The title track is definitely better on the original album release. It sounds like the entire band is there, and the guitar solo is so much better than the little ditty on Naked. Most of the original release is better, and that's an opinion I've reached after all of these years not listening to it. Now when I compare the two, they really did get it right the first time, it seems. Very few glitches to that. But, both are enjoyable and have great merit. Yeah, get both.
I like them both for different reasons. Somewhere between the two is a "perfect" edition, with the best of both versions represented, but I'm not sure we'll ever get to that album. The Spector version is extremely overproduced on certain songs and the final mix was compressed within an inch of its life. On the other hand, the Naked edition opens up some interesting remixing possibilities, but also illustrates the flaws inherent in some of the songs, which actually do seem a little too naked without some of the Spector overdubs. Quite a headscratcher ... !
GET BACK was the album that the Beatles originally intended. It was never released. LET IT BE was the album we got. It has its moments. LET IT BE NAKED is revisionist crap. It is nowhere near as good as the original release. Avoid it.
Get back (single version) I dig a poney (let it be) For you blue (let it be naked) Two of us (let it be naked) Let it be (let it be) Maggie May (let it be) One after 909 (let it be naked) I got a feeling (let it be naked) Don't let me down (single version) I Me Mine (let it be Naked) Across the Universe (let it be) The long and widding road (let it be)
ksrp...it all depends how big of a fan you are. They both have pros and cons BUT, if you're going after strictly sound quality, Naked is the way to go...it still sounds better than the current remaster of the original album.
As much as I love the original album (I played my old LP to death) I think the crisp clean sound of Naked (also Love and Yellow Sub songtrack) is how the 2009 remasters should have been done. I just played Across the Universe and the Naked version is so nice. It is stripped down to bare basics and is very nice. I guess the original poster "ksrp" has bought the CD he wants by now but as "James R. Upchurch" says get both of them. I say get them both.
I have the original bootleg called Get Back which is another alternative. The CD says "The Martin Mix". It lacks "Across the Universe", "I Me Mine" and "Maggie Mae". It has the full version of "Dig It" (4 minutes long) and "Teddy Boy" (which Lennon turns into a square dance) and no Phil Spector. It has lots of Beatles chatter and snippets of other songs like "Save the Last Dance For Me". Many of the tracks are alternate versions. It sounds like a rehersal which is what it was. The whole project was supposed to be a document of them recording new songs in the studio live and it sounds like it, very raw. The cover photo is the one re-used for the blue album compilation.