The Beatles -- ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’

Strawberry Fields Forever (4.10)

John Lennon: Lead vocal, acoustic guitar, mellotron, bongos; Paul McCartney: Bass guitar, mellotron, timpani, bongos; George Harrison: Electric slide guitar, svarmandal, timpani, maracas; Ringo Starr: Drums, percussion; Cello: John Hall, Derek Simpson, Norman Jones; Trumpet: Tony Fisher, Greg Bowen, Derek Watkins, Stanley Roderick; Guiro: Neil Aspinall; Maracas: Terry Doran; Tambourine: Mal Evans

‘Strawberry Field’ was an old Salvation Army children’s home down Beaconsfield Road, where John used to play when he was a little kid. The only part that’s still standing today is the old gate-post.

It was the most complicated song they’d done since ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’, and the first to be recorded at the ‘Sgt. Pepper’ sessions. John kept changing his mind about what he wanted and after a couple of days they had two completely different versions – one was light and slow (like the first half of the song), and the other was a lot more intense (like the second half).

Naturally, John decided that he liked both versions equally, but because the recordings were so complicated there was no way that he could recreate them into a new take, so he asked George Martin to try …

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Demo Strawberry Fields Forever (1.42)

  • Credit: Lennon / McCartney
  • Main composer: John
  • ‘Anthology 2’ album First released in UK:
    Anthology 2 album – 18 Mar ’96
    ‘Anthology 2’ album First released in USA:
    Anthology 2 album – 19 Mar ’96
  • Publisher: Northern Songs Ltd.
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