Real Love (3:51)

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From Anthology 2 and 5 other releases

“Real Love” is a song written by John Lennon. Lennon made six takes of the song in 1979 with “Real Life”, a different song that merged with “Real Love”. The song was ignored until 1988 when the sixth take was used on the documentary soundtrack Imagine: John Lennon. The song was well received and many considered it to be one of Lennon’s best.

“Real Love” was subsequently reworked by the three remaining members of The Beatles (Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr) in late 1995. The song was released as a Beatles single in 1996 in the United Kingdom, United States and many other countries; it was the opening track on The Beatles’ Anthology 2 album. It is the last “new” credited Beatles song to originate and be included on an album.

“Real Love” was warmly received by some critics, and the single reached #4 and #11 in the UK and US singles charts respectively and earned a gold record faster than a number of the group’s other singles. The song was not included on the British Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio 1 playlist, prompting criticism from fans and members of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

After the release of “Free as a Bird” and “Real Love”, Starr commented, “Recording the new songs didn’t feel contrived at all, it felt very natural and it was a lot of fun, but emotional too at times. But it’s the end of the line, really. There’s nothing more we can do as The Beatles.

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