Phil Spector’s crazy pre-trial rant about McCartney.

I don’t think I’m the first one to say that Phil Spector has lost his mind.  I mean he’s never truly been stable.  He does have a history of pulling firearms on people, John Lennnon being one of them.  He is a musical genius, but he’s totally lost his marbles.

When you are on trial for murder I guess a lot of thougths go through your head.  One begins to examine their personal legacy and the mark(s) that they’ve made on the world.  I guess Phil is just exorcising his own demons, and looking at his legacy both as a person, and a creative artist.  He certainly knows how to hold a grudge though.  Paul McCartney and Phil Spector are two very strong personalities, giants in the music world.  You would have thought that they would let the dispute and ill-feelings over the production of the song “The Long and Winding Road” be little more than thoughts from a long time ago.

I guess Phil just cannot let the past go.  Maybe that’s all he has left.

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Here’s what we’ve read.

Hands trembling and eyes watering like a broken main, bonkers record producer Phil Spector lashes out left, right and centre in a bizarre interview.

He is a man with much to say – and a hell of a lot on his mind.

Spector – a legend in the music industry for creating the so-called “wall of sound” – is awaiting retrial in America for the killing of nightclub hostess Lana Clarkson.

Last year a jury failed to reach a decision and a new one has just been selected in LA.

Spector is on a million dollar-bail and could be banged up for life – but that doesn’t seem to be troubling him too much today.

Instead, he seems more concerned with settling old musical scores. Sir Paul McCartney, for one, is unlikely to be high up on his Christmas card list.

Spector was brought to London in 1970 by the Beatles’ manager Allen Klein and was given the task of turning abandoned Get Back sessions into the Let It Be album.

But while he had the backing of John Lennon and George Harrison, McCartney was in two minds – and Spector is scathing about one of Macca’s most famous ballads.

“The Long and Winding Road was a terrible recording when I first heard it,” he says.

“John was playing bass on it with all the wrong notes. There was no snare drum on it – I had to get Ringo in to play.

“It was really awful.”

Tell us what you really feel Phil.

He went on: “Paul was singing like he didn’t believe it, he was kinda mocking it. And John didn’t like the song. That’s why he played bass on it, and he didn’t know the chord changes so he was guessing.

“It was a farce and I had to do everything I could to cover up the mistakes.”

Warming up, Spector says producing the album was the recording job from hell.

“I worked with strangers in a hostile environment, hostile press, hostile people, all Beatle lovers who thought I was taking their Beatles away,” he says. “It was not an enviable task.”

“But I wanted Let It Be to be a great farewell album. I knew they were breaking up, I knew there wouldn’t be a reunion – the public didn’t.

“I was there to make a commercial album because I wanted to sell 12 million albums.

“And the public ended up buying it because I was Mr Commerciality. I wondered how I was going to put it together but I knew I could and I knew there was an album there.

“I don’t think McCartney is very secure that I went there in a few months and did what they couldn’t do in two years with those tapes.

“John was thrilled with what I did and George was thrilled with what I did, and Paul said he loved The Long and Winding Road when it was done.”

But in 2003, Macca brought out Let It Be… Naked which stripped the songs of Spector’s input – and this seems to have stung the producer big time.

He says: “I don’t know, what else could it be, except that it is a bug up his a**e? He waited 35 years to do it, I don’t know why, I don’t care why.

“Whatever the grievance, he has got me mixed up with somebody that gives a s**t.”

His hands shaking, Spector clearly does care – and the man who gave the world classic tunes like Be My Baby and You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ believes he is given far less respect than he deserves.

“I don’t get depressed cos I don’t let myself get depressed,” he says.

“It is a wasted emotion. But I’m concerned with the fact that I haven’t been made a doctorate at a college and Bill Cosby has, even Bob Dylan has.

“I think I have offered more to American culture and music than they have, or as much. George Martin, Paul McCartney are made sirs, Buddy Holly had a stamp, I love him, but he only lived three years in rock’n’roll.”

In the documentary, made by Oscar-winning director Vikram Jayanti, Spector reckons his influence extends way beyond music, and makes the bizarre claim that

Hollywood legends Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro owe him their careers.

He says that Scorsese used Be My Baby without his permission in one of his earliest films, Mean Streets.

“I had never heard of this Scorsese guy and I called my attorney to get it pulled and he said it was a school project and an unknown director and to just let it go,” says Spector.

“So they told me not to get an injunction because everyone’s career is at stake – so I said they could work it out later. Fast forward to later and Scorsese is giving me the rights to other films and I am in Godfather and Taxi Driver.

“But the bottom line is that day I held Scorsese and De Niro’s career in my hand.”

As for the upcoming retrial for the death of Lana Clarkson, Spector insists people are out to get him.

He describes the judge of the first trial as a “mean son of a bitch” and admits: “I have been ostracised from the industry with this indictment hanging over me. Innocent until proven guilty is no longer a factor.”

The weird Afro-style hairdo which he sported during the trial may have done him few favours – but Spector insists it was (almost) deliberate.

He says: “It took me four-and-a-half hours to get it like that, I woke up at four o’clock in the morning and had to perm it and do everything to it. It was a tribute to Einstein and Beethoven.

“Jay Leno said it looked like I had already been electrocuted. But I didn’t mean to be that comical. We went beyond the extreme and no one pointed it out to me.”

When he is asked how he will cope if he does get sent down for murder, he mumbles: “I’ll be in a jail with Bubba, 6ft 8 Bubba and he’ll be my husband.”

Whatever you say Phil.

Source: UK Mirror

8 Responses

  1. wow… he is insane

  2. Isn’t the bottom line that he stepped up when no one else seemed to be able. He did it and he made the end of the band as we witnessed it part what it was through the album he produced that we listened to (and continue to listen to)

    Let It Be – Naked (ironicly in a way) is something else and great to, but of it’s time – we shouldn’t try to take Phil’s time from him.

  3. If you listen to the “naked” version of “The Long And Winding Road” you will hear just how improved it was by Spector. Lennon’s bass playing was simply awful in technique and style. Spector covered it with the strings masterfully. The in-between song banter and the two throwaway songs (Maggie Mae and Dig It) I could have done without, but overall, listening to the earlier mixes of the album, Phil turned klunky-sounding rehearsals into a masterpiece.

    As for Phil personally, I agree that he’s gone loony!

  4. For all its faults, the Spector version of Let It Be is preferable to the earlier Glyn Johns mixes, and Let It Be Naked, in my opinion. What I could never understand about McCartney’s objections to Spector’s mixing of The Long And Winding Road was that, when McCartney performed it himself live, and on Give My Regards To Broad Street, it is at least as syrupy as Spector’s version. In fact, McCartney’s version on the Give My Regards To Broad Street album sounds like a cabaret band at a Working Man’s Club!

  5. Paul Mcquillan, love you’re beautiful photos on you’re link.

    You are a great artist.

  6. Paul, you’re right. The fact that McCartney plays the song live essentially the way Spector mixed it is very, very telling. Let it Be … Naked was just a complete ego trip. McCartney is lucky that John and George weren’t alive when it came out.

  7. Sorry to burst your delusion..but Phil is correct with most of his statements..except being responsible for Scorcese’s success..he is correct when he says that the Let It Be recordings sucked..that Paul is an arrogant asshole..and he got along fine with Lennon..who thought he was a genius..btw…Phil is weird..an eccentric..a loner..but he did not kill anyone..try reading the blood forensics..he grabbed the gun from her mouth..she was suicidal..you vilify him because he’s a very successful new york Jew..and you? I’ve never heard of you until now.

  8. McCartney has never played the songs live essentially the way Spector mixed them.

    He has never used a full female choir, He has always used much more sparse arrangements. You have to remember McCartney requested changes before the Spector version of The Long and Winding Road was released, a request that even though it was his song, went ignored but the requested changes were only that the Beatles instrumentation be turned up in the mix and the strings be turned down and the harp be removed. He never asked for the strings and Richard Hewson’s string arrangement to be removed only the harp. So McCartney’s behavior has always been consistent.

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