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Rating POLL: Let It Be

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Hombre, Nov 22, 2020 at 7:55 AM.

  1. Brian Kelly

    Brian Kelly 1964-73 rock's best decade

    4/5
    It could have used "Don't Let Me Down". Even though that isn't a personal favorite, it is a good performance, fits well with the album, and gives John another song.
    NAKED at least got it right including it, but then they cut "Dig It" and "Maggie Mae" which takes away some of the laid back feel to the album.
    A double LP of LET IT BE with all kinds of unreleased stuff (not just the "Fly On The Wall" disc) is badly needed.
    Perhaps when the Peter Jackson movie comes out?
     
  2. DK Pete

    DK Pete Forum Resident

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    For whatever it's worth, the LIB album-to me, anyway and much like Sgt. Pepper-was more than just about the individual songs. It was about the way the overall atmosphere of the album came across given all the songs and performances as one "project". I'm not comparing it to the quality of Sgt. Pepper..I'm just saying that the songs on the album-particularly the ones that sound a bit "rougher"-were to portray an album "in the works" rather than an album of slick, finished finely produced music. But even if you're going to look at it in terms of classics, I'd say about half the album is made up of them:
    Two Of Us
    Across The Universe
    LIB
    TLAWR
    Get Back
    ...so then, these are complemented by some very strong live performances of songs not *as* classic but noteworthy nonethelsss, IMO. I think it's an undereated album much like Beatles For Sale once was.
     
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  3. Maseman66

    Maseman66 Forum Resident

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    Westchester, NY
    4/5 No Beatles album gets lower than 4/5 from me.
     
  4. Hombre

    Hombre Forum Resident Thread Starter

    The album version of "Get Back" works quite well as a closer, though, with that John's final statement. And sound-wise, I tend to prefer the album version, even though it seems to be the same performance used for the single.
     
  5. ralph7109

    ralph7109 Forum Resident

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    I don’t hear much of a difference in the Let It Be orchestration.

    And talk about subtle, I hear far more organ than light orchestration on I Me Mine.

    He really only layered his wall of sound technique on those other two tracks.
     
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  6. ralph7109

    ralph7109 Forum Resident

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    All of this...
     
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  7. DK Pete

    DK Pete Forum Resident

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    ..true be that...and for a number of other bands, that "4/5" would be a "6/5".
     
  8. vamborules

    vamborules Forum Resident

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    CT
  9. DK Pete

    DK Pete Forum Resident

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    Levittown. NY
    ...well.....not better than Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed and Sticky Fingers but, ok.:cool:
     
  10. Hombre

    Hombre Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Yes, "Across The Universe" and "The Long And Winding Road" were more heavy-handed by Spector.

    The orchestration of "Let It Be" in the album version certainly sounds more prominent to my ears; but now you make me doubt whether it actually features extra orchestra or not.
     
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  11. Maggie Mae gets a B and Dig A Pony gets a C?
    I don't dig it !
     
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  12. Shaker Steve

    Shaker Steve Beatles & Elvis Fan

    Just about makes 3/5.
     
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  13. DK Pete

    DK Pete Forum Resident

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    "....and Abbey Road as we know it would not exist".....once again, everything in "The Beatles' Story" seems to have happened for a reason which more often than not led to the "best ending/result".
     
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  14. Hombre

    Hombre Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I'd have given the same rating (3/5) to this album if it had been done by another band. But I don't give 4/5 or 5/5 ratings so easily. Still a rating depends on each one's criteria, since I may enjoy this album as much as you do.
     
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  15. YardByrd

    YardByrd rock n roll citizen in a hip hop world

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    Europe
    2/5... loathe the title song and LAWR with and without Spector's overdubs... love Two of Us and Pony... like 909 as a song, but not this version... Get Back is ok but Lennon's wimpy lead really ruins it for me... wish Paul had played the lead instead, more assertive and aggressive when given the chance...
     
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  16. angelo73

    angelo73

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    Sad indeed.
     
  17. ralph7109

    ralph7109 Forum Resident

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    Franklin, TN
    It does. Phil juiced it up.
     
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  18. DK Pete

    DK Pete Forum Resident

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    Levittown. NY
    "...the whole Spector thing is blown out of proportion.."...could not agree MORE!! The over-production, if you want to call it that, is on all of TWO songs and Paul used the example of one of them to complain and eventually instigate the release of LIB Naked. All well and good...but other than leaving two songs totally bare (Road and LIB), Naked is even more "fixed" than Spector's album. Two things in particular is that it prematurely "ends" the live songs in an attempt to make them sound more finished and "studio-like" (which in the process kills the original intent of the "project" altogether)and secondly it *combines" different versions/takes on some songs. There's nothing wrong with that in and of itself but it renders the album far from "naked".
     
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  19. ralph7109

    ralph7109 Forum Resident

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    If Let It Be wasn’t such a dumpster fire, Abbey Road might not have existed at all. Even John wanted the Beetle legacy to go out on top - which is saying something.
     
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  20. DK Pete

    DK Pete Forum Resident

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    Most people would probably disagree with me but I like Spector's treatment of ATU more than any of the other versions. I'm not nuts about the fact that he slowed it down, but the the orchestration and choral background are gorgeous, IMO. I'll take that anyday over the cosmic reverb that was added at the end of the song on Naked.
     
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  21. Fishoutofwater

    Fishoutofwater Forum Resident

    Lets be honest, this thread is a little bit silly. It is all about personal choice and taste. None of us right and none of us are wrong. I love the album as i previously stated my long gone gran bought it it for me on day of release. I love it. Love, hate, or indifference; means nothing. Love to you all
     
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  22. Hombre

    Hombre Forum Resident Thread Starter

    It's my favorite version of ATU as well. I believe John himself thought Spector did a good job with it.
     
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  23. Big Blue

    Big Blue Forum Resident

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    Wisconsin
    3/5

    I really like the first four tracks, but the rest after that is just OK or sorta good.
     
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  24. Hombre

    Hombre Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I understand, but at the end of the day this is just an excuse to talk about these albums.

    Anyway, I still think the average ratings more or less give us a relative measure of the appreciation of these albums in this forum, regardless each one's criteria.
     
  25. Diamond Star Halo

    Diamond Star Halo Forum Resident

    Location:
    Vancouver
    The Beatles: Let It Be (1970)

    Side 1:

    Two Of Us 5/5
    Dig A Pony 4/5
    Across The Universe 2/5
    I Me Mine 4/5
    Dig It 1/5
    Let It Be 5/5
    Maggie Mae 3/5

    Side 2:

    I've Got A Feeling 5/5
    One After 909 3.5/5
    The Long And Winding Road 4.5/5
    For You Blue 1/5
    Get Back 5/5

    My rating: 3.6/5 (good/very good)
     
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