"Free as a Bird" is a single released by The Beatles in 1995. The song is 4:26 in length.
"Free as a Bird" was originally a song written by John Lennon after the breakup of The Beatles. The recording was never finished. After his death, Yoko Ono gave the remaining Beatles the unfinished tape. The Beatles reunited and completed the song. This was one of the two singles made during the "reunition" of The Beatles (the other being "Real Love").
The Beatles' overdubs were recorded in 1994, with producer Jeff Lynne. Lennon's singing in the song was originally off time, so it was fixed. The song features John Lennon singing lead, with Paul McCartney and George Harrison singing backup. "Free as a Bird" was released as a single along with The Beatles' compilation album, Anthology 1. The chorus was written by Paul McCartney. This version of the song got mixed reviews when released; some liked the concept, others felt it should have been untouched.
- John Lennon - lead vocal and piano
- Paul McCartney - piano, acoustic guitar, electric and 5-string bass, lead and backing vocal
- George Harrison - lead, acoustic and slide guitars and ukulele, backing vocal
- Ringo Starr - drums, percussion, and backing vocal
- Jeff Lynne - backing vocal during guitar solo
- Producers: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Jeff Lynne
- Engineer: Geoff Emerick