Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Long and Winding Road

"The Long and Winding Road" From the "Let It Be" Film

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Paul McCartney performing "The Long and Winding Road" in 1969 at Abbey Road Studios.



"The Long and Winding Road" is a single from the Beatles' final album "Let it Be." The single was released on 11 May 1970 after being recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London on 26 January 1969. While released after the "Abbey Road" album, the "Let It Be" songs actually were recorded before that album was recorded. Thus, "Abbey Road" is the final Beatles album recorded while they were together as a group even though "The Long and Winding Road" was released after it.

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The "Long and Winding Road" record, at least the version released as a single in 1970, is notable for the lush "Wall of Sound" arrangement produced by famed record producer Phil Spector. Spector was brought on to sort out the jumbled recordings from early 1969 and did a good job, resulting in a polished album, but McCartney as dissatisfied with the result. He released an alternate take without the "Wall of Sound" arrangement on "Let It Be... Naked."

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The record sleeve for "The Long and Winding Road."

"The Long and Winding Road" was the Beatles' last No. 1 hit in the United States, somewhat awkwardly topping the charts when Paul's first solo album was released. It is certified Platinum for sales of 1 million by the RIAA, perhaps the only time that a group disbanded directly after a Platinum single and Platinum album. As with several of Paul's songs, he drew his inspiration from his home in Scotland. The title refers to a particular road near there and is not directly a commentary on the Beatles' own story.


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