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Worst Album Released?
28 January 2018
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I prefer Glyn Johns various attempts at the Get Back  album myself, @Ludwig. It is truer to their original vision for the album than either Let It Be  or Naked. I listen to the Glyn Johns mixes most (and I absolutely love the Save the Last Dance for Me into Don't Let Me Down ; by far the best version of DLMD - "Give me the courage to come screaming in..." - in my opinion), followed by Spector's, and as for Naked, I can't even remember the last time I bothered to listen to it. Naked has far too many fixes for me, like replacing John's vocal flub on the rooftop Don't Let Me Down  (which, to me, is one of the great moments in the film).

It has to be remembered, the idea was to avoid overdubs. Neither LIB  or Naked follow that brief.

As to worst album, no. Definitely not. That will always be Yellow Submarine  for only having four "new" songs on it.

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I prefer Glyn Johns various attempts at the Get Back  album myself, @Ludwig. It is truer to their original vision for the album than either Let It Be  or Naked. I listen to the Glyn Johns mixes most (and I absolutely love the Save the Last Dance for Me into Don't Let Me Down ; by far the best version of DLMD - "Give me the courage to come screaming in..." - in my opinion), followed by Spector's, and as for Naked, I can't even remember the last time I bothered to listen to it. Naked has far too many fixes for me, like replacing John's vocal flub on the rooftop Don't Let Me Down  (which, to me, is one of the great moments in the film).

It has to be remembered, the idea was to avoid overdubs. Neither LIB  or Naked follow that brief.

As to worst album, no. Definitely not. That will always be Yellow Submarine  for only having four "new" songs on it.  

Hi, I note what you say about the Glynn selections and the Save the Last Dance For Me into DLMD is nice but for me it seems rather ragged to make it onto an album, especially a Beatles album. They tried so many songs that it was madness - they should have had a set number of new originals and stuck at making then work rather than going off doing endless covers but I guess the project didn't really have that much of a brief other than 'film us making an album and then we'll play it live'.

I agree that ...Naked was a bit too polished. I'm sad that IGAF got spliced and lost the distorted guitar in the middle section, that was a great live moment just as Lennon flubbing his lines. 

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Ludwig said

oh, and it has a great front cover!  

Ooh, really don't like that cover, depressing tombstone with frozen grins. What I'd have done was stage the PPM /GB/Blue Album with a majority of them not smiling.

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meanmistermustard said
Not as weak as 'Yellow Submarine ' so no. Also superior to 'Let It Be Naked' - dont get me started on that

either one of these ('Naked' or 'Yellow Submarine ') don't hold up to the original 'Let It Be ' at all, in my opinion...  It puzzles me somewhat that whosever bright idea it was to litter George's two songs on 'Yellow Submarine ' with junk overdubs gets a free pass while Spector gets so much flack for his solid arrangements on 'Let It Be '...  I never cared too much for 'Only A Northern Song ' until the 'Anthology 2 ' album came out...  that's because you can actually hear the song now!  I used to have a fantastic longer version of 'It's All Too Much ', that was comparable to 'Revolution - Take 20' in length, on a cassette which I've since misplaced and it was void of overdubs as well...  it sounded so much better...  Can't believe that they edited out the best line of the song for the album (it was in the film) with:  Show me that I'm Everywhere and get me Home for Tea...  The horns on 'It's All Too Much ' are really good but there's all this extra nonsense going on around everything...

 

The 'Let It Be ' album, I see as sort of a companion L.P. to the 'White Album '...  They began working with different producers on that record and 'Let It Be ' kinda fits the same mold in that respect...  The jumping back and forth from live to studio polish echoes the sequence of the double album as well...  Inviting Billy Preston to the party was reminiscent of having Eric Clapton join them in 1968 and had, as George later recalled, a calming effect on the tensions which was prevalent throughout the sessions for both recordings...  'Let It Be ' may fall short of 'Abbey Road ' in "Greatness", but it's not because of any downside to it...  it's just that 'Abbey Road ' is such an apex of the recording arts and much of that has to do with the 5th Beatle...  'Let It Be ' & the 'White Album ' both contain some of their very best work but without George Martin's guidance they do suffer in their organization, polish & presentation...:-)

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I find it hard to believe that a discussion of the various Let It Be releases falls under the heading of "Worst Album Released"

IMO, all versions contain much terrific material.

There are many, many other candidates for the title "Worst Album Released"

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Into the Sky with Diamonds said
I find it hard to believe that a discussion of the various Let It Be releases falls under the heading of "Worst Album Released"

IMO, all versions contain much terrific material.

There are many, many other candidates for the title "Worst Album Released"  

I don't think it's meaning 'worst album released ever' as that's pretty much impossible to judge.

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Into the Sky with Diamonds said
I find it hard to believe that a discussion of the various Let It Be releases falls under the heading of "Worst Album Released"

IMO, all versions contain much terrific material.

There are many, many other candidates for the title "Worst Album Released"  

I agree with this. I voiced similar concerns in the "Ringo... Horrible Drummer!?" thread. 

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I really don't believe Let it Be was the least best (refuse to use the word worst with The Beatles) record they released? I know Paul wasn't best pleased with Spector's production, but I actually think he did a rather good job!?

I never see this album as the final Beatles record and always cling on to the hope that they recorded Abbey Road as the final hurrah, which in my opinion was also their BEST record.

It may be rather controversial, and I am not even considering Yellow Submarine as a true album release, I truly think Please, Please Me is my least favourite Beatles record. I understand that this was their debut and of course it was the beginning, but for me, when it comes to listening to Beatles records, that's the one I listen to least. 

But we all agree, The Beatles never made a bad record!

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Jack said
I really don't believe Let it Be was the least best (refuse to use the word worst with The Beatles) record they released? I know Paul wasn't best pleased with Spector's production, but I actually think he did a rather good job!?

I never see this album as the final Beatles record and always cling on to the hope that they recorded Abbey Road as the final hurrah, which in my opinion was also their BEST record.

It may be rather controversial, and I am not even considering Yellow Submarine as a true album release, I truly think Please, Please Me is my least favourite Beatles record. I understand that this was their debut and of course it was the beginning, but for me, when it comes to listening to Beatles records, that's the one I listen to least. 

But we all agree, The Beatles never made a bad record!  

'Hold Me Tight ' is ghastly.

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meanmistermustard said

'Hold Me Tight ' is ghastly.  

I love Hold Me Tight .

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Could Hold Me Tight be considered a record? It wasn't a single. I think @Jack (welcome to the forum by the way) meant record as in LP, MMM.

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QuarryMan said
Could Hold Me Tight be considered a record? It wasn't a single. I think @Jack (welcome to the forum by the way) meant record as in LP, MMM.  

I was taking record to mean a song, not confined to the single or album definition.

sir walter raleigh said

I love Hold Me Tight .  

Glad to hear it. Others despise 'What Goes On ', I really like it. 

My point was that Jack said "...but we all agree, The Beatles never made a bad record!" when we clearly don't as I find 'Hold Me Tight ' to be easily the worst track the Beatles ever recorded.

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Always feel a bit sorry for yellow submarine as I think George Martin's soundtrack is so wonderfully scored and a joy to listen to. In fact maybe the Beatles can consider themselves lucky to appear on the same album.....??paul-mccartney

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Completely agree with you. But I think the reason it gets so much hate, is because everyone expects rock (or something similar) from a Beatles record, not classical stuff. One must like classical music as well as rock to appreciate Yellow Submarine fully.

 

Let it Be probably isn't the worst record they released, but there are only one or two worse than it, perhaps Beatles For Sale , perhaps not. But definitely the White Album .

(Look At Me ma - I'm giving a record hate, because not all the songs are in a genre I appreciate.paul-mccartney-facepalm_gif)

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I would say Beatles For Sale is my least favourite album. It appeared a contrived and rushed effort which probably isn't surprising considering the hectic pace of their life's at the time. Eight Days A Week , I'm A Loser and I'll Follow The Sun are, in my opinion, the only tracks worthy of praise...

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Vera Chuckandave said
I would say Beatles For Sale is my least favourite album. It appeared a contrived and rushed effort which probably isn't surprising considering the hectic pace of their life's at the time. Eight Days A Week , I'm A Loser and I'll Follow The Sun are, in my opinion, the only tracks worthy of praise...  

Out of all their albums, even LIB , Beatles For Sale has the least heart in it. 

My verdict on Let It Be : whilst it contains some of their very best material, the album unfortunately suffers from problems with direction, organisation and production.

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The material is strong. The Beatles never had a dip in musical ability or quality, and their later years are my preference. That’s why I’m a fan of the album. The issue pertains to the way it was packaged in terms of track listing and editing. I have quibbles in that area, but the good outweighs any bad for me. Especially now that we have Let It Be ...Naked. 

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