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35 Responses to “GRAMMY AWARDS 1971:”

  1. Carl Harrison says:

    Conway Twittty and Sondra Locke?

  2. julie says:

    linda smiles beautifully.

  3. Kwai Chang says:

    waiting for another day

  4. A Car And A Room And A Room And A Room says:

    March 1971 actually – and wasn’t it a tad hypocritical of Paulie to race up and collect an award for a record he had criticised (Let It Be)?

  5. Kwai Chang says:

    three tads and a skosh…
    (I brought a knife and a fork…and I’m here to cut a record)

  6. Louise says:

    A Car …: Why was it hypocritical? Paul’s songs are easily the best on the album. Just because he didn’t like being screwed over by John in the production of that album doesn’t mean Paul wasn’t proud of the stellar songs he wrote.

  7. Kwai Chang says:

    I think the Let It Be album was a mess…
    thankfully Phil Spector saved it…the lush production of long and winding road was the best part…but Paul thought it was a decent platform for personal sanctimony…and together with April’s(?) court request…Paul “announced” what the other 3 had already accepted…
    add a little Klein…shake well…
    and WOW…now why would he show up to claim all 4 Grammy’s???
    He could’ve Brandoed the event…and left 3 at the podium…
    when was the Another Day single released???
    PR is always hypocritical

  8. Louise says:

    Sorry Kwai but I totally disagree. Spector didn’t “save” anything. You’re just repeating Lennon’s BS line. Spector nearly ruined the album.

    And Let it Be Naked is a MUCH better version: It’s got Across the Universe without the children’s voices (as Lennon said he hated those voices); it’s got a much better version of Long and Winding Road (without the sappy strings); it’s got Don’t Let Me Down, and it’s ago a track order that makes far more sense, starting with Get Back and ending perfectly with Let it Be.

  9. Louise says:

    By the way, George Martin hated the production on Let it Be, too. So it wasn’t just Paul.

  10. Kwai Chang says:

    Hi, Louise…
    (I think Let It Be will always be a point of contention regarding the 4 Kings Of EMI)…but MOST of all…I love to jabber about the Beatles…
    so, thanks for disagreeing…
    (we are all children…with voices)

  11. Ishie says:

    I think there are merits to both versions of “Let It Be”. However, “naked” provides the listener the pleasure of hearing the songs the way they were recorded and intended to be heard. This is not a criticism of Phil Spector ‘s genius at all … or his famous “wall of sound”. “The Long and Winding Road” is simply a beautiful song with a beautiful lyric. “Naked” gives us the true essence of the song. The orchestration and choir weigh the song down. With that being said, we learned to love the songs the way we first heard them & “Let It Be – Naked” gave us a chance to love them in an entirely new way!

  12. Kwai Chang says:

    I own both…
    but I had the original Glyn Johns version of Get Back via boot for ages prior…I think John leaked the acetate to the W-radio station…did he bring one to Toronto? Who knows? Either way…it’s too natural(props to Glyn…twice)…I tried to like them…but 6:00 minutes of Dig It is beyond obnoxious…George Martin was right…”Only if you LET me produce it”…
    I think they were right to shelve it…(maybe a single or two)…but Allen Klein did the right thing also…He lied to us…We were in denial anyway…so were they…the dream was over…but Let It Be allowed us to pretend…Thank God for Abbey Road!!!
    Come together, Mother Mary!!!

  13. ALEX OF BRONX says:

    I agree with you. I like the Let It Be Naked version then the Let It Be we grew up with. It seems that “Naked” is a lot closer to the way it was meant, although I don’t think this was the way it was intended also. I have tons of boot leg albums from way back that have different versions of Dig It etc on them, along with versions of All Things Must Pass and Teddy Boy. I remeber ( I’m sure you guys will know) TV Guide jumped the gun and had a review of Get Back from 1969, also Tiger Beat from ( or one of them) had a song by song liting of the new Beatle Album and Teddy Boy was included in the line up along with Dig It but yet they are both missing from Naked. Maybe one day we will get the original version.
    Personally what I like about Naked is it fits in perfectly between the White Album and Abbey Road the same way Rubber Soul, Revolver and Sgt. Pepper flow into one another.
    The original Let It Be Album does have it’s merits though. The rooftop performances are great along with Maggie May and all the ad libs.
    People tend to dump on Let It Be saying it is The Beatles weakest album and maybe it is but that only proves how great the other albums are. Most other groups old or new would be happy to have Let It Be as their own and it would probably be considered their best album.

  14. Louise says:

    I didn’t mind that Let It Be Naked dropped all of John’s ad-libs because, lets face it, most of those ad-libs were John trying to diminish Paul’s songs. They were cheap shots which show you how little involvement Paul had with the production of the album in it’s original version.

  15. Since 1963 says:

    And yet, when Paul performs “The Long and Winding Road” on tour it sure sounds a lot like Spector (Specter? :) ).

  16. Vince says:

    The other three Beatles must have shaken their heads in disbelief when Paul accepted the grammy for Let it Be.

  17. Lee says:

    Since 1963: He puts a few strings in the arrangement (because fans seem to expect it)(, but not the over-the-top strings found on the record.

    And i don’t see why the other Beatles should have “shaken their heads in disbelief”? The best songs on that record are Paul’s — with one or two exceptions. Besides, I doubt any of them wanted to go.

  18. Kwai Chang says:

    was Paul in L.A. working on RAM already?

  19. Tammy says:

    Yup, wrapping up Ram, tho i think he went back to NY to put the strings on and some final vocals, when i was in the States i couldn’t give a shit about finding all the tourist spots, but i visited just about every single studio used by the solo Fabs, inc all the Ram studios.

  20. Vince says:

    Lee, I was referring too Paul filing a lawsuit against the other 3 Beatles in Dec 70 and going to court over Phil Spector’s overdubs and mixes for Let it Be cited as one of the reasons.

  21. Lee says:

    Paul has a well-developed sense of irony. :)

  22. Kwai Chang says:

    hey, Car…
    better make it half a tad
    (and let it Paul)

  23. Kwai Chang says:

    thanks, Tammy…

  24. Aeolian Cadence says:

    I’m with you, Since 1963 — when I heard his live version, I wondered how exactly it was different from Spector’s.

  25. A Car And A Room And A Room And A Room says:

    My original post was precisely for the reasons Vince has raised. Paul’s court affadavit filed in the High Court at the time specifically brought up his dissatisfaction with what Spector had done to the album and his songs. To all intents and purposes he had washed his hands of it and yet nine months after its release and the High Court case still in the air, he rushes from the back of an LA awards ceremony to pick up an award for an album he had all but disowned.

  26. Louise says:

    Just because he hated the production, and just because John did an end-run around Paul and hired Spector (without Paul’s knowledge or approval) and then added little digs to the album to diss Paul’s songs) doesn’t mean Paul didn’t have every right to be proud of those songs, especially since John’s contributions to the album were so weak.

    I think he was making a statement: He was the driving force behind the album during its recording. And so what. They were all making plenty of statements at the time.

  27. Kwai Chang says:

    contention begets contention…
    (to be avoided)
    RAM on the run…
    hey, where’s my postcard(not the pipes…the pork) from Imagine???
    and how come I’ve never seen ANY commentary on the spilled bowl of cherries on McCartney…or the beetle-procreation foto on RAM…
    (since when are sour grapes invisible?)

  28. Kwai Chang says:

    The high point of Let It Be album was…
    NO teddy boy…
    means…extremes…that’s some severe amplitude…
    (drop me off at Amoeba…thanks for the ride)

  29. Nick says:

    I still like “I me Mine” on that album. The others are good too.

  30. Michael says:

    “Dig a Pony” guitar riff is right up there with the best of them (ie: “Day Tripper, “I Feel Fine”, etc.).

  31. Tammy says:

    Teddy Boy along with Mary Jane are the two worst things ever committed to tape.

  32. Kwai Chang says:

    Concur, Tammy!

  33. Lee says:

    I agree that Mary Jane is awful. But Teddy Boy is a lovely story song. And it fits beautifully on McCartney.

  34. Kwai Chang says:

    I think it could be a dialective opposition…
    In U.S. there’s no such thing as a Teddy Boy…only teddy bears…
    I must admit…if it has to fit somewhere…better to the solo
    It could very well be why I never took to the Get Back album…
    (where I still didn’t hear any other Beatle involvement)
    3 thumbs down, Mr. Bassman
    Well, we covered the high point of Let It Be…
    how about the low-point of McCartney???
    it’s right after rock-n-roll springtime

  35. mllekitty says:

    it must have been hard to spend so many years in the shadow of greatness.. I’d probably be bitter and worn down and take cheap shots and say crap things for attention and out of desperation too. especially hard to swallow at the end when you’re spiraling into darkness only to be subjected to the phoenix rising from the ashes. time will tell and it already has. not only McCartney but MaccaII and the whole damn lot. glory be.

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