The Beatles
Let It Be


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by Kevin Rhoads21 USER (2 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 54 replies | 9,333 views


Release Date: 1970 | Tracklist


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Rock/Pop The Beatles-Let it Be

#86 on the Rolling Stone Top 500 List

The Band
John Lennon-Guitar, Vocals
Paul Mcartney-Bass, Vocals
George Harrison-Guitar, Vocals
Ringo Starr-Drums

Released 1970, Remastered 1987, Let it Be Naked, containing extra songs, remasters, and an extra disc released 2003.

The Beatles last album, this is considered to be one of there best, number 3 or 4 on most peoples lists. The Beatles had already established an empire, the biggest of all time, at first singing Short, Happy pop songs meant for radio, reiventing themselves with Sgt. Peppers Lonley Hearts Club Band, and finally moving into more serious music and political, meaningful songs.

1. Two of Us
A good song to put at the beginning of an album, this one contains a thumping, bass filled backing part, and pauls vocals sounding very good, although not his best. 4/5

2. Dig a Pony
Possibly not the best song to help start an album, but defiently a good one, this song features Ringo and Paul creating a nice, smooth rythym, and Pauls vocals cutting through it. The lyrics arent great, but when you think about it, nothing else could really fit the song 4/5

3. Across the Universe
This song starts of with some nice acoustic playing, and John comes in singing shortly into the song. I don't know about the lyrics...they dont make a whole lot of sense, but they sound like John wrote them about something personal. The rythym section is pretty good on this song, but you cant really hear them, which might be good, considering you dont want a pounding rythym section behind acoustic guitar. 4.5/5

4. I Me Mine
One of the most underated beatles songs there is, this one is very good from my view. This ones written by Harrison, and the guitar parts in the beginning are nice, more distorted then most beatles songs. The song's incrediby infectious, it gets stuck in my head almost everytime I hear it. The song could be longer in my opinion, but its still very good. 5/5

5. Dig It
Interesting song, very very short, with the lyrics simply being the names of agencies and celebrites, pretty much an intro to Let it Be 3/5

6. Let it Be
A very famous song, a major hit for the Beatles, one of, if not the biggest on the album. Starts in with piano, and then vocals, with very good lyrics, more meaningful and deep then the other songs on the album. Harrisons guitar playing on this song is very good, and lennons backing guitar shines as well. The drumming is nice, and sticks out better then most of the other songs on the album 5/5

7. Maggie Mae
Another short song, with some nice acoustic guitar playing, and lyrics about a seductress. Not a bad song overall though 3.5/5

8. I've Got a Feeling
A very good song, written by Lennon and Mcartney, featuring a nice intro on guitar, and some nice singing, this song tends to be underated as well. The lyrics are nice, though they dont make a lot of sense, they fit the song. The main story on this track however, has got to be the rythym section, sending out some nice rythyms, and harrisons guitar playing, which is very good. 4.5/5

9. One after 909
One of Harrisons three tracks on the album, the first thing you think of this song is it is catchy, it imeaditley gets in your head. However getting past that, the song has Ringos best drumming on the album, and some nice bass by paul, and the end of the song has ringos rendition of "Danny Boy" and old folk song. 5/5

10. The Long and Winding Road
A classic song, another hit from the album, this one has some nice piano playing, and great vocals from Paul. Although many see it as a breakup song, it can be viewed as meaning alot of things, from being about women, or the government. I must say i love this track, its a very good song, the backing vocals by the choir towards the end are very good as well. 5/5

11. For you Blue
Another Harrison creation, this song has a choursed guitar and an acoustic guitar playing some nie rythms, and good drumming as well. the vocals seemed to be recorded with lesser quality then the other ones on the album, they seem to have to much bass at many times. The lyrics are simple, about a breakup apparently, but like most beatles songs it can be interpreted wrong {e.g. Charles Manson}

12. Get Back
The third biggest hit off this album, it features some upbeat guitar playing, and some fast paced playing by the rythym section. The lyrics tell the story of two people, jojo who thought he was a loner, but he knew it couldnt last, sweet lereta marlin, who though she was a woman but was another man, and then tell them all to "get back to where they once belonged" Very good track 5/5

This album is a must for beatles fans, but people just starting on the beatles should look at Revolver, or Rubber Soul first. However this album is very good, featuring wonderful musicianship, and great songwriting. The weakest point would be the lyrics, which are good at some points, but are not consistintley strong. I would give this album a 4.5/5


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Paranoidd
August 30th 2004



27 Comments


Good review.

One of my favorite Beatles albums.

Bartender
Emeritus
August 30th 2004



826 Comments


Good review, just remember brackets for the genre in the future

sr800bkBassist
August 30th 2004



115 Comments


did Rod Stewart cover Maggie May(or Mae)? because i remember Rod Stewart had a song called Maggie May, and the lyrics were "Wake up Maggy, i think i've got somethin' to say to you..."

sadisticmonkey
August 30th 2004



107 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

different song....

Maggie Mae is a traditional folk song

themightyquinn23
August 30th 2004



54 Comments


Great reivew. Two Of Us is my personal favorite song on here, and Get Back and Across The Universe are up there as well.

Woodstock
August 30th 2004



154 Comments


Good review!

Dig A Pony and Across the Universe are my favorite songs.

XxBeatles_ReVolVerxX
August 31st 2004



2 Comments


[FONT=Century Gothic]Let it be is a good album. It was their last album to be released but Abbey Road was actually the last one they recorded.
Have you guys heard "Let it be Naked"? It's pretty much the same songs only without the effects and stuff. Also its a double disc set so you also get "Fly on the wall" which is like a Cd with the beatles talking and jamming and stuff. So Which version do you guys think is better, the origional "Let It be" or "Let It Be Naked"?? :confused:


-DiZzy
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Woodstock
August 31st 2004



154 Comments


Hate to say it, but I think Let it Be Naked is better.

sadisticmonkey
September 1st 2004



107 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

[QUOTE=XxBeatles_ReVolVerxX][FONT=Century Gothic]Let it be is a good album. It was their last album to be released but Abbey Road was actually the last one they recorded.
Have you guys heard "Let it be Naked"? It's pretty much the same songs only without the effects and stuff. Also its a double disc set so you also get "Fly on the wall" which is like a Cd with the beatles talking and jamming and stuff. So Which version do you guys think is better, the origional "Let It be" or "Let It Be Naked"?? :confused:


-DiZzy
[/FONT]
[/QUOTE]

Naked is better for straight listening....

original let it be is better for the history of the band

Seafroggys
September 2nd 2004



60 Comments


Hmmm, Paul didn't sing Dig a Pony, John did. I'm surprised you can't distinguish their voices.

George did not write One After 909. That was a song John and Paul wrote in like 1961 when they were doing clubs. They just never recorded it until the Let it Be sessions (hence why it sounds the way it does).

I have Let it Be Naked, and I like it pretty well. Its fun to drum along to (especially putting my own rock beats into songs like Two of Us, thats fun).

Beatles=God
November 13th 2004



3 Comments


Ok Review, but you need to get your facts straight before you review an album, though

Peace

Badmoon
November 13th 2004



384 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

3. Across the Universe

4.5/5


5/5 surely, same with many of the others.

Bartender
Emeritus
November 13th 2004



826 Comments


Maybe he was rating the tracks in relation to each other, rather than an absolute.

enpsychopedia
November 13th 2004



34 Comments


"Get back! Get Back! Get back to where you once belonged!"


I love that song.

Iai
Emeritus
June 16th 2005



3553 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Weak, weak album. Only beaten by Sgt. Peppers as the worst post-Help! Beatles record.

Med57
Moderator
June 16th 2005



1001 Comments


How on earth did this get to #86 on the Rolling Stone list? Let It Be...Naked is far better than this, and I'd give it about 2.5/5.

robo2448
June 16th 2005



132 Comments


This is a briliant album. If you try to compare this album with The White Album or Abbey Road you will be disappointed. If you just listen to it to enjoy the music though, you will like it. Dig A Pony was sung by John though, and One After 909 was an old song from their early days that they didn't get around to recording until here. This album also provides a tremendous insight into how the band was breaking apart though. I've Got A Feeling is my favorite song on here. Your review was pretty good except for those two mistakes and 1-2 other missed details.

Iai
Emeritus
June 16th 2005



3553 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

^I don't like the White Album, and I haven't heard Abbey Road. I still don't like this.

Badmoon
June 17th 2005



384 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

How on earth did this get to #86 on the Rolling Stone list? Let It Be...Naked is far better than this, and I'd give it about 2.5/5.


Maybe Let it Be...Naked is better, but "far better"? I find the differences to be too slim to label one far better than other.

drummerguy274
July 20th 2005



32 Comments


pretty good review as is the album



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