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Encyclopedia > Let It Be (album)
Let It Be
Let It Be cover
Studio album by The Beatles
Released 8 May 1970
Recorded Apple Studios, Savile Row
22 January 196931 January 1969
EMI Studios, Abbey Road
3 January 19704 January 1970
23 March 19701 April 1970
(overdubs)
Genre Rock
Length 35:13
Label Apple, EMI
Producer George Martin, Phil Spector
Professional reviews
The Beatles chronology
Abbey Road
(1969)
Let It Be
(1970)

Let It Be is the twelfth and final original album by The Beatles. It was released on 8 May 1970 by the band's own Apple Records label, shortly after the group's announced breakup. Let It Be may refer to: Let It Be by The Beatles: Let It Be (song) Let It Be (album) Let It Be… Naked, an alternative mix/mastered version of the album Let It Be (film) Let It Be (Replacements album), an album by The Replacements Let It Be (Laibach... Image File history File links Cover of The Beatles album Let It Be. ... A studio album is a collection of studio-recorded tracks by a recording artist. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... is the 128th day of the year (129th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Apple Studios were built in the basement of the Apple building at 3 Savile Row, London. ... Savile Row Savile Row 3 Savile Row, 2007 Savile Row occupies a quiet corner of Mayfair in central London near Bond Street and is famous for its mens bespoke tailoring. ... is the 22nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (number) 1969 (movie) 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (number) 1969 (movie) 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 4th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 82nd day of the year (83rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Apple Records logo, featuring a Granny Smith apple. ... For other uses, see EMI (disambiguation). ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... For other uses, see George Martin (disambiguation). ... Harvey Philip Spector (born December 26, 1939) is an American musician, songwriter and record producer. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music, owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links 4. ... Robert Christgau (born April 18, 1942), is an American essayist, music journalist, and the self-declared Dean of American Rock Critics.[1] In print, his name is sometimes abbreviated as Xgau. ... Q is a music magazine published monthly in the United Kingdom, with a circulation of 140,282 and a readership of 731,000. ... Image File history File links 5_stars. ... This article is about the magazine. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Back cover The back cover of the original 1969 UK LP. Note that Her Majesty is not listed, unlike later reissues and the compact disc version—originally making it a hidden track. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... is the 128th day of the year (129th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Apple Records logo, featuring a Granny Smith apple. ...


Most of Let It Be was recorded in January 1969, before the recording and release of the album Abbey Road. The Beatles were unhappy with the album and it was temporarily shelved. Let It Be was later 're-produced' by Phil Spector in 1970. Back cover The back cover of the original 1969 UK LP. Note that Her Majesty is not listed, unlike later reissues and the compact disc version—originally making it a hidden track. ... Harvey Philip Spector (born December 26, 1939) is an American musician, songwriter and record producer. ...

Contents

The "Get Back"/"Let It Be" sessions

By late 1968, Paul McCartney was eager for the Beatles to perform in public again, two years after they stopped touring. The group announced plans for three shows in December 1968 at the Roundhouse in north London. This did not come about, and the idea evolved for a single concert at an undecided location in January 1969. Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an Academy Award-winning English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ... The Roundhouse (under construction in 2005) The Roundhouse is an arts venue in London, England. ...


The group began rehearsals at Twickenham Studios on 2 January 1969. No multi-track recordings were made of these sessions, as the Beatles were rehearsing for the live show rather than attempting to record an album. (Despite this, there are widely available bootlegs taken from the mono recordings that were synchronized to the film cameras.) A number of possible locations for the live show were discussed during the Twickenham rehearsals, with the leading candidates being a Roman amphitheatre in North Africa or a cruise ship. At one point, Lennon sarcastically suggested that they perform in "an insane asylum".[1] Twickenham Film Studios located in London, England, is used by many television and film companies. ... is the 2nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (number) 1969 (movie) 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... A bootleg recording is a musical recording, distributed for profit or other financial compensation, that was not officially released by the artist (or their associated management or production companies), or under other legal authority. ... The Colosseum in Rome, Italy. ...


Everyone involved in the Twickenham rehearsals considered them to be disastrous. By the third day of rehearsal the group openly discussed whether they should break up. Lennon had all but withdrawn creatively from the Beatles, seldom contributing even to the arrangements of his own songs. Harrison was increasingly resentful; while he was treated respectfully by musical colleagues such as Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton, when working within the Beatles his songs usually were either derided or ignored. McCartney's attempts to hold the band together and rally spirits came across as controlling. The constant presence of Lennon's companion and artistic partner Yoko Ono -- who often spoke on Lennon's behalf as he sat silently by -- was a major source of tension. The intrusive film cameras and the cold, unfamiliar settings of Twickenham Studios also contributed to ill feelings. Finally, Harrison became fed up with Lennon's creative and communicative disengagement from the band, and on 10 January announced that he was "leaving the band now".[2] Within a few days Harrison was persuaded to return to the group, who moved to their own Apple Studios. This article is about the recording artist. ... Eric Patrick Clapton CBE (born 30 March 1945), nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. ... Yoko Ono Lennon (小野 洋子 Ono Yōko), born February 18, 1933) is a Japanese-American artist and musician. ...


Multi-track recording began when the group moved to Apple Studios on 22 January,[3] continuing until 31 January.[4] Harrison brought in keyboardist Billy Preston to ease tensions and supplement the band for the live performances. Preston worked with the Beatles from 22–31 January. is the 22nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... William Everett Preston (September 2, 1946 – June 6, 2006) was an American soul musician from Houston, Texas, raised mostly in Los Angeles, California. ...


The live concert idea culminated with the Beatles and Preston performing 30 January on the rooftop of the Beatles' Apple Building at 3 Savile Row before a small audience of friends and employees. The performance was cut short by the police after complaints about noise. Several of the songs recorded during the rooftop concert made it onto the final album, and the complete concert has circulated amongst bootleg collectors for many years. is the 30th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Apple Records logo, featuring a Granny Smith apple. ... Savile Row Savile Row 3 Savile Row, 2007 Savile Row occupies a quiet corner of Mayfair in central London near Bond Street and is famous for its mens bespoke tailoring. ... For other uses, see Bootleg. ...


The band played hundreds of songs during the Get Back/Let It Be sessions. Aside from original songs ultimately released on the Let It Be album were early versions of almost all of the songs that appeared on Abbey Road, including "Mean Mr. Mustard", "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window", "Sun King", "Polythene Pam", "Golden Slumbers", "Carry That Weight", "Something", "Maxwell's Silver Hammer", "Oh! Darling", "Octopus's Garden", and "I Want You (She's So Heavy)". Still others would eventually end up on Beatles solo albums, including John Lennon's "Jealous Guy" (called "On the Road to Marrakesh" at the time and originally written and rehearsed for the White Album) and "Gimme Some Truth", George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass" and "Hear Me Lord", and Paul McCartney's "Teddy Boy" and "Junk" (originally written for the White Album). Much of the band's attention was focused on extended jams on 12-bar blues as well as a broad range of covers. These included classical pieces such as Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings", jazz standards such as "Ain't She Sweet", and an encyclopedic array of songs from the early rock and roll era such as "Stand By Me", "Words of Love", "Bésame Mucho" by Mexican composer Consuelo Velázquez (a song that was part of The Beatles repertoire in the early days) and "Blue Suede Shoes". The rehearsals and recording sessions were filmed and formed the basis of the Beatles' film of same name. Back cover The back cover of the original 1969 UK LP. Note that Her Majesty is not listed, unlike later reissues and the compact disc version—originally making it a hidden track. ... Mean Mr. ... She Came In Through The Bathroom Window is a song written by Paul McCartney (although credited to Lennon-McCartney) and performed by The Beatles on their album Abbey Road. ... Sun King is a song by The Beatles that appeared on the Abbey Road album. ... Polythene Pam is the name of a song written by John Lennon (although credited to Lennon-McCartney) and performed by The Beatles on their final album, Abbey Road. ... Golden Slumbers is a song by The Beatles, part of the climactic medley on their 1969 album Abbey Road. ... Carry That Weight is a song by The Beatles. ... For other uses, see Something (disambiguation). ... Maxwells Silver Hammer is a song by The Beatles, from the Abbey Road album, with Paul McCartney singing lead. ... Oh! Darling is a song of The Beatles composed by Paul McCartney and appearing on the Abbey Road album in 1969. ... Octopuss Garden is a song written by Ringo Starr with some help from George Harrison, although it is credited solely to Starr. ... I Want You (Shes So Heavy) is a song by The Beatles, from their album Abbey Road. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Jealous Guy is a song written and performed by John Lennon which first appeared on his 1971 album Imagine. ... The White Album redirects here. ... Gimme Some Truth is a protest song written and performed by John Lennon from his 1971 album Imagine. ... For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ... Alternate cover Cover of 2001 remaster All Things Must Pass is a triple album by George Harrison recorded and released after the break-up of The Beatles. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an Academy Award-winning English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ... Teddy Boy is a song by The Beatles on Anthology 3Which has the chorusTed promised hed be twice as good and he knew he would. ... Junk is a song written by Paul McCartney in 1968 while The Beatles were in India. ... The White Album redirects here. ... Samuel Barber, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1944 Samuel Osborne Barber II (March 9, 1910 – January 23, 1981) was an American composer of classical music ranging from orchestral, to opera, choral, and piano music. ... Aint She Sweet was an American album featuring four tracks recorded in Hamburg in 1961 by The Beatles featuring Tony Sheridan (except for the title song with vocal by John Lennon) and cover versions of Beatles and British Invasion songs recorded by The Swallows. ... For other uses, see Stand by Me. ... Words of Love is a song by Buddy Holly covered by The Beatles on the album Beatles for Sale. ... Bésame Mucho is a Mexican song written in 1940 by Consuelo Velázquez before her sixteenth birthday. ... Consuelo Velázquez Consuelo Velázquez (1916?-January 22, 2005), was a Mexican songwriter. ... Blue Suede Shoes is a rock and roll standard written and first recorded by Carl Perkins in 1955. ... For the Taiwanese film whose foreign title translates to the same name, see 無米樂 Let It Be is a 1970 film about the Beatles rehearsing and recording songs for the album Let It Be in January 1969. ...


The Get Back albums

After increasing use of overdubs and multi-layered recordings on recent albums, there was at first a consensus to record the new album live. In keeping with the back-to-roots concept, the cover artwork was planned to be an update of the cover of their first album, Please Please Me, with the band looking down the stairwell of EMI's headquarters office block in Manchester Square, London. The photograph was later used on the compilation album 1967–1970 (aka The Blue Album). Les Paul, a pioneer of multi-track recording. ... This article is about the album. ... For other uses, see EMI (disambiguation). ... Manchester Square in the 1790s. ... This article or section includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ...


The Acetate

Engineer Glyn Johns put together a rough version of Get Back in March 1969, which included many of the same songs that made the final cut, plus McCartney's "Teddy Boy". The track listing for the acetate is:[5][6] Glyn Johns (born February 15, 1942 in Epsom, Surrey, England) is a recording engineer and record producer. ...


Side one

  1. "Get Back"
  2. "Teddy Boy"
  3. "Two of Us"
  4. "Dig a Pony"
  5. "I've Got a Feeling"

Get Back sessions, see Let It Be (album). ... Teddy Boy is a song by The Beatles on Anthology 3Which has the chorusTed promised hed be twice as good and he knew he would. ... Music sample ”Two of Us” Problems? See media help. ... Dig A Pony is a song by The Beatles, originally released on Let It Be, and later rereleased on Let It Be. ... Ive Got a Feeling is a song by The Beatles, from the 1970 album Let It Be. ...

Side two

  1. "The Long and Winding Road"
  2. "Let It Be"
  3. "For You Blue"
  4. "Don't Let Me Down"
  5. "Get Back (Reprise)"
  6. "The Walk"

Johns played the acetate for the Beatles, who were not really interested in the project any longer. At least one copy of the acetate made its way to America and was aired on local radio stations in Buffalo, New York, and Boston in September. Let It Be track listing The Long and Winding Road is a ballad written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon/McCartney) that originally appeared on The Beatles album Let It Be. ... Let It Be is a song written by Paul McCartney (although credited to Lennon/McCartney), and was released by The Beatles as a single in March 1970, and later the same year as the title track of their album, Let It Be. ... For You Blue was written by George Harrison for his wife Patti Boyd Harrison, who would be the subject of many of his love songs. ... For other uses, see Dont Let Me Down. ... In sound recording an acetate disc is a reference audio disc used during production of a gramophone record (e. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... Nickname: Location of Buffalo in New York State Coordinates: , Country State County Erie Government  - Mayor Byron Brown (D) Area  - City 52. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ...


The first Get Back album

In March 1969 John and Paul called Glyn Johns to EMI and offered him free rein to produce an album from the 'Get Back recordings.[7] Glyn booked time at Olympic Sound Studios between 3 April and 28 May to mix the album and presented the final banded master tape to the group on 28 May. The track listing[5]was: is the 93rd day of the year (94th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 148th day of the year (149th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 148th day of the year (149th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Cover of the aborted Get Back album. Mirroring the cover of the band’s first album, Please Please Me, was John Lennon’s idea.
Cover of the aborted Get Back album. Mirroring the cover of the band’s first album, Please Please Me, was John Lennon’s idea.
The Get Back album photo was later used for the 1973 greatest hits release 1967–1970.

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Side one

  1. "One After 909"
  2. "Rocker (Instrumental)"
  3. "Save the Last Dance for Me"
  4. "Don't Let Me Down"
  5. "Dig a Pony"
  6. "I've Got a Feeling"
  7. "Get Back"

One After 909 is a song by The Beatles, written primarily by John Lennon (credited to Lennon/McCartney) and originally released in 1970 (see 1970 in music) on the album Let It Be. ... Save the Last Dance for Me was a song by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, that was recorded in 1960 by the band The Drifters, who took it to #1 on the U.S. pop charts. ... For other uses, see Dont Let Me Down. ... Dig A Pony is a song by The Beatles, originally released on Let It Be, and later rereleased on Let It Be. ... Ive Got a Feeling is a song by The Beatles, from the 1970 album Let It Be. ... Get Back sessions, see Let It Be (album). ...

Side two

  1. "For You Blue"
  2. "Teddy Boy"
  3. ""Two of Us"
  4. "Maggie Mae"
  5. "Dig It"
  6. "Let It Be"
  7. "The Long and Winding Road"
  8. "Get Back (Reprise)"

The Get Back album was intended for release in July 1969, but its release was pushed back to September to coincide with the planned television special and theatrical film about the making of the album. In September, the album's release was pushed back to December because the Beatles had just recorded Abbey Road and wanted to release that album instead. By December the album had been shelved. For You Blue was written by George Harrison for his wife Patti Boyd Harrison, who would be the subject of many of his love songs. ... Teddy Boy is a song by The Beatles on Anthology 3Which has the chorusTed promised hed be twice as good and he knew he would. ... Music sample ”Two of Us” Problems? See media help. ... Maggie May is a traditional Liverpool folk song about a prostitute who robbed a sailor. ... Dig It is a song by The Beatles featured on their album Let It Be. ... Let It Be is a song written by Paul McCartney (although credited to Lennon/McCartney), and was released by The Beatles as a single in March 1970, and later the same year as the title track of their album, Let It Be. ... Let It Be track listing The Long and Winding Road is a ballad written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon/McCartney) that originally appeared on The Beatles album Let It Be. ... For the Taiwanese film whose foreign title translates to the same name, see 無米樂 Let It Be is a 1970 film about the Beatles rehearsing and recording songs for the album Let It Be in January 1969. ... Back cover The back cover of the original 1969 UK LP. Note that Her Majesty is not listed, unlike later reissues and the compact disc version—originally making it a hidden track. ...

  • "Rocker (Instrumental)", sometimes listed as "Link Track", was written by Lennon and McCartney.
  • "Save the Last Dance for Me" is the only cover song on the album; the song was written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, and made famous by The Drifters in 1960.

// In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Doc Pomus (January 27, 1925 - March 14, 1991) was an American blues singer and songwriter, active throughout the 20th century. ... Mort Shuman (November 12, 1936 _ November 2, 1991) was an American singer and songwriter. ... The Drifters are a long-lived American doo wop/R&B vocal group, originally formed by Clyde McPhatter (of Billy Ward & the Dominoes) in 1953. ...

The second Get Back album

On 15 December, The Beatles again approached Glyn Johns to produce an album from the 'Get Back' tapes but this time with the instruction that the songs must match those included in the as yet unreleased Get Back film. Between 15 December 1969 and 8 January 1970, new mixes were prepared. Johns' new mix omitted "Teddy Boy" as the song did not appear in the film (and also likely because McCartney had indicated to Johns that he had re-recorded the song for his upcoming McCartney album). It also added "Across the Universe" (a remix of the 1968 studio version) and "I Me Mine," on which only McCartney, Harrison and Starr performed (Lennon was on holiday at the time). "I Me Mine" was newly recorded, as it appeared in the film and no multi-track recording had yet been made. The track listing[5] is: is the 349th day of the year (350th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Glyn Johns (born February 15, 1942 in Epsom, Surrey, England) is a recording engineer and record producer. ... is the 349th day of the year (350th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (number) 1969 (movie) 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... is the 8th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... McCartney is the first solo album by Paul McCartney and was released in 1970. ... A remix is an alternative version of a song, different from the original version. ... I Me Mine is a Beatles song, written and sung by George Harrison. ...


Side one

  1. "One After 909"
  2. "Rocker (Instrumental)"
  3. "Save the Last Dance for Me"
  4. "Don't Let Me Down"
  5. "Dig a Pony"
  6. "I've Got a Feeling"
  7. "Get Back"
  8. "Let It Be"

Get Back sessions, see Let It Be (album). ...

Side two

  1. "For You Blue"
  2. "Two of Us"
  3. "Maggie Mae"
  4. "Dig It"
  5. "The Long and Winding Road"
  6. "I Me Mine"
  7. "Across the Universe"
  8. "Get Back (Reprise)"

The Beatles once again rejected the album. This article is about the song by The Beatles. ...


The released album

In March 1970 the session tapes were given to American producer Phil Spector, with McCartney's reluctant agreement. Spector worked on the tracks and compiled the eventually released album - by now entitled Let It Be. The album and the film with the same name were released on 8 May 1970; the Beatles had already broken up by that time. The movie captured on film the critical tensions within the band, and also included footage from the rooftop concert. The rooftop performance closed with the song "Get Back", and afterwards Lennon remarked, "I'd like to say 'thank you' on behalf of the group and ourselves, and I hope we passed the audition." The joke was added to the studio version of the song that appeared on the album. Harvey Philip Spector (born December 26, 1939) is an American musician, songwriter and record producer. ... For the Taiwanese film whose foreign title translates to the same name, see 無米樂 Let It Be is a 1970 film about the Beatles rehearsing and recording songs for the album Let It Be in January 1969. ... is the 128th day of the year (129th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Several songs from the recording sessions have been released officially in versions different to those on the Let It Be album. "Get Back"/"Don't Let Me Down" and "Let It Be" were released as singles in 1969 and 1970, respectively. "Across the Universe", a Lennon composition recorded in February 1968, was added to pad out his sparse contributions to the album, having previously been released as part of the World Wildlife Fund charity album No One's Gonna Change Our World. Interestingly neither version was at the originally recorded speed (the No One's Gonna Change Our World version being sped up and the Let It Be version being slowed down). The track appeared for the first time at its original speed on the Let It Be… Naked album in 2003. The Glyn Johns version of "The Long and Winding Road" was released in 1996 on The Beatles Anthology 3. This article is about the song by The Beatles. ... The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is an international non-governmental organization for the conservation, research and restoration of the natural environment, formerly named the World Wildlife Fund, which remains its official name in the United States and Canada. ... No Ones Gonna Change Our World was a charity album released in the UK on 12 December 1969 for the benefit of the World Wildlife Fund. ... No Ones Gonna Change Our World was a charity album released in the UK on 12 December 1969 for the benefit of the World Wildlife Fund. ... The negative of the cover Let It Be… Naked is a remastered and remixed version of the original session tapes from the 1970 Let It Be album by The Beatles, first released in November 2003 (see 2003 in music). ... The Beatles Anthology 3 was released in October 1996, and includes rarities and alternatives tracks from the final two years of their career as a band ranging from the initial sessions for the White Album through to the last sessions for Let It Be and Abbey Road in January 1970. ...


Six tracks were live performances, in accordance with the original album concept: "I've Got a Feeling", "One After 909", and "Dig a Pony" from the rooftop performance, and "Two of Us", "Dig It" and "Maggie Mae" from studio sessions. However, the album versions of "For You Blue", "I Me Mine", "Let It Be", "The Long and Winding Road" and "Get Back" featured editing, splicing, and overdubs. The twelfth track on the album was a slowed-down version of the original 1968 recording of "Across the Universe", which had only been rehearsed at Twickenham and not professionally recorded on multi-track tape during the January 1969 sessions.


McCartney was deeply dissatisfied with Spector's treatment of some songs, particularly "The Long and Winding Road". McCartney had conceived of the song as a simple piano ballad, but Spector dubbed in orchestral and choral accompaniment. McCartney unsuccessfully attempted to halt release of Spector's version of the song. He was fine with the orchestra, but the choir and harp he wanted to be removed. His bitterness over this was a contributing factor to his public announcement that he was leaving the Beatles shortly thereafter. Despite the criticisms leveled at Spector over the years for his handling of the material, Lennon defended him in his famous Playboy magazine interview ten years later, saying, "He was given the shittiest load of badly-recorded shit with a lousy feeling to it ever, and he made something of it." Playboy is an adult entertainment magazine, or pornography magazine, founded in 1953 by Hugh Hefner, which has grown into Playboy Enterprises, Inc. ...

The original box set packaging of Let It Be. It contained a 160 page booklet with photos and quotes from the film.
The original box set packaging of Let It Be. It contained a 160 page booklet with photos and quotes from the film.

In the UK, the album was originally issued by Apple (and distributed by EMI) in a lavish boxed set that also included a book featuring stills from the Let It Be film. Several months later, the album was reissued in Great Britain in a standard LP jacket, sans book. In America, the Let It Be album was issued in a standard jacket, without the book. The American release was also originally issued by Apple Records, but because United Artists distributed the film of the same name, United Artists also held the rights to distribute the record in America. (EMI subsidiary Capitol, which held the Beatles' US contract, had simultaneous rights to the music on the album, and could distribute the songs on various singles and compilation albums. Capitol, however, did not have the rights to release or distribute the actual album.) To indicate that Let It Be was not distributed by Capitol Records, the original record label in America sported a red apple, rather than the Beatles' usual green granny smith apple. In early 1976, when the Beatles' Apple Record contract expired, most of the group's catalogue in the United States transferred from Apple to Capitol; Let It Be, however, went out-of-print in America for three years. Then in 1979, Capitol/EMI purchased United Artists Records. With this acquisition, Capitol acquired the rights to two Beatles albums previously distributed in the United States by United Artists, Let It Be and the soundtrack album A Hard Day's Night. (As A Hard Day's Night had never been issued by Apple in the United States, it remained in print in America under the United Artists label when the Apple contract expired in 1976.) Shortly after acquiring United Artists Records, Capitol re-issued both Beatles albums under the Capitol imprint. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... A Hard Days Night by the Beatles (side one) - Parlophone yellow and black label A Hard Days Night is the third album by The Beatles, released in the UK on 10 July 1964 as the soundtrack to their first film of the same name. ...


Many other bands have parodied or imitated the Let It Be cover artwork, including Gorillaz on Demon Days, Poison on Look What the Cat Dragged In, Mötley Crüe on Shout at the Devil, and Death Breath on Let It Stink. For the Gorillazs self-titled debut album, see Gorillaz (album). ... Demon Days is the second studio album and a concept album[1] by Gorillaz, released on May 23, 2005 in the UK and on May 24 in the U.S.. Demon Days entered the UK charts at #1 and the US charts at #6, neatly outperforming the bands 2001... Poison is an American glam metal band which originally achieved popular success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. ... Look What the Cat Dragged In was the debut album of American glam metal band Poison. ... Mötley Crüe (pronounced Motley Crew) is an American heavy metal band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1980. ... Shout at the Devil is the second album by heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, released on September 26, 1983. ... Death Breath is a Swedish death metal band, featuring Nicke Andersson formerly of the death metal band Entombed, who wanted to return to playing death metal. ... Let It Stink is an EP by the band of the Death Breath. ...


Track listing

All songs by Lennon/McCartney, except where noted. The songwriting partnership of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, usually referred to as Lennon/McCartney (sometimes McCartney/Lennon), is one of the best-known and most successful musical collaborations of all time. ...


Side one

  1. "Two of Us" – 3:33
  2. "Dig a Pony" – 3:52
  3. "Across the Universe" – 3:47
  4. "I Me Mine" (Harrison) – 2:25
  5. "Dig It" (Lennon/McCartney/Starkey/Harrison) – 0:49
  6. "Let It Be" - 4:01
  7. "Maggie Mae" (Traditional arr. Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starkey) - 0:40

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Side two

  1. "I've Got a Feeling" – 3:37
  2. "One After 909" - 2:52
  3. "The Long and Winding Road" – 3:37
  4. "For You Blue" (Harrison) – 2:32
  5. "Get Back" – 3:07

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Cover versions

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Let It Be... Naked

Main article: Let It Be… Naked

At the same time the film's re-release was announced, McCartney announced plans to release a new version of the album that is closer to what the band had originally intended for the project. McCartney was particularly upset about the "Wall of Sound" treatment Spector had given to "The Long and Winding Road", and had previously rerecorded it on the solo album Give My Regards to Broad Street. The negative of the cover Let It Be… Naked is a remastered and remixed version of the original session tapes from the 1970 Let It Be album by The Beatles, first released in November 2003 (see 2003 in music). ... This article refers to the music production effect, the Wall of Sound. For other meanings of the term, please see Wall of Sound (disambiguation) Wall of Sound is the effect created by the music production techniques of record producer Phil Spector. ... (book cover) Give My Regards to Broad Street is the title of Paul McCartneys soundtrack album to his self-written film, both released in 1984. ...


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Track listing

All songs by Lennon-McCartney, except where noted. The songwriting credit Lennon/McCartney appears on all Beatles songs that were written by John Lennon and/or Paul McCartney. ...


Disc one

  1. "Get Back" - 2:34
  2. "Dig a Pony" - 3:28
  3. "For You Blue" (Harrison) - 2:27
  4. "The Long and Winding Road" - 3:34
  5. "Two of Us" - 3:21
  6. "I've Got a Feeling" - 3:30
  7. "One After 909" - 2:44
  8. "Don't Let Me Down" - 3:18
  9. "I Me Mine" (Harrison) - 2:21
  10. "Across the Universe" - 3:38
  11. "Let It Be" - 3:55

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Disc two

  1. "Fly on the Wall" - 8:42

An insight into the Beatles at work in rehearsal and in the studio during January 1969. The negative of the cover Let It Be… Naked is a remastered and remixed version of the original session tapes from the 1970 Let It Be album by The Beatles, first released in November 2003 (see 2003 in music). ...


Release history

Country Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom May 8, 1970 Apple Records LP box set PXS 1
United States 18 May 1970 Apple (Distributed by United Artists Records.) LP (Discontinued in the U.S. in early 1976, with expiration of the Apple Records contract.) AR 34001
United Kingdom 6 November 1970 Apple Records LP PCS 7096
United States March 1979 Capitol Records LP (Reissued in the U.S. after Capitol Records bought United Artists Records.) SW-11922
Worldwide reissue 19 October 1987 Apple, Parlophone, EMI CD CDP 7 46447 2
Japan 11 March 1998 Toshiba-EMI CD TOCP 51123
Japan 21 January 2004 Toshiba-EMI Remastered LP TOJP 60143

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Trivia

  • In one scene of Apollo 13, Jim Lovell's daughter Barbara complains about the Beatles breaking up, and slams a Let It Be LP into her record rack. Curiously, that scene takes place about a month before the album was released.

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See also

For the Taiwanese film whose foreign title translates to the same name, see 無米樂 Let It Be is a 1970 film about the Beatles rehearsing and recording songs for the album Let It Be in January 1969. ... Let It Be is a song written by Paul McCartney (although credited to Lennon/McCartney), and was released by The Beatles as a single in March 1970, and later the same year as the title track of their album, Let It Be. ...

References and notes

  1. ^ Suply and Schweighardt 136-138.
  2. ^ Sulpy and Schweighardt 169
  3. ^ Sulpy and Schweighardt 205.
  4. ^ Sulpy and Schweighardt 305.
  5. ^ a b c Lewisohn, Mark (1988). The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions. Hamlyn Publishing Group. ISBN 0-600-55784-7.
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ Lewisohn, Mark (1996). The Complete Beatles Chronicle. Chancellor Press. ISBN 0-7607-0327-2.

Further reading

  • Get Back: The Unauthorized Chronicle of the Beatles "Let it Be" Disaster, by Doug Sulpy and Ray Schweighardt. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 1999. ISBN 0-312-19981-3. An exhaustive analysis of all the surviving session tapes.

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