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Beatles Recovered: Let It Be

Fifty years ago on May 8, the final Beatles album was released, almost a month after Paul McCartney had announced that the band had split. If proof was needed that The Beatles had reached the end of the road, this uneven set seemed to provide it.

Of course, most of it was recorded before the masterful Abbey Road, so who can tell how much juice was still in that apple. Be that as it may, Let It Be was the swansong. The last bit of work was done in February 1970, with Paul and George doing some tinkering with I Me Mine, which had been recorded in January 1970, without John’s contribution.

Few fans will list Let It Be as their favourite Beatles album, and only a few tracks on it were widely covered. Naturally, the three stand-out McCartney were liberally covered: Get Back, The Long And Winding Road and the title track. Others found few takers: Dig A Pony, I Me Mine, One After 909, For You Blue…

Still, what we have here is a pretty decent compilation. Even the superfluous Dig It, from Laibach’s song-by-song copy of Let It Be, is, at least, interesting.

One of the artists featured here as a cover act actually played with The Beatles during that period. Billy Preston was even co-credited on Get Back, though that song is featured here in the cover by Motown songstress Chris Clark (released after the single was out and before the LP was released). On his 1970 LP Encouraging Words, Preston covered I’ve Got A Feeling (he also played, uncredited, on the Beatles version), as well as Harrison’s All Things Must Pass and the first recording of My Sweet Lord.

Harrison’s song For Your Blue is covered here by his son Dhani; and on David Bowie’s cover of Across The Universe, we have John Lennon playing guitar.

One track here isn’t even a cover, but precedes Let It Be by 13 years. The version of Maggie Mae — a traditional song from Liverpool which was the first non-Beatles composition the group recorded since Act Naturally on Help! — is by the The Vipers Skiffle Group, a very popular skiffle outfit in the 1950s that was at times produced by… George Martin. Their Maggie May was the b-side of the Top 10 hit The Cumberland Gap; it seems plausible that the young Beatles were familiar with this recording.

So this brings to an end this series of Beatles albums covered song-by-song, all posted on the 50th anniversary of each album. But I got into it only in 2014 with A Hard Days’ Night. I’m playing with the thought of recovering the first two albums.

1. R. Dean Taylor – Two Of Us (1970)
2. California Guitar Trio – Dig A Pony (2016)
3. David Bowie – Across The Universe (1975)
4. Beth Orton – I Me Mine (2010)
5. Laibach – Dig It (1988)
6. Bill Withers – Let It Be (1971)
7. The Vipers Skiffle Group – Maggie Mae (1957)
8. Billy Preston – I’ve Got A Feeling (1970)
9. Willie Nelson – One After 909 (1995)
10. Ray Charles – The Long And Winding Road (1971)
11. Dhani Harrison – For You Blue (2013)
12. Chris Clark – Get Back (1969)

GET IT!

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  1. halfhearteddude
    May 8th, 2020 at 10:20 | #1

    PW = amdwhah

  2. richard Bloom
    May 8th, 2020 at 14:20 | #2

    Covered With Soul Vol. 14 – Beatles Edition 1 Please re-up?
    Any Major Beatles Covers: 1962-66 Please re-up?

  3. Iain Haysom
    May 9th, 2020 at 17:02 | #3

    Thanks so much for this, and for all your Beatles Recovered albums. I’ve enjoyed them all and regularly listen to them, and so very much appreciate your work on these. On that note, I would love it if you went back and recovered the first two albums so there is a complete set. Finally, could I request a re-up of the Rubber Soul Recovered; that is the only one I missed but I get a 403 Prohibited error when I try to download. Many thanks.

  4. Iain Haysom
    May 9th, 2020 at 17:04 | #4

    @halfhearteddude

    My previous comment should have been a reply to you, not Richard Bloom, apologies.

  5. halfhearteddude
    May 10th, 2020 at 11:13 | #5

    The 403 error is probably because Zippyshare is banned in the UK. Rubber Soul is now also on Rapidgator: https://rapidgator.net/file/d2851526dedeb1bfa1252a8e656969a2/BR-RubSl.rar.html

  6. halfhearteddude
  7. Chance
    May 10th, 2020 at 17:35 | #7

    >>I’m playing with the thought of recovering the first two albums.

    Well of course you must! To quote Van the Man, “It’s Too Late To Stop Now.” And, as always, thanks for the endless work you put into this wonderful blog!

  8. Iain Haysom
    May 17th, 2020 at 01:45 | #8

    @halfhearteddude
    Much appreciated, thank you!

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