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Old 10-22-2007, 09:58 PM   #1
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Let It Be: Naked --- Better, Worse, or Meh?

So, I never picked up Let It Be: Naked when it came out. I was curious about it, but not enough to buy it, and at the time I didn't know anyone who had it that I could burn it from. It's got me curious again, but I'd love to hear what people who have it and the original think about it. Is it worth it? Is the original better? Or are there some tracks that are better on one, but other tracks better on the other?

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I don't think it was a good as I was expecting. The only track I really wanted to hear was the non-Phil Spectorized Long and Winding Road.
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I own Let It Be Naked but don't have Let It Be, so I haven't actually listened to the originals in awhile (though I have some from Beatles 1). but I loooove Let It Be Naked...i think Let It Be is really underrated
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I really love Don't Let Me Down and the re-worked Long and Winding Road. The rest aren't huge improvements over the original.

The essential Across the Universe is the one off the Past Masters disc. Children's choir ftw.
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It's still their weakest album since Beatles for Sale (if you don't include Yellow Submarine as an actual album). The main reason is that there's really only 2 new Lennon compositions here. Across the Universe is a classic and Dig a Pony is an underrated gem, but One After 909 was written when John was like 16. Including Don't Let Me Down helps, as it's better than almost every song on there.

As much as I dislike Paul, it's easy to see why he was pissed off at the embellishments to his songs. Having said that, I think Paul's vocal on The Long and Winding Road is a little overdone anyway, and without all the extra garbage supporting him, it sticks out even more on Naked.

I'm also not sure what the point was in moving Get Back to the front of the album. Because it was originally the title song? So Paul can have the lead track all to himself? Either way, I think Two of Us at least got the thing off to a friendly start, as if to dispel the bad feelings behind the band's breakup. I've never been a huge fan of Get Back either. I do like Let it Be at the end better, though you'd think The Long and Winding Road would be a more obvious closer.

And why get rid of the Maggie Mae and Dig It interludes? They're better than the awful For You Blue, which was probably moved to track #3 to make George feel like his contributions were more important. One last thing, if you're going to add non-album track Don't Let Me Down, why not throw The Ballad of John & Yoko on here too? Wasn't it recorded between the White Album sessions and this album? Again, it's better than most of what IS on Let It Be. We'll leave Old Brown Shoe in the b-sides dustbin where it belongs, thank you.

A good experiment would be to try and compile a definitive collection from all these options, which could actually approach a great album, even if it could never reach the heights of the other classics it's surrounded by. You might be able to come up with something at least as good as Help!

Without giving it a test drive listen, here's a rough idea off the top of my head:

1. Two of Us
2. One After 909
3. I Me Mine
4. Dig It
5. Let it Be
6. Don't Let Me Down
7. I've Got a Feeling
8. Maggie Mae
9. The Ballad of John & Yoko
10. For You Blue
11. Get Back
12. Across the Universe
13. The Long and Winding Road

I preserved the Dig It-->Let It Be transition, though it always seemed strange to go from a humorous little John bit to a fairly serious and moving track. Feel free to tamper with that one, another option being to stick Dig a Pony right after Dig It and make a little "Dig" suite. I moved 909 to the top because disposable rockers are good near the top of an album. I added in John & Yoko, and think Maggie Mae has a similar style that makes a nice lead-in.

Personally I'd like to get rid of For You Blue, but for completion's sake I buried it near the end of the album. Across the Universe is a nice epic song that may be better followed by the stripped down Winding Road, but I still have my reservations about that version.

This album now has 4 VERY strong John tracks, and the more I look at it the more I think I'd prefer it to Rubber Soul in this form.

Let me know what you think. More thoughts after I try it out.
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I think 'let it be naked' is always a good option ... unless you are on The Biggest Loser. Then it can be kind of gross.
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A couple other points--John & Paul tended to alternate songs on their albums, and I tried to keep with this tradition. Also, I flirted with including You Know My Name, which is a total good off, but considering how loose this album was SUPPOSED to be, it could work. Feel free to try putting that one in there somewhere.
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Were the White Album, Abbey Road, and Let It Be all from the same sessions, or just the latter two?
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Were the White Album, Abbey Road, and Let It Be all from the same sessions, or just the latter two?
The White Album sessions were mid-1968. Let It Be (the "Get Back" sessions) was late-1968 (not sure if it coincided with the White Album work) and ended January 31st, 1969, the day after the rooftop performance. Abbey Road was summer 1969, with the completion of "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" on 20 August 1969 being the last time that all four Beatles were together in the same studio.


At least according to wikipedia.
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wow lazarus, you really hate paul!
and apparently think that john shat golden turds.
you must be in college, right?
don't sweat it, you'll get over it...

he shat turds, alright. doubt if they were always made of gold...

personally, i like the stripped version of the album. tho i agree it's a pretty 'meh' starting point.

you already know the big songs on here. if the overdone arrangements are trying to you, then you might like the stripped down versions. personally, i've never liked 'the long and winding road' or 'across the universe'. both are too contrived in my ears, taking the orchestras and bullshit off them didn't change that for me.

there's a few gems on here. 'two of us' remains one of my favorite beatles' songs ever, no matter what form. 'dig a pony' is pretty hot, too. not their top form, but pretty good stuff resides here. probably the first instance of a band (or label) capitalizing on their legacy after their demise (i'm talking about the original release of 'let it be'). i'm not sure how invested the band was in releasing this for the public to hear. would be glad to be educated about this...

lastly, i'll say that the 'bonus' disc on the 'naked' version of the album is absolute shit. bands go into studios, make cool shit happen, share the results. i'm not sure i want to hear the whole process. check that, i don't want to hear it. i got about 2 minutes into the bonus shit and turned it off forever. 20 second snippets of conversations and musical farts that we can hear in more fleshed out forms on releases we already have? i'm surprised they didn't include a recording of john (or paul for that matter) laying one of those golden turds in the toilet.
or maybe they did...
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The White Album sessions were mid-1968. Let It Be (the "Get Back" sessions) was late-1968 (not sure if it coincided with the White Album work) and ended January 31st, 1969, the day after the rooftop performance. Abbey Road was summer 1969, with the completion of "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" on 20 August 1969 being the last time that all four Beatles were together in the same studio.


At least according to wikipedia.
That might still be confusing to the casual fan. After the more organic, stripped down Let it Be sessions were temporarily shelved, they decided to go back and make an album the way they used to, locked up with George Martin in the studio doing their usual experimentation. The result was Abbey Road. Released before Let It Be but technically their last recorded album. Lennon brought Phil Spector to take another look at the Let it Be tapes, he added all the choir and strings stuff, and Paul left the band as a result. The album was released after it had been made public that the band had officially broken up.
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wow lazarus, you really hate paul!
and apparently think that john shat golden turds.
you must be in college, right?
don't sweat it, you'll get over it...

he shat turds, alright. doubt if they were always made of gold...

personally, i like the stripped version of the album. tho i agree it's a pretty 'meh' starting point.

you already know the big songs on here. if the overdone arrangements are trying to you, then you might like the stripped down versions. personally, i've never liked 'the long and winding road' or 'across the universe'. both are too contrived in my ears, taking the orchestras and bullshit off them didn't change that for me.

there's a few gems on here. 'two of us' remains one of my favorite beatles' songs ever, no matter what form. 'dig a pony' is pretty hot, too. not their top form, but pretty good stuff resides here. probably the first instance of a band (or label) capitalizing on their legacy after their demise (i'm talking about the original release of 'let it be'). i'm not sure how invested the band was in releasing this for the public to hear. would be glad to be educated about this...

lastly, i'll say that the 'bonus' disc on the 'naked' version of the album is absolute shit. bands go into studios, make cool shit happen, share the results. i'm not sure i want to hear the whole process. check that, i don't want to hear it. i got about 2 minutes into the bonus shit and turned it off forever. 20 second snippets of conversations and musical farts that we can hear in more fleshed out forms on releases we already have? i'm surprised they didn't include a recording of john (or paul for that matter) laying one of those golden turds in the toilet.
or maybe they did...
dudeman, I haven't been in college since '94, but I still try to maintain the scholastic spirit. I don't want to get into a big John vs. Paul argument, but whereas John's "filler" consisted of some pretty great tunes like And Your Bird Can Sing or I'm So Tired, or Dig A Pony (which you yourself seem to admire), Paul's also-rans were either painful to listen to (Honey Pie, Lovely Rita) or just downright boring (For No One, Your Mother Should Know). At least John tried different things--Paul wrote that old timey grandma song 5 different times.

Anyway, I actually agree with much of your thoughts on Let It Be. Though I found the second disc a neat little window into their private world. I don't know that it was meant to be listened to more than once in a great while.

I don't currently have Let It Be...Naked ripped to my computer and I'm away from home, but did they strip down Across the Universe as well, or only the Paul songs? Because I think I'd agree with your sentiment on that one too.
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dudeman, I haven't been in college since '94, but I still try to maintain the scholastic spirit. I don't want to get into a big John vs. Paul argument, but whereas John's "filler" consisted of some pretty great tunes like And Your Bird Can Sing or I'm So Tired, or Dig A Pony (which you yourself seem to admire), Paul's also-rans were either painful to listen to (Honey Pie, Lovely Rita) or just downright boring (For No One, Your Mother Should Know). At least John tried different things--Paul wrote that old timey grandma song 5 different times.

Anyway, I actually agree with much of your thoughts on Let It Be. Though I found the second disc a neat little window into their private world. I don't know that it was meant to be listened to more than once in a great while.

I don't currently have Let It Be...Naked ripped to my computer and I'm away from home, but did they strip down Across the Universe as well, or only the Paul songs? Because I think I'd agree with your sentiment on that one too.
They stripped Across the Universe. It's basically the same as the Past Master without the kid choir and it has an obnoxious "Within You, Without You"-esque whooshing sound and more lo-fi mix. Anything is an improvement over the overdone album version though.
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Never heard it. I'm probably better off.
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