The BEATLES – ” Let It Be ” Released this day March 11th 1970

Posted: March 11, 2015 in MUSIC
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The Beatles released the single “Let It Be” on March 11, 1970 in the US. At the time, it had the highest debut on the Billboard charts, coming in at Number 6 in its first week. It was written and sung by Paul McCartney. It was their final single before Paul McCartney announced his departure from the band. Both the “Let It Be” album and the US single “The Long and Winding Road” were released after McCartney’s announced departure from and subsequent break-up of the Beatles as a group.

The alternate mix on their album “Let It Be” features an altered guitar solo and some minor differences in the orchestral sections.

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“Let It Be” holds the number-one spot on “The Fans’ Top 10” poll included in The 100 Best Beatles Songs: An Informed Fan’s Guide by Stephen J. Spignesi and Michael Lewis. The song is number three in the 100 Best Beatles Songs list, only behind “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “A Day in the Life”, which is number one. Would you put “Let It Be” in your list of your top 3 Beatles songs? Happy 45th US Birthday to the Beatles single “Let It Be”!!!

Paul McCartney said he had the idea of “Let It Be” after he had a dream about his mother during the tense period surrounding the sessions for The Beatles (the “White Album”). According to McCartney, the song’s reference to “Mother Mary” was not a biblical reference. The phrase has at times been used as a reference to the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ  in fact, the words “let it be” are direct quote from the Prayer of the Annunciation, Mary’s response to the Angel Gabriel in Luke 1.38. Nevertheless, McCartney explained that his mother who died of cancer when Paul was just fourteen 

The first rehearsal of “Let It Be” took place at Twickenham Film Studios on 3 January 1969, where the group had, the previous day, begun what would become the Let It Be film. During this stage of the film they were only recording on the mono decks used for syncing to the film cameras, and were not making multi-track recordings for release. A single take was recorded, with just McCartney on piano and vocals. The first attempt with the other Beatles was made on 8th January. Work continued on the song throughout the month with  Multi-track recordings 

The master take was recorded on 31st January 1969, as part of the ‘Apple studio performance’ for the project. McCartney played Blüthner piano, Lennon played six-string electric bass, Billy Preston played organ, and George Harrison and Ringo Starr assumed their conventional roles on guitar and drums. This was one of two performances of the song that day. The first version, designated take 27-A, would serve as the basis for all officially released versions of the song. The other version, take 27-B, was performed as part of the ‘live studio performance’, along with “Two of Us” and “The Long and Winding Road“. This performance, in which Lennon and Harrison harmonised with McCartney’s lead vocal and Harrison contributed a subdued guitar solo, can be seen in the film Let It Be.

The film performance of “Let It Be” has never been officially released as an audio recording. The lyrics in the two versions differ a little in the last verse. The studio version hasmother Mary comes to me…there will be an answer whereas the film version has mother Mary comes to me…there will be no sorrow. In addition, Paul McCartney’s vocal performance is noticeably different in both versions: in the film version, it sounds quite a bit rough in certain moments since he’s not using anti-pop on his mic; there are also a couple of falsetto vocals performed by Paul (extending the vocal ‘e’ on the word ‘be’), for instance in the ‘let it be’ line that precedes the second chorus. Still another version of the song appeared on the Let It Be… Naked album in 2003. This version contains a different piano track than the one on the studio and single version; it can be noted that in the intro, Paul plays an extra A bass note during the A minor chord (very similar to the way he plays the intro in the film version) and also plays a standard A minor chord in the piano at the first beat of measure two in the last verse (on the lyric ‘mother’, also like in the film version), while the other versions have a different piano harmonisation.

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