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3.0 out of 5 stars Let It Be - Better 'Naked', 2 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Let It Be (Audio CD)
This is the Beatles project that documents the group falling apart better than any other. There had been tension the year before during 'The White Album' sessions, and there would be strange, weary resignation during 'Abbey Road', yet somehow it didn't show itself on those records. With 'Let It Be', we had the movie as well, so we could see how tired and sometimes bored the group looked, and the long, unwilling sessions that eventually yielded this album.

John only wanted to be with Yoko ; George got pissed off with Paul again, and Ringo patiently tried to do his job. When they heard what they had recorded, they shelved it. So what we finally got was Phil Spector's weird mish-mash of 'live and raw but with strings and choirs dubbed on'.

Many years later, with the benefit of today's technology, the album was scrubbed down, finally resequenced to sound like an album, shorn of a few bits of chat and throwaway jams and released as 'Let It Be Naked'. And for me, that's the one to go for.
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Initial post: 30 Dec 2011 14:34:01 GMT
"Lord Croxley" sums things up pretty well. "Let it be - naked" is the one to have. Basically it's Paul's album the way it should have been originally. Paul was the only one with any enthusiasm for the project so it's no surprise that when he was left alone to sort it out many years later, he made a better job of it. obviously any Beatles fan is gonna need both albums and any beatles fan will love both. I suppose you would say that "Let it be" needs a bit of time to appreciate. It's a "grower" rather than the instant gratification that people seem to require these days.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Feb 2012 18:36:44 GMT
I agree - the stripped-back version of the album is more cohesive and...real? An eerie document of a band in near-meltdown. By the time the Let it Be tapes were handed over to Phil Spector virtually everyone was sick of it (the fact they were given to Spector without even McCartney willing to cast his usual beady eye over the proceedings says it all) and McCartney - whose brainchild it originally was as you rightly say - wanted the eventual 1970 release date altered so it didn't clash with the release of his solo album.

Posted on 16 Mar 2014 20:47:30 GMT
I prefer the "Get Back" album myself
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