Let It Be (Remastered) CD (2009)

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Label Capitol Records
SKU 210982170
UPC 094638247227
UPC 14 00094638247227
Format CD
Release Date 9/9/2009
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Author Beatles
Compilation Appearance Best Of George Harrison
Compilation Appearance In The Beginning
Compilation Appearance Gold:british Invasion
Compilation Appearance The Us Vs John Lennon
Compilation Appearance Billboard Top 10 Karaoke:70's Vol 3
Compilation Appearance Billboard Top 10 Karaoke Box Set Vol
Compilation Appearance Billboard 1970'S Top 40 Karaoke Box S
Compilation Appearance Billboard 1960'S Top 40 Karaoke Box S
Compilation Appearance 62 British Hit Parade:b Sides Pt3 Sep
Compilation Appearance 62 British Hit Parade:pt3 Sept-dec
Associated Artist/Work #1 Hit Songs Cover Band
Associated Artist/Work 101 Strings
Associated Artist/Work 101 Strings (Orchestra)
Associated Artist/Work 101 Strings Orchestra
Associated Artist/Work 12 Cellists Of Berlin Philharmo
Associated Artist/Work 12 Cellists Of Berlin...
Technical Info
Engineer Glyn Johns; Geoff Emerick
Producer Phil Spector
CatalogID 3824722
Lable Name Apple Corps
Released 09/08/2009
Original Release 1970
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code AAD
Length 35m : 13s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Mixed
UPC 00094638247227
Musical Guests
Billy Preston
Album Notes and Credits
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).
Personnel: Billy Preston (keyboards).
Audio Mixer: Peter Bown.
Audio Remasterers: Sam O'Kell; Steve Rooke; Guy Massey.
Recording information: 02/1968-04/1970.
Photographer: Ethan Russell.
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 work, but did not work with the band as a unit, as George Martin and Glyn Johns had on the sessions themselves; Spector's work was limited to mixing and some overdubs. 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 layers of strings and female choruses. Although most of the album, then, has a live-in-the-studio feel, the main problem was that the material wasn't uniformly strong, and that the Beatles themselves were in fairly lousy moods due to inter-group tension. All that said, the album is on the whole underrated, even discounting the fact that a sub-standard Beatles record is better than almost any other group's best work. McCartney in particular offers several gems: the gospelish "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 superior string-less, choir-less version was finally released on Anthology Vol. 3). 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. ~ Richie Unterberger
Professional 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..."
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..."
Artist Bio
The Beatles"I have never seen anything like it. Nor heard any noise to approximate the ceaseless, frantic, hysterical scream which met the Beatles when they took the stage after what seemed a hundred years of earlier acts. All very good, all marking time, because no one had come for anything other than the Beatles...Then the theatre went wild. First aid men and police -- men in the stalls, women mainly in the balcony -- taut and anxious, patrolled the aisles, one to every three rows.Many girls fainted. Thirty were gently carried out, protesting in their hysteria, forlorn and wretched in an unrequited love for four lads who might have lived next door.The stalls were like a nightmare March Fair. No one could remain seated. Clutching each other, hurling jelly babies at the stage, beating their brows, the youth of Britain's second city surrendered themselves totally."- Derek Taylor (From his book Fifty Years Adrift)
Disc 1
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, The
11 For You Blue
12 Get Back
13 Let It Be Mini
Product Attributes
Artist Beatles
Label Capitol Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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