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Old 09-18-2003, 12:26 PM   #1
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Let It Be... Naked

LONDON - A new version of The Beatles' album "Let It Be" will be released in November, the group's company Apple Corps announced Thursday.



"Let It Be...Naked" strips the 1969 album of Phil Spector's lavish production effects, returning to Sir Paul McCartney (news)'s original idea for the recording. "This is the noise we made in the studio," McCartney said of the new version. "It's exactly as it was in the room. You're right there now."


"Let It Be...Naked" mostly keeps the same track listing as the original album, which featured songs Let It Be, The Long and Winding Road, Get Back and Across the Universe.


Background dialogue, Dig It and Maggie Mae have been taken off the album, and Don't Let Me Down has been added, Apple Corps said.


Most of "Let It Be" was recorded in 1969 for an album which was to have been called "Get Back," showing The Beatles returning to their roots as a four-piece rock-and-roll band. But the group was splitting up and the album was abandoned.


Spector was later brought in to convert hundreds of hours of tape into an album, renamed "Let It Be."


Ringo Starr (news) told Rolling Stone magazine earlier this year: "Paul was always totally opposed to Phil. I told him on the phone (recently), `You're bloody right again. It sounds great without Phil.' Which it does."


"Let It Be...Naked" is to be released by EMI Records on November 17.
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good. phil spector is a douche for fucking up that album.
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crap. one more cd to buy.
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cool. you said douche.
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cool. you said douche.

i calls `em like i see's `em.
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1) It's a stupid name. They should've called it Get Back or something. Reminds me uncomfortably of Unfinished Music 1 (the only thing worse than seeing Yoko Ono naked was hearing her sing).

2) I honestly didn't think Phil Spector's production was that bad, except on "The Long and Winding Road," which was nigh unlistenable. Still, I can't wait to hear "Across the Universe" without all the choirs and strings.

3) Will "I Me Mine" repeat Spector's trick of using the one verse twice? Harrison's two songs on this album are really underrated, by the way.

4) To defend Spector again (er, his production, anyway, and not those other areas in his life in which he may need defending), listen to Plastic Ono Band, one of the most raw albums ever recorded. Same guy at the switchboards. Someone once said something along the lines of, "I bet all you had to do to keep Phil Spector from messing with your music was say, 'Hey, Phil, don't mess with my music.' And he wouldn't."

5) I like that "Don't Let Me Down" is on it now. I always thought it should've been on there. They played it a lot on the rooftop concert, even. I guess it'll use the original, George Martin-produced B-side instead of a splice of live performances or something? And yeah, I think we can all live without "Dig It" and "Maggie Mae," even though they added somewhat to the loose mood of the album (which Spector's production fought with, oddly).

6) Will it also use the single versions of "Let It Be" and "Get Back"? I prefer the album version of "Let It Be" because it had a much better solo. We'll probably get new versions.

7) How will this fit alongside all the other Beatles releases? I mean, since they've converted to CDs, we've had all the original UK albums, the two Past Masters volumes, the three Anthology volumes, a shitload of worthless compilations, and the Yellow Submarine reissue. So I guess it'll just serve as a companion to the original album, which will remain available, instead of replacing it.
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yes, we can live without dig it. i've done my best to forget about that song.
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what was Paul's comment on Phil's production?

"It sounds like someone threw up over all the tracks?'

need i say more?
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need i say more?
Wouldn't hurt.
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what was Paul's comment on Phil's production?

"It sounds like someone threw up over all the tracks?'

need i say more?
Agreed...although, Lennon's defense of Spector was pretty funny - he said something like Spector "took the shittiest load of badly recorded shit and made something out of it".
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This bugs me, and will moreso when we see the sky high asking price for a single cd of about 30 minutes worth of music. The 'unspectorised' versions of most of these songs were on the Anthology anyway.
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the beatles will have another #1 album
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Cool!
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they have to beat the tie with elvis, it's only expected that they'd have to put out SOMETHING...
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