Archive for ‘Let It Be’

May 10, 2012

Let It Be

The Beatles’ final studio album Let It Be was released on May 8th, 1970. Although the album was recorded during the sessions for the accompanying documentary film, the tapes were shelved, and the band recorded and released Abbey Road in the meantime. Let It Be was released shortly before the The Beatles announced their breakup.

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March 24, 2012

Don’t Let Me Down

“Don’t Let Me Down” was written by John Lennon during The Beatles’ Get Back sessions. It was included as part of the band’s final live concert performance from the rooftop of Apple Studios. This live recording was used as the b-side of the single “Get Back.”

Watch the video for “Don’t Let Me Down” after the jump!

 

 

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January 18, 2012

Watching Rainbows

“Watching Rainbows” is an unreleased Beatles song written by John Lennon and recorded during the massive Get Back sessions. The recording only featured Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as George Harrison had temporarily quit the band during this time. The song eventually evolved into “I’ve Got a Feeling.”

 

Listen to “Watching Rainbows” after the jump!

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January 4, 2012

I Me Mine

On January 3, 1970, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr reconvened to record the final version of Harrison’s “I Me Mine.” The song was to be included in the film and accompanying album Let It Be, and was recorded without John Lennon, who had already quit the band by this time. This was to be the final song recorded by The Beatles as a band.

 

Watch the video for “I Me Mine” after the jump!

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January 19, 2011

Red Apple

The Beatles’ Let it Be was the final studio album released while the band was still together. Released on Apple records, the record label sported a red apple instead of the standard green Granny Smith that appeared on all prior Apple Records labels. It is said that the red signified that the album was not distributed by Capitol Records in the U.S.

November 1, 2010

Across the Universe

John Lennon wrote “Across the Universe” in 1968, having been influenced by his study of Transcendental Meditation in India. The song originally appeared on the charity album No One’s Gonna Change Our World, though Lennon was not entirely happy with this recording. The Beatles revisited the song during the Get Back / Let It Be sessions, and a newly recorded version eventually ended up on the Let It Be album.