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3.44 | 22 ratings | 1 reviews | 18% 5 stars

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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 1968

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Lady Madonna (2:17)
2. The Inner Light (2:36)

Total Time 4:53

Line-up / Musicians

- John Lennon / guitar, vocals
- George Harrison / guitar, vocals
- Paul McCartney / bass, vocals
- Ringo Starr / drums, vocals

Releases information

Label Parlophone, UK
Catalogue No. R 5675
Matrix Numbers 7XCE 18438-3 (Lady Madonna)
7XCE 18439-2 (The Inner Light)
Release Date 15th March 1968
U.K. Chart Detail :
Entry Date : 20th March 1968
Highest Position : 1 ... for 2 weeks from 27th March
Weeks in Chart : 8 Weeks

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THE BEATLES Lady Madonna ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(18%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(50%)
Good, but non-essential (27%)
Collectors/fans only (5%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Guillermo
3 stars Both songs of this single were recorded before the band went to India in 1968 to study Meditation. It was their last single which was released in the Parlophone label because by late 1968 their albums and singles became released also by Parlophone but in their Apple Records label.

"Lady Madonna", mainly composed by McCartney, is a Rock song with good backing vocals and a sax solo (played by a session musician) and with some "vocal imitations" of some horn instruments done by Lennon, McCartney and Harrison. It also has two different drum tracks recorded by Ringo Starr each played in a different way.

"The Inner Light" is an Indian Music song composed by Harrison, but recorded by him in India in late 1967 and in early 1968 while he was recording a soundtrack album for a British film called "Wonderwall", in an album which was the first album released as soloist by any member of the band and also was the first album released in their Apple Records label. The instrumentation in this song was played by Indian musicians (like in most of the "Wonderwall Music" album) playing instruments of that country, but with Harrison adding lead vocals in London later and also with brief backing vocals by Lennon and McCartney in the last lyrics line of the song. It was the last song of this style of music which Harrison recorded to be released by the band.

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