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Get Back, Let It Be or Let It Be... Naked
17 March 2020
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Timothy
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I would’ve placed a full version of Dig It after Dig A Pony .

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This is a Paul interview from 1986. Talking about Let It Be he says

“the Glyn Johns early mixes were great”

and that he would have like to release it. I’d never heard that before. I wonder if that’s just McCartney revisionism (which is definitely a thing, but I tend to put down to misremembering rather than any kind of malice).

I don’t know which Glyn Johns mix I listened to (I found it on archive.org) but it wouldn’t be something I’d be in a hurry to listen to again. I don’t love Teddy Boy anyway, but it was *so long*.

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17 February 2022
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Paul has regularly said thru the years that he liked the Johns mixes, one reason is he has always disliked what Spector did to ‘TLAWR’ and how ‘LIB ‘ came out. I don’t think it helped ‘LIB ‘ having all the negative memories of the January ’69 period which formed, and have been only healed a lot by the ‘GB’ series.

 

LIB ‘ has issues, it’s only natural considering it’s circumstances. but it’s by far the better of the three mixes (the Johns’ mixes being all quite similar even if there are notable differences like track length). ‘Teddy Boy ‘ is alright if listened to every once and in a while, ‘Dig It ‘ works better running at 50 seconds or so, ‘DLMD’ is superior as it was released as a single. 

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23 February 2022
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I have only listened to LIB Naked once,  but perhaps it needs another listen.

For me, the ideal would have been in 1970  a double album; one of Glyn Johns “raw”  and a more produced one by GM or PS. It would have reflected better the tie in for the Film/Album/Book they were committed to.

They all said they liked Johns’  version (to him) before rejecting it. Maybe they were worried about the public and critics reaction. So the album dragged on well into Abbey Road time.

One of them  clearly liked it enough to send Glyn Johns’ acetate to the radio station. That will remain a mystery.

I grew up with the original so I like it. But I also  like a lot of the tracks on Glyn Johns’ one. With the exception of Across The Universe . The Tambura/Sitar is too prominent. Just his voice and an acoustic guitar would have been amazing. On  Naked it comes  close to it I think.

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I’ve listened to ‘LIBN’ something like three times; even just thinking about it annoys me. 

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24 February 2022
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I don’t know much about music production, but there is something sterile about LIBN. I bought it after watching Get Back , not having listened to it for years, and was immediately disappointed.

While I empathise with Paul’s distaste for Spector’s mix, I don’t feel it, and the one I listen to is the 2021 mix.

One thing I’m still a bit confused about is Across The Universe . I would have known it mostly through my older brother playing it in his room, and one of my favourite things about the song were the harmonies. When I listened to LIBN I was surprised that the harmonies weren’t there. But then I went and listened to the other versions on Apple Music, and the harmonies aren’t there either. So then I went looking for covers, and almost everyone sings the harmonies I have in my head, and Paul sings something very like them in Get Back . Where did I get them from? Maybe they’re just super-obvious harmonies, but I’ve always thought of them as quite special.

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meaigs said
I don’t know much about music production, but there is something sterile about LIBN.

Definitely. It’s also too far removed from the era in which it was originally made to feel legitimate to me. 

Listening to all the versions of Don’t Let Me Down today, and my favourite is probably the Johns mix. It sounds how I think the song should. John opens with a gritty, loud refrain of the chorus and the song itself has a relaxed cool swagger about it. 

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LIBN is an ok listen, but could never replace the Spector version.  The new Giles version is ok too, but not better!

 

Cant change History, so enjoy the original for what it is…

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meaigs pondered 
 

One thing I’m still a bit confused about is Across The Universe . I would have known it mostly through my older brother playing it in his room, and one of my favourite things about the song were the harmonies. When I listened to LIBN I was surprised that the harmonies weren’t there. But then I went and listened to the other versions on Apple Music, and the harmonies aren’t there either. So then I went looking for covers, and almost everyone sings the harmonies I have in my head, and Paul sings something very like them in Get Back . Where did I get them from? Maybe they’re just super-obvious harmonies, but I’ve always thought of them as quite special.

  

Hi @meaigs john-lennon-salute_gif I’ve had a similar experience as through my life, I lose and then reencounter the different versions of this song. I believe your brother may have owned a copy of the charity album named “No One’s Gonna Change Our World”. Here is an image of the cover (it was very popular, every one I knew had a copy).

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I believe that Spector stripped the original harmonies from the LIB version and replaced them with the angelic chorus. This is an isolation of the harmonies (Paul, George and 2 lucky Apple Scruffs ), so hopefully it will awaken some pleasant auditory memories.

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Bongo said
LIBN is an ok listen, but could never replace the Spector version.  The new Giles version is ok too, but not better!

 

Cant change History, so enjoy the original for what it is…

  

I side with Spector’s version too…though my ideal tracklist would sample from various sources.

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