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What did John Lennon do with his Fender VI

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by rze99, Oct 6, 2020.

  1. wabashslim

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    The Long & Winding Road, for sure, as John is shown playing it in the LIB movie. Here the bass playing is tentative with a number of flubs & misses. John was pretty disinterested in Paul's "granny tunes" and appears so in the movie.
     
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    Pretty sure that's a few years too early. They got their first big pile of new toys from Fender in 1968.
     
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    Painful to watch. They are exhausted, demoralised and depressed.
     
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    That's Paul, but during Revolver era George did use a Burns on a number of Beatles tunes.
    big_georgebass.jpg
     
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    Phil Spector mixed Lennon’s bass part out completely I believe. I’m not sure what they did on the ...Naked version: possibly some creative editing, as elsewhere (it’s the only version of Let It Be without a bum piano chord in the third verse, thanks to some digital editing).
     
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    On "Let it Be", The goofy bass lines in "2 of us" is John on the Fender VI.
     
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    The Beatles Gear book by Andy Babiuk notes that “As we’ve learned, Fender had now offered the Beatles more or less any equipment they asked for. In most cases it was Ivor Arbiter, UK distributor for Fender who would provide the gear. Arbiter had been at the Beatle meeting with Fender boss Don Randall. ‘After that we gave them whatever they want it without question,’ says Arbiter. One of the new Fender pieces that came to the group during the White Album sessions was a Fender VI.”
     
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    Two of Us is George playing "bass" on the Tele. John & Paul are on acoustics.
     
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    Ian MacDonald's 2005 book, Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties
    was particularly savage on John's bass playing on "The Long and Winding Road:"
    The version of "The Long and Winding Road" sounds much more like they worked off the version that appeared in the Let It Be movie (and in the above video clip) as part of the songs the group recorded in their Apple studio after the famous rooftop concert because they didn't lend themselves to being recorded in the harsh open-air conditions, but slotted into the movie before the rooftop concert for pacing purposes.
     
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    On Naked the bass is pretty much right on, so...probably not John. It could be him on the Spector version after further practice but not quite perfect.
     
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    Lennon has said in an interview I read somewhere that he played the Fender Bass VI on Back In The USSR.
     
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    According to the Beatles Wiki (so take it FWIW):
     
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    On Back In The USSR, there are actually three bass tracks....Paul's on his Rickenbacker, plus bass tracks played by George and John, both on the Bass VI
     
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    All playing at the same time, or a composite of the best of each player?
     
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    I'd have to go back and reread the notes on the recording to be sure. The information came to me via The Beatles Bible.....

    https://www.beatlesbible.com/songs/back-in-the-ussr/


    (Edited to add:) On reading some of the recording notes, it seems that John Lennon's Bass VI playing was done as chords, as a kind of baritone rhythm guitar, and Georges Bass VI was similar to what Paul was playing.
     
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    Mix magazine confirms it, in their 2004 article on Let It Be...Naked:

     
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    I’d forgotten that it’s actually the other way round — Spector used an early take, probably under-rehearsed but he liked the vocal: ...Naked uses a later take so John had probably got better at it!
    The ...Naked version also has some great electric piano from Billy Preston. All round a better track imho.
     
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    That's some great tone there!:D
     
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    Dig It is Lennon strumming it.
     
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    What did John Lennon do with his Fender VI

    Only Eddie van Halen can ask him.
     
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