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Beatles - Composing Outside The Beatles: Lennon & McCartney 1967-1972
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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 ›
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The DVD is a bit "Lennon-heavy", but to be fair, Lennon's "outside The Beatles" recording was more prolific in a way. Read morePublished on February 6, 2012 by Robbie Cannes
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
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