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Last Album: Let It Be or Abbey Road?
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11 June 2010 - 1.32am

Why argue this one?
Abbey Road was the last album conceived and was meant to be their final artistic statement. I think every member of the band agrees with that.
Let It Be was the last one released. They had to GO BACK and revisit the recordings to complete the album meaning that it was never meant to be considered their "Swan song". They had it reproduced like a hundred times before they shelved it to focus on Abbey Road which was their final fully realized piece of work.
Let It Be was just Allen Klein convicing the boys to make him some money before they split. "I Me Mine" was the last thing ever recorded by The Beatles and John wasn't even in the band at that point. Abbey Road was the last statement, Let It Be was unreleased material. If you're gonna argue over what goes last in the collection...put the album "Love" last since it was released like yesterday! Anthologies go next, then BBC Sessions, then Let It Be...

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3 July 2010 - 7.41pm

Zig said:

When I bought the remastered box set, I was curious to see how they would be in order. When I saw Let it Be as the last, I said, "not in my house".


Ha, that's our family all the way! (Except, of course, for Polythene Dan(not his real name). He says whatever is the opposite of what the rest of the family says. The most notable example being the end of "Norwegian Wood(This Bird Has Flown)." I'll have to start another thread for that….)
 

We didn't get the boxed sets, we got the albums individually. Of course we put Abbey Road last! It was the last-recorded album.

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 RufusWild, don't go thinkin' you know more than the band themselves!

When I organize my collection, the album "Love" goes last. And it's the Anthologies, BBC Sessions, and Past Masters after Abbey and Let 'er Be.

So, obviously release dates got nothin' to do with it! Every single member of the band has said that they got together to do one last album "the way they used to" after the horrible state-of-affairs that was "Get Back" (better know as "Let It Be"). Hell, even Georgy Martini says the same damn thang…

It's been documented that the last session they all worked at together was for "I Want You (she's so heavy)". Abbey Road was the last album and last intended statement from The Beatles. "Let It Be" was Alen Klein trying to milk a dying cow. Trying to get that well deserved twenty percent of something…

Those final "Let It Be" sessions and the horrendous result that Spector crapped out was what finally broke old Paul's back.

"And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make."


But it's a crying shame "I Want You(She's So Heavy)" was the last song they recorded together. I like to imagine it was "The End." Yes, I know. It's cheesy, but it works for me. a-hard-days-night-ringo-10 

Edit: "The End" is NOT cheesy. That is not what I was trying to say. What I meant was that the way I IMAGINE it was the last song to be recorded together is cheesy. 

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17 July 2010 - 10.55am

Last Let It Be sessions were done early 1970, I can't arrange this as a 1969 album.

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19 November 2010 - 9.26pm

Von Bontee said:

I consider Abbey Road to be the last, definitely. It just strikes me as the most logical choice, being the last one recorded. Choosing "Let It Be" as the last just because it was released afterwards makes no more sense than considering "Live At the Hollywood Bowl" or one of the Anthologies to be the last, their being released even later.


But Von, There is a difference of 25 years between Let It Be and Anthologies 1,2 and 3, and I think most of us can see the difference between an album released during the Beatles Career and a posthumous release of outtakes, so putting Let it Be Last Does make sense

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23 November 2010 - 7.44pm

Yeah, that was a kind of extreme example I gave, wasn't it!  Also, it was dependent on whether or not LIB's release came before or after the "official" breakup - whatever that means. (I'm still not sure exactly which came first. The two events are very close in time, aren't they?) I've softened my opinion somewhat to say that it's all a matter of semantics. Whether you understand "Last Beatles Album" to mean the last one crafted (AR) or the last one released (LIB) is the ultimate factor in the decision.

 

Last Let It Be sessions were done early 1970, I can't arrange this as a 1969 album.

 

Yeah, but the vast majority of the work was done in early '69, in sessions preceding Abbey Road. "Across The Universe"  predated the White Album, but you wouldn't consider LIB to be a 1968 album!  Even to say "...Sessions for Get Back/Let it Be began in February, 1968..." would be misleading.

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23 November 2010 - 8.24pm

vonbontee said:

Yeah, that was a kind of extreme example I gave, wasn't it!  Also, it was dependent on whether or not LIB's release came before or after the "official" breakup - whatever that means. (I'm still not sure exactly which came first. The two events are very close in time, aren't they?) I've softened my opinion somewhat to say that it's all a matter of semantics. Whether you understand "Last Beatles Album" to mean the last one crafted (AR) or the last one released (LIB) is the ultimate factor in the decision.

 

Last Let It Be sessions were done early 1970, I can't arrange this as a 1969 album.

 

Yeah, but the vast majority of the work was done in early '69, in sessions preceding Abbey Road. "Across The Universe"  predated the White Album, but you wouldn't consider LIB to be a 1968 album!  Even to say "...Sessions for Get Back/Let it Be began in February, 1968..." would be misleading.


But significant post production occurred in 1970, with the strings of Spector, so it can only count as 1970 for me. If only I Me Mine was recorded in 1970, I could count it as a 1969 album, but to much occurred in 1970. (For Example, I count Band OnThe Run as 1974, Not 1973, when it was released)

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23 November 2010 - 10.44pm

See, again, the majority of the recording was done in '69, and I like to pretend that some of Spector's production decisions were reversed! But, whatever. There's no denying that Let It Be hit the stores in 1970, a year after Abbey Road, so that should be reason enough to consider LIB their finale, if you wish.

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23 November 2010 - 11.32pm

I don't understand the debate. Isn't an artists last album considered the last one they released, not necessarily the last one that was recorded. Isn't John's last album considered Double Fantasy, not the one's that contain songs recorded before which were put on a disk and released after his death?

If one of the cds was released in 69 and another in 70, doesnt that mean that the one released in 70 is the last despite when it was recorded?

I am not trying to be argumentative, I am just asking an honest question.

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23 November 2010 - 11.35pm

I have always thought as Abbey Road as their last album and that was the way i used to have the order with the albums.

But it really is just a matter of technicality if you want the last album released or the last album recorded

John, Paul, George and Ringo= The Beatles

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24 November 2010 - 12.35am

Nicholaevna Romanov said:

I don't understand the debate. Isn't an artists last album considered the last one they released, not necessarily the last one that was recorded. Isn't John's last album considered Double Fantasy, not the one's that contain songs recorded before which were put on a disk and released after his death?

If one of the cds was released in 69 and another in 70, doesnt that mean that the one released in 70 is the last despite when it was recorded?

I am not trying to be argumentative, I am just asking an honest question.


To me, Let it be is last. However, some like to think of Abbey Road as the Final hurray by saying Let It Be was recorded first, so it counts as the second-to-last album to them. I always view it as the last but, To each his or her own
Hope that helps

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24 November 2010 - 12.44am

c64wood said:

Joe said:

OK, so what's the difference there? It was recorded before the White Album, just as most of LIB was recorded before Abbey Road.


 

I actually put it before White because the 4 new songs are left-overs from the Pepper/MMT era before the trip to India.

 

On a side note, it's funny how the soundtrack was released 6 months after the film was released.  I guess that leads me to a question/observation...  It is a possibility that since the band was taking so long in the recording studio, Yellow Submarine was only released because of contractual obligations to fill the gap between White and the next album?


It took so long because they had rerecord the score on side two for contractual reasons. As UA didn`t distribute the soundtrack, They said that They couldn`t include the score on the album without it being rerecorded

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25 November 2010 - 1.45am

I consider Abbey Road to be the last album because the band agreed to put aside their differences for the while they were recording it, and for the fact that it has a song called "The End" on it.

Let It Be just seems like a bridge between The White Album and Abbey Road to me. They were dissolving the group slowly (White Album)but came back for a while (Abbey Road) with Let It Be in the middle.

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10 June 2015 - 12.28am

So...I need help

As a fairly recent Beatles fan, I had never really heard the majority of their stuff, so I decided to listen to all the albums/go through their history with interviews and stuff in chronological order. I have been putting off listening to the last couple of albums because (as someone else said earlier) I just don't want to be done! ...but the time must come sooner or later, and I really want to hear the rest of the songs!

So my question is - as a first time listener - which order would you recommend I listen to the last two in? (I've gone through everything but Abbey Road and Let It Be). I've read through all the posts in this thread, and I'm leaning towards saving Abbey Road for last (mostly because it seems the consensus is that it is stronger, and also I feel like "The End" would imply it being the last). BUT, since I only can have one first time hearing them, does anyone have input?

Thanks  =)

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10 June 2015 - 1.23am

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So my question is - as a first time listener - which order would you recommend I listen to the last two in? (I've gone through everything but Abbey Road and Let It Be). I've read through all the posts in this thread, and I'm leaning towards saving Abbey Road for last (mostly because it seems the consensus is that it is stronger, and also I feel like "The End" would imply it being the last). BUT, since I only can have one first time hearing them, does anyone have input?

Thanks  =)"

I'm afraid @So Fine Sunshine that you will get a number of divergent opinions. Most of Abbey Road was recorded later than the Let It Be material but there were significant dubs and new production made to Let It Be so it's hard to be definitive. I always listen to them in chronological order of release, because - while it seems tidier - The End wasn't quite 🙂

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AR last…..without a shadow. THAT was their last hurrah.

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10 June 2015 - 3.33am

Listen to Let It Be as the last album. Why, you ask?

Well, the last song isn't The End, it's "Get Back", which tells you to get back to the beginning (I Saw Her Standing There) and start all over again 🙂

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10 June 2015 - 2.38pm

On 12 May 2010, Zig said

When I bought the remastered box set, I was curious to see how they would be in order. When I saw Let It Be as the last, I said, "not in my house".

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10 June 2015 - 3.39pm

Joe has Abbey Road before Let It Be in his album line up for the forum.

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10 June 2015 - 3.44pm

a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 Sorted by release date, no doubt. Officially, it is correct.

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10 June 2015 - 3.58pm

This whole thing is complicated by the fact that I Me Mine and Phil Spector's orchestral overdubs for I Me Mine, Across The Universe, and The Long And Winding Road were recorded after Abbey Road was finished.

 

That said, Abbey Road is the last for me.

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