This is a new take on the epic closing track on the Beatles 1967 masterpiece album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by organist/vocalist Christoph Bull.
The organ part was recorded by Grammy-winning engineer Fred Vogler on the Glatter-Götz/Rosales pipe organ at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, an instrument whose one-of-a-kind façade was co-designed by architect Frank Gehry. The vocals were recorded with a classic Neumann U47 microphone by engineer Alejandro Leda at Soundspot Studio in the San Fernando Valley. The track was mastered by legendary Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood.
This is a non-album track added during the recording sessions for Christoph Bull's upcoming premiere recording of the Walt Disney Concert Hall Organ. For more information on this project, please visit www.christophbull.com and www.planetillogica.com/xoph.
Here's what the artist writes about his recording of "A Day In The Life":
"I’ve long considered “A Day In The Life” at the pinnacle of Beatles compositions, because it captures the spirits of both of the song’s writers, Lennon and McCartney. I enjoyed turning the contrast around somewhat by making McCartney’s bridge floaty and dreamy instead of bouncy as in the original recording on the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper album.
In selecting this song for an organ arrangement, I felt that the expansiveness of the Disney Hall organ lent itself to the expansiveness of the composition.
I premiered my arrangement live at my second Grand Avenue Festival performance. This festival is a cool recurring event in Downtown L.A. when the hall is open to the public who walk in off the street, free of charge. My collaborator, interpretive painter Norton Wisdom, created the picture attached to this single during this live performance at Disney Hall.
I chose John Lennon's 70th Birthday on October 9, 2010, as the release date for this single.
I'd love to turn you on/Happy Birthday John."
Christoph Bull, Los Angeles, September 2010