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'Let It Be' 50th Anniversary - Speculation
11 November 2019
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Old Soak said
I want Madman, Watching Rainbows, The Palace of the King of Birds, a full-length Dig It and All Things Must Pass properly mixed, balanced and edited from the available materials for a start even if that means combining available versions, with modern day overdubs by Paul and Ringo over the original Nagra sound to flesh them out if possible. I can dream...

I can't imagine a worse nightmare. I'm happy with having interesting takes of things as captured on tape and would think it a step backwards if they started offering newly created "Frankenstein" versions. Among the biggest complaints about their treatment of their back catalogue have been over the composite mixes they created for Anthology and the fixes they applied to Let It Be ... Naked to remove mistakes.

Give me "as nature intended" in the best sound quality possible every time.

Just glad there isn't a chance in hell that Paul and Ringo would do any overdubbing...

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12 November 2019
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Ron Nasty said

Old Soak said

I want Madman, Watching Rainbows, The Palace of the King of Birds, a full-length Dig It and All Things Must Pass properly mixed, balanced and edited from the available materials for a start even if that means combining available versions, with modern day overdubs by Paul and Ringo over the original Nagra sound to flesh them out if possible. I can dream...

I can't imagine a worse nightmare. I'm happy with having interesting takes of things as captured on tape and would think it a step backwards if they started offering newly created "Frankenstein" versions. Among the biggest complaints about their treatment of their back catalogue have been over the composite mixes they created for Anthology and the fixes they applied to Let It Be ... Naked to remove mistakes.

Give me "as nature intended" in the best sound quality possible every time.

Just glad there isn't a chance in hell that Paul and Ringo would do any overdubbing...

  

So basically you are denying the validity of such great posthumous albums as Queen - Made In Heaven and Jimi Hendrix - The Cry Of Love amongst countless others by many, many artists. Working on tracks to bring them from raw diamonds to something appropriate for release happens time after time, why should The Beatles be any different if the tracks can be completed by Giles Martin, jst as he made a good job out of Love? I know the intention was to hear them as nature intended but Kum Back is hardly a pleasurable listen, though it's an interesting one.   

12 November 2019
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Old Soak said

Ron Nasty said

Old Soak said

I want Madman, Watching Rainbows, The Palace of the King of Birds, a full-length Dig It and All Things Must Pass properly mixed, balanced and edited from the available materials for a start even if that means combining available versions, with modern day overdubs by Paul and Ringo over the original Nagra sound to flesh them out if possible. I can dream...

I can't imagine a worse nightmare. I'm happy with having interesting takes of things as captured on tape and would think it a step backwards if they started offering newly created "Frankenstein" versions. Among the biggest complaints about their treatment of their back catalogue have been over the composite mixes they created for Anthology and the fixes they applied to Let It Be ... Naked to remove mistakes.

Give me "as nature intended" in the best sound quality possible every time.

Just glad there isn't a chance in hell that Paul and Ringo would do any overdubbing...

  

So basically you are denying the validity of such great posthumous albums as Queen - Made In Heaven and Jimi Hendrix - The Cry Of Love amongst countless others by many, many artists. Working on tracks to bring them from raw diamonds to something appropriate for release happens time after time, why should The Beatles be any different if the tracks can be completed by Giles Martin, jst as he made a good job out of Love? I know the intention was to hear them as nature intended but Kum Back is hardly a pleasurable listen, though it's an interesting one.   

  

I agree with RN that would be disgusting.  To respond to your second comment, there's a difference between a posthumous studio album, and a studio takes album.  With the former I can roll with overdubs and stuff.  Even things like Free As A Bird and Real Love from Anthology were fine with me.  But when it comes to making a compilation of rough studio takes(like Anthology or the bonus disc's on these 50th anniversary releases), overdubbing new audio is an absolute sin in my book.  Overdubbing in new material is all good and has its place, but its place is not in this project where history is to be displayed.

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12 November 2019
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Old Soak said

 

So basically you are denying the validity of such great posthumous albums as Queen - Made In Heaven and Jimi Hendrix - The Cry Of Love amongst countless others by many, many artists. Working on tracks to bring them from raw diamonds to something appropriate for release happens time after time, why should The Beatles be any different if the tracks can be completed by Giles Martin, jst as he made a good job out of Love? I know the intention was to hear them as nature intended but Kum Back is hardly a pleasurable listen, though it's an interesting one.   

  

I agree, the world is a better place for the existence of posthumous Hendrix albums. But most of the recordings on "Cry of Love" were complete, or in a state of near-completion, requiring only mixing. I don't think very much of anything was overdubbed, aside from Mitch Mitchell re-recording some drum tracks. And these were done in the days and weeks following Hendrix' death, not 50 years after the fact.

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Also, Free As A Bird and Real Love have the sentimental value in that the tracks are the other three Beatles finishing pieces John started. This puts them on the same level as what the rest of Queen did with Freddie's last songs and recording etc, and it's quite a heartwarming thing in both cases, IMO. Paul and Ringo adding to 50 year old demos (that they participated in) now would just feel odd to me, and not particularly necessary. For me, the main purpose of releasing additional Beatles material at this stage is for the enjoyment of fans who can get more of an insight into the studio process, not to turn those demos into proper songs. 

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It would be especially odd in this case given that Paul did a version of the Let It Be album where he took out instruments. It will be hard enough to sell the 50th anniversary remix let alone sell additions. TBH I would much rather have a remixed Revolver instead.

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