Re: Lennon / McCartney Compositions
Posted by **JSL** on Sep 19, 2017 at 5:09:02 PM:
In Reply to: Re: Lennon / McCartney Compositions posted by **Beatles Fan Robert** on Sep 19, 2017 at 3:25:08 PM:
***It is common knowledge that over the years, vs. the very early years, they collaborated less with one other most of the time - instead John may have had a snippet in one track (Getting Better), Paul in another (Day in the Life). Two of Us, toward the very end, was truly a flash back to the early days, with wonderful harmonizing akin to the Everly Brothers.
***But it does beg the question, did they push each other to heights they might not have otherwise achieved?
***Paul ran by Hey Jude to John, not sure if he should change anything, John encouraging him to leave it just as it was.
***But what about the others?
***Would Paul every have come up with a Yesterday or Let It Be, John Across the Universe or Strawberry Fields?
***Nothing they did as solo artists could come close to the cream of the crop of the Beatles.
** Paul has mentioned in interviews that there was a healthy competitiveness between him and John. And I think he even said that it existed when they collaborated more during the early years.
** It seems like Sgt. Pepper was the last album where Paul and John were still pretty collaborative. In terms of being in each other's presence while they were writing.
*McCartney never stopped looking for a collaborater his equal, but of course he never did.
*I wish he and George had gotten together during those years and composed and recorded together. By the time of Anthology it seemed as if George was still simmering under the surface from the sometime tension in the recording studio between he and Paul, mainly from the White Album on. But it was real nice that they had some time together on camera, with Ringo, to reminisce about the better times.
I agree. George made a comment in an interview from the 80s about Paul wanting to collaborate with him on some songs. George's response was a somewhat bitter one. He was like Paul's known me for over 30 years and he's just asking now if I want to write songs with him. George pretty much suggested he was cool with Paul personally and viewed him as a friend but didn't really have any desire to work with him again. Although that obviously did happen to a degree with the Beatles Anthology. But I do wonder if there was any tension between Paul and George when George vetoed completing Now and Then during the Anthology sessions. Supposedly Paul was in favor of completing the song. Also I vaguely remember hearing talk that Paul and George did write and record something together during the Anthology though it's never seen the light of day. And it was a McCartney/Harrison original.
At times towards the end of their run and even after the break up, The Beatles were like a dysfunctional family.
- Re: Lennon / McCartney Compositions - **Beatles Fan Robert** - Sep 20, 2017 at 7:32:39 AM
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