Here’s one of my very favorite Beatles song given a sparkly makeover for the Cirque du Soleil Love show.
George and Giles Martin blended many different Beatles songs into each track in the Love performance, but somehow kept the sound and spirit of the originals intact.
For ‘Strawberry Fields Forever,’ they made use of “the orchestral section from ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, the piano solo from ‘In My Life,’ the brass included in ‘Penny Lane,’ the cello and harpsichord arrangement from ‘Piggies’ and the coda of ‘Hello, Goodbye,'” (according to Wikipedia).
Here’s the other half of the one-two punch I alluded to yesterday.
John Lennon’s ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ is also rooted in nostalgia, though not as overtly as McCartney’s ‘Penny Lane.’ Strawberry Field is the name of a Salvation Army house near Lennon’s childhood home, but the song isn’t really an exploration of that period of his life.
What it is is one of the band’s very best songs.