The Friends theme song is getting a re-recording. This time around, it’s by The London Metropolitan Orchestra at Abbey Road. 50 years after The Beatles recorded there, “I’ll Be There for You” is going to be re-recorded, Beatles-style for the show’s 25th anniversary.
I’ll Be There for You (Friends 25th Anniversary – Orchestral Version) is available to stream/download now on various platforms.
The new rendition of the show’s theme song is produced and arranged by Grammy winner Giles Martin, son of legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin. Giles has remixed several albums from The Beatles, including The Beatles (“The White Album”), Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and 1. He also lent his expertise to the Ron Howard film Eight Days a Week, Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison: Living in a Material World, and A Hard Day’s Night. Additionally, he collaborated with his father on co-producing the live show and album release for The Beatles/Cirque du Soleil show Love, for which they won two Grammys — Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media, and Best Surround Sound Album.
According to Giles, The London Metropolitan Orchestra’s orchestral version of the theme song “takes inspiration from The Beatles. We feel privileged to be brought into the world of Friends and add a bit of fun to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the series.” Continued Giles, “Life throws different things at you, and much like Abbey Road, the legacy of which has lasted for generations, so has Friends. It further proves that although generations shift and age, things like Friends stay the same. You can go back to it and enjoy it the same way you always did.”
The song was recorded with 74 members of the London Metropolitan Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios on September 2, 2019, where it was also mixed and mastered in just three total days. The famous “Mrs Mills” piano, named after performer/pianist Gladys Mills and sometimes used by The Beatles, was used for the recording.
The new version of the song was produced and arranged by Martin, orchestrated and arranged by James Seymour Brett, Recorded and mixed by Sam Okell, assisted by Stefano Civetta, Dan Hayden and Jack Cheetham. The orchestra was conducted by James Seymour Brett.
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