The Beatles
Let It Be… Naked


5.0
classic

Review

by sadisticmonkey USER (8 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 35 replies | 16,452 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


5 of 5 thought this review was well written

After many years of criticism over the Phil Spector studio souped rendition of the beatles "Let It Be". George Martin, and surviving members McCartney and Starkey have released us a landmark gem. Let it be...Naked.

The album takes the glam and studio filler that Spector so greedily put in...and replaces it with the bare bones tracks...the way they wanted it to be...

The result? A surprisingly better album/

What They Did:
- Rearranged Track numbers
- Removed Tracks 'Dig It' and 'Maggie Mae'
- Replaced 'Maggie Mae' with hit song 'Don't Let Me Down'
- Stripped pre and post song chatter and noise
- Removed Orchestra tracks
- Eliminated studio static and noise
- Included a second disk entitled 'Fly On The Wall' which is a unique insight into the beatles at work in rehearsal and in the studio during January 1969.

Now you may say that what they did was grave robbery...but let me assure you...this album has improved so much on its Spector version, it surprised even me... A huge beatles fan and purist.

Tracks
1. Get Back - With the removal of the pre song chatter, this song kicks off right away...only complaint is they end the song early and exclude the famous ending "I would like to thank you on behalf of the group, and i hope we passed the audition" Other than that, the song is remastered and amazingly produced.

2. Dig a Pony - Pre song start up has been removed to let the song begin without the false start. A very underrated beatles song...full of many Lennon'isms of Imagery and rock and roll magic.

3. For You Blue - Harrisons 12 bar blues contribution to the album.. Other than remixing...no changes are clearly made. Great song to bring back the bluesy side of the Beatles.

4. The Long and Winding Road - Most surprising track on the album... All orchestra and back vocals have been removed! leaving us with the four men, playing with all their heart. McCartneys vocals really stand out and make the song much more heartwarming than before...No Orchestra to glam the song out... Very Shocking

5. Two Of Us - Pre song shouting by Lennon has been removed (even though it was the coolest part of the song) the song is remixed and the vocals are very sharp and the drum isn't as tinny.

6. I've Got a Feeling - No as harsh sounding as the original...this track has been softened up a bit...but is still one of the groups harder rocking songs... Great remix

7. One After 909 - Being the first song ever written by Lennon/McCartney they decided to put this on let it be...remixed and noise reduced makes for a good Pop Song.. Nothing special but still fab.

8. Don't Let Me Down - One of the best hit songs from the group, that was never released on an album (just like Hey Jude). A very emotional song that is sang with heart...one of the most memorable songs from the rooftop concert. Great Track to replace 'Maggie Mae' which was just filler on the original.

9. I Me Mine - A remix and some acoustic tracks are added...a good song with some cool timings... One of Harrison's true rockers...a good space filler.

10. Across the Universe - Original version sounded like it was being sang into a tin can...this version has been remixed to perfection, making the vocals stick out...Once again, the orchestra has been removed to really focus on the beatles playing, and lennon's heart warming vocals.

11. Let It Be - The ultimate song. The original version to this song had a HORRID guitar solo in it that seemed so out of place. 2000's release of the beatles "#1's" album fixed the solo and made it a better song... Let It Be (2003) version adds more soothing organ and some amazingly soft backing vocals and a brand new guitar solo that isn't as good as the #1 version/single...The song is turned into more of a sad ballad than a rocker in this version. Very Very Nice touch.

All in all both versions of this album have their ups and downs.... From the original chatter to portray the bands Humour...to this versions stripped down raw recordings.

I reccommend this album to anyone who loves to hear the beatles musically and vocally... Without all the bells and whistles of say "Sgt. Peppers.." or "Magical Mystery Tour" this is a fitting piece for the near end of the group

Note: The second disk is a collection of recordings of the Let It Be rehearsals...very neat idea...and very cool!

5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
sadisticmonkey
August 11th 2004



107 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

re-looking at my review, I would recommend this cd to one crowd... Beatles fans who love them for the music...and thats all...

For those of you who love everything beatles, the minds, the imagination, the humour. Get Both versions of this album.

The chatter and extra nonsense in the original really add to the Let It Be experience.

This is a solid collection nonetheless. :thumb:

Woodstock
August 17th 2004



154 Comments


My Dad has this CD :thumb:
Good Review
Very,very good remake/re-release

Knoxvillelives
September 16th 2004



342 Comments


I did like the chatter in the original, but the songs sound much better on this. Whose idea was it to put Maggie Mae straight after Let it Be and the frankly **** Dig it before it!!? I felt sorry for Paul when he released this, he had obviously been miffed about the album's production and when he released this the papers had a field day with the whole, 'Why Paul can't just Let It be' headlines. I love this album, the solo in Let it Be is far better than the overly gained up one on the original, but not as good as the one on the #1 album.
One After 909, I Me Mine, For You Blue (excellent guitar) are all great under rated Beatles songs.

Knoxvillelives
September 16th 2004



342 Comments


[QUOTE=sadisticmonkey]re-looking at my review, I would recommend this cd to one crowd... Beatles fans who love them for the music...and thats all...

For those of you who love everything beatles, the minds, the imagination, the humour. Get Both versions of this album.

The chatter and extra nonsense in the original really add to the Let It Be experience.

This is a solid collection nonetheless. :thumb:[/QUOTE]

I agree, but the original made so many mistakes, the simple sabotaging of Let It Be by being snadwiched between two Lennon stinkers. The album didn't really kick off right with I Dig A Pony or finish right with Get Back, the way Naked does it is far better.

Which do you prefer? Fuzzy, raw Across The Universe or the slightly polished new version. I like the old one better.

Knoxvillelives
September 16th 2004



342 Comments


Does anyone know why they changed George's photo on the cover?

Woodstock
September 16th 2004



154 Comments


No Idea, maybe it looked wierd in black and white.

sadisticmonkey
September 17th 2004



107 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I enjoy Don't Let Me Down as an addition

Knoxvillelives
September 19th 2004



342 Comments


I dunno why they didn't put it in the first place, they performed it on the roof of Twickenham Studios. Sorry, i was mistaken before, 'The album didn#t start off right with I Dig A Pony' when it actually started with Two of Us.
Two Of us on Naked is much improved.

iceman3019
September 19th 2004



46 Comments


the beatles are the shit, and this re-release/album only adds to their greatness . . .

lennonlsd
September 25th 2004



6 Comments


any version of across the universe is just so **** good, if john sang this song tripped out on lsd it would sound farkin mad, greatest band ever, do any young beatles fans like myself get laughed at by ya mates, when will they see the light, i also enjoy for you blue, two of us and the long and winding road.

r.i.p lennon, you #@$%ing genious

Woodstock
September 25th 2004



154 Comments


I've Got a Feeling hasn't been mentioned yet. It's a great, simple song.

Knoxvillelives
September 25th 2004



342 Comments


I don't really like Feeling.
It's a bit...odd, in the sense that it's quite...dull.
Did any else hear John say, 'Everybody had a wet dream'? That's a hell of a feeling if they did
Anyway, people tend not to laugh, ppl tend to say stuff like, 'Metallica are obviously more musically talented at songwriting and playing than the Beatles' or 'Green Day are sooo much better than the Beatles'. Both gr8 bands but none compare to the Beatles. Why bother arguing, I tend to just laugh at these comments.

Woodstock
September 25th 2004



154 Comments


Laugh away.

Read the information packet in the CD. They have the funniest conversations.

sadisticmonkey
September 25th 2004



107 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I've got a feeling has the sexiest intro...although I prefer the original Let It Be version....less polished= more raw version

Knoxvillelives
December 21st 2004



342 Comments


I think that the original Let it Be was gr8, as all Beatles albums are, but it was a bad ending to their career, if only they'd released Abbey Road last eh?? Ah well

The convos on the second disc are pretty funny, I like Bongo singing his Ocean liner song.

morrissey
Moderator
December 21st 2004



1688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I was reluctant to get this one, I own the original Let it Be on LP, but never purchased it on CD. I did end up buying this CD, and I appreciate the addition of Don't Let Me Down (though I have heard much better versions than the one included on the album...), but I think this one could replace Let it Be.

morrissey
Moderator
December 21st 2004



1688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

[QUOTE=Knoxvillelives]I think that the original Let it Be was gr8, as all Beatles albums are, but it was a bad ending to their career, if only they'd released Abbey Road last eh?? Ah well

The convos on the second disc are pretty funny, I like Bongo singing his Ocean liner song.[/QUOTE]

Bongo? I assume you are thinking of that Morcambe (sp) and Wise skit, but... his name is Ringo.

sadisticmonkey
December 21st 2004



107 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

[QUOTE=Knoxvillelives]I think that the original Let it Be was gr8, as all Beatles albums are, but it was a bad ending to their career, if only they'd released Abbey Road last eh?? Ah well

The convos on the second disc are pretty funny, I like Bongo singing his Ocean liner song.[/QUOTE]

They Abbey Road was their last ALBUM...even though it wasn't released last...so I go by Abbey Road being a fitting end to their studio career

spankyoplank
December 21st 2004



5 Comments


I'll be honest, i never really loved the Beatles before this album, it's a brilliant album, and having just listened to a few of the older ones the difference is clear. Good work.

Knoxvillelives
February 4th 2005



342 Comments


Thanks Woodstock, I shall, but not in ur direction of course.
If you enjoyed the transcript of that convo, I recommend the Anthology CDs, full of that stuff.



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