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Beatles - Composing Outside The Beatles: Lennon & McCartney 1967-1972 (2009)

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  • Actors: Beatles
  • Directors: n, a
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: None
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Pride
  • DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002M9FXM2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,716 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Composing Outside the Beatles - Lennon and McCartney 1967 - 1972 is an independent documentary film which reviews the music and impact of Lennon and McCartney as solo composers, during this first post-Beatles period. From the avant-garde, Yoko influenced, brace of Lennon/Ono albums, via some superb singles and albums from both players, and culminating with the first Wings album from Macca, and Lennon celebrating his new city of residence on the most political record he ever made this film shows how and why they composed the music they did during this era and illustrates their using of old and new techniques, and how they were still borrowing from each other despite being in both legal and personal disputes throughout these years.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This DVD follows on from the two “Composing The Beatles Songbook” Lennon and McCartney documentaries : 1957-1965 and 1966-1970. Although this has a great panel discussing the songs, including Klaus Voorman, Paul Gambaccini, Chris Ingham, Denny Seiwell and Johnny Rogan, amongst others, the programme doesn’t work as well as the previous two for me. Firstly, because the time period is an odd one to choose in my opinion – although listed as 1967-1972, the music covered is mostly post-Beatles, apart from John’s early avant-garde collaborations with Yoko. Also, this particular DVD is very heavily Lennon biased. I like all the Beatles, but Paul is certainly my favourite and I would have liked to have had a more 50/50 split for a documentary, which should have given them equal space.

That aside, what does this documentary focus on? There is the breakup of the Beatles and the influence of Yoko and Linda – mostly Yoko, Linda gets a brief mention here and there, despite her musical contribution. “Give Peace A Chance,” “Cold Turkey,” “Instant Karma,” and the sessions for “Plastic Ono Band,” “Imagine,” and the concert in Toronto (with John so nervous before his first live show without the Beatles that he spent most of the time being sick in a corner) are all covered in detail. Later, there is also the influence of primal therapy; “Mother” and “God,” and the always over examined, “How Do You Sleep?” Klaus Voorman is very interesting in talking about this period of John’s early solo career, discussing Yoko’s insensitivity during the “Imagine” sessions (he calls her ’silly’ and you feel that he really wants to say more....) and Ringo’s sadness at that time.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Tired and Uninspired July 17, 2014
If, like me, you are someone who appreciates Ram and considers it an excellent album and you also enjoyed McCartney I for the raw organic self-portrait that it is on many levels, then avoid this "documentary" as it is incredibly Lennon biased and these albums are just dismissed without being given any credit as the musical achievements they were. This documentary is completely pointless and without any value in 2014. All it reminds you about is what a biased and agenda driven environment those albums were first released into but now that they have been re-evaluated and re-reviewed receiving much acclaim in the last 5 years, it is just dreary to have to listen to the same old misguided, tired and uninspired version of the hatchet job from the early 70's.
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By h evans
I love all things Beatles, group, solo etc. In the name of full disclosure, George is my favorite Beatle. While this DVD is good, I have 2 main comments. As others have said, McCartneys' work is almost an after thought. they go into great detail about the activities surrounding Lennons work. Then it gives short thrift to McCartney's work. Secondly, it spends way too much time on the "Unfinished Music" trilogy. I mean really, who even considers this to be music? When was the last time that you listened to the "White Album" and didn't skip over Revolution #9?, and its way more interesting than the trilogy. All in all, I enjoyed it, and would recommend it to any Beatles fan. Just be forewarned.
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When I stumbled upon this video in a store, the title and back cover synopsis immediately sold me. "This film shows how and why [Lennon and McCartney] composed the music they did during this era and illustrates their use of old and new techniques. . . we discover the true story of how their music was composed when writing alone or with new partners." The word "composed," "composer," or "composing" appears on the package no fewer than seven times.

Unfortunately, the video sheds virtually no light on the compositional process of either Lennon or McCartney. Recording approach, yes; compositional process, no. For example, bringing total strangers in from the street to sing "Give Peace a Chance" on a portable 8-track tape machine in a hotel room may have been a new way to record a song. . . but the filmmakers do not share how the song itself was written. Throughout, we hear many anecdotes and insights, but few, if any of them address musical composition.

We learn that John's interest in sloganeering changed his approach to lyrics; we hear Klaus Voorman gush about Phil Spector being a genius and have a few isolated sound examples of his production techniques; we get a sense that Paul let his band members have great personal freedom when interpreting his music; we hear what several people think about what Yoko and Linda's presence meant to their respective husbands during this time. . . but again, we learn relatively little about how either composed during these years.

Most of the period footage in the video can be found elsewhere, and many essential voices are missing. The film's packaging states "This project is an independent review requiring independent editorial control.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intersting 3rd DVD In The Series February 6, 2012
The DVD is a bit "Lennon-heavy", but to be fair, Lennon's "outside The Beatles" recording was more prolific in a way. Sure, Paul did a lot of experimenting in those years, but not much made vinyl.

I love the trilogy of DVDs, though, and has watched them more than once. Fantastic for the true fans.
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