Let It Be • Beatles UK album

UK vinyl box-set Let It Be

‘Let It Be’ UK box-set cover
Box-set
‘Let It Be’ UK album – front cover
Front cover
‘Let It Be’ UK album – back cover
Back cover
  • Label: Apple PXS 1
  • Released: 8th May 1970
  • Peak position:
    Melody Maker – #1;
    NME – #1;
    Record Retailer – #1
  • Weeks at No.1: 3 – from 23rd May 1970
  • Weeks in chart: 59 – from 23rd May 1970

Side A: Two Of Us / Dig A Pony / Across The Universe / I Me Mine / Dig It / Let It Be / Maggie Mae
Side B: I’ve Got A Feeling / One After 909 / The Long And Winding Road / For You Blue / Get Back

Produced by Phil Spector

All tracks by Lennon/McCartney except (4,11) Harrison, (5) Lennon/McCartney/Starkey/Harrison and (7) Traditional, arranged by Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starkey

Total running time: 35.07

‘Let It Be’ was originally released in a box-set with a big book called ‘The Beatles Get Back’ containing photos and dialogue from the film. It was never sold separately and the box-set is no longer available, so a decent copy is fairly rare.

The album has a very long and convoluted history, and went through three distinct phases. The first phase was actually quite a neat idea, and it’s a shame that they never saw it though. The album was going to be designed in the same style as their debut LP, ‘Please Please Me’. It was going to be called ‘Get Back – With ‘Let It Be’ And 11 Other Songs’ and have the same photo on the front – but taken in 1969. (This photo was eventually used on the ‘1967-1970’ LP in 1973.)

The running order was, Side A: ‘One After 909’, ‘Rocker’

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UK vinyl album (Re-release) Let It Be

‘Let It Be’ UK album – front cover
Front cover
‘Let It Be’ UK album – back cover
Back cover
‘Let It Be’ UK album – Apple record label
Record label

Side A: Two Of Us / Dig A Pony / Across The Universe / I Me Mine / Dig It / Let It Be / Maggie Mae
Side B: I’ve Got A Feeling / One After 909 / The Long And Winding Road / For You Blue / Get Back

Produced by Phil Spector

All tracks by Lennon/McCartney except (4,11) Harrison, (5) Lennon/McCartney/Starkey/Harrison and (7) Traditional, arranged by Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starkey

Total running time: 35.07

Six months after the box-set came out ‘Let It Be’ was re-released as a stand-alone album, minus the big box and picture book.

If you compare the pictures above, then you’ll see that the new cover displayed a red apple instead of the usual green one. Most people believe that they did this to show everybodye that they were “over-ripe” and past their sell-by-date.

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UK tape cassette album (Re-release) Let It Be

‘Let It Be’ UK album – outside cover, folded-out
Outside cover, folded-out
‘Let It Be’ UK album – inside cover, folded-out
Inside cover, folded-out
‘Let It Be’ UK album – EMI tape cassette label
Cassette label
  • Label: EMI TC PCS 7096
  • Released: 1970

Side 1: Two Of Us / I Me Mine / One After 909 / Across The Universe / Dig It / Let It Be

Side 2: Maggie Mae / Dig A Pony / The Long And Winding Road / I’ve Got A Feeling / For You Blue / Get Back

Produced by Phil Spector

All tracks by Lennon/McCartney except (2,11) Harrison, (5) Lennon/McCartney/Starkey/Harrison and (7) Traditional, arranged by Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starkey

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UK tape cassette album (Re-release) Let It Be

‘Let It Be’ UK album – outside cover, folded-out
Outside cover, folded-out
  • Label: Apple TC PCS 7096
  • Released: 1972

Side 1: Two Of Us / I Me Mine / One After 909 / Across The Universe / Dig It / Let It Be

Side 2: Maggie Mae / Dig A Pony / The Long And Winding Road / I’ve Got A Feeling / For You Blue / Get Back

Produced by Phil Spector

All tracks by Lennon/McCartney except (2,11) Harrison, (5) Lennon/McCartney/Starkey/Harrison and (7) Traditional, arranged by Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starkey

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UK CD album (Re-release) Let It Be

‘Let It Be’ UK album – CD front cover
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‘Let It Be’ UK album – CD back cover
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‘Let It Be’ UK album – Apple CD label
CD label
  • Label: Apple CDP 7 46447 2
  • Released: 19th October 1987
  • Peak position:
    Record Retailer – #50
  • Weeks in chart: 1 – from 31st October 1987

CD: Two Of Us / Dig A Pony / Across The Universe / I Me Mine / Dig It / Let It Be / Maggie Mae / I’ve Got A Feeling / One After 909 / The Long And Winding Road / For You Blue / Get Back

Produced by Phil Spector

All tracks by Lennon/McCartney except (4,11) Harrison, (5) Lennon/McCartney/Starkey/Harrison and (7) Traditional, arranged by Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starkey

Total running time: 35.11

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UK remastered CD album (Re-release) Let It Be

‘Let It Be’ UK album – CD front cover
Front cover
‘Let It Be’ UK album – inside cover, folded-out
Inside cover, folded-out
‘Let It Be’ UK album – CD back cover
Back cover
‘Let It Be’ UK album – Apple CD label
CD label
  • Label: Apple/EMI
  • Released: 9th September 2009
  • Peak position:
    Record Retailer – #49
  • Weeks in chart: 2 – from 13th September 2009

CD: Two Of Us / Dig A Pony / Across The Universe / I Me Mine / Dig It / Let It Be / Maggie Mae / I’ve Got A Feeling / One After 909 / The Long And Winding Road / For You Blue / Get Back / Let It Be Mini-Documentary

Produced by Phil Spector. Remastered by Sam Okell, Steve Rooke and Guy Massey

All tracks by Lennon/McCartney except (4,11) Harrison, (5) Lennon/McCartney/Starkey/Harrison and (7) Traditional, arranged by Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starkey

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