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In Reply to: RE: Let It Be - 47 years late posted by 1973shovel on July 06, 2017 at 20:57:30
While we're on the subject- The LP "Let it Be- Naked" is a great improvement on the original Phil Spector production. It's a study on how vital production decisions shape the music.
I'm still no fan of The Long And Winding Road , but at least without Spector's fiddling, the song is tolerable on Naked, and sounds the way McCartney intended.
Too bad there's not a stripped down version of George's All Things Must Pass LP, but alas, Spector's Wall Of Mud is all we have.
"Suddenly, I'm not half the man I used to be. 'Cause now I'm an amputee" J. Lennon
Ha! Yes, the "Long and Winding Road" is almost tolerable now!
The addition of "Don't Let Me Down" raises the real estate and the new song order really improves things. I marvel at how bringing up a guitar part or a harmony drastically changes things.
Phil Spector produced the Lennon version of "The Plastic Ono Band" and that's a great, raw, stark production. I heard Ringo in an interview say Spector arrived late and the group had already formulated the sound.
And the Ramones record "End of the Century" ain't bad either... but that said, all the Spector-isms on "Let It Be- Naked" are thankfully- gone.
PS- I'd love to hear "The Art of Dying" stripped down. That Clapton guitar intro and break is one for the ages... and those dense horns muck the song up!
The only thing I can say in Spector's favor on "Let It Be" is "Across the Universe". I prefer the Spector production over the stripped 'Naked' version. Otherwise, I'm not a Phil Spector fan.
Got a used VHS copy of Letter "B" about 15 years ago. Packaging was professional, but content was apparently an over-the-air copy. Ostensibly a 90's-era Australian Broadcasting Corporation transmission. Neither audio nor video quality was sterling, which kind of adds to the aura of this lost treasure. ... If L.I.B. is officially released, it'll probably be after Sir Paul's passing. He comes across as condescending-n-controlling, whilst trying to portray himself as still just one of the lads. Which adds irony to his eventual decision to be the first to officially leave the Beatles. But he kept the band together long enough to craft several classiques amidst all that chaos. Wasn't all dour-n-sour, though. What a treat to see John-n-Yoko waltzing to Paul's piano playing. And George helping Ringo with an idea which would germinate into "Octopus' Garden" on their "Abbey Road" album. Plus their final rooftop concert. "A Hard Day's Night" displayed the ascendant Beatles, whilst "Let It Be" caught them amidst descent. Brothers will argue, after all!!! ... 73s para Sactown
...suggests an argument in progress.
I may have seen a TV broadcast of this a couple of decades back.
If I could sum this in a short sentence it might go like this: After Brian Epstein passed, the cohesion was lost.
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