Thursday, September 23, 2010

Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles – ****

First released: 1967

This was the first single by the "new" Beatles and what a difference a break makes. It was the b-side to "Penny Lane", but really a hit on its own. Later in the year it ended up on the non-soundtrack side of "Magical Mystery Tour". And it’s on "1967-1970" and on the "Imagine: John Lennon" soundtrack from 1988. A "(demo sequence)", "(Take 1)" and "(Take 7 and edit piece)" appear on "Anthology 2" in 1996. Back in the 80s and 90s, Ronn Owens of KGO radio in San Francisco used to say that he hated this song. Amazing. Of course, in reading this book, I'm sure that some of you aren't crazy about my opinions either. To each his own. It is also used for 2006's "Love".

Paul performs a live version of this from 1990 in a medley of Lennon hits that appeared on the b-side of the "All My Trials" single along with "Help!" and "Give Peace a Chance".

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