The Beatles -- ‘Within You Without You’

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George Harrison: Lead vocal, acoustic guitar, tambura; Violin: Erich Gruenberg, Alan Loveday, Julien Gaillard, Paul Scherman, Ralph Elman, David Wolfsthal, Jack Rothstein, Jack Greene; Cello: Reginald Kilbey, Allen Ford, Peter Beavan; Tabla: Unknown player; Tambura: Neil Aspinall, Unknown player; Svarmandal: Unknown player; Dilruba: Unknown player

George wrote this after one of Klaus Voorman’s dinner parties. He used to have an old harmonium in his back room and one of his guests remembered it “making these terrible groaning noises, and by the end of the evening he’d worked something out and was starting to sing snatches of it to us.” “I’d never actually played it before,” said George. “I was just doodling on it, playing it to amuse myself, when ‘Within You Without You’ started to come. The tune came initially, and then I got the first line. It came out of what we’d been discussing that evening.”

One of the guests remembers that “there were lots of joints being smoked and lots of cosmic ideas floating around. We were all on about the ‘wall of illusion’ and the love that flowed between us, but none of us knew what we …

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