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(the perfect) Let It Be
25 February 2013
Velvet Hand
A Tunisian Amphitheatre
The Jacaranda
Forum Posts: 34
Member Since:
17 December 2012

Discussions on how to reduce the White Album to one disc (i.e. how to "essentialze" it) are popular, but I'm not sure whether we've had suggestions on how to put the "essential" version of Let It Be together out of all the material that's been released (original album, singles, Naked, Anthology...). How about your "perfect" Let It Be then? Maybe it's not even called that but Get Back? Here's mine:

  1. Two of Us (Let It Be)
  2. Dig A Pony (Let It Be)
  3. I Me Mine (Naked)
  4. Teddy Boy (Anthology 3)
  5. One After 909 (Let It Be)
  6. Across The Universe (Anthology 2)
  7. The Long And Winding Road (Naked)
  8. I've Got a Feeling (Let It Be)
  9. For You Blue (Naked)
  10. Don't Let Me Down (single)
  11. Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues (Anthology 3)
  12. All Things Must Pass (Anthology 3)
  13. Let It Be (single)
  14. Get Back (single or Let It Be - not sure...)
25 February 2013
coming in through the bathroom window
Apple rooftop
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17 January 2013

What about Teddy Boy off the "McCartney" album, does it count?

"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been..  I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene..  Banjos!  Banjos!  All the time, I can't forget that tune..  and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"


25 February 2013
Velvet Hand
A Tunisian Amphitheatre
The Jacaranda
Forum Posts: 34
Member Since:
17 December 2012

Hmmmm... It's not really a Beatles recording, is it? :-)

But if you think it would be eligible, why not?

25 February 2013
Nowhere Land
Apple rooftop
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5 November 2011

It probably could, but that's not The Beatles (though I guess there are a couple Beatles songs that are all Paul).

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25 February 2013

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Two of Us (Let It Be)

Dig A Pony (Let It Be)

Across The Universe (Unreleased but bootlegged Glyn Johns Mix)

I Me Mine (Let It Be)

Dig It (Let It Be)

Let It Be (Let It Be)

Maggie Mae (Let It Be)

I've Got a Feeling (Let It Be)

One After 909 (Naked + 'Danny Boy' from LIB)

The Long And Winding Road (Anthology 3)

For You Blue (Let It Be)

Don't Let Me Down (single)

Get Back (Let It Be)


As obvious from the list i find that Spectors Let It Be works well overall but needs a few tweaks.

The lengths of the two jams work (any longer and they would be off), and thats the issue i have with Teddy Boy, well 2 issues - the length and also its a blatant work in progress.

The jams on Anthology 3 are crap pointless edits so if here or on a bonus album i'd go put them on complete.

If you havent heard the Glyn Johns mix of ATU check it out, its awesome, best version ive heard.

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26 February 2013
Velvet Hand
A Tunisian Amphitheatre
The Jacaranda
Forum Posts: 34
Member Since:
17 December 2012

Weeeell, the Anthology jams may be crap & pointless, but surely not as much as "Dig It" and "Maggie Mae"?

(You may now "flame" me if you so desire.) 

26 February 2013
Inside an Apple Orchard in a Letterbox
Apple rooftop
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Member Since:
1 December 2009

What, flame you for starting another Let It Be thread when there are already at least 2 or 3 that would've covered the topic nicely? :)

I personally would like to see an expanded, messy "Let It Be" with equal time for the rooftop concert, the "acoustic concert" from the next day, the best of whatever covers they did during the month, and such extra crap as the COMPLETE "Dig It", "Get Off", the feedback/Yoko jam and other uncommercial stuff.

Indian music can't be listened to the same way you hear rock and roll. You cannot do 'Yea Yea' and 'Go Man Go' - Ravi Shankar

28 February 2013
Velvet Hand
A Tunisian Amphitheatre
The Jacaranda
Forum Posts: 34
Member Since:
17 December 2012

Now THAT is not going to happen, is it? :-)

28 February 2013
Inside an Apple Orchard in a Letterbox
Apple rooftop
Forum Posts: 2663
Member Since:
1 December 2009

Probably not, no, unless I compile my own from bootlegs! But hey, you asked for "perfect", and how often does perfection exist in the real world?

Indian music can't be listened to the same way you hear rock and roll. You cannot do 'Yea Yea' and 'Go Man Go' - Ravi Shankar

8 May 2013
Beatles in the Blood
Nowhere Land
Hollywood Bowl
Forum Posts: 391
Member Since:
12 January 2013
  1. Wake up in the Morning (Because I Know You Love Me So)
  2. Medley: Rocker/Save the Last Dance For Me/Don’t Let Me Down
  3. Teddy Boy
  4. How Do You Tell Someone
  5. I’ve Got a Feeling
  6. I Me Mine
  7. Get Back
  8. The Ballad Of John And Yoko
  9. One After 909
  10. Give Peace a Chance
  11. Old Brown Shoe
  12. Dig A Pony
  13. Two of Us
  14. Isn’t it a Pity
  15. Taking a Trip to Carolina
  16. The Long And Winding Road
  17. Suzy Parker
  18. Watching Rainbows
  19. Get Back (Reprise)
  20. Let it Be

I would put All Things Must Pass but is see that more on Abbey Road for some reason.

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9 May 2013
Carnegie Hall
Forum Posts: 225
Member Since:
18 March 2013

Disc 1: (Studio)

1. Two of Us (LIB)

2. Across The Universe (LIB)

3. I Me Mine (Naked)

4. Let It Be (LIB)

5. For You Blue (Naked)

6. The Long And Winding Road (LIB)


Disc 2: (Rooftop Concert)

1. Get Back

2. Dig A Pony (LIB)

3. I've Got a Feeling (LIB)

4. One After 909 (LIB)

5. Don't Let Me Down (Naked)

6. Get Back (Reprise)

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9 May 2013
On The Hill
Apple rooftop
Forum Posts: 1890
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14 January 2013
  1. Two Of Us (LIB)
  2. Dig A Pony (Rooftop or LIB)
  3. Across The Universe (LIB)
  4. I Me Mine (Naked)
  5. Dig It (LIB)
  6. Let It Be (single)
  7. Maggie Mae (LIB)


  1. I've Got a Feeling (Rooftop or LIB)
  2. Don't Let Me Down (Rooftop)
  3. One After 909 (LIB)
  4. Long and Winding Road (Naked)
  5. For You Blue (LIB)
  6. Get Back (Roof top or LIB)
9 May 2013
I Me Mine
Under the sea, in a Yellow Submarine
Ed Sullivan Show
Forum Posts: 175
Member Since:
15 June 2011

For Let it Be to be "perfect", it would have to be re-recorded. Except for: Let it Be (album version - by far the best), Don't Let Me Down (obviously should have been included), Get Back, I've Got A Feeling and I Me Mine (it actually WAS re-recorded. That's why it's a good version.)

Sont des mots qui vont très bien ensemble.
26 April 2014
A Beginning
Forum Posts: 2
Member Since:
25 April 2014

interesting topic ! IMHO, the original title and artwork ( Get Back ) should have been retained, and I think for the most part, the 'concept " of version 2 ( or is it 3 ?), was pretty good, except the wrong takes in some cases were used, and the in between banter could have been tightened up a bit. I also would have started the lp with "Get Back ", and ended side one with " All Things Must Pass". "Teddy Boy" probably should have been left off; I Me Mine could have replaced it instead. It's actually too bad more of George's tunes weren't used as he was writing the best stuff at that point. It's a shame more effort wasn't put in, because this could have been a great Beatle record. Can't listen to the Spector LIB.

26 April 2014
Dr Winston o Boogie
Strawberry Fields... Forever
Abbey Road
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Member Since:
4 April 2014

I have always preferred Let it Be... Naked to Let it Be and the Naked version is one of my favorite albums. I would also suggest the basis of the album being Glyn Johns' second Get Back mix. Rocker and Save the Last Dance For Me should be omitted, both of them being replaced with a polished version of Madman, from the studio outtakes, and different, slightly cleaner versions of Don't Let Me Down, I've Got A Feeling, and Dig A Pony. I was also thinking possibly replacing Maggie Mae with a jam of one of their own, early songs that they jammed to in the Get Back sessions, possibly You've Really Got a Hold On Me or Love Me Do. The studio chatter should be cut down, but still left in. I like the raw feel that it gives the album. If it was possible at the time, they should have had George Martin reproduce the whole thing! george-martin

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2 June 2014
St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Ed Sullivan Show
Forum Posts: 176
Member Since:
24 August 2012

Again, I'll refer you to my personal reconstruction of the album:


Like the movie "Superman II," there will never be a 'perfect' version per se, but, with what's available, this comes about the closest for me.  a-hard-days-night-paul-4

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