1 December 2009
I’ve always thought the Anthology 3 version was the best. It’s the only one that truly lays the arrangement bare. The original album version has all the overdubs. And the “Naked” version sounds so fucking techno for no reason. Like they were overproducing it to sound not overproduced. Paul’s vocal especially sounds so weird, and it’s obviously the mix itself and not how he sang it that makes it sound so weird. This issue taints every Naked song, and makes the album unlistenable for me. I’d take the original (overdubs and all) any day over that garbage.
Agree with you. I also find Preston’s solo on ‘Naked’ to be one of the weakest, crappiest and worst sounding on any Beatles recording; it borders on being unlistenable.
Yeah, I don’t like that solo either, mercifully brief though it is – Spector drowning it out is one of his few moves I welcome. I wonder if Paul suggested those notes, or Billy?
GEORGE: In fact, The Detroit Sound. JOHN: In fact, yes. GEORGE: In fact, yeah. Tamla-Motown artists are our favorites. The Miracles. JOHN: We like Marvin Gaye. GEORGE: The Impressions PAUL & GEORGE: Mary Wells. GEORGE: The Exciters. RINGO: Chuck Jackson. JOHN: To name but eighty.
26 January 2017
For sure. Billy was talented as hell, but that timbre and style of playing just does not suit this song. I think the song deserved some sense of grandiosity, but it would have been much better served by live musicians playing with the band than what Spector did.
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24 August 2021
I personally love the new mix on the Super Deluxe edition of Let It Be . The orchestra doesn’t smother the original instrumentation anymore, and it breathes a lot better. It sounds more like how George Martin would’ve handled the orchestra overdubs.
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