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Thrill your day with this amazing throwback song from The Beatles titled “Let It Be“.

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Let It Be is a song by the English rock band The Beatles, released on 6 March 1970 as a single, and (in an alternative mix) as the title track of their album Let It Be. It was written and sung by Paul McCartney, and credited to the Lennon–McCartney partnership. The single version of the song, produced by George Martin, features a softer guitar solo and the orchestral section mixed low, compared to the album version, produced by Phil Spector, featuring a more-aggressive guitar solo and the orchestral sections mixed higher.

At the time, it had the highest debut on the Billboard Hot 100, beginning its chart run at number 6 and eventually reaching the top. It was their final single before McCartney announced his departure from the band. Both the Let It Be album and the US single “The Long and Winding Road” were released after McCartney’s announced departure from and the subsequent break-up of the group.

McCartney said he had the idea of “Let It Be” after he had a dream about his mother during the tense period surrounding the sessions for The Beatles (“the White Album“) in 1968. Mary Patricia McCartney died of cancer in 1956, when he was fourteen. In rehearsing the song with The Beatles in January 1969, in place of the “Mother Mary” lyric, McCartney occasionally sang “Brother Malcolm”, a reference to The Beatles’ assistant Mal Evans. McCartney later said: “It was great to visit with her again. I felt very blessed to have that dream. So that got me writing ‘Let It Be‘.” In a later interview he said about the dream that his mother had told him, “It will be all right, just Let It Be.” When asked if the phrase “Mother Mary” in the song referred to the Mother of Jesus, McCartney has typically replied that listeners can interpret the song however they like. Indeed, others have interpreted the phrase biblically.

McCartney first began to play around with “Let It Be” in the recording studio in between takes of “Piggies” on 19 September 1968. Some months later, the song would be rehearsed at Twickenham Film Studios on 3 January 1969, where the group had, the previous day, begun what would become the Let It Be film. During this stage of the film they were only recording on the mono decks used for syncing to the film cameras, and were not making multi-track recordings for release. A single take was recorded, with just McCartney on piano and vocals. The first attempt with the other Beatles was made on 8 January. Work continued on the song throughout the month. Multi-track recordings commenced on 23 January at Apple Studios.

The master take was recorded on 31 January 1969, as part of the “Apple studio performance” for the project. McCartney played a Blüthner piano, Lennon played six-string electric bass (replaced by McCartney’s own bass part on the final version at the behest of George Martin), George Harrison and Ringo Starr assumed their conventional roles, on guitar and drums respectively, and Billy Preston contributed on Hammond organ. This was one of two suitable performances of “Let It Be” recorded that day. The first version, designated take 27-A, would serve as the basis for all officially released versions of the song. The other version, take 27-B, was included in the film Let It Be as part of the Apple studio performance along with “Two of Us” and “The Long and Winding Road”.

The film performance of “Let It Be” has never been officially released as an audio recording. The lyrics in the two versions differ a little in the last verse. The studio version has mother Mary comes to me … there will be an answer, whereas the film version has mother Mary comes to me … there will be no sorrow. In addition, McCartney’s vocal performance is noticeably different in both versions: in the film version, it sounds rough in certain moments since he is not using anti-pop on his mic; there are also a couple of falsetto vocals performed by him (extending the vocal ‘e’ on the word ‘be’), for instance in the ‘Let It Be‘ line that precedes the second chorus. Finally, the instrumental progression featured in the middle of the song after the second chorus (that descends from F to C), which is played twice on all released studio versions, is played (or at least is shown being played) only once in the film.

On 30 April 1969, Harrison overdubbed a new guitar solo on the best take from 31 January. He overdubbed another solo on 4 January 1970. The first overdub solo was used for the original single release, and the second overdub solo was used for the original album release. Some fans mistakenly believe that there were two versions of the basic track – based mostly on the different guitar solos, but also on other differences in overdubs and mixes.

Single version

The single used the same cover photographs as the Let It Be album, and was originally released on 6 March 1970, backed by “You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)”, with a production credit for George Martin. This version includes orchestration and backing vocals overdubbed on 4 January 1970, under the supervision of Martin and McCartney, with backing vocals that included the only known contribution by Linda McCartney to a Beatles song. It was during this same session that Harrison recorded the second overdubbed guitar solo. The intention at one point was to have the two overdub solos playing together. This idea was dropped for the final mix of the single, and only the 30 April solo was used, although the 4 January overdub can be heard faintly during the final verse. Martin mixed the orchestration very low in this version.

The single mix made its album debut on The Beatles‘ 1967–1970 compilation album. Original pressings erroneously show the running time of 4:01 (from the Let It Be album), and not the single version’s running time of 3:52. This version was also included on 20 Greatest Hits, Past Masters Volume 2 and 1.

The Let It Be EP (1972 Melodiya) was The Beatles‘ first release in the Soviet Union. The 3-track 7-inch vinyl EP, M62-36715/6, also included “Across the Universe” and “I Me Mine”.

Album version

On 26 March 1970, Phil Spector remixed the song for the Let It Be album. This version features Harrison’s second guitar solo overdub, fewer backing vocals, a delay effect on Starr’s hi-hat, and more prominent orchestration. The final chorus has three “Let It Be …” lines, as the “there will be an answer” line is repeated twice (instead of once as on the single) before the “whisper words of wisdom” line to close the song. On the album, as the preceding track “Dig It” ends, Lennon is heard saying in a falsetto voice, mimicking Gracie Fields: “That was ‘Can You Dig It’ by Georgie Wood, and now we’d like to do ‘Hark, the Angels Come’.”

Let It Be… Naked version

Still another version of the song appeared on the Let It Be… Naked album in 2003. The majority of this remix is take 27-A from 31 January 1969, with parts of take 27-B (as used in the film “Let It Be“), including the subdued guitar solo, spliced in.

This version contains a different piano track than the one on the studio and single versions. In the intro, McCartney plays an extra A bass note during the A minor chord (very similar to the way he plays the intro in the film version); he also plays a standard A minor chord in the piano at the first beat of measure two in the last verse (on the lyric “mother”, also like in the film version), while the other versions have a different piano harmonisation which can be easily interpreted as an unfixed mistake. The backing vocals in the chorus of this version are similar to those in the single version, but are significantly reduced in volume while still retaining a reverb-heavy, choral effect. Ringo Starr disliked Phil Spector’s version where Starr’s drumming was augmented by Spector’s “tape-delay-effect” to his hi-hats during the song’s second verse and added shakers, so Let It Be… Naked features his original “stripped-down-approach” drumming. Also departed were the tom-tom overdub rolls, heard after the guitar solo during the third verse. Starr also commented that after the release of Naked, he would now have to listen to McCartney saying, “I told you so”, when talking about Spector’s production. The song’s running time on Let It Be… Naked is 3:52.

Unused mixes

Glyn Johns mixed the song on 28 May 1969 as he finished the mixing for the Get Back album. This version was never released. He used the same mix on 5 January 1970, which was an attempt to compile an acceptable version of the LP. Again, this version of the LP was never officially released. – Wikipedia

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Some Quotable Lyrics

When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom
Let It Be

And in my hour of darkness
She is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom
Let It Be

Let It Be, Let It Be, Let It Be, Let It Be
Whisper words of wisdom
Let It Be

And when the broken-hearted people
Living in the world agree
There will be an answer
Let It Be
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