Paul McCartney & John Lennon - Finishing "Now and Then"

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by EmceeEscher, Oct 12, 2021.

  1. Kassonica

    Kassonica Forum Resident

    Yea I agree with all of this except real love which I never liked, FAAB is good though except for the horrible Lynne sound.

    Now and then I think will be the high of highs to go out on.

    Time will tell. :)
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  2. thrivingonariff

    thrivingonariff Forum Resident

    You won't get any argument from me.
  3. Ringo Hendrix

    Ringo Hendrix Resident Pest

    A thought that just crossed my mind: the end of FAAB is a totally new piece of music from the Beatles, completely unrelated to John's demo, so that's probably why they made sure to include a sound clip of John on it. I wonder how that part came about, what the creative thought process was. I love the ukulele.
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  4. Elliottmarx

    Elliottmarx Always in the mood for Now and Then

    Los Angeles
    Perhaps that's the sum total of All For Love.
  5. JMichael

    JMichael Forum Resident

    New Orleans
    Is it George just riffing on uke based on the final chord of "freeee" at the end? Then he just adds a little ending to it. Always loved that little touch.
  6. Champagne Boot

    Champagne Boot Ain't nothin' gonna break my stride

    It's been a while since I watched it, but doesn't George play something very similar/exactly like that riff in those segments where the Threetles are hanging out in the backyard with ukes?
  7. MarkTheShark

    MarkTheShark Senior Member

    Is it just me -- after having first heard it via the TV Anthology -- I think the ukulele should have ended cold like in the video (minus the added smattering of applause) rather than fading out like the released version.
  8. dunce

    dunce Local jester!

    San Diego
  9. Isaac Azimuth

    Isaac Azimuth Forum Resident

    Upstate NY
    In keeping with that logic, and maybe call me crazy, but don't I remember a member of the Anthology team saying years later that the ukulele on the end of FAAB was actually Jeff Lynne's sole contribution? (In the Lynne documentary, maybe?)
    I know I saw (or read) an interview where a principal recalled that Lynne had asked to (anonymously, even), "make an appearance". And strumming one of Harrison's ukes was the compromise, rather than having him play earlier in the track as a 5th band member, which didn't seem quite right.
    Anyone else remember hearing this? Or are we in Bladerunner territory and this is a "borrowed memory" I'm having?
  10. RAJ717

    RAJ717 Forum Resident

    I could have sworn that Jeff Lynne was also on snare drum. ;-)
  11. DK Pete

    DK Pete Forum Resident

    Levittown. NY
    Is it me or is there a uke at the end chorus of Real Love as well?
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  12. paulmccartneyistheman

    paulmccartneyistheman Forum Resident

    Always sounded like a banjo ukulele to me, I’m sure George owned one
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  13. DK Pete

    DK Pete Forum Resident

    Levittown. NY
    I didn’t know there even was such a thing. Whatever it is, good old Wikipedia doesn’t list it; unless it’s an EQ’d acoustic with a capo way up high.
  14. Champagne Boot

    Champagne Boot Ain't nothin' gonna break my stride

  15. indigovic

    indigovic (Taylor’s Version)

    North Bend, WA
    Banjo ukulele - Wikipedia
  16. DK Pete

    DK Pete Forum Resident

    Levittown. NY
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  17. Isamet

    Isamet Forum Resident

    New York
    I don’t believe he is and I think he was very upset about it, if memory serves
  18. lordcat

    lordcat Forum Resident

    Whether you like them or not FAAB and Real Love have become iconic, they have superseded any contemporary solo Beatles perhaps!
  19. Mike Visco

    Mike Visco Forum Resident

    Newark, NJ
    My understanding/recall is that he sings on the "freeeeee" at the end along with Ringo, mixed lower...
  20. Beatlerocker

    Beatlerocker Forum Resident

    FAAB is my favorite, more than RL. Of course they are both great songs. They need a 2023 mixing treatment, so that they can improve and become even better and more magical. Just like N&T (I hope).
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  21. MinstrelOnTheRun

    MinstrelOnTheRun Forum Resident

    Morgantown, WV
    Is that in regard to George appearing in the FAAB video? The video director talked about how George wanted to play the stage entertainer at the end. The director turned him down, but expressed regret at the decision (especially after Harrison’s passing), since the cameo was so brief and only seen from behind.

    Great to speculate about that ethereal and quirky outro though; it was such a Beatles moment.
  22. 51IS

    51IS Forum Resident

    St. Louis MO
    I interpreted it as a Beatlesque false ending or whimsical ending as they had done so many times before.
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  23. MarkTheShark

    MarkTheShark Senior Member

    IIRC the director said he later learned it was George playing the ukulele at the end, and if he had known that at the time, he would have enthusiastically had George play that part in the video.
  24. johnny moondog 909

    johnny moondog 909 Beatles-Lennon & Classic rock fan

    I never knew that. Interesting

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