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14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 10/15/04 - 3:44:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
No Beatles album, and possibly few albums, have ever had nearly the controversy and unanswered questions of Let It Be. The release date, being May 1970, after their 2nd to last album, Abbey Road, is strange, seeing as this album was recorded before Abbey Road. So, what happened, during the recording of this album. The extreme tention. I don't know, and I that is not what I am going to speak about, when I speak about this album. I am reviewing the final content. I will talk about a flawed, but undeniablty, brilliant album, from The Fab 4.

Possibly their most poppish sounding album since Rubber Soul, Abbey Road, which came after Let It Be, was better put together, with less mysteries.

This one, however, clearly experimented, and went into a sort of unknown world, at least for The Beatles.

I find track #3, "Across The Universe", to be the most beautiful thing Lennon ever composed. (cont.)

14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 10/15/04 - 3:52:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
And it is thrown in the middle of tracks, that while they are not as great, they feed off each other, and make it a pretty darn great album.

Many of the more hard-rocking tunes are present on here, including many people's favorite "One After 909", and "I Me Mine."

The first two tracks, coming before "Across The Universe", have very well done guitar riffs, at the beginning and end. They are similar songs in many ways, but Two Of Us, is more organized, and it is a very nice song. The title track, is a beautiful McCartney composition, that was a popular favorite. But "The Long And Winding Road," may have been a little too slow and bland for this album.

They certainly make up for it, with the great "For You Blue," which is also by McCartney. It has some very interesting guitar in it, and I consider it one of their best songs. (cont.)

14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 10/15/04 - 4:00:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
While this album was clearly not their best, they certainly put a bunch of truly great songs together, which "Get Back" reitterates. It's a smooth rocker, that completes this album, in a rather strange and right, but sad way.

The enjoyable, but merely comical Maggie Mae, is better lyrically, then first meets the ear, but is still not, up to Beatles standards. "Dig It" also is another strange one, included in this album.

But nice tunes like "I've Got A Feeling" killed any chance of dissapointment with this album. All 12 tracks, definitely have stood the test of time, and were still some of the coolest songs that they ever wrote.

Talking again about the folky "Two Of Us," it features John and Paul harmonizing, which is a nice way to start the album. The gospelish "Let It Be" has the best lyrics on the album, and with "I Me Mine" they do a great job with, what was in those days, sort of hard rock. (cont.)

14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 10/15/04 - 4:02:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
Again, this album, is clearly not their best, but even a substandard beatles album, well what can i say

It certainly leaves a mark, and will be talked about for hundreds of years to come. And while it had so many bad moods, and so much tention, it is, I think, the only underrated Beatles album.

14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 10/15/04 - 4:03:28 PM EST (GMT-5)

14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 10/15/04 - 4:04:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
This album really has some gems, yet reviews were ugly, which is again, why I call it underrated.
14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 10/15/04 - 4:09:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
"For you Blue" is NOT a McCartney/Lennon song!!!!

IT IS A HARRISON SONG!

14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 10/15/04 - 4:13:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think Let it Be is easily some of their finest work. "I've Got a Feeling" used to be my favorite Beatle song, until I heard "Hey Bulldog"

Man, one of the albums Liverpool played at Beatlefest was Let it Be. It rocked. Everyone loved it. I love, most of all, how bluesy some of the tracks sound, like "Dig a Pony".

14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 10/15/04 - 4:17:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
This album is a testament to the production skill of Phil Spector who went through hundreds of hours of tape to come up with this masterpiece. Paul can bitch all he wants that it didn't sound like they wanted it to sound, well, they shouldn't have broken up and abandoned the project then.

One After 909 is actually one of the earlier songs that John and Paul wrote and it, for whatever reasons, never made it on to any earlier albums. I'm glad they held on to to it long enough to finally get it on a record...easily one of my favorite Beatles "rock and roll" songs.

Congratulations BJ, you passed the audition.

14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 10/16/04 - 8:37:38 AM EST (GMT-5)
^haha, nice semi-quote, JD!

I agree that Paul´d better stop bitching about Spectors work on let it be. He probably did the best to every song including The Long And Winding Road and (maybe most notably) I Me Mine which used to be only a fragment before Spector looped one of the verses to make it a complete (and brilliant) song - for me it´s not in any way Hard Rock, Bill, maybe you´d better call it a "Heavy Waltz"
The idea behind the recording of the album (originally called the "Get Back Sessions") was to produce a movie and an album that was to go back to The Beatles´ roots and sound very "live". That idea was later abandoned - imho for the benefit of some of the best songs The BEatles ever recorded.

14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 10/16/04 - 8:38:36 AM EST (GMT-5)
BTW: as Spector later produced albums of both Lennon and Harrison he must have dom´ne something right with Let It Be ...
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 10/16/04 - 1:18:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
Paul should be through with his complaining, because Let It Be... Naked was released about a year ago (that's the one I've got). Isn't that what he wanted it to sound like?

I actually prefer the Naked version of The Long and Winding Road to the originally released version, as well as a couple of other songs. Even though the other Beatles liked Spector's work, I think Paul had every right to be angry with Spector messing with HIS songs. I mean think about it-- if I had just completed a charcoal drawing (since art is my thing), and then somebody came along and added pastels in to make it more colorful, I would seriously be pissed. Now, that's just the way I look at it-- feel free to disagree.

14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 10/16/04 - 1:27:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
For those who are interested in the whole outrage, here´s a link.
Anyway, the version of The Long And Winding Road that had been recorded *needed* some extra work - a shame Paul was not satisfied with the way it was done.
And apart from The Long And Winding Road I could not see any song from Let It Be being really better in the "Naked" version - interesting for the fan but not better.
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 10/16/04 - 1:32:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
I just never cared for the song anyway. It was too slow and boring for me. I'm not really sure why I prefer the Let It Be Naked version... in fact, I like the song a lot now.
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 10/16/04 - 2:29:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
But zep, if you walked away from that piece of art and said, "Eh, whatever...I don't care what you do with it anymore." Then you would have no right to bitch about it later. Right?
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 10/16/04 - 2:38:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
let it be is an awesome song...and ablum is even better...
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 10/16/04 - 6:21:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
beatles are cooooooooooooool!
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 10/16/04 - 6:23:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
The song Let It Be will forever remind me of Tai.
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 10/18/04 - 3:01:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
Kareng, woops, I knew I would make a mistake on one of those.

Matt, yeah, I know, but I couldn't think of a better word than hard rock.

Congratulations BJ, you passed the audition
----Thank you. I hope I can do the same to Back In Black, when I get around to it

14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 10/21/04 - 5:25:23 AM EST (GMT-5)
Does anyone know what "Jai guru deva om" means?
I would research it, but I know the decent people in here have the answer.
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 10/21/04 - 5:40:37 AM EST (GMT-5)
"The word by translation of the Sanskrit line is:
Jai: Live Forever
Guru: Teacher
Deva: Heavenly One
Om: The Vibration of the Universe"
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 10/21/04 - 5:41:57 AM EST (GMT-5)
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 10/21/04 - 11:42:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
"Nothin's gonna change my world...." that's one of my favorite Lennon songs too, Bill.

There's nothing I can add to your review; Let It Be is indeed brilliant. This is one of my favorite albums to sing along to.

If you haven't seen it, watch the video of the Beatles recording Let It Be. It's bittersweet to watch Lennon waltzing around the studio with Yoko Ono, and it just blows my mind how talented they were/are.

14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 10/21/04 - 2:43:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
Only twice in my whole life have I seen Let it Be available to watch. Once in Columbia on VHS (and I proceeded to make out with a guy instead of watching it ) and Lawrence, KS on DVD. I wonder if it's still there!
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 10/21/04 - 4:33:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
I can never find ny of their movies.. The only ones I've seen are A Hard Day's Night and Yellow Submarine.

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