Let It Be. The twelfth and final studio album from the Beatles, released after the Fab Four had gone their separate ways, debuted 50 years ago today, on May 8, 1970.
The context surrounding the record pinpoints just how fractious things were at the time. Though Let It Be was released in 1970, it was mostly recorded a year earlier — even before Abbey Road, which was released in ’69 — and featured post-production work from Phil Spector, after initial production came from Glyn Johns and Sir George Martin.
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Today is the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles final album, Let It Be. You can listen to Let it Be here (link in bio) – https://thebeatles.lnk.to/LetItBe “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.” George in 1994 Released on this day in 1970, rehearsals and recordings for the album took place in January 1969 in Twickenham Film Studios, and then in the basement studio and on the rooftop of the band’s offices in Savile Row, London. “The whole Let It Be project was really to see work in progress to see the Beatles working.” Paul “It doesn’t matter what we’re going through as individuals, you know on a bulls**t 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 #letitbe
Musically, Let It Be features some of the Beatles’ most classic songs, including the title track, “The Long and Winding Road” (the final version of which frustrated McCartney, who disagreed with the production flourishes given to the track by Spector) and “Across the Universe,” proving that even during the era that found John, Paul, George and Ringo at the end of their collective rope, they still managed to create some beautiful music that has held up decades later.
The Let It Be sessions are so legendary, they’re the focus of significant attention even a half-century later — as Peter Jackson’s The Beatles: Get Back documentary is slated for release in September, featuring a trove of unseen footage from the album recording sessions.
Per Variety, the new Get Back film looks to be pretty revelatory:
Variety viewed a top-secret trailer of “Get Back” earlier this year, and it’s practically a different world: It’s brighter both visually and spiritually, with many, many shots of the Beatles joking around, making fun of each other, singing in silly accents and generally indulging in vintage Moptop hijinks. It also includes additional footage from the group’s legendary 42-minute “rooftop performance” that caps the “Let It Be” film, which was their last live performance.
The record remains a landmark achievement by the Beatles, despite the turmoil surrounding its recording, release and the Beatles’ dissolution — as even 50 years later, it’s still talked about endlessly.
Here’s a toast to that record, and the Beatles’ legacy. Stream the album below, via Spotify.