The Beatles -- ‘Let It Be’

Single version Let It Be (3.51)

Paul McCartney: Lead vocal, piano; John Lennon: Harmony vocal, bass guitar; George Harrison: Harmony vocal, lead guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums; Organ: Billy Preston

Paul recording at Apple StudiosPaul at Apple Studios – 25 Jan ’69Photo: Apple Corps Ltd.

‘Let It Be’ was one of the few songs on the LP to be over-dubbed. The original idea was to record every song live, as-is, but when George cocked up the solo they had to do a new one in April. When Glyn Johns was ordered to remake the album eight months later he called in George for another attempt, but decided to stick with his April effort. And it was in this form that the song was released as a single in March 1970.

When Paul talks about his “mother Mary” he’s actually talking about his real mother, not the Virgin Mary. “I used to lie in bed and wonder what was going on and felt quite paranoid.,” he said. “And one night during this tense time I had a dream that I saw my mum, who’d been dead ten years or so. It was so wonderful for me and she was very reassuring. In the …

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Album version Let It Be (4.03)

Paul McCartney: Lead vocal, piano; John Lennon: Harmony vocal, bass guitar; George Harrison: Harmony vocal, lead guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums; Organ: Billy Preston; Cello: Unknown player; Trumpet: Unknown player; Trombone: Unknown player; Tenor sax: Unknown player

Despite having already been released as a single, when Glyn Johns’ second attempt at the LP was also dumped, Phil Spector was saddled with the unenviable task of rescuing the album. And for some bizarre reason, he decided to re-mix a song that was already riding high in the charts! His own vision of the song called for George’s brand-new solo (the one that Johns rejected) to be edited in, and for the whole thing to be lengthened by repeating part of the final chorus. And it’s in this form that it appears on the LP.

Paul was famously scathing about it, and even John admitted that Spector “got a little fruity with ‘Let It Be’.”

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Demo Let It Be (4.05)

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‘Let It Be… Naked’ version Let It Be (3.54)

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