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Beatles ‘Let It Be’ Box Gets a Four-Track Sneak Preview With Alternate Takes and Mixes

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      Beatles ‘Let It Be’ Box Gets a Four-Track Sneak Preview With Alternate Takes and Mixes

        jimmix wrote:

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        Beatles ‘Let It Be’ Box Gets a Four-Track Sneak Preview With Alternate Takes and Mixes

        So, we have "new" mixes,"vintage" mixes, previously unheard "alternate" mixes.  Any other mixes floatine around???  angelwink

          Now we have "The Long And Winding Road!"  Giles Martin did a fine job.  To my ears, he seems to have been able to tone down the angelic choir a bit so the song is not so overwhelmed by it and the heavy orchestration....as was the Spector version.  Paul wanted it all gone, but Giles had to stick to the original as much as possible.  It's such a beautiful song with such a great melody that it can't be destroyed....even by Spector.  I may start appreciating the album far more than I once did actually.  I mean it has three number one singles written by Paul and one of Lennon's best songs ever...."Across The Universe."  I love George's rocker "I Me Mine" as well.  Great guitar work! The album needs "Don't Let me Down" added, however.  Why that song was left off the album is a huge mystery to me.  We can easitly do away with "Dig It" and "Maggie Mae."  Those two should never have been there in the first place....IMO.  We didn't and really don't need them them to prove The Beatles were playing live in the studio.  Billy Preston added so much to everything.  Can't iimagine "Get Back" without his rockin' piano part. That song, in fact, is one of their best rockers ever. It will be fun to watch how it all came together in the studio in the upcoming documentary!  Happy Preston was there for the album and for parts of "Abbey Road" as well.  Invaluable!  

              My CD set came yesterday from Amazon - discounted $21.99 from original price so was only $117.99! My friend got the vinyl for $137.99 (saved $61.99!) 

                Target is selling the Let It Be vinyl LP with a t-shirt, WalMart with 4 b&w prints of each of them, and Barnes & Noble with a tote bag. $37.97-$39.99.

                  Beatles4Ever wrote:

                  Now we have "The Long And Winding Road!"  Giles Martin did a fine job.  To my ears, he seems to have been able to tone down the angelic choir a bit so the song is not so overwhelmed by it and the heavy orchestration....as was the Spector version.  Paul wanted it all gone, but Giles had to stick to the original as much as possible.  It's such a beautiful song with such a great melody that it can't be destroyed....even by Spector.  I may start appreciating the album far more than I once did actually.  I mean it has three number one singles written by Paul and one of Lennon's best songs ever...."Across The Universe."  I love George's rocker "I Me Mine" as well.  Great guitar work! The album needs "Don't Let me Down" added, however.  Why that song was left off the album is a huge mystery to me.  We can easitly do away with "Dig It" and "Maggie Mae."  Those two should never have been there in the first place....IMO.  We didn't and really don't need them them to prove The Beatles were playing live in the studio.  Billy Preston added so much to everything.  Can't iimagine "Get Back" without his rockin' piano part. That song, in fact, is one of their best rockers ever. It will be fun to watch how it all came together in the studio in the upcoming documentary!  Happy Preston was there for the album and for parts of "Abbey Road" as well.  Invaluable!  

                  Haven't heard the new mixes yet, but I can't imagine anything retaining the basic Spector arrangement of The Long and Winding Road being more than barely tolerable to my ears. I will always regard the Wings Over America version of that song as the definitive version. And to me the "Naked" version of Across the Universe is definitive. It's such an exquisite song and doesn't need any of the sludge that Spector poured over it.

                    Bruce... I can't stand Phil Spector as an individual... He was a knob... a murderous one, at that... but I never had a problem with his version of The Long and Winding Road....  I love the more primal version too... but it's a great song... either way...I know Paul hated the Spector version, and sent out a letter (it's somewhere in the Anthology book) for him to desist... but I still think the Mad Man did a great job.... I love it.

                    But yet, when Paul did the version of this epic song for Give My Regards to Broad Street.... it was far more overproduced than anything Spector did.... I always found that a bit weird.... after all the compaints.

                    Either way... I love the song... in every version.