Let It Be Roberta: Roberta Flack Sings the Beatles

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The Beatles' song catalog is one of the best-known and revered bodies of work in the whole of modern music, and the depth, variety, and timelessness of the songs this once-in-a-lifetime band produced make that catalog both a marvel and a treasure. Everyone knows these songs, and everyone knows them in the original Beatles versions. Those versions are there, shining in stone, and even when they show up in remixes like in the recent LOVE mashup, the original recordings echo unshakably in the mind. Roberta Flack knows this. On Let It Be Roberta: Roberta Flack Sings the Beatles, she tackles 12 of the group's songs -- 11 written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and one ...
See more details below
CD
$14.75
BN.com price
(Save 7%)$15.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (CD)
  • All (6) from $12.74   
  • New (6) from $12.74   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The Beatles' song catalog is one of the best-known and revered bodies of work in the whole of modern music, and the depth, variety, and timelessness of the songs this once-in-a-lifetime band produced make that catalog both a marvel and a treasure. Everyone knows these songs, and everyone knows them in the original Beatles versions. Those versions are there, shining in stone, and even when they show up in remixes like in the recent LOVE mashup, the original recordings echo unshakably in the mind. Roberta Flack knows this. On Let It Be Roberta: Roberta Flack Sings the Beatles, she tackles 12 of the group's songs -- 11 written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and one written by George Harrison -- and she knows full well that she's dealing with the ghosts of the original versions. She knows, and she addresses it by reconfiguring the 12 songs she's chosen to sing into fascinating new shapes and arrangements, not exactly escaping the original versions, but giving them a fresh new direction by jazzy shifts in the melodies, and pinning them to inventive and very contemporary rhythms and recording techniques. Flack doesn't treat songs like "In My Life," "We Can Work It Out," and "I Should Have Known Better" like they're made of museum glass, and because of it, she stretches them into interesting new corners. Not everything works -- Flack singing "Come Together" could never have been a good idea -- but what does work, and that's most of what's here, brings these Beatles songs delightfully into the 21st century. Even though the ghosts of the original versions still echo here, they support rather than derail what Flack does with them.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/7/2012
  • Label: 429 Records
  • UPC: 795041785220
  • Catalog Number: 17852
  • Sales rank: 136,416

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 In My Life (4:09)
  2. 2 Hey Jude (3:11)
  3. 3 We Can Work It Out (4:02)
  4. 4 Let It Be (4:15)
  5. 5 Oh Darling (4:38)
  6. 6 I Should Have Known Better (3:14)
  7. 7 The Long & Winding Road (4:08)
  8. 8 Come Together (4:39)
  9. 9 Isn't It a Pity (3:41)
  10. 10 If I Fell (3:24)
  11. 11 And I Love Him (3:50)
  12. 12 Here, There, and Everywhere (6:16)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roberta Flack Primary Artist, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Barry Miles Keyboards
Bernard Wright Keyboards
Jerry Barnes Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals
Dean Brown Guitar
Shedrick Mitchell Keyboards
Morris Pleasure Keyboards
Vivian Sessoms Background Vocals
Bernard Sweetney Drums
Buddy Williams Drums
Charlie Drayton Drums
David Williams Bass
Sherrod Barnes Bass, Guitar, Strings, Drums, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Chris Parks Drums
Selan Lerner Keyboards
Nicholas Branker Bass
Ricardo Jordan Drums
Katreece Barnes Background Vocals
Tameka Simone Background Vocals
Paul Lassiter Strings
Nathan Page Guitar
Kuhari Parker Drums
Technical Credits
Roberta Flack Arranger, Producer, Executive Producer
George Harrison Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Barry Miles Arranger, Producer
Jerry Barnes Arranger, Producer
Steve Weeder Engineer
Jason Goldstein Engineer
Chris Athens Mastering
David Alan Kogut Art Direction
Sherrod Barnes Arranger, Producer
Brian Montgomery Engineer
Chris Parks Engineer
Ray Hendrickson Engineer
Blake W Ellison Cover Art
Suzanne Koga Management
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously