produced by Paul McCartney and was released on his 1970 album McCartney. An instrumental version, Singalong Junk, was also released on McCartney in 1970. Both Junk and Singalong Junk are part of Paul McCartney’s repertoire. A live version of Singalong Junk was released on Unplugged (The Official Bootleg) in 1991. That version was incorrectly titled Junk. A version of Singalong Junk performed by the London Symphony Orchestra was released on Working Classical in 1999. That version was also titled as Junk. A version recorded by Cilla Black in 1971 was produced by George Martin. Junk has also been recorded by John Denver and Chet Atkins. Jeff Lynne recorded the song in 2014 for the album The Art of McCartney.

Now Hear This: Singalong Junk – Paul McCartney (1970)
Junk – Cilla Black (1971)
Junk – Paul McCartney (1991)
Junk – The Beatles (1996)
Junk – Paul McCartney (1999)
Junk – Jeff Lynne (2014)

2237 Hot As Sun/Glasses – Paul McCartney (1970)

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Paul McCartney.

Hot As Sun/Glasses is a medley of three songs, with the third song uncredited in the title. The three songs are Hot As Sun, Glasses, and Suicide. Hot As Sun was written by Paul McCartney in 1959 and was part of The Quarrymen’s repertoire for a short time. It was played by The Beatles during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. Glasses was written and recorded by Paul McCartney at Morgan Studios in 1970. Suicide was written by Paul McCartney in 1956. The Beatles played the song during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. The medley was recorded in 1970 and was mixed at EMI Studios. The recording was produced by Paul McCartney and was first released on his 1970 album McCartney. Paul McCartney recorded a full demo of Suicide in 1974. The song was also performed in the 1974 TV special One Hand Clapping. An undated outtake of Suicide was released in 2011 on the special edition of McCartney. Hot As Sun was part of Wings’ repertoire and a live version recorded in Glasgow in 1979 was released on the special edition of McCartney in 2011.

Now Hear This: Hot As Sun [Live At Glasgow, 1979] – Paul McCartney (2011)
Suicide [Out-take] – Paul McCartney (2011)

2236 Every Night – Paul McCartney (1970)

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Paul McCartney.

Paul McCartney began writing this song in 1967 and finished it in 1969. The song was first recorded by The Beatles during the Get Back sessions in 1969. Paul McCartney recorded the song in 1970. It was recorded at EMI Studios and was produced by Paul McCartney. The recording features Linda McCartney on harmony vocals. Every Night was first released on Paul McCartney’s 1970 album McCartney. The song was part of Wings’ repertoire. They performed it live at the Concerts For The People of Kampuchea in 1979. That version was released on the 1981 album of the same name. Another live version recorded by Wings in Glasgow in 1979 was released in 2011 on the special edition of McCartney. The song is also part of Paul McCartney’s repertoire and a live versions have been released on Unplugged (The Official Bootleg) (1991), Back In The U.S. (2002) and Back In The World (2003). The song has also been recorded by The 5th Dimension and Richie Havens among others.

Now Hear This: Every Night – Paul McCartney And Wings (1981)
Every Night – Paul McCartney (1991)
Every Night – Paul McCartney (2002)
Every Night – Paul McCartney (2003)
Every Night [Live At Glasgow, 1979] – Paul McCartney (2011)

2220 You Know My Name (Look Up The Number) – The Beatles (1970)

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Denis O’Dell and Ringo Starr.

This song was written by John Lennon in 1967 but is credited to Lennon/McCartney. The Beatles began recording the song at EMI Studios in 1967. The recording was completed in 1969. The recording features Brian Jones on alto saxophone and Mal Evans provides some sound effects. The song was produced by George Martin and was released as the B-side to Let It Be in 1970. An alternative mix of the song was released in 1996 on the album Anthology 2.

Now Hear This: You Know My Name (Look Up The Number) – The Beatles (1996)

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)

2196 All Things Must Pass – Billy Preston (1970)

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Paul McCartney and George Harrison.

All Things Must Pass was written by George Harrison in 1968. The song was played by The Beatles during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. A snippet of the band playing the song was released on the Fly On The Wall disc released with the album Let It Be…Naked in 2003. A demo version recorded by George Harrison in 1969 was released in 1996 on the Beatles’ album Anthology 3. Another demo version, recorded in 1970, was released in 2012 on George Harrison’s album Early Takes Volume 1. George Harrison recorded the song in 1970 and it was released on his album All Things Must Pass. That recording features Billy Preston on piano and Ringo Starr on drums and tambourine.
Billy Preston recorded his version of the song in 1970. The recording was produced by George Harrison and Billy Preston. It was released on Billy Preston’s 1970 album Encouraging Words. It was the first release on the song. On the American release of the album the song was titled ‘All Things (Must) Pass’. Paul McCartney performed the song live at The Concert for George at the Royal Albert Hall in 2002. The band featured Ringo Starr, Billy Preston and Eric Clapton. That version was released in 2003 on the album Concert for George.

Now Here This: All Things Must Pass – George Harrison (1970)
All Things Must Pass – The Beatles (1996)
All Things Must Pass – Paul McCartney (2003)
Fly On The Wall – The Beatles (2003)
All Things Must Pass – George Harrison (2012)