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Beatles – Let It Be (2012 Reissue on 180g Vinyl – Features the 2009 Digital Remasters)

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This album has been prepared using the 2009 digital remasters which had been created from the original stereo analogue master tapes.

Let It Be is the twelfth and final studio album by the Beatles. It was released on 8 May 1970, almost a month after the group’s break-up, in tandem with the motion picture of the same name. Like most of the band’s previous releases, the album topped record charts in many countries, including both the US and the UK. However, the critical response was generally unfavourable, and Let It Be came to be regarded as one of the most controversial rock albums in history.

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The Beatles – Let It Be (2012 Reissue on 180g Vinyl – Features the 2009 Digital Remasters)

Rehearsals began at Twickenham Film Studios in January 1969 as part of a planned documentary showing the Beatles’ return to live performance. Paul McCartney conceived the project as an attempt to reinvigorate the band by returning to simpler rock and roll configurations. The filmed rehearsals were marked by ill feeling, leading to George Harrison’s temporary departure from the group. As a condition of his return, the members reconvened at their own Apple Studio with guest keyboardist Billy Preston. The project then yielded a single public concert held impromptu on the studio’s rooftop on 30 January, from which three of the album’s tracks were drawn.

In April 1969, the Beatles issued the single Get Back, after which engineer Glyn Johns prepared and submitted mixes of the album – then titled Get Back and subsequently rejected – that were widely bootlegged before release. From then, the project lay in limbo as they moved onto the recording of Abbey Road, released that September. By then, John Lennon had departed the group. In January 1970, the remaining Beatles finished the album with the completion of Let It Be and I Me Mine. The former was issued as a single in March 1970, and like all the album’s recording to this point, was produced by George Martin.

Get Back was ultimately assembled under the title of Let It Be by the American producer Phil Spector in early 1970. He omitted Don’t Let Me Down (the B-side of the Get Back single) and instead included a 1968 take of Across the Universe. Spector also applied orchestral and choir overdubs to four tracks; these additions offended McCartney, particularly in the case of The Long and Winding Road.

Track Listing

Side One

  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

Side Two

  1. I've Got a Feeling
  2. One After 909
  3. The Long and Winding Road
  4. For You Blue
  5. Get Back