Let It Be, As Nature Intended.
Let It Be… Naked Makes Its Global Digital Debut On iTunes Today
When The Beatles first set out to make Let It Be in 1969, they intended to record an album that would be a return to live performance. No studio effects or overdubbing of voices or instruments would be allowed - just the bare necessities of the band.
Let It Be… Naked is the stripped-down, return-to-live-takes album that The Beatles originally aimed to create, free of vocal and instrumental overdubs or added effects.
"If we'd had today's technology back then, it would sound like this because this is the noise we made in the studio. It's all exactly as it was in the room. You're right there now." PAUL MCCARTNEY
In addition to the 11-track album, the iTunes LP features all of the original booklet art and liner notes, as well as bonus audio of studio banter captured during The Beatles' 1969 recording sessions for Let It Be.
Music videos for the "Naked" versions of "Get Back" and "Don't Let Me Down" are also exclusively available on iTunes for download purchase and free streaming.
"It's just us playing, in our best voices, it's very honest." GEORGE HARRISON
Over the next couple of weeks we will be celebrating Let It Be… Naked in a few ways. We are launching a series of five special podcasts featuring tracks from the album, original archive sound from the making of Let It Be, and interviews with Paul, George and Ringo reflecting on that period in The Beatles' career.
The podcasts will be featured on the Let It Be… Naked site, or alternatively catch them on Facebook and Twitter. The complete version should be available for download on the iTunes podcast store shortly. It will be annnounced at thebeatles.com
Today, in Chapter One, we explore the process of making the original Let It Be album and film; why Let It Be… Naked has been released as an album distinct from the original Let It Be, and where The Beatles were at as a band at the time of recording.
"The music always surpassed any bullshit we were going through; once the count-in happened we turned back into those brothers and musicians." RINGO STARR
Check out the Let It Be… Naked flickbook - you can find the podcasts, animation, music previews, artwork and more.
We are also running a video scavenger hunt - find the four clips on the web - watch the The Beatles Facebook space to find clues!
"In spite of all things, The Beatles could really play music together" JOHN LENNON