The Beatles – Let It Be

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Let It Be is the twelfth and final studio album by the English rock band the Beatles. It was released on 8 May 1970, almost a month after the group’s break-up, in tandem with the documentary of the same name. Concerned about recent friction within the band, Paul McCartney had conceived the project as an attempt to reinvigorate the group by returning to simpler rock ‘n’ roll configurations. The album topped charts in many countries, including both the US and the UK, but the critical response was generally unfavourable, and Let It Be came to be regarded as one of the most controversial rock albums in history.

Rehearsals began at Twickenham Film Studios in January 1969 as part of a planned television documentary showing the Beatles’ return to live performance. The filmed rehearsals were marked by ill feeling, leading to George Harrison’s temporary departure from the group. As a condition of his return, the members reconvened at their own Apple Studio, and recruited guest keyboardist Billy Preston. The project yielded a single public concert held on the studio’s rooftop on 30 January, from which three of the album’s tracks were drawn.

In April 1969, the Beatles issued the lead single “Get Back” (backed with “Don’t Let Me Down”), after which engineer Glyn Johns prepared and submitted mixes of the album – titled Get Back and subsequently rejected by the band. The project then lay in limbo as they moved onto the recording of Abbey Road, released that September. In January 1970, four months after John Lennon’s departure from the group, the remaining Beatles finished the album with the completion of “Let It Be” and “I Me Mine”. The former was issued as the second single from the album in March 1970, and like all the album’s recording to this point, was produced by George Martin.

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