The BEATLES


Let It Be
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(1970 / 2009)



1. Two Of Us 3'36
(John Lennon / Paul McCartney)
Recorded: January 31, 1969 at APPLE STUDIOS, London, England
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2. Dig A Pony 3'55
(John Lennon / Paul McCartney)
Recorded: January 30, 1969 on the rooftop of APPLE STUDIOS, London, England
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3. Across The Universe 3'48
(John Lennon / Paul McCartney)
Recorded: February 4, 1968 at ABBEY ROAD, London, England with overdubbing on February 8, 1968.
Re-produced and Remixed by Phil Spector in March, 1970 with overdubs added July 10-11, 1969 and August 6, 1969
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4. I Me Mine 2'26
(George Harrison)
Recorded: January 3, 1970 at ABBEY ROAD, London, England.
Re-produced and Remixed by Phil Spector on April 1, 1970
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5. Dig It 0'51
(John Lennon / Paul McCartney / George gHarrison / Richard S'arkey)
Recorded: January 26, 1969 at APPLE STUDIOS, London, England
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6. Let It Be 4'03
(John Lennon / Paul McCartney)
Recorded: January 31, 1969 at APPLE STUDIOS, London, England with overdubs added April 30, 1969 and January 4, 1970.
Re-produced and Remixed by Phil Spector in March, 1970
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7. Maggie Mae 0'40
{public domain, Arr. John Lennon / Paul McCartney}
Recorded: January 24, 1969 at APPLE STUDIOS, London, England
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8. I've Got A Feeling 3'37
(John Lennon / Paul McCartney)
Recorded: January 30, 1969 on the rooftop of APPLE STUDIOS, London, England
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9. One After 909 2'54
(John Lennon / Paul McCartney)
Recorded: January 30, 1969 on the rooftop of APPLE STUDIOS, London, England
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10. The Long And Winding Road 3'38
(John Lennon / Paul McCartney)
Recorded: January 31, 1969 at APPLE STUDIOS, London, England.
Re-produced and Remixed by Phil Spector on April 1, 1970
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11. For You Blue 2'32
(George Harrison)
Recorded: January 25, 1969 at APPLE STUDIOS, London, England
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12. Get Back 3'09
(John Lennon / Paul McCartney)
Recorded: January 27, 1969 at APPLE STUDIOS, London, England
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Total Time: 35:09


  • John Lennon - Acoustic Guitar )1, 3, 5, 7), Lead Guitar (2, 8, 12), Wah-Wah Guitar (3), Rhythm Guitar (9), Steel Guitar (11), Bass Guitar (6, 10), Lead Vocal (1-3, 5, 7-9), Harmony Vocal (6, 12)
  • Paul McCartney - Bass Guitar (2, 4, 8, 9, 11, 12), Acoustic Guitar (1, 7), Piano (3, 4-6, 10, 11), Lead Vocal (1, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12), Harmony Vocal (2, 4, 7)
  • George Harrison - Lead Guitar (1, 4, 6, 9), Acoustic Guitar (4, 11), Rhythm Guitar (2, 8, 12), Sitar (3), Bass Guitar (5), 6-String Bass Guitar (7), Lead Vocal (4, 11), Harmony Vocal (6)
  • Ringo Starr - Drums (1, 2, 4-9, 11, 12), Maracas (3, 6)
  • Billy Preston - Electric Piano (2, 6, 8, 9, 12), Organ (4-6)
  • Session Musicians - Strings (3, 4, 10), Choir (3, 10), Harp (10), Drums (10) (overdubbed by Phil Spector)

    Reproduced for Disc by Phil Spector

    Principal Engineers: Clyn Johns
    This remastered album has been created from the original stereo analogue Master Tapes.
    Orchestral Ovebdubs and Mixing: Peter Sown
    Remastered by Sam Okell. Steve Rooke and Guy Massey
    Project Co-ordinator: Allan Rouse
    Historical Notes: Kevin Howtett and Mike Heatley
    Recording Notes: Allan Rouse and Kevin Howiett
    Project Management for EMI RECORDS Ltd: Wendy Day and Guy Hayden

    An E.M.I, RECORDING.
    Thanks to George Martin, Geoff Emerick and Phillip McDonald.
    Original front and back Cover Photographs by Iain Macmillan, Abbey Road, London, 8 Aug 69

    Thanks To George Martin
    Thanks To Simon Gibson

    All Tracks Lennon / McCartney
    Except Tracks 4 & 11, Harrison,
    Track 5 Lennon / McCorlney / Harrison/Slarkey and track 7 Trad. Arr. Lennon/McCartney/Harrison / S'arkey

    All Songs Published by SONY / ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC
    Except Tracks 4 & 11, HORNSONGS Ltd.,
    5, SONY / ATV MUSIC Publishing LLC / HARRTSONGS Ltd./WARNER-CHAPPELL MUSIC Ltd,
    7, SONY / ATV MUSIC Publishing LLC / EATON MUSIc Ltd. / HORFISONGs Ltd.

    Digital Remaster 2009
    Artwork 2009 APPLE Corps Ltd.
    Photo Retouching: Gavin O'Neill
    Photo Editing and Research: Aaron Bremncr and Dorcas Lynn

    Remaster 2009 by EMI RECORDS Ltd.
    2009 EMl RECORDS Ltd.

    APPLE and PARLOPHONE
    "BEATLES", "APPLE" and the APPLE Logos are Trademarks of APPLE Corps Ltd.

    HISTORICAL NOTES

    The twelfth and final Beatles album was released in the UK on 8"1 May, 1 970 to coincide with the arrival in cinemas later that month of their last feature film Let /f Be. The luxurious British version presented the LP in a box with a glossy book of photographs and transcribed dialogue from the rehearsals and sessions for the album. These had taken place in January, 1969 at Twickenham Film Studios and in the basement studio of the headquarters of Apple in London's West End.
    Apart from the release of 'Get Back' and 'Don't Let Me Down' on a single in April, the recordings from January remained unreleased in 1969. During the summer, the group returned to their creative home at EMI's studios and focussed their energies on a new album. When Abbey Road was released in September, The BEATLES were heard in a pristine production - the result of their customary painstaking multi-track recording with producer George Martin. However, the approach of their unfinished project from earlier in the year was very different and the songs had been recorded with no studio effects or overdubbing of voices and instruments. During the early months of 1970, with the completion of the documentary film now imminent, the tracks from January of the previous year were dusted off and prepared for release. Footage of 'I Me Mine' being rehearsed was prominent in the movie but the song had never been taped in a studio. Consequently, it was the last Beatles song to be recorded on 3r January, 1 970 - although, because John was in Denmark that week, only three of the group were present. The last Beatles recording session took place on the next day when overdubs were added to 'Let It Be' - the song which was released as their twenty-second British single on 6th March, 1970.
    A few weeks later, the 'no overdubs' rule was completely disregarded when Phil Spector 'reproduced' the tracks featured on Let It Be. One of the songs most radically changed was 'The Long And Winding Road', which was given a new musical arrangement featuring an orchestra and choir. When it was released as a single in the USA, coupled with 'For You Blue', it became the group's last American number one in June, 1970. Despite selling in the UK at over a third above the usual price, the lavish Let It Be package reached number one in the album chart and stayed there for three weeks.
    The box set was deleted in November, 1 970, when it was replaced by the LP in a conventional record sleeve. The album was listed on the UK chart for 59 weeks. In the USA, Let It Be had a gatefold sleeve and was number one for four of the 55 weeks of its initial run in the chart. Let It Be... Naked was released in 2003 and features remixes and alternative takes from the January, 1 969 sessions - without the Phil Spector supervised overdubs.

    RECORDING NOTES

    With each successive album, the music of The BEATLES had progressed in tandem with advances in recording technology - developments that were often made as a direct result of the constant quest for new sounds and more complex arrangements by the group and their producer George Martin. But in January, 1969, The BEATLES decided to return to basics both in their musical approach and how they worked in the studio. Their intention was to make a record as simply as when they first began at Abbey Road - performing live and captured directly on tape with little change to the sound coming from the studio.
    Starting on 2 January, they rehearsed at Twickenham Film Studios for a proposed televised live concert. When this plan was eventually discarded, The BEATLES reunited at their own studio in the basement of their Apple HQ at 3, Savile Row in London. While recording there, they stayed true to the principle of a live performance with a rule of no studio effects or overdubbing of additional instruments or vocals. Two new faces were present at these sessions: keyboard player Billy Preston and freelance engineer Glyn Johns, who had recently worked with the Rolling Stones. Recording on equipment borrowed from EMI, their work in the Apple Studio began on 22nd January and continued until 31sl January, 1969. By the end of the first week of sessions, they had completed 'For You Blue', 'Get Back' and the B-Side 'Don't Let Me Down'. Most of the other songs on Let It Be were recorded during the last two days of the month.
    On 30 January, The BEATLES braved the winter weather for an unannounced lunchtime concert on the roof of their office building. Their last ever public performance was witnessed by bemused onlookers in the street and on adjacent rooftops and, of course, a film crew directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg. The following day, they were filmed while recording three songs unsuitable for the open air - the piano-based ballads 'Let It Be' and 'The Long And Winding Road' and the gentle acoustic song 'Two Of Us' - in what was described as the 'Apple Studio Performance'. Although 'Get Back' and 'Don't Let Me Down' emerged fairly swiftly on a single released in April, the rest of the material from the Apple sessions stayed on the shelf. The BEATLES were soon immersed in recording their next LP at Abbey Road studios and so Glyn Johns was asked to select, mix and assemble the songs from January for an album entitled Get Back. His brief was to make it match the documentary nature of the forthcoming film and so he included studio chatter, incomplete takes and some early rehearsal performances. He submitted different versions of a Get Back LP in May, 1969 and January, 1970 but both were rejected. The recordings were eventually released after producer Phil Spector - starting from scratch - completely remixed, edited and compiled Let it Be in just over a week. Known for his distinctive 'Wall of Sound' production style, he decided to give three of the songs orchestral overdubs. These were done in one session on 1st April, 1970 and were recorded by engineer Peter Bown. As none of the songs had spare tracks for overdubbing, in each case, the eight-track tape was copied to a second tape while simultaneously mixing some of the tracks together to create space for the orchestra.
    Two songs that had been recorded at Abbey Road were added to those drawn from the Apple sessions. Dating from February, 1968, 'Across The Universe' had recently surfaced on a World Wildlife Fund charity album called No One's Gonna Change Our World. By slowing down the four-track tape and adding orchestra and choir, Phil Spector created a very different sounding version. The final Beatles recording from January, 1970 - 'I Me Mine' - was lengthened by editing and remixed on his last day of work on the album, 2nd April, 1970. As had been the case with their previous album Abbey Road, it was not considered necessary to create a mono mix for Let It Be.





    1. Two Of Us

      Two of us riding nowhere Spending someone's
      Hard earned pay
      Two of us Sunday driving
      Not arriving
      On our way back home
      We're on our way home
      We're on our way home
      We're going home

      Two of us sending postcards
      Writing letters
      On my wall
      You and me burning matches
      Lifting latches
      On our way back home
      We're on our way home
      We're on our way home
      We're going home

      You and I have memories
      Longer than the road that stretches out ahead

      Two of us wearing raincoats
      Standing so low
      In the sun
      You and me chasing paper
      Getting nowhere
      On our way back home
      We're on our way home
      We're on our way home
      We're going home

      You and I have memories
      Longer than the road that stretches out ahead

      Two of us wearing raincoats
      Standing so low
      In the sun
      You and me chasing paper
      Getting nowhere
      On our way back home
      We're on our way home
      We're on our way home
      We're going home

      We're going home
      Better believe it

    2. Dig A Pony

      I dig a pony
      Well you can celebrate anything you want
      Well you can celebrate anything you want
      Ooh.
      I do a road hog
      Well you can penetrate any place you go
      Yes you can penetrate any place you go
      I told you, all I want is you.
      Ev'rything has got to bejust like you want it to
      Because--

      I pick a moon dog
      Well you can radiate ev'rything you are
      Yes you can radiate ev'rything you are--
      Ooh.
      I roll a stoney
      Well you can imitate ev'ryone you know
      Yes you can imitate ev'ryone you know
      I told you, all I want is you.
      Ev'rything has got to bejust like you want it to
      Because--

      I feel the wind blow
      Well you can indicate ev'rything you see
      Yes you can indicate ev'rything you see--
      Ooh.
      I dug a pony
      Well you can syndicate any boat you row
      Yes you can syndicate any boat you row
      I told you, all I want is you.
      Ev'rything has got to bejust like you want it to
      Because

    3. Across The Universe

      Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup,
      They slither while they pass, they slip away across the universe
      Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my open mind,
      Possessing and caressing me.
      Jai guru deva om
      Nothing's gonna change my world,
      Nothing's gonna change my world.

      Images of broken light which dance before me like a million eyes,
      That call me on and on across the universe,
      Thoughts meander like a restless wind inside a letter box they
      Tumble blindly as they make their way
      Across the universe
      Jai guru deva om
      Nothing's gonna change my world,
      Nothing's gonna change my world.

      Sounds of laughter shades of earth are ringing
      Through my open views inviting and inciting me
      Limitless undying love which shines around me like a
      million suns, it calls me on and on
      Across the universe
      Jai guru deva om
      Nothing's gonna change my world,
      Nothing's gonna change my world.

    4. I Me Mine

      All thru' the day I me mine, I me mine, I me mine.
      All thru' the night I me mine, I me mine, I me mine.
      Now they're frightened of leaving it
      Ev'ryone's weaving it,
      Coming on strong all the time,
      All thru' the day I me mine.

      I-me-me mine, I-me-me mine,
      I-me-me mine, I-me-me mine.

      All I can hear I me mine, I me mine, I me mine.
      Even those tears I me mine, I me mine, I me mine.
      No-one's frightened of playing it
      Ev'ryone's saying it,
      Flowing more freely than wine,
      All thru' the day I me mine.

      I-me-me mine, I-me-me mine,
      I-me-me mine, I-me-me mine.

      All I can hear I me mine, I me mine, I me mine.
      Even those tears I me mine, I me mine, I me mine.
      No-one's frightened of playing it
      Ev'ryone's saying it,
      Flowing more freely than wine,
      All thru' your life I me mine.

    5. Dig It


      Like a rolling stone
      A like a rolling stone
      Like the FBI and the CIA
      And the BBC--BB King
      And Doris Day
      Matt Busby
      Dig it, dig it, dig it
      Dig it, dig it, dig it, dig it, dig it, dig it, dig it, dig it

      [That was 'Can You Dig It' by Georgie Wood. And now we'd like to do 'Hark The
      Angels Come'.]

    6. Let it Be

      When I find myself in times of trouble
      Mother Mary comes to me
      Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
      And in my hour of darkness
      She is standing right in front of me
      Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
      Let it be, let it be.
      Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.

      And when the broken hearted people
      Living in the world agree,
      There will be an answer, let it be.
      For though they may be parted there is
      Still a chance that they will see
      There will be an answer, let it be.
      Let it be, let it be. Yeah
      There will be an answer, let it be.

      And when the night is cloudy,
      There is still a light that shines on me,
      Shine on until tomorrow, let it be.
      I wake up to the sound of music
      Mother Mary comes to me
      Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
      Let it be, let it be.
      There will be an answer, let it be.
      Let it be, let it be,
      Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.

    7. Maggie Mae

      Oh dirty Maggie Mae they have taken her away
      And she never walk down Lime Street any more
      Oh the judge he guilty found her
      For robbing a homeward bounder
      That dirty no good robbin' Maggie Mae
      To the port of Liverpool
      They returned me to
      Two pounds ten a week, that was my pay

    8. I've Got A Feeling

      I've got a feeling, a feeling deep inside
      Oh yeah, Oh yeah.
      I've got a feeling, a feeling I can't hide
      Oh no. Oh no, Oh no,
      Yeah I've got a feeling.

      Oh please believe me, I'd hate to miss the train
      Oh yeah, Oh yeah.
      And if you leave me I won't be late again
      Oh no, Oh no, Oh no.
      Yeah I've got a feeling yeah.

      All these years I've been wandering around,
      Wondering how come nobody told me
      All that I was looking for was somebody
      Who looked like you.

      Ev'rybody had a hard year
      Ev'rybody had a good time
      Ev'rybody had a wet dream,
      Ev'rybody saw the sunshine
      Oh yeah, Oh yeah.
      Ev'rybody had a good year,
      Ev'rybody let their hair down,
      Ev'rybody pulled their socks up,
      Ev'rybody put their foot down.
      Oh yeah, Oh yeah.

      [Oh my soul... so odd.]

    9. One After 909

      My baby says she's trav'ling on the one after 909
      I said move over honey I'm travelling on that line
      I said move over once, move over twice
      Come on baby don't be cold as ice.

      I said I'm trav'ling on the one after 909 I begged her not to go and I begged her on my
      bended knees,
      You're only fooling around, you're fooling around with me.
      I said move over once, move over twice
      Come on baby don't be cold as ice.

      I said I'm trav'ling on the one after 909
      I got my bag, run to the station
      Railman says you've got the the wrong location
      I got my bag, run right home
      Then I find I've got the number wrong

      Well I said I'm trav'ling on the one after 909
      I said move over honey I'm travelling on that line
      I said move over once, move over twice
      Come on baby don't be cold as ice.

      I said we're trav'ling on the one after 9 0,
      I said we're trav'ling on the one after 9 0,
      I said we're trav'ling on the one after 909.

      ["Danny Boy..."]

    10. The Long And Winding Road

      The long and winding road that leads to your door,
      Will never disappear,
      I've seen that road before It always leads me here,
      leads me to your door.

      The wild and windy night the rain washed away,
      Has left a pool of tears crying for the day.
      Why leave me standing here, let me know the way
      Many times I've been alone and many times I've cried
      Anyway you'll never know the many ways I've tried, but
      Still they lead me back to the long and winding road
      You left me standing here a long, long time ago
      Don't leave me waiting here, lead me to you door
      Da, da, da, da--

    11. For You Blue

      [Queen says no to pot smoking FBI members]

      Because you're sweet and lovely girl I love you,
      Because you're sweet and lovely girl it's true,
      I love you more than ever girl I do.
      I want you in the morining girl I love you,
      I want you at the moment I feel blue,
      I'm living ev'ry moment girl for you.
      I've loved you from the moment I saw you,
      You looked at me that's all you had to do,
      I feel it now I hope you feel it too.
      Because you're sweet and lovely girl I love you,
      Because you're sweet and lovely girl it's true,
      I love you more than ever girl I do.
      I really love you.

    12. Get Back

      [Sweet Loretta Fat thought she was a cleaner but she was a frying pan.]

      Jojo was a man who thought he was a loner
      But he knew it wouldn't last.
      Jojo left his home in Tucson, Arizona
      For some California grass.
      Get back, get back.
      Get back to where you once belonged
      Get back, get back.
      Get back to where you once belonged.
      Get back Jojo. Go home
      Get back, get back.
      Back to where you once belonged
      Get back, get back.
      Back to where you once belonged.
      Get back Jo.

      Sweet Loretta Martin thought she was a woman
      But she was another man
      All the girls around her say she's got it coming
      But she gets it while she can
      Get back, get back.
      Get back to where you once belonged
      Get back, get back.
      Get back to where you once belonged.
      Get back Loretta. Go home
      Get back, get back.
      Get back to where you once belonged
      Get back, get back.
      Get back to where you once belonged.
      Get back Loretta
      Your mother's waiting for you
      Wearing her high-heel shoes
      And her low-neck sweater
      Get on home Loretta
      Get back, get back.

    Get back to where you once belonged.