The Beatles Release Their Final "Let It Be" Album Today In 1970

May 8, 2016

The final Beatles album was first released on this day in 1970 just prior to the launch of the cinema film of the same name....

 

Rehearsals and recording sessions for the album had taken place in January, 1969…First at Twickenham Film Studios and later in the basement and on the roof of their Apple headquarters in London's Savile Row...

 

A single comprising of "Get Back" and "Don't Let Me Down" was released in April of 1969…

but as The Beatles focused their energies on a new album mainly recorded at Abbey Road…

The "Get Back" album as it was then called remained unreleased…

 

Once the Abbey Road album had been issued and the completion of the documentary film now imminent…it was noticed that rehearsals of George's song "I Me Mine" featured prominently in the film but had not been recorded in the studio…This was remedied on 3rd January of 1970 when George, Paul, and Ringo performed it without John who was in Denmark…A second single from the album which was now titled Let It Be appeared on March 6th…

 

Up to now...the idea behind the album had been to capture the group "live in the studio" without overdubs or effects but this changed when producer Phil Spector was brought in to re-produce the tracks….

The Long And Winding Road which had been given a new musical arrangement featuring orchestra and choir was released as a single in the US and other markets...

but not the UK and became the group's final # 1 single…

The album reached #1 for a three week stay during its 59 week chart stay in the US…

the album enjoyed a four week stay at #1 during an initial chart life of 55 weeks…!

 

“I think the original idea was Paul's idea to rehearse some new songs and then we were going to pick a location and record the album of the songs in a concert...I suppose kind of like they do these days on unplugged except you know it wasn't to be unplugged it was to do a live album...

Twickenham Studio was very cold and not a very nice atmosphere...so we decided to abandon that and go up to Savile Row into the recording studio”

GEORGE

 

"One After 909 it was our childhood coming back to us it was the sort of raw energy from our youth and I think it reminded us of those teenage years and so it surfaced as did Maggie Mae and a few things like that during the Let It Be sessions where we were just dredging up anything."

PAUL

 

"They were quite good sessions once we got into Apple...

I remember you know sitting round quite enjoying the music...

It was interesting music to play and we ended up on the roof….

I think it shows on the record that when we were excited...

It doesn't matter what we're going through as individuals...

you know on a bullshit level when it gets to the music...

you know when you can see that it's really cool...

we've all put in a thousand percent."

RINGO

 

"The whole Let It Be project was really to see work in progress to see the Beatles working….

We'd made Let It Be...

we then mixed it once with Glyn Johns who'd done a very straight forward mix...very plain but I loved it...

Alan Klein was around by this time and he sort of said I don't think it's good enough...

He called in Phil Spector to try to sort of help reproduce it as it said on the record."

PAUL

 

 

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