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Let It Be

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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).

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 )

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 22, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino / Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B0014IH1OK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,641 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By M. Casarino on 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 By Daniel Ferguson-Maltzman on 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 By srellek on April 30, 2008
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S. Ware on February 10, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Let me get this out of the way: "Let it Be" by the Replacements is a transcendent album that is easily one of the best of the decade. It's a seminal album, one that would play a huge role in the music that would come in the decade to follow. Anyone even remotely interested in '80s alternative music should seek out "Let it Be," along with Husker Du's "New Day Rising," Sonic Youth's "Daydream Nation," and the Pixies' "Surfer Rosa."

Having said that, this isn't so much a review of the music itself as it is the 2008 reissue. Simply put, this is an incredibly lazy reissue, and I'm shocked that so few people have called out Rhino and Rykodisc on it.

To begin with, the highly touted remastered sound is a joke. While I'm sure it's an improvement over the initial CD release, it should be noted that "Let it Be" was already remastered once before in 2002. That release got it right. While the volume was boosted in order to bring it more in line with volume levels of current CDs, it still retained the dynamic range of the original album. In contrast, the Rhino/Rykodisc release compressed the audio, making everything sound flat.

A great example of this is the opening of "I Will Dare." When the drums kick in on the 2002 version, they're louder than the guitar riff that preceded it, and they sound full and booming as a result. On the Rhino release, everything is the same volume, making those drum hits lack the punch they had on the 2002 release. Even if one were to ignore the lack of dynamic range on this release, I'm still not convinced that this reissue is an improvement. To my ears, the 2002 version sounds crisper and cleaner too.
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lyrics ? -- thought this was a Replacements tune ?
That's "Float On," by Modest Mouse.
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