viernes, 23 de octubre de 2009

·"Let It Be... Naked" - The Beatles

Let It Be… Naked is a version of the 1970 Let It Be album by The Beatles that was remixed and remastered under the direction of Paul McCartney. The album is presented in a form which Paul McCartney considered closer to its original artistic vision: to "get back" to the rock 'n' roll sound of their early years rather than the orchestral overdubs and embellishments which were added by Phil Spector in the production of the final Let It Be album. Paul McCartney in particular was always dissatisfied with the over produced sound on the Phil Spector remixes, especially for his song "The Long and Winding Road", which he believed was ruined by the process. George Harrison gave his approval for the ...Naked project before he died. McCartney's attitude contrasted with Lennon's from over two decades earlier. In his September 1980 Playboy interview, Lennon had defended Spector's work, saying "-He was given the shittiest load of badly-recorded shit with a lousy feeling to it ever, and he made something of it.-" The origin of the Let It Be...Naked project arose during a chance reunion of Paul McCartney and "Let It Be" film director Michael Lindsay-Hogg on an airplane flight in the early 2000s. McCartney and Lindsay-Hogg discussed the unavailability of the film on both VHS and DVD, which led to discussion of a possible remixed "soundtrack" to accompany a proposed future DVD release. In early 2002, McCartney recruited Abbey Road in-house engineers Paul Hicks, Guy Massey and Allan Rouse to go back into the vaults and assemble a brand new studio album from the 30 reels of tape recorded during the January 1969 sessions. Since much of the Let It Be material had been recorded live, many sound anomalies existed on the tapes. Hicks, Massey and Rouse did extensive work digitally cleaning up each individual track of every song before remixing it. Some takes were edited together to come up with the best possible final version. In the case of one song—"Dig a Pony"—one errant note sung by John Lennon was even digitally pitch-corrected. Two songs that had been included on the original Let It Be album, the traditional Liverpool folk song "Maggie Mae" and "Dig It" were both excised, as Paul McCartney considered them studio improvisations and too weak for inclusion. In their place was Lennon's "Don't Let Me Down," but rather than the b-side from the single, a composite edit of the two versions from the rooftop concert was inserted. "I've Got a Feeling" was also presented in a new composite edit of its two rooftop concert takes. "Across the Universe," which actually dates from nearly a year before the rest of the album was recorded, was retained, although stripped of almost all of its overdubs and, for the first time on record, played at correct speed. There is also a different solo in the song "Let It Be". Including versions from the original album and the two compilation albums 1 and Anthology 3, it is the fourth version of the "Let It Be" solo to be released by The Beatles. Another striking difference is in McCartney's "The Long and Winding Road," where the Naked producers chose the last recorded take over the rough early take used by Phil Spector for the original album. The original lyric reads "anyway, you'll never know, the many ways I've tried," whereas on this version it reads "anyway, you've always known, the many ways I've tried." Electric guitar and electric piano are also present, played respectively by Harrison and Billy Preston. Naturally, this version is devoid of Phil Spector's orchestral and choral overdubs; the unadorned take from the Let It Be album can be found on the compilation album Anthology 3. The studio dialogue from the original album was removed, as was the dialogue from the rooftop concert that had originally closed the album. Additionally, the running order is quite different from the Let It Be album. After the release of Let It Be... Naked in 2003, critics referred to this CD—with its simpler song versions—as being the "de-Spectorized" version of the original Let It Be album. It was first released in November 2003.


01- Get Back
02- Dig a Pony
03- For You Blue
04- The Long and Winding Road
05- Two of Us
06- I've Got a Feeling
07- One After 909
08- Don't Let Me Down
09- I Me Mine
10- Across the Universe
11- Let It Be

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