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Songs of The Beatles Volume 11

Songs of The Beatles' Let It Be Period

1968 October 15 - 1969 February 01

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Period Overview

The Let It Be Period came after the White Album Period. It contains songs that appeared on one single ('Get Back'/'Don't Let Me Down') and the Beatles 11th UK LP, Let It Be.

There is considerable intermingling of songs during this Period, some winding up on Let It Be, others on the Beatles last LP, Abbey Road. For various reasons, Let It Be was released after Abbey Road, even though the songs on Let It Be were recorded mostly before Abbey Road's songs.

Most of the songs on the album Let It Be were recorded in the month of January when the Beatles were rehearsing for a live performance at a yet-to-be determined venue. By the end of January they'd given up on the idea of a proper concert, settling instead to play on the roof of their own Apple Studios in downtown London on 69Jan30. Songs which could not be performed on the roof (like because a grand piano was required) were recorded in the studio the next day.

Sound engineer Glyn Johns created a preliminary LP called Get Back, but the Beatles decided not to release it. In early 1970, after the Abbey Road LP had been released (69Sep26), producer Phil Spector was called in to try to make a soundtrack LP from the raw tapes of the rehearsals and performance. This was to be a companion LP to go along with the release of the film, Let It Be.

Details on all the sessions and releases are in the book Songs of The Beatles' Let It Be Period.
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Book Overview

(for a detailed look at the overall book format, see the Series Overview)

The book starts with an overview of the Beatle Periods, showing where Let It Be fits in their career. It then shows chronological lists of songs recorded and released during this Period.

The "Releases" section shows records that were released containing songs recorded this Period. Details are provided about the UK records. (Details about the US records are in The Songs section.)

A "Hearing The Music" section gives some orientation and history about the vinyl records and how they were intended to be heard.

The bulk of the book details the 13 songs of the Let It Be Period:

The 13 Songs of the Let It Be Period
Side A Side A
 19th single  Get Back  Don't Let Me Down
Side 1 Side 2
 Let It Be  Two Of Us  I've Got A Feeling
 Dig A Pony  One After 909
 Across The Universe  The Long And Winding Road
 I Me Mine  For You Blue
 Dig It  Get Back
 Let It Be
 Maggie Mae

This is a reference work designed much like a technical manual. It has tables, graphs, and figures, but no pictures. This book was written for serious students of the Beatles.
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Table of Contents (approximate)

Songs of The Beatles' Let It Be Period table of contents
Contents Page

Preface
    Book Format
Introduction
    Beatle Records
    Beatle Periods

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Period Overview
  Let It Be Period Expanded to Songs and Releases
Releases
    LP: The Beatles (the "White Album")
    45: Get Back / Don't Let Me Down
    45: The Ballad Of John And Yoko / Old Brown Shoe
    LP: Abbey Road
    45: Something / Come Together
    45: Let It Be / You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)
    LP: Let It Be
      Fan-outs

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Hearing the Music: Album Analysis and Song Details
  Listening to the Album
  Speaker Placement - The Magic Triangle
  Tempos & Times Primer
  Playing The CD
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The Songs
  Using This Section

  Single
    Get Back
    Don't Let Me Down

  Let It Be
    Two Of Us
    Dig A Pony
    Across The Universe
    I Me Mine
    Dig It
    Let It Be
    Maggie Mae
    I've Got A Feeling
    One After 909
    The Long And Winding Road
    For You Blue
    Get Back
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145
151
Appendix
Glossary
References
Index
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Front Cover

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Book Specifications
Pages Size Binding Price
 about 186  8.5" x 11"  Paperback (perfect/glue) see price list

Copyright 2007-09 by Ken Westover at Cliff Canyon Publishing Co. All rights reserved.
This material may not be distributed without the written permission of the author.
E-mail questions or comments to cliffcan@indra.com.

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