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2002-Jan-12: Thoughts on Phil Spector

The Guardian reports today that the British Public Record Office has released a 30-year-old letter written by Sir Paul to lawyer Allen Klein in which he rebukes the attorney for allowing producer Phil Spector to add strings, voices, horns and Ringo's overdubbed drums to The Long and Winding Road recording. In the letter, Sir Paul wrote:
"In future no one will be allowed to add to or subtract from a recording of one of my songs without my permission. I had considered orchestrating The Long and Winding Road but decided against it. I therefore want it altered to these specifications:
1. Strings, horns, voices and all added noises to be reduced in volume. 2. Vocal and Beatle instrumentation to be brought up in volume.
3. Harp to be removed completely at the end of the song and original piano notes substituted.
4. Don't ever do it again."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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