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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
I love the trilogy of DVDs, though, and has watched them more than once. Fantastic for the true fans.
Such is the case in one pure gem of a doc practically no one's seen called, Composing Outside The Beatles: Lennon & McCartney 1967-1972. Another odd title with dynamic content.
Story goes ...Through point-blank conversation and detailed accounts the time of transition from being a Beatle to just being...watching two close friends and musical geniuses grow. And, even after 101910 Beatle docs, this is fresh.
Today we know Paul was set forth as "The Cute One", and therefore the least to be slaughtered, to announce the end of The Fab Four. A precise measure to ease the blow ...But, realities were far from simple. Some truths were known; the men had grown, got new significant others, and the group needed a kind of divorce.
The only way to grow, for John and Paul at least, was to go in separate directions. That, and Apple and money men were very much Big Blue Meanies into which McCartney marched straight into a long Shakespearian-like, not-so-cute battle with.
Composing Outside The Beatles: Lennon & McCartney 1967-1972 has marvelous clips and footage for any Beatle fan (including the Mike Douglas Show Lennon take over!). But it's so much more. If you're a music fanatic - the sort that enjoys the nitty gritty of what went into say the ultra-personal "God" by John Lennon, or McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed" in it's first incarnation as a simple raw ballad of love. You can not get this fast enough.
Keep your eye out for the teams; there's clearly a couple of pro-John vs.Read more ›
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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,... Read morePublished 18 months ago by deeplyshallow2
It's true that more time is devoted to Lennon during this period but the documentary isn't a "hatchet job" on McCartney by any means. Read morePublished on April 18, 2012 by Just Some Guy
Please buy this if you are likely to enjoy a completely sycophantic deluded lesson on the greatness of john lennon as a solo artist then this is the dvd for you. Read morePublished on November 17, 2011 by mark bradley
The DVD is "Lennon-heavy", but to be fair, Lennon's "outside The Beatles" recording was more prolific in a way. Read morePublished on January 31, 2010 by Tangerine Dreamer