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Let It Be

ReplacementsAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 22, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino / Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B0014IH1OK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,102 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Will Dare
2. Favorite Thing
3. We're Comin' Out
4. Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out
5. Androgynous
6. Black Diamond
7. Unsatisfied
8. Seen Your Video
9. Gary's Got a Boner
10. Sixteen Blue
11. Answering Machine
12. 20th Century Boy
13. Perfectly Lethal (Outtake)
14. Tempatation Eyes (Outtake)
15. Answering Machine Listen Listen
16. Heartbeat-It's a Lovebeat (Outtake Rough Mix)
17. Sixteen Blue (Outtake Alternate Vocal )

Editorial Reviews

Rhino'sRemastered and expanded Deluxe Edition includes six bonus tracks five of them previously unreleased. The Replacements last album for Twin/Tone before signing with Sire, 1984's Let It Be is widely hailed as not just one of the group's career best, but also as an across the boards alt-rock masterpiece. It is anchored by the all-time 'Mats' classics 'I Will Dare,' 'Androgynous,' 'Sixteen Blue,' 'Unsatisfied' and 'Answering Machine,' and definitive performances throughout by the band's legendary founding line-up: lead singer/songwriter and guitarist Paul Westerberg, Chris Mars (drums) and brothers Bob and Tommy Stinson (guitar and bass, respectively).

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you will dare, I will dare! May 10, 2004
Damn, man. Albums don't get any closer to perfect than this one.
"Let it Be" is so dead-on, it makes me want to cry. It's deeply satisfying, even as it throws curves at you from all sides. What kind of punk band opens their album with a pop song? What kind offers blistering hardcore, then slows the tempo and throws in a piano? What kind captures teendom better than John Hughes ever did (and Hughes is the MAN) with "Sixteen Blue?" Who else could make a punk mantra from the lines "Seen your video/You don't wanna know?" And who would end an album with a solo acoustic song - except that's no acoustic, it's a beautifully distorted Fender?
"Let it Be" is a truly transcendent album. The individual songs are all magnificent - not a sour track, or even a sour moment, among them - but there's something more. It creates its own energy, its own aura. These kids were making music in their early 20s that not only sounds brand-new and timeless, but it still speaks to this balding 33-year-old.
So much post-punk, including some work by the 'Mats, was and is monstrously overhyped. "Let it Be" cannot be hyped enough. It can't be labeled, either. It's music, rock and roll. In a legacy of outstanding and important albums by the Replacements and Westerberg, "Let it Be" is the best - which makes it one of the best of all time.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't get much better than this December 31, 2005
Truly one of the greatest American rock bands of the 1980s, the Replacements spent much of their career just under the radar of the consciousness of the mainstream. While the band built up a loyal following throughout the Reagan years, the 'Mats never broke through the way other college favorites like REM or The Red Hot Chili Peppers did. While the band offered some of the best music of the decade and while they were later signed to a major label and even appeared on Saturday Night Live, true recognition and praise eluded them in their day. But while the band never managed to enjoy a real cross-over hit with the mainstream, they remained a cult favorite throughout their existence.

The `Mats early albums boasted raucous punk that was authentic and memorable, but a far cry away from the best work the band would offer. While the Minneapolis quartet's first three releases "Sorry Ma, I forgot to take out the Trash," (1981) "Stink" EP (1982) and "Hootenanny" (1983) showed much promise, it was the band's fourth album "Let it Be," (1984) that saw the band reach their full potential. The Replacements "Holy Trinity" of albums, "Let it Be," "Tim," (1985) and "Pleased to Meet Me" (1987) saw singer/songwriter Paul Westerberg blossom as a writer, churning out his most memorable work.

While "Let it Be" has the punk aesthetics of its predecessors, the songs are more refined and crafted. While "Let it Be" isn't overtly commercial or has any singles that scream "HIT" written on them, the album was up to this point the band's most assessable offering. To get right to the point, "Let it Be" is just a great album. Track after track, each song is memorable and well structured with an infectious hook, killer groove and keen sense of melody.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Like the 'Mats themselves, a mixed bag April 30, 2008
By srellek
Format:Audio CD
For those of us hoping that the Ryko/Rhino would give the Replacements the same treatment they gave Elvis Costello, LET IT BE and their other reissues are something of a disappointment.

The sound is great, no question. But there are two main shortcomings. One of which has rightly been noted already: there is too much wasted room on these discs. With all the boots extant from throughout the 'Mats career, there is a literal goldmine of material out there that could have been included to get these timings closer to 80 minutes -- and, more importantly, give a more complete picture of what the Replacements were all about. Without some chunk of concurrent live material, there is something important missing. For those of us lucky to have seen the band live over the years, that void is all the more glaring.

Second, the liner notes are mediocre to downright bad. There are some great bits from Peter Jesperson. The LIB essay is a navel-staring disaster. How anyone could have let that stand as a "tribute" to one of the greatest albums in rock history is beyond me. Again, unlike the gold standard that both Ryko and certainly Rhino had set with their reissues of Costello's work, there is absolutely no input from the artists themselves. No words/thoughts/remembrances from Paul, Tommy, or Chris. And maybe this was their choice. But it certainly makes for a less-than-definitive reissue of this work.

The music does sound great. Bottom line. And I don't mind paying a little more for a great repackaging of important music -- and both Ryko and Rhino have done this very well in the past. Unfortunately, this effort doesn't live up to that same standard.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Was there a better 80's rock band than the Mats? July 28, 2000
By Mike D
Format:Audio CD
How this band seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle of 80's rock and roll I don't know. It was the Replacements, along with Husker Du and REM, that kept the late 70's-early 80's punk spirit alive until Nirvana forced it down all of our throats again in the 90's. And this was their best album. Clocking in at under 40 minutes, the Mats blitz through 11 songs ranging from pop-rock ("I Will Dare", "Favorite Thing") to punk ("We're Comin' Out") to ballads ("Unsatisfied", "Sixteen Blue"). Perhaps the most redeeming quality of Let It Be is its healthy sense of humor. A straight up cover of Kiss - "Black Diamond" is one of the album's finer moments. Thrashing guitar carries "Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out" and "Gary's Got a Boner", easily the most fun songs on the album. Paul Westerberg solidifies himself as one of the best songwriters of his generation - both for his tongue-in-cheek pop songs and the inciteful ballads. Lyrics don't have to be deep or metaphoric, just honest. This is probably one of the 10 best rock albums ever made, and easily one of the most underrated. The Replacements are a band that every rock fan should discover.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good album
This is another famous Replacements album. I like it. But their first album is better. At the time, this album must've been pretty awesome to hear. But it sounds kind of dated. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Adam Taylor
1.0 out of 5 stars Review of Rhino 2008 Reissue
There are a lot of reviews with different aims for this album, but this one concerns the SOUND QUALITY of the Rhino Reissue of Let It Be. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Robert Drucker
5.0 out of 5 stars twin cities marvel
I've always felt that this was truly the Replacements finest album--the best collection of Westerberg's songs put on tape. Read more
Published 14 months ago by N. Babineau
1.0 out of 5 stars The sellout that homogenized Mats into trash.
Well, as the title states, this was the beginning of the end of a once great band. Replacements put out a few amazing records that epitomized hardcore/punk-ish emo/indie from... Read more
Published 17 months ago by s.m.
1.0 out of 5 stars The sellout that homogenized Mats into trash.
Well, as the title states, this was the beginning of the end of a once great band. Replacements put out a few amazing records that epitomized hardcore/punk-ish emo/indie from... Read more
Published 17 months ago by s.m.
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest emotion.
When The Replacements released Let It Be in October of 1984, it suprised many as both a big leap forward for the band and as a record of raw, heartfelt emotion. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Michael
4.0 out of 5 stars still a master blaster
Many, if not most, fans of this band would rate this as their favorite Replacements album. Great energy, but more importantly, great songs. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mats!
I wore this LP , yes I said LP? , out many years ago and was quite content to just be able to find a fresh , new CD that I could also potentially wear out? Read more
Published on December 30, 2011 by betsyreed
5.0 out of 5 stars The Replacements are the pinnacle of Rock!!!
This band has put out more great music than the vast majority of bands in music history! This album is no exception. Read more
Published on October 20, 2011 by Fact Not Opinion
5.0 out of 5 stars The best album I've ever heard
Having acquired a copy from a friend without ever really listening to it, I "discovered" Let it Be shortly after I got dumped for the very first time. Read more
Published on July 6, 2011 by Adam Trovillion
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