In My Life (George Martin Album) May 17, 2008 1:32:21 GMT -5
Post by yerblues1968 on May 17, 2008 1:32:21 GMT -5
GEORGE MARTIN - IN MY LIFE
"In My Life" is a 1998 album compiled and produced by Sir George Martin.
Before retiring, recording producer George Martin, famed for his for association with The Beatles, returned to The Beatles songbook, shaping performances by several artists not usually associated with The Beatles, and some not even recognized for their musical abilities.
This documentary on the making of the "In My Life" CD captures studio sessions for the recording (issued October 1998 by MCA), and also features conversations about the selected songs and concepts, as Martin works closely with his chosen talents, opening with Phil Collins (Golden Slumbers) and then moving on to Robin Williams / Bobby McFerrin (Come Together), Goldie Hawn (A Hard Day's Night), Jim Carrey (I Am the Walrus) and John Williams (Here Comes the Sun).
Filmed in England, the hour-long TV documentary first aired in the U.S. November 12, 1998 on Bravo. ~ Bhob Stewart, All Movie Guide
Not wanting to leave his final production to chance, Martin released the CD "In My Life" in 1998. There, he assembled a variety of unexpected instrumentalists, singers, and non-singing vocalists. The CD comprises cover versions of Beatles songs. Jeff Beck's cover of "A Day In The Life" was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.
All songs by John Lennon & Paul McCartney, except where noted.
1. "Come Together" – Robin Williams and Bobby McFerrin on vocals.
Robin Williams with his version of the Beatles classic ,"Come Together."
Bobby McFerrin, skilled at 'throat' singing, contributes the songs intro sounds of guitar and bass by way of vocals only.
"Come Together" featuring Robin Williams and Bobby McFerrin (4.21 minutes)
2. "A Hard Day's Night"
"A Hard Day's Night" featuring Goldie Hawn on keyboards and vocals in a Mae West style (3:24 minutes).
3. "A Day In The Life"
"A Day In The Life" is an instrumental version, featuring Jeff Beck on guitar (4.44 minutes).
4. "Here, There, and Everywhere"
"Here, There, and Everywhere" featuring Celine Dion on vocals (3:16 minutes).
"Because" featuring Vanessa-Mae on violin (3.17 minutes).
6. "I Am the Walrus"
"I Am The Walrus" featuring Jim Carrey on keyboards and vocals (4.30 minutes).
7. "Here Comes the Sun" (George Harrison)
* Featuring the guitar virtuoso John Williams on guitar.
8. "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite"
* Featuring Billy Connolly on vocals.
9. "The Pepperland Suite" (George Martin)
*Originally appeared in 1969 album Yellow Submarine, with new arrangements.
"Pepperland Suite" from "Yellow Submarine" composed by George Martin. (2:24 minutes)
10. "Golden Slumbers"/"Carry That Weight"/"The End"
"Golden Slumbers" / "Carry That Weight" / "The End" featuring Phil Collins on drums, percussion & vocals (5.43 minutes).
11. "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 lovely song, which is the theme of this album."
12. "In My Life"
"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 almost everyone I know."
"Friends and Lovers," George Martin and "In My Life" Sean Connery on lead spoken word vocal (4.56 minutes).
13. "Ticket to Ride"
* Featuring the Meninas Cantoras de Petropolis on vocals.
* Only included in the South-America version.
* Featuring Bonnie Pink on keyboards & vocals.
* Only included in the Japanese version.
Some videos of certain songs were not available to view online. A brief MP3 audio is available to listen to the songs: