The Beatles - Let It Be

Stereo Remastered Album on 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl

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Let It Be is the twelfth and final studio album by British rock band The Beatles, originally released in May 1970 via Apple Records.

The only Beatles album to occasion negative, even hostile reviews, there are few other rock records as controversial as Let It Be.

First off, several facts need to be explained. Although released in May 1970, this was not their final album, but largely recorded in early 1969, way before Abbey Road. Phil Spector was enlisted in early 1970 to do some post-production work, but did not work with the band as a unit, as George Martin and Glyn Johns had on the sessions themselves. Spector's work was limited to mixing and some overdubs.

Although Spector’s use of strings has generated much criticism, by and large he left the original performances to stand as is. Only "The Long And Winding Road" and (to a lesser degree) "Across The Universe" and "I Me Mine" get the wall-of-sound layers of strings and female choruses.

Although most of the album, then, has a live-in-the-studio feel, the main problem was that the material wasn't uniformly strong, and that The Beatles themselves were in fairly lousy moods due to inter-group tension.

All that said, the album is on the whole underrated, even discounting the fact that a sub-standard Beatles record is better than almost any other group's best work. McCartney in particular offers several gems: the gospelish "Let It Be", which has some of his best lyrics; "Get Back", one of his hardest rockers; and the melodic "The Long And Winding Road", ruined (according to some, but loved by others) by Spector's heavy-handed overdubs (the string-less, choir-less version was finally released on Anthology Vol. 3). The folky "Two Of Us", with John and Paul harmonizing together, was also a highlight.

Most of the rest of the material, by contrast, was going through the motions to some degree, although there are some good moments of straight hard rock in "I've Got A Feeling" and "Dig A Pony".

As bumpy as it is, it's an album well worth having, as when The Beatles were in top form here, they were as good as ever.

Let It Be received poor reviews upon release, however with the benefit of hindsight, and the absence of the hype of the time, it has since been more favourably regarded by the critics. Of course with the release of Let It Be – Naked in 2003, which strips off the “wall of sound”, and received its own mixed reviews, the critics complaining it lacked the “fun and humour” of Let It Be – there’s just no pleasing some people..

The album reached #1 on the album charts in many countries including the US, UK, Canada and Australia.

This is one of the greatest albums of all time and is an essential addition to any record collection.

This LP Record was reissued in 2012 as part of The Beatles In Stereo Vinyl series, with Remastered Audio on 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, is pressed in Europe.








Two Of Us



Dig A Pony



Across The Universe



I Me Mine



Dig It



Let It Be



Maggie Mae



I’ve Got A Feeling



One After 909



The Long And Winding Road



For You Blue



Get Back


SKU 0094638247210
Record Label Apple Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number PCS 7096
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 12 November 2012
Original Release Date (Year) 08 May 1970
Barcode # 0094638247210
Shipping Weight 0.2950kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, The Beatles Stereo Remasters Series, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Pop Rock

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