Let It Be [Remastered]

Let It Be [Remastered]

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by The Beatles
     
 

The only Beatles album to occasion negative, even hostile reviews, there are few other rock records as controversial as Let It Be. First off, several facts need to be explained: although released in May 1970, this was not their final album, but largely recorded in early 1969, way before Abbey Road. Phil Spector was…  See more details below

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The only Beatles album to occasion negative, even hostile reviews, there are few other rock records as controversial as Let It Be. First off, several facts need to be explained: although released in May 1970, this was not their final album, but largely recorded in early 1969, way before Abbey Road. Phil Spector was enlisted in early 1970 to do some post-production mixing and overdubs, but he did not work with the band as a unit. And, although his use of strings has generated much criticism, by and large he left the original performances to stand as is: only "The Long and Winding Road" and (to a lesser degree) "Across the Universe" and "I Me Mine" get the Wall of Sound treatment. The main problem was that the material wasn't uniformly strong, and that the Beatles themselves were in fairly lousy moods due to intergroup tension. All that said, the album is on the whole underrated, even discounting the fact that a substandard Beatles record is better than almost any other group's best work. McCartney in particular offers several gems: the gospel-ish "Let It Be," which has some of his best lyrics; "Get Back," one of his hardest rockers; and the melodic "The Long and Winding Road," ruined by Spector's heavy-handed overdubs. The folky "Two of Us," with John and Paul harmonizing together, was also a highlight. Most of the rest of the material, by contrast, was going through the motions to some degree, although there are some good moments of straight hard rock in "I've Got a Feeling" and "Dig a Pony." As flawed and bumpy as it is, it's an album well worth having, as when the Beatles were in top form here, they were as good as ever. [In November 2003, the Beatles released an alternate version of Let It Be called Let It Be... Naked, which mixed out Spector's contributions and deleted snippets of conversation scattered throughout the album. "Dig It" and "Maggie Mae" were cut from the record in favor of "Don't Let Me Down," which was placed in the middle of an album that now had a considerably different sequencing than the originally released version of Let It Be.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2009
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0094638247227
catalogNumber:
82472
Rank:
3177

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Tracks

  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. The Long And Winding Road
  11. For You Blue
  12. Get Back
  13. Let It Be Documentary

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Let It Be [Remastered] 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
awesome amazing album by the beatles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Heavyoak More than 1 year ago
recommended!
historianWI More than 1 year ago
Some music snobs like to cut this album down and fault Phil Spector for overproduction. He did a great job of helping to refine, enhance and finish some great raw material by four good musicians who were too childish and self-centered to get along at this stage of their career.He should be given credit for finishing the job. After hearing the "naked" versions of these songs, we should admit that the strings Spector added to Across the Universe and the Long and Winding Road added to the beauty of the music. Although Ringo was the only Beatle not on an ego trip in the late 60's, George Harrison has one of his most thoughtful chord progressions here on I Me Mine, and the song Two of Us provides a refreshing duet where Paul and John are working together like a team. Let It Be has a much more finished sound than the sloppy White Album, and the lyrics are better than much of Abbet Road. There is no way to top earlier albums from the 60's like Revolver, or the Beach boys Pet Sounds or the 5D album by the Byrds. However, this album is much more musical than any of the garbage that other bands have called music since then. Phil Spector and all 4 of the Beatles deserve respect for working together to make Let It Be one of the best but underestimated albums to end the 60's.
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