Thursday, December 8, 2016
The Beatles - Making of Across the Long and Winding Road - CD 1 (1968-70)
To mark the anniversary of John Lennon's passing, here's a bootleg that documents the writing and recording of one of his most beloved songs, "Across the Universe." It starts with Lennon's home recordings, moves to Abbey Road studios, treks through Twickenham Studios, and ends up in the hands of Phil Spector.
I'm pretty sure I got this bootleg from the now-defunct Here, There and Everywhere blog, which was dedicated to unreleased Beatles recordings. There is a second disc to this set which documents the recording of "The Long and Winding Road," but since I never could locate it, it won't be presented here.
But as for "Across the Universe," if any of you are serious Beatle fans, maybe you can help me with a question about recording dates of the track..
According to my original 1988 copy of Mark Lewisohn's "The Beatles Recording Sessions," the Fabs began recording "Across the Universe" on Feb. 4, 1968. On the day before, Feb. 3, they were working on "Lady Madonna."
But several other sources say that Feb. 3 was also dedicated to recording "Across the Universe," such as the liner notes to Anthology 2. Does anyone know if Lewisohn revised his original recording dates from that book or if he made a mistake when he wrote those liner notes in the '90s? My own feeling is the liner notes were probably wrong because I think it's unlikely the group would have started recording this song after a whole day recording "Lady Madonna" (the session ran 2:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. with a dinner break). But you never know.
Anyway, this bootleg has a the Feb. 3 date, so I left it. If it's incorrect, well, Lewisohn can be forgiven one tiny mistake considering the wealth of knowledge he's brought to the table about the Fabs.
Update: Helpful commenter Peerke cites John C. Winn's book "Way Beyond Compare: The Beatles’Recorded Legacy, Volume One, 1957–1965" as confirming the Feb. 3 recording date for this song, and this sounds accurate to me. For more details, see the comments section where Peerke quotes the text in detail. Or click here. Thanks, Peerke!
1. Home Recording 1 - 1967
2. Home Recording 2 - 1967
3. Take 2 - Monitor Mix - 3 Feb. 1968
4. Take 7 - Acetate Mix - 4 Feb. 1968
5. Get Back Session - 7 Jan. 1969
6. Get Back Session - 7 Jan. 1969
7. Get Back Session - 9 Jan. 1969
8. Get Back Session - 9 Jan. 1969
9. Take 2 - Anthology - 3 Feb. 1968
10. Take 8 - Acetate Bird Version - 4 & 8 Feb. 1968
11. Bird Version - Past Masters - 4 & 8 Feb. 1968
12. Album Version - Phil Spector Mix - 4 & 8 Feb. 1968