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LET IT BE - NAKED

The Beatles

 

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3.47 | 234 ratings

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jamesbaldwin
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3 stars Let It Be... Naked removes Spector's production from the original Let It Be album of 1970. McCartney at the time claimed above all for the orchestral arrangement of "The Long and Winding Road" but hearing the song without the strings, one can only give reason to Spector: it it appears unfinished, almost a demo, naked, in fact, and Macca's singing is terrible, sometimes out of tune. That piece, so much desired naked by Macca is actually the ball and chain of the album.

But even "I Me Mine" loses a lot of its quality without the strings added by Spector, and "Let It Be" itself, absolute masterpiece of the 1970 album here appears in a different version with a much less incisive Harrison guitar solo.

The other songs are more rock and less orchestral so they are less affected by the emptying of the arrangements but they also come close to demos, losing part of the artistic quality. The only merit of Let It Be... Naked is to have added a masterpiece, "Dont Let Me Down", written by Lennon, and to have removed two embarrassing sketches like "Dig It" and "Maggy Mae" but otherwise considering the whole album, it is much less beautiful than the original that in my ranking had taken 8+: here it stops at 7+. One point lost. And so these version just reach three stars.

jamesbaldwin | 3/5 |

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