Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 342/500!
Originally released in 1970, Let It Be was the final release for The Beatles as a group. The album features "Let It Be", "Maggie Mae", "The Long and Winding Road", and "Get Back".
The original Beatles catalogue has been digitally re-mastered for the first time for worldwide CD release. Each CD is packaged with replicated original UK album art, including expanded booklets containing original and newly written liner notes and rare photos. For a limited period, each CD will also be embedded with a brief documentary film about the album.
"Let It Be" is the sound of the world's biggest pop group at war with itself. John Lennon is at his most acidic; George Harrison's "I Me Mine" is about the sin of pride, sung with plaintive exhaustion. Only Paul McCartney sounds focused, as if the title song were his personal survival mantra. The original concept was a bad idea a live-in-the-studio album and film, begun in January 1969 that left the Beatles so weary they abandoned the project to make Abbey Road. But despite later oversweetening by Phil Spector, the Beatles' final studio release features some of the strongest rockers ("Get Back") and most poignant ballads ("Across the Universe") in their entire canon." - www.rollingstone.com
The albums have been re-mastered by a dedicated team of engineers at EMIs Abbey Road Studios in London over a four year period utilizing state of the art recording technology alongside vintage studio equipment, carefully maintaining the authenticity and integrity of the original analogue recordings. The result of this painstaking process is the highest fidelity the catalogue has seen since its original release.
The collection comprises all 12 Beatles albums in stereo, with track listings and artwork as originally released in the UK. This will mark the first time that the first four Beatles albums will be available in stereo in their entirety on compact disc.
The stereo CD includes track listings and artwork as originally released in the UK. Within the CDs new packaging, booklet includes detailed historical notes along with informative recording notes. These stereo CDs will be housed in a three-panel eco digi-pack with 14 page booklet.
A newly produced mini-documentary on the making of the album, directed by Bob Smeaton, is included as a QuickTime file on the album. The documentary contains archival footage, rare photographs and never-before-heard studio chat from The Beatles, offering a unique and very personal insight into the studio atmosphere.
"For the new remasters, the engineer went back to the original 1960's analog master tapes. Remastering is about working with, sharpening, amplifying, clarifying, and enhancing what are already the settled (or established) facts of the original mix. A listening session in early June at Electric Lady Studios in Manhattan confirmed that this is exactly what has been done. In A/B comparisons with the 1987 CD versions, the Beatles' records sounded more alive, more spirited, with greater dynamic range, and a new spaciousness that was very apparent... These new releases are an audiophile's dream - on good gear, they do sound much improved." - Robert Baird, Stereophile Magazine, October 2009, Vol. 32, No.
Re-mastered at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London
Each CD is packaged with replicated original UK album art
Housed in three-panel soft digi-pak
Includes expanded booklets containing original and newly written liner notes
For limited period, each CD will be embedded with a brief documentary film about the album.
Made in the U.S.A.
1. Two Of Us
2. Dig A Pony
3. Across The Universe
4. I Me Mine
5. Dig It
6. Let It Be
7. Maggie Mae
8. I've Got A Feeling
9. One After 909
10. The Long And Winding Road
11. For You Blue
12. Get Back