Re: Rock groups and orchestra recordings: favorites / bests
posted at 7/25/2013 10:31 AM EDT
In response to newman09's comment:
Got to add The Beatles, George Martin being mainly a classical producer/engineer helped introduce many classical instruments and arrangements to their catalog.
All You Need Is Love
too many to list.
If you were to re-produce the Beatles music live from 65 to 70, you would need a small orchestra to best do so.
Nice catch. Since JE hasn't been around, this wasn't mentioned (he's ususally pretty fast with any Beatles-related info, as you know :) ).
Check this out (dark humor at the end ...):
"Over the years, the Beatles refined their use of strings, employing 40 classical musicians to create the swirling 24-bar sonic vortex heard on “A Day in the Life,” hiring a string section to accompany the band on the landmark June 25, 1967 worldwide satellite broadcast of “All You Need is Love,” and allowing producer Phil Spector to add an orchestral backing to McCartney’s piano ballad “The Long and Winding Road,” which appeared on the band’s 1970 swan song Let It Be.
Ironically, McCartney traveled full circle over the use of strings. Spector’s orchestral flourishes on Let It Be irked the ex-Beatle for three decades.
In 2003, he settled the score, supervising the release of "Let It Be . . . Naked", which features remixed versions of “The Long and Winding Road” and two other tracks stripped of Spector’s strings and brass.
“Poor Phil Spector,” the Washington Times quipped in a review of the CD, “first the murder charge, now this.”