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It was written by George Harrisonthe group's lead guitarist, while he and his bandmates were attending Maharishi Mahesh Yogi 's Transcendental Meditation course in Rishikesh, Indiain early Although Harrison later stated that he was addressing God in the lyrics, it is the first Long Long Long - The Beatles - The Alternate White Album his compositions that invites interpretation as both a standard love song and a paean to his deity.
He based the chord pattern on " Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands " by Bob Dylanwhile the song's understated arrangement partly reflects the influence of the Band 's album Music from Big Pink.
The Beatles recorded it in London towards the end of the White Album sessions, which were marked by acrimony among the band members in the fallout to their experiences in Rishikesh. An ambient and meditative ballad, it ends with a partly improvised segment that was inspired by the sound of a wine bottle vibrating on a speaker in the studio.
On release, William Mann of The Times rated it the equal of the album's best Lennon—McCartney compositions; Ian MacDonald later described it as Harrison's "touching token of exhausted, relieved reconciliation with God" and his "finest moment on The Beatles ". Led by Harrison's commitment,   the four band members went to Rishikesh to study Transcendental Meditation there under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Donovanthe Scottish singer-songwriter who joined in the Beatles' musical activities in Rishikesh,  recalled that Harrison played both sitar and guitar at the ashram and was developing a style of music that became "the finest spiritual sound".
According to musicologist Alan Pollack"Long, Long, Long" is "an off-beat mixture" of contemporary musical styles; he identifies it as "a three-way cross between jazz waltz, folk song, and late sixties psychedelia". Lyrically, the song takes the form Georgia On My Mind - Humphrey Lyttelton - Classic Years a reconciliation with a loved one after a long period of Long Long Long - The Beatles - The Alternate White Album . The mood of the song is gentle and meditative,   with the more strident middle eight providing a brief departure from the calmness.
The recording session was a relaxed occasion; the burning of Indian incense helped to create the requisite atmosphere in the studio. Nine hours after this all-night session, the band returned to the studio to carry out overdubs.
Mixing on "Long, Long, Long" was completed on 14 October,  with Starr's drum fills given prominence in the mix. Among contemporary reviews of The BeatlesAlan Walsh of Melody Maker admired the song as "a gentle, lilting track"   while, less impressed, Record Mirror considered it "not a strong tune", with drums "monopolising the sound".
Recalling the release in his book The Beatles ForeverNicholas Schaffner said that in departing from the overtly Indian style of his previous compositions for the Beatles, Harrison had provided "a quartet of more conventionally accessible pop songs that many felt were among the finest on the [White Album]". Schaffner remarked on Harrison's limitations as a singer compared with Lennon and McCartney before adding: "but when he tones his voice down to an ethereal near-whisper, as in 'Long Long Long,' he can evoke as well as anyone the magic and the mystery of what [music journalist] Jonathan Cott has called 'the music of deep silence.
He described the former as "deceptively simple, beautifully melodic and explosively punctuated". Writing for Rolling Stone inGreg Kot deemed the song to be "quintessential Harrison, summarizing the impending exhaustion of the Beatles and the era they defined, while pointing No Ones Gonna Be A Fool Forever - Diana Ross - Last Time I Saw Him way toward the spiritual heights achieved by his solo debut masterpiece, All Things Must Pass ".
In his commentary for the magazine, musician Colin Newman described it as "achingly beautiful" and "like the album in microcosm A recording by Tanya Donelly appeared on her album This Hungry Life  and later on the CD accompanying Uncut ' s feature article on Harrison's career, in the August issue of the magazine.
According to Ian MacDonald: . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. There was a bottle of " Blue Nun " wine on top of the Leslie speaker during the recording and when our Paul hit some organ note the Leslie started vibrating and the bottle rattling. You can hear it Long Long Long - The Beatles - The Alternate White Album the record — at the very end.
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