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on September 4, 2012
I was shocked when I began listening to Let It Be Roberta. What a let down! I've loved her piano and vocals since the early 1970s. The Beatles have been a part of my life since 1964. I anticipated a beautiful musical meeting. This cd is a disaster. I don't know who Sherrod Barnes is, but according to the credits, he's responsible for a lion's share of the production, arranging, and instrumental work on these sessions. The guy doesn't have a clue about how to help shape an artist's vision in order to accentuate her talents. The musical recasting of these classic songs with boring electronic beats, insipid background vocals, and canned instrumental ideas is a shame. Even the recorded quality of Ms. Flacks vocals is tinny and hollow. The cruelest aspect of the the project is the inclusion of a 1972 Carnegie Hall performance of Ms. Flack singing "Here There, and Everywhere" supported by her playing acoustic piano. It's a gorgeous performance, and it further highlights the terrible job Brown did in conceiving and executing this Beatles cover project. I wish Ms. Flack could get a "do over" and go back into the studio and re-record these songs with an acoustic piano and classy jazz ensemble of acoustic bass, a real drummer who can deliver some tasty brushwork, a good guitarist, and possibly a trumpet and/or saxophone. That would make Roberta Flack and Beatles songs a winning combination.