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Various Artists - GEORGE MARTIN - In My Life

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Publisher: Universal Music
Reference :UMD 80478
Date :1998
Made In :
Quality :Excellent
Booklet & packaging :
Total duration: 50:44

Comments
I have lost count of the number of records I have produced in my life, but whatever the
amount, inevitably there has to be a final one. That being so, why leave it to chance? Why don't I decide what it should be? Let it be one I would remember with affection, one that would be enjoyable to make as well as to hear.

I had an idea. I would ask some of my friends and heroes, people I had always liked and admired, to join me in music that has been a big part of my life. It would be a salute to them, too. The Beatles, of course are my friends and heroes, but they could hardly be part of it, so instead I could select their songs and fit them to some unlikely voices.

It has been wonderful for me to have worked with so many great artists in my life; there are far too many to name and this is my way of saying thanks to them.

I thought of the record I made with Peter Sellers performing 'A Hard Days Night', when I persuaded him to use his Laurence Olivier voice in a great Richard III send-up. Come to think of it, there are many great people I have often wanted to capture on disc, and this was definitely the time. It has been a happy task, and we have all had a enormous amount of fun. Just a shame l could not reach Django, Miles, Hendrix or Gary Cooper, Cary Grant or Rita Hayworth.

Come Together
Robin Williams & Bobby McFerrin
One of the joys of making this album was being able to work alongside some of my idols.Although we had not met before, I had the nerve to contact Robin Williams and ask him if he felt like going out on a limb and singing a Beatles song for me. He suggested bringing in Bobby McFerrin, a great musician whose vocal dexterity is just unbelievable. They are old friends, going back to the 'Comedy Store' days, before
Robin started his dazzling career in films. Bobby does a good deal of classical work
these days, conducting symphony orchestras all over America, and of course Robin never stops filming. So it was a great thrill for me to work with him, but getting them together was not easy; both have very tight schedules. But we snatched a few days in San Francisco, and we had a ball.

A Hard Day's Night
Goldie Hawn
Goldie is just as beautiful, just as funny, just as delightful a person as she seems. I
remembered from way back that she could sing, and she was intrigued with the idea of a sophisticated club version of the song. She was about to start to direct a film, so we went to record her in Austin, Texas. (I would go anywhere to hear her giggle). She gave a beautiful, effortless performance; I think we really got it on the third take, but I couldn't let her disappear too quickly, could I?

A Day In The Life
Jeff Beck
Many years ago Jeff and I worked together on a couple of albums that seemed to catch the mood of the time and thrill audiences all over the world. 'Blow By Blow' in fact has become a classic, and is one of my best collaborations with a great player. It was Jeffs idea to tackle 'A Day In The life', and he is the one guitarist who can make his instrument sing like the human voice. The orchestra was hardly needed for the climax; the guitar says it all.

Here There & Eyerywhere
Celine Dion
This is not only my favourite Paul McCartney song, it is probably his as well, so writing a special arrangement of it for one of my favourite voices was a daunting proposition. I do not think Celine is capable of making anything but a perfect sound,and I was thrilled to hear every take getting better and better. We ended up recording two tracks together; one for my album and one for hers. Both were terrific, and it was a session to remember.

Because
Vanessa Mae
'Because' was a strange song for John to write. He got the idea from the arpeggios in
Beethoven's 'Moonlight Sonata' but the choral work was really classical Beatles. It has all the ingredients of classical music, so I decided to take it one step further, writing it as a mini concerto for violin for Vanessa Mae, one of the brightest young stars in the world of music.

I Am The Walrus
Jim Carrey
"Let's face it, George," John once said, "I don't expect to walk into a bar in Spain and
hear someone whistling 'I Am The Walrus'." He knew it wasn't exactly easy listening. It was, and still is, one of John's most avant-garde compositions, and it is timeless. He asked me to score it for brass and strings, so I selected just four cellos, two trumpets and twelve singers, and I remember his surprise and delight when it all came together in the Studio.It is deceptively hard to perform, and I knew it required a special person. Jim Carrey was already a star when I first saw him in 'The Mask', but it was his definitive performance in 'Batman' that made me a big fan. Here was a guy who seemed to be able to tackle anything. A naturally funny person, completely extrovert,
he was marvellous to work with, and I am sure John would have loved this version of his song.

Ticket To Ride
The Petropolis Girl's Choir with Ricardo Magno
Few people outside of Brazil have heard of The Petropolis Girl's Choir, which is a pity,for they are one of the most enthusiastic and engaging group of singers I have ever worked with. A few years ago I conducted a concert in the big park in Rio de Janeiro,and we had an audience of around eighty thousand. Half an hour before the concert was due to begin the heavens opened and it poured with rain -not just a shower, but a deluge. The stage had no cover, and it was obvious to us all that the Brazil Symphony orchestra could not perform. I quickly revised our programme, a small shelter was built
for the rhythm section, and I asked the choir if they would go out on stage with me and get soaked! So a hundred voices sang in the rain and gave a wonderful performance;one of the best evenings of my life.

Here Comes The Sun
John Willķams
John Williams is not only a good friend but certainly one of my heroes. Without doubt he is the finest classical guitar player in the world, and he is avidly interested in all forms of music, continually exploring new territories and techniques. Whether it is a great guitar concerto or a collaboration with a jazz master, delving into the avant-garde or playing a rock song, he is always at ease. And he seems capable of piaying absolutely everything brilliantly.

Being For The Benefit Of Mr.Kite
Billy Connolly
Laughter, l believe, is the best cure for any ill, and l have been very lucky to work with
many people who have spent their lives making others feel good. Billy Connolly has such a talent. I have been helpless with laughter at times listening to his logical absurdities and his comments on the bizarre side of human nature, and he has now matured into being one of our finest actors. It is fairly well known that in the decade before the Beatles I had acquired some sort of reputation producing comedy records
with artists such as Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, Flanders & Swann and the ‘Beyond
The Fringe' crowd. Who better than Bllly Connolly to act as ringmaster for our show?
A splendid time is guaranteed for all!

The Pepperland Suite
George Martin
“Pepperland”,”March of the Meanies", “Sea of Monsters", “Pepperland” reprise.
The Beatles originally hated the idea of being featured in the cartoon film Yellow Submarine, but they were won over by the brilliant style of its director George Dunning. My film score was one of the few orchestral pieces to be featured on any Beatle record, and the opening theme actually became a hit in Brazil. In the film,
Pepperland was the paradise community that was overrun by those nasty Blue Meanies, who left it devastated, lifeless and grey. The Sea of Monsters was just one hazard the Yellow Submarine had to go through before our heroes triumphed and restored Pepperland to its former glory. This is a short excerpt from the film score.

Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight, The End
Phil Collins
The end of the Abbey Road album is for me one of the best examples of how rock music can work well within a classical format. I have always loved the piece, although it is seldom heard. Phil loves it too, and it is a perfect vehicle for his talents. He sings the lead, back-up vocals and plays all the drum parts, including a specially lengthened solo. No doubt if I had given him time he would have played all the orchestral parts too. A marvellous performer and a great pal.

Friends And Lovers
George Martin
Imagine an evening in beautiful countryside, watching the sun go down beyond the horizon and thinking of many old and well loved friends. I was on the island of Montserrat not long after John's death when I composed this melody that I could not get out of my mind. Not really suitable for a song, it would have been useful as a film theme if I had one to do. So I orchestrated it with the inspiration of the beautiful land that I was in, and put it aside for another day. It was eventually used as a theme in a recording of 'Under Milk Wood' which I produced with Anthony Hopkins in the role of
First Voice. Now at last I have gone back to its origin, and thinking of John, I have linked it to his lovely song which is the theme of this album.

In My life
Sean Connery
On the original version John left a hole in the song for an instrumental section, and while he was away having dinner I recorded a keyboard solo like a Bach two part invention. He loved it, and it has remained an integral part of the song ever since.
There are only a few voices in this world which are completely unmistakable. When you hear the voice of Sean Connery you know who it is after one syllable. I wanted to finish with the poignant lyrics of 'In My Life', and I cannot think there is anybody else who can give them the meaning that Sean does. He is a hero not just to me, but to almost everyone I know.

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1.
Come Together(Lennon/McCartney)
04:37
Song
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
Beatles Related
Robin Williams & Bobby McFerrin
2.
A Hard Day's Night(Lennon/McCartney)
03:24
Song
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
Beatles Related
Goldie Hawn
3.
A Day In The Life(Lennon/McCartney)
04:44
Song
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
Jeff Beck
Jeff Beck
4.
Here, There And Everywhere(Lennon/McCartney)
03:18
Song
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
Beatles Related
Celine Dion
5.
Because(Lennon/McCartney)
03:18
Song
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
Beatles Related
Vanessa Mae
6.
I Am The Walrus(Lennon/McCartney)
04:29
Song
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
Jim Carrey
7.
Ticket To Ride(Lennon/McCartney)
03:30
Song
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
Beatles Related
The Petropolis Girl's Choir
8.
Here Comes The Sun(Harrison)
03:30
Song
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
Beatles Related
John Williams
9.
Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!(Lennon/McCartney)
02:58
Song
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
Beatles Related
Billy Connolly
10.
The Pepperland Suite(Martin)
06:19
Medley title
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
George Martin
 
Pepperland(Martin)
Song
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
George Martin
George Martin
 
March Of The Meanies(Martin)
Song
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
George Martin
George Martin
 
Sea Of Monsters(Martin)
Song
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
George Martin
George Martin
 
Pepperland(Martin)
Song
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
George Martin
George Martin
reprise
 
Golden Slumbers(Lennon/McCartney)
Song
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
Beatles Related
Phil Collins
 
Carry That Weight(Lennon/McCartney)
Song
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
Beatles Related
Phil Collins
 
The End(Lennon/McCartney)
Song
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
Beatles Related
Phil Collins
12.
Friends And Lovers(Martin)
02:24
Song
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
Beatles Related
13.
In My Life(Lennon/McCartney)
02:29
Song
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
Beatles Related
Sean Connery
Core collection    Track identified    Version validated    Lyrics available    Version details available    Audio excerpt available    Participants list available   


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Reviews

Review by: Gustavo Rigterby, grigterby@hotmail.comOn 4 Nov 2000
Even if you don't like records with covers of Beatles songs, you'll love this CD.

Goldie Hawn's version of HDN in a "night club" style is wonderful
And Petropolis Girl's Choir TTR is my favorite on this CD.

Excellent idea, Sir George!!
Review by: Kevin KentOn 15 Jan 2002 at 00:02 CEST
This is truly a great CD!!
Review by: clyde752003On 18 Oct 2005 at 02:51 CEST


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Date of creation: 06 Oct 2001 23:59:59
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Last Revision Date : 03 Sep 2013 12:08:25
Online on : 30 May 2006
Type of media: Official CD
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