Let It Be • Beatles US album

USA vinyl album Let It Be

‘Let It Be’ USA album – front cover
Front cover
‘Let It Be’ USA album – inside cover, folded-out
Inside cover, folded-out
‘Let It Be’ USA album – back cover
Back cover
‘Let It Be’ USA album – Apple record label
Record label
  • Label: Apple AR 34001 STEREO
  • Released: 18th May 1970
  • Sales figures: 4 million; Certified Gold – 26th May 1970; Certified Platinum – 10th January 1997
  • Peak position:
    Billboard – #1;
    Cashbox – #1;
    Record World – #1
  • Weeks at No.1: 4 – from 13th June 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

The British version came in a box-set with a book, but the American version dispensed with the book and came in a gatefold sleeve instead.

It also gave Capitol Records a bit of deja-vu, because they lost the rights to United Artists again (although it was still distributed by Apple). Brian’s three-film deal in ’63 had promised UA three soundtrack albums, but they’d only delivered on two – ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and ‘Help!’.

They had since found out that their third offering (‘Yellow Submarine’) was a no-go because it didn’t include The Beatles as actors. This meant that they were still one film short. Klein decided that the ‘Get Back’ gig would suffice and scrapped the planned TV movie, offering UA the screening rights to close up the contract. This annoyed the Capitol …

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USA vinyl album (Re-release) Let It Be

‘Let It Be’ USA album – front cover
Front cover
‘Let It Be’ USA album – back cover
Back cover
‘Let It Be’ USA album – Capitol record label
Record label
  • Label: Capitol SW 11922
  • Released: 12th March 1979

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

The soundtrack to ‘Let It Be’ was originally released by United Artists (although it came out under Apple), so when Capitol bought the company in 1978 they re-released it on their own label.

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USA remastered vinyl album (Re-release) Let It Be

  • Label: Capitol MFSL 1 109
  • Released: October 1982

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

In the late 1970s Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (MFSL) made a name for themselves by cutting classic albums at half-speed. This new mastering technology produced high quality lacquers that captured every little nuance of sound and improved stereo separation.

The first three Beatles’ album to receive the MFSL treatment were ‘Abbey Road’, ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ and ‘The White Album’. The remaining nine albums were all released simultaneously in the ‘The Beatles/The Collection’ box-set.

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USA CD album (Re-release) Let It Be

‘Let It Be’ USA album – CD front cover
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  • Label: Apple C1 46447
  • Released: 20th 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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USA remastered vinyl album (Re-release) Let It Be

  • Label: Apple SW 11922
  • Released: 1st July 1988

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

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

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  • Label: Apple/EMI
  • Released: 9th 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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