Let It Be...Naked - (Import CD)
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- Rock 'N' Roll
- Mono / Stereo
- The Beatles; George Martin; Alan Rouse; Guy Massey; Paul Hicks
- Let It Be [Let It Be... Naked]
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.
Personnel: Billy Preston (keyboards).
Audio Mixers: Alan Rouse; Guy Massey; Paul Hicks.
Liner Note Author: Kevin Howlett.
Recording information: 01/1969.
Editor: Kevin Howlett.
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.
- Country of Origin
- EMI Music Distribution
- The Beatles
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Get Back
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Dig a Pony
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] For You Blue
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Long and Winding Road
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Two of Us
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] I've Got a Feeling
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] One After 909
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Don't Let Me Down
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] I Me Mine
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Across the Universe
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Let It Be
- [ Disc 02 Track 01 ] A Fly on the Wall: Sun King / Don't Let Me Down / One After 909 / Because I Know You Love Me So / Don't Pass Me By / Taking A Trip To Carolina / John's Piano Piece / Child Of Nature / Back In The U.S.S.R. / Every Little Thing / Don't Let Me Down / Al
- Studio / Live
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..."
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