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What if Let It Be/Get Back was never released?
8 February 2014
Sour Milk Sea
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What if Let It Be/Get Back was bever released officially until something like Anthology? How do you think the Beat;es' legacy would be affected?

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8 February 2014
Into the Sky with Diamonds
New York
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It makes a big difference if the actual "Let It Be" and "Get Back" songs had been released in your hypothetical scenario.

If they were, then the only key song missing would have been "Across The Universe" - a huge loss though.

If Let It Be, Get Back and Across The Universe hadn't been released until Anthology, we'd have had a new wave of Beatlemania.

(no disrespect intended for the other songs)

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8 February 2014
Here, There And Everywhere
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That's a question I have wondered at times. a-hard-days-night-ringo-4

Like Into the Sky with Diamonds says, it depends also if we are talking about Get Back or Let It Be.
But in either case, we would have missed a good bunch of great songs. Maybe it would haven't affected much their legacy, they are the best band now and then, and Abbey Road was their grand finale as a band and their beginning as legends, as the best band of all time.

It would have been a great discover and pleasure to hear more songs that are really good but didn't had the chance of a release.

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9 February 2014
Sour Milk Sea
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I was thinking that the singles would be released, so we would get Get Back/Dpn't Let Me Down, Let It Be/You Know My Name, and The Long And Winding Road/For You Blue. And we would have the wildlife AtU.

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12 February 2014
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7 February 2014

There are some great songs on the Let It Be album, but IMHO the album itself is a mess.  It only sounds half finished to me and cobbled together.  From what I have read it seems as though they lost interest halfway through.  Spector gets a lot of criticism for his production of the album but I think this is a bit unfair as he wasn't in the studio producing the sessions, he was just given the tapes after the sessions had taken place to try to salvage something.  I wonder why, of all the songs performed during the Get Back sessions, the one they chose to rerecord for Abbey Road was Maxwell's Silver Hammer?  It was hardly the best song was it?  I think Abbey Road would have been a better album if they had replaced Maxwells Silver Hammer with Let It Be for instance.  Also, For You Blue is an unremarkable blues - can't understand why that was released when a much better song like All Things Must Pass was shelved.

12 February 2014
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I think the better question would be what if LiB (album) was released before Abbey Road? I think that would have ended the career on a better note. 

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12 February 2014
The Foothills of the Headlands
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^ Agreed. Well one thing's certain... we'd never know whether or not Doris got her oats.

12 February 2014
Von Bontee
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I would assume that bootleggers would've gotten ahold of the stuff somehow. (OTOH, they still haven't gotten "Carnival Of Light", have they?)

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12 February 2014
Apple rooftop
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Von Bontee said
(OTOH, they still haven't gotten "Carnival Of Light", have they?)

Someone should ask Mark Lewisohn if any of the YouTube uploads have ever been correct. :-D



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4 March 2014
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This might be an unpopular opinion but I actually think Let it Be is probably their greatest album. It's down to earth. It was getting back to the sound that they started out with but with touches from their experimental period. There's only about two songs I don't like.


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4 March 2014
Hollywood Bowl
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Let's assume a couple of things:

•  The LIB album hadn't been released until 1995 (at the time of Anthology)

• The movie is never released

• The acrimony of their break up is not make public

If LIB album came out without the surrounding persona/business acrimony, I believe the record would have been hailed as one of their greatest works.

I imagine a review reading: "A delightful mix of unpolished roots music, combining a live energy not seen in 30 years, while still using orchestra and choir to make the ballads soar. The Beatles have returned to what made them the Beatles".

I think all the personal junk and the movie forever flavored the album. But left to its own I think it would have proved Paul right. I'm nit a huge Macca fan - but let's admit one thing - when it comes to that period of their career Klein, Apple, touring, Paul was right. He was just too bossy and John too stoned.



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4 March 2014
Behind the moon
Hollywood Bowl
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I agree with @LikeASir that Let It Be is one of the greatest Beatles albums. But, I don't agree that if it wasn't released until something like Anthology it would have set off another wave of Beatlemania. I believe, as the major reason for it being a great album, is that it was released at the right time. 

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