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5.0 out of 5 stars A fair documentary, not biased
It's true that more time is devoted to Lennon during this period but the documentary isn't a "hatchet job" on McCartney by any means. Lennon's work during these years is just more deserving of extended reflection. McCartney receives plenty of positive attention for what he did produce at the time. Both songwriters are praised and criticized by the commentators. The next...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lennon and McCartney - Composing Outside the Beatles 1967-1972
This DVD follows on from the two "Composing The Beatles Songbook" Lennon and McCartney documentaries : 1957-1965 and 1966-1970. Although this has a great panel discussing the songs, including Klaus Voorman, Paul Gambaccini, Chris Ingham, Denny Seiwell and Johnny Rogan, amongst others, the programme doesn't work as well as the previous two for me. Firstly, because the...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fair documentary, not biased, 2 Sep 2012
This review is from: Lennon & Mccartney -Composing Outside The Beatles [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
It's true that more time is devoted to Lennon during this period but the documentary isn't a "hatchet job" on McCartney by any means. Lennon's work during these years is just more deserving of extended reflection. McCartney receives plenty of positive attention for what he did produce at the time. Both songwriters are praised and criticized by the commentators. The next DVD in the series (covering 1973-1980) devotes more time to McCartney's output because there's more to examine from that period.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lennon and McCartney - Composing Outside the Beatles 1967-1972, 28 Mar 2014
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S Riaz "S Riaz" (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Lennon & Mccartney -Composing Outside The Beatles [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
This DVD follows on from the two "Composing The Beatles Songbook" Lennon and McCartney documentaries : 1957-1965 and 1966-1970. Although this has a great panel discussing the songs, including Klaus Voorman, Paul Gambaccini, Chris Ingham, Denny Seiwell and Johnny Rogan, amongst others, the programme doesn't work as well as the previous two for me. Firstly, because the time period is an odd one to choose in my opinion - although listed as 1967-1972, the music covered is mostly post-Beatles, apart from John's early avant-garde collaborations with Yoko. Also, this particular DVD is very heavily Lennon biased. I like all the Beatles, but Paul is certainly my favourite and I would have liked to have had a more 50/50 split for a documentary, which should have given them equal space.

That aside, what does this documentary focus on? There is the breakup of the Beatles and the influence of Yoko and Linda - mostly Yoko; Linda gets only a brief mention here and there, despite her musical contribution. "Give Peace A Chance," "Cold Turkey," "Instant Karma," and the sessions for "Plastic Ono Band," "Imagine," and the concert in Toronto (with John so nervous before his first live show without the Beatles that he spent most of the time being sick in a corner) are all covered in detail. Later, there is also the influence of primal therapy; "Mother" and "God," and the always over examined, "How Do You Sleep?" Klaus Voorman is very interesting in talking about this period of John's early solo career, discussing Yoko's insensitivity during the "Imagine" sessions (he calls her 'silly' and you feel that he really wants to say more....) and Ringo's sadness at that time. Interestingly, he also discusses Phil Spector, saying that he was very kind and always very patient with Yoko in the studio, as well as being very funny. Considering much of what I have read about Spector since the events which have seen him end up in prison, it is fascinating to hear someone who has nothing to gain or any axe to grind, simply saying how nice he was to work with - at that point, at least.

Paul really doesn't get a lot of space in this programme and two of my personal favourite albums, "McCartney" and "Ram" are rather glossed over. There is some discussion of "Another Day," but I was saddened to hear Paul's first solo album dismissed as having only one strong song with "Maybe I'm Amazed" and excellent tracks, such as "Every Night" ignored. It was good to hear Denny Seiwell discuss the "Ram" sessions, but again it was given very little attention. Much of Paul's early solo work has been reassessed, and repackaged, in later years and I did hope that they would be discussed in context, so it was disappointing that there still seems to be some critical snobbery about them. However, that is a personal preference, although it seemed a shame to have Barry Miles on the panel - certainly more a `Paul' expert and the author of the best biography of McCartney, and not utilise that most informative and intelligent man a little more.

John Lennon produced his strongest solo work at the end of the Sixties and the beginning of the Seventies and this does look at "John Lennon Plastic Ono Band," and "Imagine," in good depth and detail. The next disc in this series looks at the period 1973-1980 and I hope that Paul will feature more heavily in the period when Wings finally took off. However, all these DVD's are interesting for Beatles fans and the panel are always informative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Gift., 17 Feb 2014
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John Ayton "London_e3" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Lennon & Mccartney -Composing Outside The Beatles [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
This was purchased as a gift for my nephew who is Beatles crazy. The discs arrived well packed and sealed, so I wasn't able to sneak a viewing, but I'm assured that my nephew has watched the feature several times now and is pleased with it.
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