Wednesday, 24 August 2016

REWIND: The Beatles - 'Real Love'

More wonderful music from 1996 as RW/FF takes you aboard a musical TARDIS on a journey through musical history. If you weren't around or were too young to remember the mid 90s, consider this a lesson of enlightenment. If you (like me) were lucky enough to experience it all first time around, then these posts are a fine nostalgic blast from the blast.

As I've said many times before, in terms of music the 1990's had everything. Even a Beatles reunion. Sort Of. I was raised on the music of the Liverpool four-piece from a young age, and became properly obsessed with them in late 1995 when the epic documentary series The Beatles Anthology was shown on telly. Produced by ELO man Jeff Lynne, this single was released in early 1996, reaching number 4 in the UK charts. 'Real Love' was written by the late John Lennon at some point in the 70s, prior to his tragic and senseless murder in December 1980. Years later, his home demo recording of the song was augmented with overdubs by the three surviving Beatles in the mid 90s, as was also the case with their previous single 'Free As A Bird'. To date, 'Real Love' is the final song credited to the band, and was included on the 1996 compilation album 'Anthology 2'.

Ringo Starr commented, "Recording the new songs didn't feel contrived at all, it felt very natural and it was a lot of fun, but emotional too at times. But it's the end of the line, really. There's nothing more we can do as the Beatles."