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Did John Lennon really sabotage ‘The Long and Winding Road’?

Did John Lennon really sabotage ‘The Long and Winding Road’?

Did John Lennon really sabotage ‘The Long and Winding Road’?
December 30
09:52 2021

The making of Let It Be will always be seen as having been notoriously difficult. Although the decent docuseries The Beatles: Get Back has done a pretty fantastic job at disproving the myth that The Beatles were at each other’s throats during their final year as a band, there were still plenty of difficulties accounted for during the recordings.

Most notable were the intentions of the band, specifically Paul McCartney, to record a new set of songs that dispensed with the studio wizardry and dense overdubs that had taken over their work since Revolver. McCartney wished for the band to return to their stripped-down rock and roll origins, but the truth was that The Beatles were woefully unprepared to once again become a functioning rock unit.

The best example is in the haphazard switching of instruments that occurred during the recording sessions. Whereas McCartney would usually save a bass part for overdubbing, that didn’t gel with the live concept he was after. As such, when McCartney was on either guitar or keyboards, someone else had to step in to play the bass parts. The responsibility usually fell to John Lennon, who picked up a Fender Bass VI to record the low end for McCartney’s ballad ‘The Long and Winding Road’.

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Martin Nethercutt

Martin Nethercutt

Martin A Nethercutt is a writer, singer, producer and loves music. Creative Director at McCartney Studios Editor-in-Chief at McCartney Times Creator-in-Chief at Geist Musik President (title) at McCartney Multimedia, Inc. Went to Albert-Schweitzer-Schule Kassel Lives in Playa del Rey From Kassel, Germany Married to Ruth McCartney

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