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'The Long and Winding Road, "The Beatles 1 to Be Reissued with New Audio Remixes ... and Videos", "Day by Day with Cilla (Official Discography)", "Cilla Black: Singer who was signed by Brian Epstein and went on to forge a successful career as a much-loved presenter", "Cilla Black funeral: Sir Cliff Richard leads tributes to queen of showbiz", "Official Singles Chart Top 100 29 September 2002 – 05 October 2002", "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100 29 September 2002 – 05 October 2002", "Barry Manilow Chart History (Billboard 200)", "Go-Set Australian charts – 19 September 1970", Ultratop.be – The Beatles – The Long and Winding Road", "Top Singles – Volume 13, No. [2][6] Based on other comments McCartney has made, author Howard Sounes writes, the lyrics can be seen as McCartney expressing his anguish at the direction of his personal life, as well as a nostalgic look back at the Beatles' history. [87] On his 2009 tours, McCartney played it as part of a nostalgia-filled set that included tributes to Linda, Lennon and Harrison. The Long and Winding Road to Replacing the Gas Tax. "[45], The song was released on the Let It Be album on 8 May 1970. Discover releases, reviews, credits, songs, and more about George Michael - The Long And Winding Road at Discogs. >> [75] George Martin produced the track, which includes saxophone accompaniment[71] and what authors Chip Madinger and Mark Easter describe as a Las Vegas-style musical arrangement. Can Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg convince Congress that road user fees are the next big revenue thing? I was a bit flipped out and tripped out at that time. [18] Already known for his eccentric behaviour in the studio, Spector was in a peculiar mood that day, according to balance engineer Peter Bown: "He wanted tape echo on everything, he had to take a different pill every half-hour and had his bodyguard with him constantly. Although McCartney accepted the Grammy Award in Los Angeles, a month before the Oscars ceremony. Spector's modifications angered McCartney to the point that when the latter made his case in the English High Court for the Beatles' disbandment, he cited the treatment of "The Long and Winding Road" as one of six reasons for doing so. The orchestra became so annoyed by Spector's behaviour that the musicians refused to play any further; at one point, Bown left for home, forcing Spector to telephone him and persuade him to come back after Starr had told Spector to calm down. A shame Lennon didn't listen more generously. [20], In early 1970, Lennon and Harrison asked the Beatles' manager, Allen Klein, to turn over the January 1969 recordings to American producer Phil Spector,[15] in the hope of salvaging an album to accompany the Let It Be documentary film. It was written by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney. Second place was the Rocky theme. [74], McCartney re-recorded "The Long and Winding Road" for the soundtrack to his 1984 film Give My Regards to Broad Street. New versions of the song with simpler instrumentation were subsequently released by McCartney and by the Beatles. If Paul wants to get into a pissing contest about it, he's got me mixed up with someone who gives a shit. McCartney has confirmed that the 'long and winding road' referred to in the song is in fact the B842 road through East Kintyre in Scotland. I must have this, I must have that.'" "The Long and Winding Road" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles from their 1970 album Let It Be. [38], McCartney asked Klein to dissolve the Beatles' partnership, but was refused. [23][81] "The Long and Winding Road" provided the working title for Apple executive Neil Aspinall's early version of the documentary film that became the 1995 TV series The Beatles Anthology. [89] As McCartney had originally envisaged,[6] Ray Charles recorded a cover version in 1973, which was released on his 2006 album Ray Sings, Basie Swings. [6] The song's home key is E-flat major but it also uses the relative C minor. The Third Day frontman talks about some of the classic songs he wrote with the band, and what changed for his solo country album. "[61][62] Rolling Stone's reviewer, John Mendelsohn, was especially critical of Spector's work,[41] saying: "He's rendered 'The Long and Winding Road' ... virtually unlistenable with hideously cloying strings and a ridiculous choir that serve only to accentuate the listlessness of Paul's vocal and the song's potential for further mutilation at the hands of the countless schlock-mongers who will undoubtedly trip all over one another in their haste to cover it." [91] Cilla Black released a version on her 1973 Martin-produced album Day by Day with Cilla,[92] a recording that McCartney described as the definitive version of the song. All these years later, we take a look back at some things you might not know about that final hit: "[29] Author Nicholas Schaffner commented that, in light of McCartney's contention in the High Court, it was surprising that he personally accepted the band's Grammy Award for Let It Be in March 1971 – when the album won in the category Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special[40] – and that he chose to feature his wife Linda's voice so prominently on his post-Beatles recordings. [10] McCartney described the chords as "slightly jazzy" and in keeping with Charles' style. View All Arrangements. [22][23], Spector made various changes to the songs. "[33] With Let It Be scheduled for release in advance of the film, Klein allowed the production process to continue with Spector's version of "The Long and Winding Road" intact.[34]. [21] Spector chose to return to the same 26 January recording of "The Long and Winding Road". Directed by Andy Cadiff. Not the arrangement you were looking for? According to Klein, "The following day, a message was relayed to me [from McCartney] that the letter spoke for itself. "[2], "The Long and Winding Road" has continued to be a staple of McCartney's post-Beatles concert repertoire. [95][96] The duet by itself also reached number four in Ireland. [56], Let It Be received largely unfavourable reviews from music critics,[57][58] many of whom ridiculed Spector's use of orchestration, particularly on "The Long and Winding Road". ‘The Long And Winding Road’ started out as a simple McCartney ballad, written in Scotland in 1968 at a time in which the cracks in The Beatles’ relationships were become ever deeper. 1 single, and went on to eerily symbolize the band's own journey. The 10 biggest "retirement tours" that didn't take. [85] Starr said of the Let It Be... Naked version: "There's nothing wrong with Phil's strings [on the 1970 release], this is just a different attitude to listening. by Gabrielle Gurley. The only member of the Beatles present was Starr, who played drums with the session musicians to create Spector's characteristic Wall of Sound. It became The Beatles' last #1 song in the United States on 23 May 1970, and was their last real single. In 2011, Rolling Stone ranked "The Long and Winding Road" at number 90 on their list of 100 greatest Beatles songs. Number of Pages: 4. [52], The single had a relatively brief run on the Billboard Hot 100[12] and its contemporary US sales were insufficient for gold accreditation by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). No one had asked me what I thought. A 2011 Gold's Gym poll found "Stronger" by Kanye West the best song to work out to. "Take On Me" was just a minor hit in Norway until a new version was released with the iconic video, making it a global smash. January 28 2021. The Brazilian singer Caetano Veloso begins his song "It's a long way" with the lines, "Woke up this morning singing an old Beatles song." I couldn't believe it. February 5, 2021. A few verses later he says, "It's a long and winding road." [4] The phrase was inspired by the sight of a road "stretching up into the hills" in the remote Highlands surroundings of lochs and distant mountains. By: The Beatles. [12], McCartney premiered "The Long and Winding Road" on 7 January 1969 during the Beatles' filmed rehearsals at Twickenham Film Studios. Several weeks were lost before McCartney replied to messages requesting his approval for Spector to begin working on the recordings. When issued as a single in May 1970, a month after the Beatles' break-up, it became the group's 20th and last number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. [19][18] The 31 January take, which had slightly different lyrics and was recorded with Johns in an unofficial producer's role, was used in the film, subsequently titled Let It Be. 10:30 AM. "[32] Klein attempted to phone McCartney but he had changed his number without informing Apple; Klein then sent a telegram asking McCartney to contact him or Spector about his concerns. It became the group's 20th and last number-one song in the United States on 13 June 1970, and was the last … [41], Speaking to music journalist Richard Williams soon after the overdubbing sessions, Spector said that he had asked whether any of the Beatles would like to help him produce the album, but none of them had wanted to. "[11] He also told his biographer Barry Miles in the 1990s that the song was "all about the unattainable; the door you never quite reach ... the road that you never get to the end of". It turns into a staged talk/brawl show. "The Long and Winding Road" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles from their 1970 album Let It Be. Lennon's crude bass playing on 'The Long and Winding Road', though largely accidental, amounts to sabotage when presented as finished work. [24], Spector succeeded in overdubbing "The Long and Winding Road", using eight violins, four violas, four cellos, three trumpets, three trombones, two guitars, and a choir of 14 women. [7] McCartney recalled: "I just sat down at my piano in Scotland, started playing and came up with that song, imagining it was going to be done by someone like Ray Charles. It was written by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney. Complete your George Michael collection. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, a 1999 performance by George Michael at the Royal Albert Hall memorial concert for Linda McCartney, and a 2010 performance at the White House by Faith Hill when Barack Obama gave McCartney the Gershwin Prize. With Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman, Debbe Dunning. This was the only Beatles song where John Lennon played bass. RSS. The album included a take of the song from 31 January 1969. [37] Johns, who was denied a production credit by Lennon,[37] later described Spector's embellishments as "revolting ... just puke". Wilson concluded: "When they broke up I was heartbroken. In the case of "The Long and Winding Road", the performance was accompanied by screen-projected photos taken by Linda of the family's Arizona ranch, including the horse trail she and McCartney rode shortly before her death. "The Long and Winding Road" is a ballad written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney) that originally appeared on the Beatles ' album Let It Be. [10] The opening theme is repeated throughout. [73] A live version appeared on the 1976 album Wings over America. When issued as a single in May 1970, a month after the Beatles' break-up, it became the group's 20th and last number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. [78], On McCartney's 1989–90 world tour in support of Flowers in the Dirt – his first world tour since 1975–76 – the song was performed with a musical backing that, in Kenneth Womack's view, "clearly attempts to replicate" the strings added by Spector in 1970. In August 2015, the Beatles' recording of "The Long and Winding Road" was played at Black's funeral as the coffin left the church. "[2] In 2003, Spector called McCartney's criticism "hypocritical", alleging that "Paul had no problem picking up the Academy Award [sic] for the Let It Be movie soundtrack,[nb 2] nor did he have any problem in using my arrangement of the string and horn and choir parts when he performed it during 25 years of touring on his own. [39] In his written affidavit, Starr countered this statement by saying that when Spector had sent acetates of Let It Be to each of the Beatles for their approval, with a request also for feedback: "We all said yes. In his commentary for the magazine, Brian Wilson described it as his "all time favourite Beatles track", saying that while the Beatles were "genius songwriters", this song was distinguished by a "heart-and-soul melody". "[66] In a 2003 review for Mojo, shortly after the announcement that McCartney planned to issue "a string-less Let It Be", John Harris opined: "As someone who experiences a Proustian rush every time the orchestra crash-lands in 'The Long and Winding Road', I can only implore him to think again. [82] The title was changed in the 1990s after Harrison objected to the project being named after McCartney's song. This was one of five Beatles songs McCartney played on his 1976, In 2003, Apple Records released a new version of the album called, The Brazilian singer Caetano Veloso begins his song "It's a long way" with the lines, "Woke up this morning singing an old Beatles song." I think they should have kept going. [55] In February 1999, "The Long and Winding Road" was certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of 1,000,000. On this track, he took out most of The Beatles instruments and added a string section and choir (The Mike Sammes Singers). A demo was recorded during the White Album sessions, but taken no further. Lennon, usually the band’s rhythm guitarist, played bass only occasionally and made several mistakes on the recording, prompting some writers, such as Ian MacDon… Michael tells the story of "Send Me On My Way," and explains why some of the words in the song don't have a literal meaning. [42] In his book Revolution in the Head, Beatles scholar Ian MacDonald wrote: "The song was designed as a standard to be taken up by mainstream balladeers … It features some atrocious bass-playing by Lennon, prodding clumsily around as if uncertain of the harmonies and making many comical mistakes. I like writing sad songs, it's a good bag to get into because you can actually acknowledge some deeper feelings of your own and put them in it. Find your perfect arrangement and access a variety of transpositions so you can print and play instantly, anywhere. I would never have female voices on a Beatles record. [15][29], According to author Peter Doggett, McCartney had felt the need to accommodate his bandmates when accepting Spector's version of Let It Be; but, following his announcement of the Beatles' break-up in a press release accompanying the release of his debut solo album, McCartney, on 9 April, he repeatedly listened again to "The Long and Winding Road" and came to resent Spector's additions. The long and winding road that leads to your door will never disappear; The Arrangement Details Tab gives you detailed information about this particular arrangement of The Long and Winding Road - not necessarily the song. [71] The version released on the live album from the tour, Tripping the Live Fantastic, was the only song taken from McCartney's two April 1990 shows at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. I have always found inspiration in the calm beauty of Scotland and again it proved the place where I found inspiration.". A monthly update on our latest interviews, stories and added songs. [25] The orchestra was scored and conducted by Richard Hewson, a young London arranger who had worked with Apple artists Mary Hopkin[26] and James Taylor. "[65], According to Williams, writing in his book Phil Spector: Out of His Head, Spector's mistake was in "taking McCartney at his face value" and emphasising the sentimental qualities that George Martin's orchestral arrangements for the Beatles had successfully tempered. Naked. [2] McCartney said that his long-standing dissatisfaction with the released version of "The Long and Winding Road" was partly the impetus for the new version. Harrison and Ringo had their parts removed by Phil Spector, so they don't appear on this at all. 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