The Beatles Let It Be...Naked CD

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by sdevino, Dec 25, 2003.

  1. sdevino

    sdevino Active Member

    Mar 31, 2002
    My mom who is famous for knitted sox and yellow santa sweaters sent me the Beatles "Let it Be..Naked" CD.

    For those of you who don't know, this is the original Let IT Be Sessions of the Beatles playing as a band with no overdubs, before Phil Spector got his hands on it and added choirs, orchestras etc.

    This CD sounds AMAZING and is a great testiment to what can happen when amazing talent is put in front of an engineering team that knows how to stay out of the way, yet capture what was in the room.

    This is also the very best remix and mastering job I have heard on an older album.

    Kudos to everyone on the team!!!!

  2. musicalhair

    musicalhair Guest

    Hey Steve,

    So I take it you like it better than the Spector produced Let It Be. I was thinking about picking it up today-- the "naked" version that is. The only Let It Be I have is vinyl so I won't really be able to compare the mastering of it (at least I have a tough time comparing fairly other disks were I have both the CD and Vinyl versions, like I like Pet Sounds reissued on Vinyl better than any CD version but I'm not going even try to see why).

    I thought the "naked" version has like the original tracks and I heard it isn't very complimentary of the bands' level of musicianship-- wrong notes in the bass line of Long and Winding road and such (blasphemy on the day after Christmas, sorry guys). Is that the case?
  3. sdevino

    sdevino Active Member

    Mar 31, 2002
    I don't know if I like it "better", its just different and a really really good sounding album to my ears. It sounds like a real band playing in a real room. A sour note here or there does not matter in this format.

    There is a sense of realism to this album that is unlike any other I have heard.

    And this is a rare rare re-issue that wasn't crushed by modern technology.

  4. Can't really be disappointed any time something "new" from the Beatles is found, but very sloppy.

    By the way for anyone out there who wants a more detailed look at the work they did, check out "The Beatles Recording Sessions - The Official Abbey Road Studio Session Notes", Copyright 1988EMI Records Limited. In the early 1980s, John Barrett, one of the Abbey Road balance engineers, was recovering from a serious illness. During the period, his bosses gave him ALL the original multitrack tapes from all the Beatles sessions (or notes from the early ones which were destroyed.

    He did a day by day, take by take review of all the tapes - fascinating sh*t.

    Happy holidays and such.

  5. Linwood

    Linwood Active Member

    Dec 9, 2001
    My wife gave me the Beatles Anthology on dvd for Xmas. I've been glued to the set ever since.
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