Let It Be – Naked
Picked up Let It Be – Naked. Yes, part of me felt like a big jackass buying an album that I already owned. If you’re not a big audiophile or a Beatles nut or both, don’t bother. However, if you know the deal with the original release and the story behind Naked, then I am happy to report that it is worth the hype and money. Haven’t heard the whole thing yet, but I can report that everything I’ve heard is CLEAN! I can’t begin to stress how clean it is. I didn’t realize how muddy the original was until I heard this. Sure, some purists will balk at the rerelease. That’s nice. I’ve been known to be a purist, but… fuck ’em. This album deserves to be this distinctly clean. A few notes thus far.
Two of the albums most unrecognized songs “Two of Us” and “I’ve Got a Feeling” have been wonderfully polished. “Two of Us” just sounds cleaner – it was a pretty basic track to begin with, but it’s a lot tighter now too. “I’ve Got a Feeling” finally got the treatment that it’s deserved since it was released. I was hoping the Anthology version would shed some light on the song, but it’s an incomplete version. The new version fucking rocks. Put it this way: I think I fucked up the speakers in my car. Everything is really well balanced and produced. HUGE difference. This song has gone so unnoticed, and it’s always been one of my favorites. The new production on it really gives it the justice it’s needed.
The most obvious difference is the un-remix of “The Long and Winding Road.” If anyone wants to know the story behind this track (and consequently the rest of the album), just let me know. The new version in a nutshell is pretty stunning. There’s a moog synth (I’m guessing) solo that’s out of place, but the rest of the track is perfect. It’s unbelievably simple, much more solid and better impact. Paul’s piano replaces all of the horrid chorus – and it’s… elegant. Really beautiful.
Alright, I’ll stop talking about it.