Stand Out Albums has been a showcase for my favorite albums across the vast performers that I love. Covering a little bit of everything from classic rock to country hits, much like Key Movies of My Life, it has been the albums that shaped me. This year, I am going to take a slightly different approach by discussing the discographies of my favorite musicians, album by album, in release order.
Today we reach the end of our exploration of The Beatles discography. From their early days singing Love me Do to the to the manic collection that was The White Album, it is undeniable that the Beatles were one of the most prolific bands to have ever existed. So here is, Let It Be.
Why This Album?
By the time Let It Be was finally release The Beatles were no more, the band had broken up and, as Lennon would later sing ‘The dream [was] over’ However, prior to this release and even before recording the tracks for Abbey Road, the Beatles were working on a feature film that was to lead up to the band returning for a live performance for the first time since 1966. What followed was reportedly a mess with the band disagreeing with each other at every turn, causing George to historically quit the band mid stream until the others made amends with him. In the end the final recording was handed to Phil Spector who put together the version that was ultimately released despite some disagreement as to the final mix.
Despite the turmoil that surrounded this album and the feature film of the same name that came and went, Let it Be remains a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. How I have always seen this album is that while Abbey Road shows the band at their finest, Let it Be shows us the band in the midst of creation. Filled with studio chatter, bits of nonsense and joking, we get a sense of how it may have felt is we were to sit in on a recording session in those last days with the band. Coupled with the film, you really get a view of the band, raw, stripped of the production and cleanup that happens when mixing tracks. We see the Beatles in all their glory, warts and all, and even exposed, they show that they were indeed the massive talent we all knew they were but also, they too were humans filled with flaws and wonder like the rest of us.
The Opening track, Two Of Us remains one that really hits me every time I hear it. It’s a simple song that showcases both John and Paul in a way that reminds you that they were not just writing partners, but also practically brothers.
I have been a Lennon fan since I was a kid but as I get older I find a lot more love for Harrison than I ever had before. I Me Mine has been a favorite of mine for some time and is just a tremendous track.
One after 909. I dont know why I dig this one but it is one that is a tremendous call back to the early days of the Beatles. It’s a blast and a fitting track to be on this final release.
Ok, Where do I get it?
You can pick this one up here and, honestly, you should. It’s a spectacular release despite it’s rather difficult history. You can also pick up an alternate version where Paul went back and remastered the album as he felt it should be, stripping out all of Phil Spector’s involvement giving us Let It Be….Naked. As Always, give this a listen on Spotify if you don’t feel like dropping the dollars on the album, you may find yourself wanting to own it once you do.
Late to the Game 3/30/2021
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