Let It Be Naked is a album by The Beatles. The project was overseen by Paul McCartneywho felt that Phil Spector 's production did not accurately represent the group's "stripped-down" intentions for the original album.
Ineverybody had a hard year, and everybody had a good time. It was a year in which history seemed to be tripping over itself -- the moon landing, Woodstock and Altamont and the disintegration of the Beatles. In Januarythe group gathered to record what would eventually see release in as the film and soundtrack album Let It Be.
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Or some such convoluted story. All these years after the fact, what is clear is that The Beatles were special mainly because they were dedicated to producing things nobody else could. These songs, the band's persona, the stances they took and lessons learned in front of the camera weren't just the exploits of a popular band, but live memoirs of the spiritual, artistic and disciplined Ideal. For each word written and photo taken of all manner of celebrities, they are still arguably the only group of musicians worth talking about with the same significance as any world leader or religious icon you care to name-- at least in the West.
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When The Beatles first set out to make Let It Be inthey 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.
The story behind the making of the Beatles' album Let It Be is well known, but to recap: The "White Album" of 68 was aural proof each was going his own way; however, late in the year, McCartney suggested they do a back-to-basics recording, ostensibly for an album to be called Get Back -- and get a film crew to make a doco to go with it. When they reconvened in January '69 none had counted on the discomforts of turning up every morning to a cold rehearsal space in a Twickenham sound stage with cameras constantly on them. Harrison, just back from enjoying time with Bob Dylan and The Band in Woodstock, referred to it as their "winter of discontent" and walked out after a week.
By the end ofthe Beatles were in the doldrums, disillusioned by their own ubiquitous fame and strung out from the roller coaster ride that had made them the kings of rock and roll. They had spent five months in India searching for enlightenment and had returned to England disheartened, having found nothing more than another false god, which was what their infamous guru, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, had turned out to be. The truth was that the band was fractured by this time.
John Lennon : vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, lap steel guitar, bass guitar, organ, whistling Paul McCartney : vocals, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, piano, electric piano, Hammond organ, whistling George Harrison : vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, tambura Ringo Starr : drums, percussion George Martin: Hammond organ, shaker Billy Preston: Hammond organ, electric piano. An extensively remixed and reworked version of songs first released inLet It Be Naked stripped away the studio chatter and Phil Spector post-production from The Beatles' swansong Let It Bepresenting a release closer to the group's original vision.