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In the movie Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados (Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed) (2013), the English teacher Antonio makes a recording of John Lennon playing Strawberry Fields Forever to him. Antonio gifts the recording to the boy Juanjo, who then plays it on the car on the way back to Madrid.

As far as I can tell, this recording seems authentic (YouTube upload of the clip, but with the video altered). (I might be mistaken though and it might just be someone else they got to sing it.)

My question is: What is the source of this recording? (Album/demo tape/etc.)


According to the Google-translated description of the YouTube clip I linked to:

In fact it is Neil Harrison of the Beatles Bootleg who sings and not - if you can believe it - John Lennon. They recorded this version especially for the film to give it a more personal touch since there is no acoustic version of 'Strawberry Fields' that sounds so clear.

But according to a Montreal Gazette movie review:

Near the end of the film, we hear an early acoustic version of the song, in an incredibly moving moment.


To the down-voter and close-voter: I don't think this question is off-topic because this particular recording is a key piece or even climax of the movie. (If you haven't seen this movie, it is named after a line in the song and ostensibly centers around a Beatles-obsessed English teacher's quest to meet John Lennon. However and significantly, except for this one instance, not a single Beatles song is played in the entire movie.)

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  • Judging by the quality and style of the early Beatles demos of Strawberry Fields, it is very probably a cover (I imagine the work taken to extract and remaster the vocal track of an unknown authentic authentic recording and overlay a clean guitar track would be beyond the budget of the film). Here is a recording of the Bootleg Beatles performing Strawberry Fields when Neil Harrison was still a member of the group (pre 2011) for comparison. – ukemi Jun 16 '18 at 11:00
  • @ukemi: I don't know if it's necessarily a cover. Searching a bit more, I find it sounds very similar to for example Anthology Vol. II > CD2 > Track 01 Strawberry Fields Forever (Demo Sequence). And there are a bunch more other uploads (demos, home recordings) on YouTube that sound similar. So it's not inconceivable that this was one of those demos but perhaps cleaned up a little. – Kenny LJ Jun 16 '18 at 12:52

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