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MP3 Bumblefoot - Strawberry Fields Forever (Instrumental)

Guitar-driven cover of the 1967 Beatles song (Instrumental Mix - no vocals, backing music only)

1 MP3 Songs in this album (4:08) !
Related styles: Rock: Hard Rock, Metal/Punk: Guitar Virtuoso, Instrumental

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People often ask in interviews what my favorite song was, and Strawberry Fields would usually pop into my head first. Excerpt from an interview at https://www.tradebit.com.....

"Five years old: I now had this passion and curiosity about music. And I loved the Beatles - more than the songs themselves, it was the studio tricks and added instrumentation that producer George Martin brought into the songs, that''s what did it for me. ''Strawberry Fields'' - it scared me. Each verse was like getting more lost in a dangerous place, the reversed tracks sounding like footsteps closing in... I''d listen to the song till the very last bit of sound in the fadeout, but made sure I lifted the needle before hearing any of the flutes fade back in - I had to. The erratic pattern and dissonant harmonies was as good as an invitation for the boogieman to get me. And if I heard one note of those flutes, I''d be sleeping with the covers over my head that night."

I was at the NAMM music convention in Los Angeles, January 2011, talking with my friend Guthrie Govan, guitars in hand, “Lick Library” filming the interview and that song came up. I''m explaining things about the song, all riled up, soon we''re jamming on the song, and at that point I knew I''d be recording it when I got home.

Built the music with guitars and bass to function as the cellos, horns, sitar, keys, fretless guitar for the slides into the choruses and the end solo. I sped up the recording sampling rate and sang to the song at the faster & higher pitch (the result of speeding up the recording) so that the voice would drag when brought back down to normal speed and pitch.

Then there was the reverse percussion. I listened to the original in reverse and learned the exact performance of the drums, percussion, knee slaps, played them, then reversed them and they sync''d up beautifully to the song. I discovered so many details that after 30 years of listening I had heard for the first time. A voice counting, keeping time in the distance before the last verse – if I heard it, I put it in there.

Dennis Leeflang laid the drums, adding a great edge to the sound. The final track was him banging a tympani drum throughout the heavy parts of the song – yet another thing I hadn''t noticed before deconstructing the original song. Done.

Thank you for checking out the song, hope ya like! And immeasurable thanks to the Beatles for a lifetime of inspiration.

Cover art by Dan Verkys – https://www.tradebit.com

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