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The Beatles|Let It Be (Super Deluxe)

Let It Be (Super Deluxe)

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By 1969 the Beatles' universe had become terminally messy: tensions between the four members were at an all-time high and the band was coming apart. As this collection's producer Giles Martin (son of the band's producer and confidante George Martin) says in the liner notes, by that time the foursome had become "a bit like a married couple trying to go on dates again." The personal struggles and financial tangles they'd been through as a band had done its damage and the magic was ebbing away. In an effort to get the foursome back to what it felt like to perform live—and perhaps foster a return of their famous camaraderie—Paul McCartney came up with the idea of filming the band playing an entirely new batch of songs. Launched at Twickenham Film Studios, the production soon moved to the band's own home studio in the basement of the Apple Corps headquarters on Savile Row. The group even reconvened on the building's rooftop for an impromptu concert that was filmed and recorded but also stopped after less than an hour by the police due to noise complaints. The resulting album, Get Back, with Glyn Johns as engineer and co-producer, was eventually shelved in favor of Abbey Road (released in September 1969). In 1970, after Lennon had officially left the band, the remaining trio finished the album, now known as Let It Be, switching out takes, dropping several songs and resequencing it with help from Phil Spector who overdubbed his usual grandiose orchestral arrangements onto four tracks. (In 2003 McCartney's dissatisfaction with Spector's additions—particularly on his tune "The Long and Winding Road"—led to a stripped-down version of the album closer to John's original concept, called Let It Be…Naked.) Now the Giles Martin-led Beatles reissue program which began in 2017 with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Band has finally reached Let It Be and the results are once again rewarding for Beatles fans and newcomers alike.

The five volumes are yet another tantalizing glimpse into the band's storied creative process. Although the reception for the album was largely mixed on release—some reviewers savaged it—the songs in retrospect are nothing short of amazing; this is by no means bottom-of-the-barrel Beatles. Tunes like "Get Back," "Let It Be," and "The Long and Winding Road" are as good as anything the band ever wrote or recorded. The first volume here contains the original album in a fresh 96 kHz/24-bit remix that like the other Giles Martin-directed mixes is sharper and brighter than the original but not fundamentally different. The biggest aural change has Ringo Starr's drums brought up and forward in the mix, like in the previous reissues in the series. Perhaps most important about this edition of Let It Be is that after years of being bootlegged, Glyn Johns' 1969 Get Back mix has finally been officially released in improved sound and can now be fairly compared to the 1970 version. Deliberately jumbled, with lots of studio patter left in, and meant to be a window into the band's loose, humorous way of making music (or what they hoped to project as such), it still feels sloppy and unfinished, which may be why The Beatles—who waffled throughout the process and initially wanted that ambiance—rejected it in en masse. Johns' mix opens with "One After 909" (written by Paul and John as teenagers) and then proceeds through looser versions of "Don't Let Me Down" (with fabulous accompaniment from keyboardist Billy Preston) "Dig A Pony," and "I've Got a Feeling" with Lennon adding his usual silly, sardonic asides throughout. George Harrison's "For You Blue" opens with the sound of ice cubes swirling in a drink. McCartney's much maligned "Teddy Boy," which didn't make the final cut of Let It Be but became part of McCartney's first solo album, is heard here with Lennon's famous mocking "Do-Si-Do" background comment left intact.

Volume two features an exuberant rave up of "Maggie Mae" and "Fancy My Chances with You"—a tune John and Paul wrote together in 1958. The overall vibe in these sessions is not nearly as hostile as history would have it as evidenced by a take of "Let It Be" mashed up with "Please Please Me." A jammy take of "One After 909" is good fun, take 19 of "Get Back" features Paul laughing in rhythm with the tune, and George's instrumental jam up of "Wake Up Little Susie" which transitions into his song, "I Me Mine" with a blues break in the middle is a wonderful reminder of his essential but often forgotten part of the group.

Early versions of tunes that were soon to appear on Abbey Road or the member's subsequent solo albums are featured on the third volume. A rehearsal shows George's "All Things Must Pass," the title track of his debut solo album, beginning to take shape. A slow take of "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window," that mixes music with studio patter shows them working through an arrangement. Ringo, who is rarely heard, appears in an early piano-and-voice version of "Octopus's Garden" where teacups can be heard clanking in their saucers. In a jam of "Oh! Darling" Paul speaks a verse before he and Lennon go back to raggedly harmonizing, while Preston adds his spot-on, amazingly instinctual keyboard flourishes. In the same song, John announces that Yoko's divorce has gone through. Preston sings a version of "Without a Song," a tune he'd later release on his 1971 album I Wrote a Simple Song. The passionate unreleased 1970 Glyn Johns mix of "Across the Universe" on volume five is a reminder of the utterly unique pop universe that The Beatles had created. That's further confirmed in the same collection by a sparkling new mix of the single version of "Let It Be." Yet another entry—the last?—in Giles Martin's illuminating efforts to expand on the legacy, the new Let It Be provides deeper insight into the essential question around the Fab Four: How the hell did they do it? © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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1
Two Of Us (2021 Mix)
00:03:36

Giles Martin, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Lennon, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - PHIL SPECTOR, Producer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Okell, Mixer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

2
Dig A Pony (2021 Mix)
00:03:54

Giles Martin, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Lennon, Electric Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - PHIL SPECTOR, Producer - Billy Preston, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Okell, Mixer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

3
Across The Universe (2021 Mix)
00:03:48

Giles Martin, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Lennon, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Piano, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Tambura, AssociatedPerformer - PHIL SPECTOR, Producer - George Martin, Producer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, Maracas, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Okell, Mixer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

4
I Me Mine (2021 Mix)
00:02:25

Giles Martin, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Mccartney, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Organ, Piano, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - GEORGE HARRISON, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - PHIL SPECTOR, Producer - George Martin, Producer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Okell, Mixer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

5
Dig It (2021 Mix)
00:00:50

Richard Starkey, ComposerLyricist - Giles Martin, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Lennon, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Piano, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - PHIL SPECTOR, Producer - George Martin, Shaker, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Preston, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Okell, Mixer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

6
Let It Be (2021 Mix)
00:04:03

Giles Martin, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Bass Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Maracas, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Electric Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - PHIL SPECTOR, Producer - Billy Preston, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Linda Mccartney, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Okell, Mixer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

7
Maggie Mae (2021 Mix)
00:00:40

Richard Starkey, Arranger, Work Arranger - Giles Martin, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Lennon, Arranger, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Mccartney, Arranger, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Traditional, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Arranger, Electric Guitar, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - PHIL SPECTOR, Producer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Okell, Mixer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

8
I've Got A Feeling (2021 Mix)
00:03:37

Giles Martin, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Lennon, Electric Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - PHIL SPECTOR, Producer - Billy Preston, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Okell, Mixer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

9
One After 909 (2021 Mix)
00:02:54

Giles Martin, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Lennon, Electric Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - PHIL SPECTOR, Producer - Billy Preston, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Okell, Mixer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

10
The Long And Winding Road (2021 Mix)
00:03:37

Giles Martin, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Lennon, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Piano, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - PHIL SPECTOR, Producer - Billy Preston, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Okell, Mixer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

11
For You Blue (2021 Mix)
00:02:32

Giles Martin, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Lennon, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Mccartney, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - GEORGE HARRISON, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - PHIL SPECTOR, Producer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Okell, Mixer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

12
Get Back (2021 Mix)
00:03:08

Giles Martin, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Lennon, Electric Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - PHIL SPECTOR, Producer - Billy Preston, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Okell, Mixer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

DISC 2

1
Morning Camera / Two Of Us (Take 4)
00:03:42

Giles Martin, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Lennon, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - George Martin, Producer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Okell, Mixer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Not Applicable, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, Producer, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

2
Maggie Mae / Fancy My Chances With You (Mono)
00:00:58

Richard Starkey, Arranger, Work Arranger - John Lennon, Arranger, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Arranger, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Traditional, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Arranger, Electric Guitar, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist - Kevin Howlett, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

3
Can You Dig It?
00:02:02

Giles Martin, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Lennon, Vocals, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - George Martin, Producer - Billy Preston, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Okell, Mixer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, Producer, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

4
I Don't Know Why I'm Moaning (Speech / Mono)
00:01:22

John Lennon, Speaker, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Mccartney, Speaker, AssociatedPerformer - GEORGE HARRISON, Speaker, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Not Applicable, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, MainArtist - Kevin Howlett, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

5
For You Blue (Take 4)
00:02:52

Giles Martin, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Lennon, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Mccartney, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - GEORGE HARRISON, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Okell, Mixer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, Producer, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

6
Let It Be / Please Please Me / Let It Be (Take 10)
00:04:32

Giles Martin, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Lennon, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Piano, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - George Martin, Producer, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Okell, Mixer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Not Applicable, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, Producer, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

7
I’ve Got A Feeling (Take 10)
00:03:37

Giles Martin, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Lennon, Electric Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - George Martin, Producer - Billy Preston, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Okell, Mixer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, Producer, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

8
Dig A Pony (Take 14)
00:04:01

Giles Martin, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Lennon, Electric Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - George Martin, Producer - Billy Preston, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Okell, Mixer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, Producer, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

9
Get Back (Take 19)
00:03:57

Giles Martin, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Lennon, Electric Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - George Martin, Producer - Billy Preston, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Okell, Mixer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, Producer, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

10
Like Making An Album? (Speech)
00:00:42

Giles Martin, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Lennon, Speaker, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Mccartney, Speaker, AssociatedPerformer - GEORGE HARRISON, Speaker, AssociatedPerformer - George Martin, Producer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Speaker, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Okell, Mixer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Not Applicable, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, Producer, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

11
One After 909 (Take 3)
00:03:27

Giles Martin, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Lennon, Electric Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - George Martin, Producer - Billy Preston, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Okell, Mixer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, Producer, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

12
Don’t Let Me Down (First Rooftop Performance)
00:03:29

Giles Martin, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Lennon, Electric Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Electric Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - George Martin, Producer - Billy Preston, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Okell, Mixer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, Producer, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

13
The Long And Winding Road (Take 19)
00:03:47

Giles Martin, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Lennon, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Piano, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Preston, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Okell, Mixer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, Producer, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

14
Wake Up Little Susie / I Me Mine (Take 11)
00:02:15

Felice Bryant, ComposerLyricist - Giles Martin, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Mccartney, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - GEORGE HARRISON, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Boudleaux Bryant, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Okell, Mixer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Not Applicable, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, MainArtist

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

DISC 3

1
On The Day Shift Now / All Things Must Pass (Rehearsals / Mono)
00:04:22

John Lennon, Organ, Speaker, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Mccartney, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - GEORGE HARRISON, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Speaker, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Speaker, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Not Applicable, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, MainArtist - Kevin Howlett, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

2
Concentrate On The Sound (Mono)
00:01:07

John Lennon, Electric Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Speaker, AssociatedPerformer - George Martin, Speaker, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Not Applicable, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Speaker, AssociatedPerformer - Kevin Howlett, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

3
Gimme Some Truth (Rehearsal / Mono)
00:01:19

John Lennon, Electric Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, MainArtist - Kevin Howlett, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

4
I Me Mine (Rehearsal / Mono)
00:01:35

Paul Mccartney, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - GEORGE HARRISON, Electric Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Beatles, MainArtist - Kevin Howlett, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

5
She Came In Through The Bathroom Window (Rehearsal)
00:02:50

Giles Martin, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Lennon, Piano, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - George Martin, Producer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Okell, Mixer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, Producer, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

6
Polythene Pam (Rehearsal / Mono)
00:01:19

John Lennon, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Beatles, MainArtist - Kevin Howlett, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

7
Octopus’s Garden (Rehearsal / Mono)
00:01:50

Richard Starkey, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Piano, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Beatles, MainArtist - Kevin Howlett, Editor, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

8
Oh! Darling (Jam)
00:05:19

Giles Martin, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Lennon, Electric Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - George Martin, Producer - Billy Preston, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Okell, Mixer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, Producer, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

9
Get Back (Take 8)
00:03:52

Giles Martin, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Lennon, Electric Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - George Martin, Producer - Billy Preston, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Okell, Mixer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, Producer, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

10
The Walk (Jam)
00:00:55

Giles Martin, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Lennon, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Mccartney, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Mccracklin, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - George Martin, Producer - Billy Preston, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Okell, Mixer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, Producer, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Garlic, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

11
Without A Song (Jam)
00:02:00

Giles Martin, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Lennon, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Vincent Youmans, Author - George Martin, Producer - Billy Preston, Piano, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Rose, Author - Edward Eliscu, Composer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Okell, Mixer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, Producer, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

12
Something (Rehearsal / Mono)
00:01:24

John Lennon, Electric Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Mccartney, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - GEORGE HARRISON, Electric Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Billy Preston, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Beatles, MainArtist - Kevin Howlett, Editor, StudioPersonnel

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13
Let It Be (Take 28)
00:04:42

Giles Martin, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - John Lennon, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Piano, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Electric Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Preston, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Okell, Mixer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Beatles, Producer, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

DISC 4

1
One After 909 (1969 Glyn Johns Mix)
00:03:06

John Lennon, Electric Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - George Martin, Producer - Billy Preston, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Beatles, Producer, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

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2
Medley: I’m Ready (aka Rocker) / Save The Last Dance For Me / Don’t Let Me Down (1969 Glyn Johns Mix)
00:01:56

Doc Pomus, ComposerLyricist - Mort Shuman, ComposerLyricist - John Lennon, Electric Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - George Martin, Producer - Billy Preston, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Fats Domino, ComposerLyricist - Al Lewis, ComposerLyricist - The Beatles, Producer, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Henry Bradford, ComposerLyricist

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3
Don't Let Me Down (1969 Glyn Johns Mix)
00:04:05

John Lennon, Electric Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - George Martin, Producer - Billy Preston, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Beatles, Producer, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

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4
Dig A Pony (1969 Glyn Johns Mix)
00:04:13

John Lennon, Electric Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - George Martin, Producer - Billy Preston, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Beatles, Producer, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

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5
I've Got A Feeling (1969 Glyn Johns Mix)
00:02:53

John Lennon, Electric Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - George Martin, Producer - Billy Preston, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Beatles, Producer, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

6
Get Back (1969 Glyn Johns Mix)
00:03:13

John Lennon, Electric Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - George Martin, Producer - Billy Preston, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Beatles, Producer, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

7
For You Blue (1969 Glyn Johns Mix)
00:02:54

John Lennon, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Mccartney, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - GEORGE HARRISON, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Beatles, Producer, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

8
Teddy Boy (1969 Glyn Johns Mix)
00:03:41

John Lennon, Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Mccartney, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - George Martin, Producer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Beatles, Producer, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

9
Two Of Us (1969 Glyn Johns Mix)
00:03:29

John Lennon, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - George Martin, Producer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Beatles, Producer, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

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10
Maggie Mae (1969 Glyn Johns Mix)
00:00:38

Richard Starkey, Arranger, Work Arranger - John Lennon, Arranger, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Mccartney, Arranger, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Traditional, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Arranger, Electric Guitar, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - George Martin, Producer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Beatles, Producer, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

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11
Dig It (1969 Glyn Johns Mix)
00:04:09

Richard Starkey, ComposerLyricist - John Lennon, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, Piano, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - GEORGE HARRISON, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - George Martin, Producer, Shaker, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Preston, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ringo Starr, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - The Beatles, Producer, MainArtist - GLYN JOHNS, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)

Album Description

By 1969 the Beatles' universe had become terminally messy: tensions between the four members were at an all-time high and the band was coming apart. As this collection's producer Giles Martin (son of the band's producer and confidante George Martin) says in the liner notes, by that time the foursome had become "a bit like a married couple trying to go on dates again." The personal struggles and financial tangles they'd been through as a band had done its damage and the magic was ebbing away. In an effort to get the foursome back to what it felt like to perform live—and perhaps foster a return of their famous camaraderie—Paul McCartney came up with the idea of filming the band playing an entirely new batch of songs. Launched at Twickenham Film Studios, the production soon moved to the band's own home studio in the basement of the Apple Corps headquarters on Savile Row. The group even reconvened on the building's rooftop for an impromptu concert that was filmed and recorded but also stopped after less than an hour by the police due to noise complaints. The resulting album, Get Back, with Glyn Johns as engineer and co-producer, was eventually shelved in favor of Abbey Road (released in September 1969). In 1970, after Lennon had officially left the band, the remaining trio finished the album, now known as Let It Be, switching out takes, dropping several songs and resequencing it with help from Phil Spector who overdubbed his usual grandiose orchestral arrangements onto four tracks. (In 2003 McCartney's dissatisfaction with Spector's additions—particularly on his tune "The Long and Winding Road"—led to a stripped-down version of the album closer to John's original concept, called Let It Be…Naked.) Now the Giles Martin-led Beatles reissue program which began in 2017 with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Band has finally reached Let It Be and the results are once again rewarding for Beatles fans and newcomers alike.

The five volumes are yet another tantalizing glimpse into the band's storied creative process. Although the reception for the album was largely mixed on release—some reviewers savaged it—the songs in retrospect are nothing short of amazing; this is by no means bottom-of-the-barrel Beatles. Tunes like "Get Back," "Let It Be," and "The Long and Winding Road" are as good as anything the band ever wrote or recorded. The first volume here contains the original album in a fresh 96 kHz/24-bit remix that like the other Giles Martin-directed mixes is sharper and brighter than the original but not fundamentally different. The biggest aural change has Ringo Starr's drums brought up and forward in the mix, like in the previous reissues in the series. Perhaps most important about this edition of Let It Be is that after years of being bootlegged, Glyn Johns' 1969 Get Back mix has finally been officially released in improved sound and can now be fairly compared to the 1970 version. Deliberately jumbled, with lots of studio patter left in, and meant to be a window into the band's loose, humorous way of making music (or what they hoped to project as such), it still feels sloppy and unfinished, which may be why The Beatles—who waffled throughout the process and initially wanted that ambiance—rejected it in en masse. Johns' mix opens with "One After 909" (written by Paul and John as teenagers) and then proceeds through looser versions of "Don't Let Me Down" (with fabulous accompaniment from keyboardist Billy Preston) "Dig A Pony," and "I've Got a Feeling" with Lennon adding his usual silly, sardonic asides throughout. George Harrison's "For You Blue" opens with the sound of ice cubes swirling in a drink. McCartney's much maligned "Teddy Boy," which didn't make the final cut of Let It Be but became part of McCartney's first solo album, is heard here with Lennon's famous mocking "Do-Si-Do" background comment left intact.

Volume two features an exuberant rave up of "Maggie Mae" and "Fancy My Chances with You"—a tune John and Paul wrote together in 1958. The overall vibe in these sessions is not nearly as hostile as history would have it as evidenced by a take of "Let It Be" mashed up with "Please Please Me." A jammy take of "One After 909" is good fun, take 19 of "Get Back" features Paul laughing in rhythm with the tune, and George's instrumental jam up of "Wake Up Little Susie" which transitions into his song, "I Me Mine" with a blues break in the middle is a wonderful reminder of his essential but often forgotten part of the group.

Early versions of tunes that were soon to appear on Abbey Road or the member's subsequent solo albums are featured on the third volume. A rehearsal shows George's "All Things Must Pass," the title track of his debut solo album, beginning to take shape. A slow take of "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window," that mixes music with studio patter shows them working through an arrangement. Ringo, who is rarely heard, appears in an early piano-and-voice version of "Octopus's Garden" where teacups can be heard clanking in their saucers. In a jam of "Oh! Darling" Paul speaks a verse before he and Lennon go back to raggedly harmonizing, while Preston adds his spot-on, amazingly instinctual keyboard flourishes. In the same song, John announces that Yoko's divorce has gone through. Preston sings a version of "Without a Song," a tune he'd later release on his 1971 album I Wrote a Simple Song. The passionate unreleased 1970 Glyn Johns mix of "Across the Universe" on volume five is a reminder of the utterly unique pop universe that The Beatles had created. That's further confirmed in the same collection by a sparkling new mix of the single version of "Let It Be." Yet another entry—the last?—in Giles Martin's illuminating efforts to expand on the legacy, the new Let It Be provides deeper insight into the essential question around the Fab Four: How the hell did they do it? © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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