George Harrison - All Those Years Ago (Live in Japan 1991)





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Harrison originally wrote the song (with different lyrics) for Ringo Starr to record. Although he recorded it, Starr felt the vocal was too high for his range and he did not like the words. Harrison took the track back and after Lennon's death the lyrics were changed to reflect a tribute to Harrison's lost friend and colleague. In the song, Harrison makes reference to the Beatles song All You Need is Love and the Lennon song Imagine.

[edit] Band lineup
The recording of the song featured all three remaining Beatles (Harrison, Starr, and Paul McCartney), though this was expressly a Harrison single. It is one of only a few non-Beatles songs to feature three members of the group. Harrison and Starr recorded the song at Harrison's Friar Park studios between 19 November 1980 and 25 November 1980, and after Lennon's death the following month, Harrison removed Starr's vocals to record his own with rewritten lyrics, and McCartney, his wife Linda, and their Wings bandmate Denny Laine visited Friar Park to record backing vocals.[3] The lineup was rounded out by Al Kooper on keyboards. The three surviving Beatles would not appear together on the same track for another thirteen years until The Beatles Anthology.

[edit] Music video
The music video features a slide show-type presentation of stills and short archival video clips. The emphasis is on Lennon and, to a lesser degree, Harrison. The archival Beatles video was seemingly chosen to showcase the two together. The post-Beatles stills of Lennon at older ages are countered with stills of Harrison from the same time frame.

[edit] Personnel
George Harrison on lead guitar, vocals
Paul McCartney on backing vocals
Linda McCartney on backing vocals
Denny Laine on backing vocals
Al Kooper on keyboards
Herbie Flowers on bass
Ringo Starr on drums

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