There is a new addition to the “Composing The Beatles” series out on DVD this week, concluding the lifelong contribution to music that John Lennon favored us with, along with the continuing attributes of Sir Paul McCartney.
The ‘now-in-total’ four disc set, (sold separately), reveals the trials and tribulations regarding the ‘Lennon-McCartney’ partnership, as some would say, the greatest songwriting team of all time…but…
In the first disc of The Beatles early years, it was indeed a team effort that quickly grew apart where the songwriting was concerned, and, by disc 2, it was all over but the memories. This ‘team’, although credited as such, rarely wrote much together, and it’s evident to all those questioned, as well as to all those who listen, who really wrote what.
Disc 3 and 4 go under the paraphrased titles of “Composing Outside The Beatles”, and take a look at the solo careers of John and Paul, after the breakup.
Clearly, in all four discs, the consensus is that John was indeed the better writer of the two, and that never becomes more clear than on disc 3, where their early solo efforts contrasted like night and day.
While John released brilliant efforts like “Imagine” and the ‘Plastic Ono Band’ l.p., Paul was struggling with efforts like “Wild Life” and “Ram”.
But, on disc 4, the newest entry, Paul’s fortunes change, and, though he still isn’t given much credit as far as being a songwriter goes, the charts told a different story, as he skyrocket to #1 with the album that is still considered his post-Beatle magnum opus, “Band on The Run”.
John, at this point, was not very focused on the music, and personal issue took him away from it for a while. Personal issues, however, constantly plagued Paul’s new band ‘Wings’, as the band members became a rotating multiplex of names and faces, struggling to find their place amongst the ex-Beatle.
And, sadly, by the end of disc four, the fatal day occurred, practically moments after John got back into the studio to release one of his most prominent efforts, “Double Fantasy”. All four of these discs together mark the legacy from beginning to end, and struggle to understand it all, while simply appreciating the time we had.
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