The Beatles Let It Be

Let It Be
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  • Label: Capitol

Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - 12/11/03, p.116
Ranked #86 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "...Some of the strongest rockers and most poignant ballads in their entire canon..."
Rolling Stone - 12/11/03, p.207
3 stars out of 5 - "...It's nice to have the sparer rendition of 'Across the Universe' that Lennon recorded, and the sonic improvements to the album as a whole are undeniable..."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/12/01, p.36
Ranked #45 in EW's "100 Best Movie Soundtracks" - "...Beautifully explores a nostalgia for simpler times - theirs 'and' ours..."
Entertainment Weekly - 11/21/03, pp.81-2
"...Some of these changes are for the better. The sonic clarity is welcome and the revamped album concludes, as the original should have, with the title track, one of the most moving songs McCartney ever wrote..." - Rating: B+
Mojo (Publisher) - 12/03, p.134
5 stars out of 5 - "[T]he cleaning up, editing and re-sequencing has brought out a warmth and depth of colour we've not heard before..."


  • 1.Two of Us
  • 2.Dig a Pony
  • 3.Across the Universe
  • 4.I Me Mine
  • 5.Dig It
  • 6.Let It Be
  • 7.Maggie Mae
  • 8.I've Got a Feeling
  • 9.One After 909
  • 10.Long and Winding Road
  • 11.For You Blue
  • 12.Get Back

Product Description:

LET IT BE...NAKED contains a FLY ON THE WALL bonus disc including song rehearsals and conversation snatches.
The Beatles: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr.
Additional personnel: Billy Preston (keyboards).
Includes liner notes by Kevin Howlett and interview excerpts with The Beatles
from the original LET IT BE book.
This reissue of LET IT BE has been digitally re-mastered. It comes packaged with replicated original U.K. album art, an expanded booklet containing original and newly written liner notes, and rare photos. Limited quantities of the CD are embedded with a brief documentary film about the album.
The Beatles: Paul McCartney (vocals, guitar, piano, bass instrument); John Lennon, George Harrison (vocals, guitar); Ringo Starr (drums).
Additional personnel: Billy Preston (keyboards).
Audio Mixer: Peter Bown.
Audio Remasterers: Sam Okell; Steve Rooke; Guy Massey.
Recording information: 02/1968-04/1970.
Photographer: Ethan Russell.
In its original form, LET IT BE signaled the end of an era, closing the book on the Beatles, as well as literally and figuratively marking the end of the '60s. The 1970 release evolved from friction-filled sessions the Beatles intended to be an organic, bare-bones return to their roots. Instead, the endless hours of tapes were eventually handed over to Phil Spector, since neither the quickly splintering Beatles nor their longtime producer George Martin wanted to sift through the voluminous results.
LET IT BE... NAKED sets the record straight, revisiting the contentious sessions, stripping away the Spectorian orchestrations, reworking the running order, and losing all extemporaneous in-studio banter. On this version of the album, filler tracks ("Dig It," "Maggie Mae") are dropped, while juicy b-side "Don't Let Me Down" is added. The most obvious revamping is on the songs handled heavily by Spector. Removing the orchestrations from "The Long and Winding Road" and "Across the Universe" gives Paul McCartney's vocals considerably more resonance on the former, doing the same for John Lennon's voice and guitar on the latter. This alternate take on LET IT BE enhances the album's power, reclaiming the raw, unadorned quality that was meant to be its calling card from the beginning.

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  • Sales Rank: 92,172
  • UPC: 094638247227
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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