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Let It Be... Naked

The BeatlesAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (727 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 18, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B0000DJZA5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (727 customer reviews)
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1. Get Back
2. Dig A Pony
3. For You Blue
4. The Long And Winding Road
5. Two Of Us
6. I've Got A Feeling
7. One After 909
8. Don't Let Me Down
9. I Me Mine
10. Across The Universe
11. Let It Be

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Re-recorded, remixed, overdubbed and repackaged--all before its 1970 American release, mind you--Let It Be has long been the most second-guessed album in the Beatles otherwise sterling catalog. This curious, three-decade-late, stripped-down rethink offers up yet another spin on what started as a back-to-the-roots album/documentary project called Get Back in January, 1969, but ended up as the band's de facto swan song 18 months later. Paul McCartney in particular has long been irked by producer Phil Spector's grandiose orchestra and choir overdubs to the title track and "The Long and Winding Road," and indeed the "bare" versions here have a distinct, plaintive charm lacking in Spector's typical pomp. All the various snippets of studio and live chatter that seasoned the original have been removed, leaving the recordings to be judged on their essentially live-in-the-studio merits. If the intent was to "de-Spectorize" the album, the inclusion of John Lennon's 1968 benefit track "Across the Universe" and George Harrison's "I Me Mine" (which marked the last-ever Beatles session in January, 1970) in their original versions seems equally odd, the legendary producer having appended them to the album's original track listing in the first place. The rambling "bonus disc" of conversation and song snippets culled from hundreds of hours of session and film tapes may fascinate diehard fans, but it also underscores the murky, often unfocused state of affairs the Fabs found themselves in during the last year of their remarkable career. --Jerry McCulley

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At last we can hear Let It Be the way it was meant to be, the original masters in their originally intended form, PLUS a bonus, "fly on the wall" disc that presents 25 minutes of music and conversation from the Beatles at work in rehearsal and in the studio.

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247 of 262 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One more go at it August 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The Beatles rejected the GET BACK album upon its completion in 1969 and again in 1970. The project (renamed LET IT BE) then got the Phil Spector treatment, with Paul being kept completely in the dark about it. Many have called the Spector album shoddy, but most Beatles fans bought it and enjoyed it despite the consensus that it was not top-notch.

At one time The Beatles were capable of producing much magic "live" in the studio--and they had done it often. But after they quit touring, the lack of playing together eventually took its toll, John admitting that "The Beatles musically weren't as together in the last few years." John also said that these sessions had "lousy feeling." But within the album notes to this new release, marketing mentality strikes once again and, rather typically, attempts to put a spin on these "raw and unadorned" sessions, saying that this is what the group wanted. "Raw and unadorned" shouldn't be confused with "careless and crude." The latter two are not what the group was shooting for, but a fair amount of that made it onto the tapes because of their lack of desire to focus on making music. (Just a few months later they did focus on making music and produced ABBEY ROAD!)

I still look at LET IT BE as a compilation of rehearsals; little of it sounds finished. Though the songs themselves are great, the performances are not, for the most part, of the highest Beatles standard. Sure, there are many magical moments throughout; but the magic is fleeting, and we are continually reminded of a great producer's absence--George Martin! These recordings are culled from sessions that, had the proper commitment been there, should have produced a remarkable Beatles album along the lines of what we were accustomed to.
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
like one reviewer of the original (1969/70) version wrote, George's solo on the title track was one of the best reasons for having that album. All other versions of "Let it Be" ("Past Masters 2", "1") have the orchestra like tinkling sound.
I was expecting this new version to retain at least that ravishing George guitar solo, but I was deflated instantly when I found out it does not.
For all the bad raps he's got, I also think Phil Spector's added orchestrations for "Long and Winding Road" actually helped make the song better. The version that comes with this re-release is supposed to sound as originally intended, but I don't see how it's better than the 1970 version. FWIW, nothing in Let It Be has come out as intended. Even its current position as the last of the Beatles album is a result of accident. "Abbey Road" was supposed to be the last, and "Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/In the End" was supposed to be the Beatles' swan song, not "Long and Winding Road". But after you've heard "Long and Winding Road", especially the soaring Spector version, would you say it was the wrong song for the part? I don't think so.
This is still a good record to have. It's not a justifiable buy, from a value for money POV. Nothing recent about the Beatles is, not even the ridiculously popular Anthology albums, with the exception perhaps of the "Live at the BBC" which IMO is a worthy addition. But for a diehard Beatle fan and collector, this is a must have. But don't throw out the 1970/Spector version out just yet. You might miss it someday.
Many years from now, I know I'll put the original on the player, crank the amps, switch to the title track, close my eyes, and listen to that rare, only-in-this-album-and-nowhere-else George Harrison guitar solo.
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134 of 159 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Want a REAL alternate version? (Instructions included) November 24, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
By taking out the dialogue, this has been made into an antiseptic, somewhat ordinary work. The point was to strip away Spector's figerprints, but they removed the charm as well. Far from being "Naked," it actually sounds well-produced. These versions are for the most part ones we've heard before, so there's no great revelation. Many note that "Anthology Disc 3" provided better insights, and I agree; a good fifty percent of the "Let It Be" songs are on that disc! But the most egregious thing those in charge (and, contrary to many claims I've read in these reviews, I think Paul had less to do with this than many claim) did was to change the running order of the songs. Sorry -- once you're used to it, it doesn't pay to change the formula; you can't act as if the original never existed.
SO -- if you really want a cool, alternate "Let It Be," get the ORIGINAL "Let It Be," the ANTHOLOGY 3 disc, and "Let it Be NAKED," and then burn the following songs onto a CD in this order:
1. Two Of Us (Anthology 3)
2. Dig A Pony (Anthology 3)
3. Across the Universe (Naked)
4. I Me Mine (Anthology 3)
5. Dig It (Original)
6. Let It Be (Anthology 3)
7. Maggie Mae (Original)
8. Medley: Rip It Up/Blue Suede Shoes (Anthology 3)
9. Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues (Anthology 3)
10. Old Brown Shoe (Anthology 3)
11. I've Got a Feeling (Anthology 3)
12. One After 909 (Naked or Original)
13. Long and Winding Road (Anthology 3)
14. For You Blue (Anthology 3)
15. Don't Let Me Down (Naked)
16. Get Back (Anthology 3)
Try it... it's very cool, and you won't feel as disappointed!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the Beatles, love vinyl, love this album.
Published 7 days ago by Keaton
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the original
I can't even listen to the over-produced "regular" album any more. This is how a lot of Beatles should be heard.
Published 19 days ago by S. Ford
4.0 out of 5 stars If you find a good price, it is worth having
I like it, but I also like the "original". I understand what a lot of the "negative" reviews are about, and why so many people seem to be disappointed, but I'd say if you can get... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Jeff A
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Words are superfluous, get it! :-)
Published 1 month ago by Sven Böhlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The way it was meant to be!
Published 1 month ago by Doug Henry
5.0 out of 5 stars Beatles, Naked
I needed a new vinyl of this LP. I love the Beatles.
Published 1 month ago by beatcall
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
nice
Published 2 months ago by C. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Whether you loved or hated the original.....
If you loved the Spector version, you'll love this one even more. If you hated the Spector version, this one will set all things right in the universe. GET IT.
Published 3 months ago by Nathan Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Much Better Than The First Recording
When Let It Be...Naked first came out, I saw no reason to purchase it, thinking there's already one album out - why do they need another one? I remained satisfied with the first. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Allan Herzig
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Let it Be
I really enjoyed this version of the album. Like many other reviewers have pointed out, it doesn't make sense to totally discard your original records, but rather, add this one to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Brad
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