In light of this week’s BROW being set to post one day prior to John Lennon’s 72nd birthday, I thought it would be a good time to recognize his artistry with an unfinished, yet beautiful account of his circa 1977 composition “Real Love.”
This piano demo was captured sometime in the fall of 1980 on a portable cassette recorder that John used to keep sitting on top of his piano at the Dakota (his apartment in New York). In 1994 it was included on a tape that Yoko Ono gave to the other Beatles. The tape also included other demos of songs such as “Free As A Bird,” “Grow Old With Me” and “Now And Then.” With production assistance from Jeff Lynne, “Free As A Bird” and “Real Love” were completed by the surviving Beatles for use in The Beatles Anthology film and CD sets.
As I remember John this week, the intimacy of this “John-only” home-recorded and imperfect version of the song is what is hitting the spot for me now. It’s just a little piece of work by a man who at one time, so many years ago, started up a rock band that just happened to go on until they changed the world.
Here are some Amazon links to read more on, or purchase, some music related to this post:
1) Beatles Anthology 2 1996 compilation of Beatles out-takes and extras between 1965 and 1968 and The Beatles’ version of “Real Love.”
2) Acoustic 2004 CD collection of acoustic John Lennon demos, including a different demo of “Real Love.”
3) Imagine: John Lennon (Original Soundtrack) CD soundtrack of 1988 film, including acoustic demo of “Real Love.”