Let It Be - 50th Anniversary (a year late) Deluxe Edition

The Beatles
 

Let It Be 50th Anniversary Edition - Front Let It Be 50th Anniversary Edition - Rear
Let It Be 50th Anniversary Edition - Front Let It Be 50th Anniversary Edition - Rear

Label Apple/EMI
  
Catalogue No.'s 071 3869 (Super Deluxe Edition) - Full barcode: 6 02507 13869 1
2 C.D. - 6 02507 13862 2
2 Disc Vinyl - 6 02507 13889 9
Vinyl Picture Disc - 6 02435 92241 6
Single Vinyl - 6 02507 13865 3
  
Release date 15th October 2021
  
Total time C.D. Discs 1 - 5 have a total of 2 hours 44 minutes and 59 seconds
CD Disc 1 - 35:10 (New Mix of Original Album)
CD Disc 2 - 40:52 (Apple Sessions)
CD Disc 3 - 32:42 (Rehearsals and Apple Jams)
CD Disc 4 - 42:55 (1969 Glyn Johns Mix)
CD Disc 5 - 13:20 (Let It Be E.P.)
BR Disc 6 - 35:10 (Blu-ray - Audio only)
  
U.K. Album Chart Detail :
Entry Date :22nd October 2021
Highest Position :2
Weeks in Chart :12 ..... so far
  
Detail : A beautiful and comprehensive six-disc box set, all housed within a simple box.
There are other formats and combinations available, but really, why would you ?

But, everyone knows how much material is available from these sessions,
so why is such a set that is supposed to be the Ultimate release so short on the works presented.
All of the music on the five c.d.'s would easily fit on less than three discs !
And in fact, losing just one bit of unnecessary duplication and it would all fit on two !!

This set is available in a variety of formats, including :

Super Deluxe Box Set
5CD + 1Blu-ray (album’s new stereo mix in hi-res 96kHz/24-bit; new 5.1 surround DTS and Dolby Atmos album mixes) with
105-page hardbound book in a 10” by 12” die-cut slipcase
or,
180-gram, half-speed mastered vinyl 4LP + 45rpm 12-inch vinyl EP with 105-page hardbound book in a 12.5” by 12.5” die-cut slipcase
Digital Audio Collection (stereo + album mixes in hi res 96kHz/24-bit / Dolby Atmos)
• Let It Be (new stereo mix of original album): 12 tracks
• Previously unreleased outtakes, studio jams, rehearsals: 27 tracks
• Previously unreleased 1969 Get Back LP mix by Glyn Johns, newly mastered: 14 tracks
• Let It Be EP: 4 tracks :
        Glyn Johns’ unreleased 1970 mixes: “Across The Universe” and “I Me Mine”
        Giles Martin & Sam Okell’s new stereo mixes: “Don’t Let Me Down” & “Let It Be” singles
The Super Deluxe CD and vinyl collections’ beautiful book features Paul McCartney’s foreword;
an introduction by Giles Martin; a remembrance by Glyn Johns;
insightful chapters and detailed track notes by Beatles historian, author, and radio producer Kevin Howlett;
and an essay by journalist and author John Harris exploring the sessions’ myths vs. their reality.
The book is illustrated, scrapbook style, with rare and previously unpublished photos by Ethan A. Russell and Linda McCartney,
as well as never before published images of handwritten lyrics, session notes, sketches, Beatles correspondence, tape boxes, film frames, and more.

C.D. Digipak
2xCD in digipak with a 40-page booklet abridged from the Super Deluxe book
• Let It Be (new stereo mix of original album): 12 tracks
• Previously unreleased outtakes, studio jams, rehearsals: 13 tracks
• Previously unreleased 1970 mix for “Across The Universe”

Standard C.D.
1CD in digipak (new stereo mix of original album)
Digital (album’s new mixes in stereo + hi res 96kHz/24-bit / Dolby Atmos)

Vinyl L.P.
180-gram half-speed mastered 1LP vinyl (new stereo mix of original album)

Picture Disc L.P.
Limited Edition picture disc 1LP vinyl illustrated with the album art (new stereo mix of original album)

22nd October 2021 - The album entered the charts straight in at number 2 (Kept off top spot by new Coldplay album)
29th October 2021 - Second week and a drop of twenty places down to number 22
5th November 2021 - Third week in chart and a further drop of fourteen places down to number 36
12th November 2021 - Fourth week in chart and a further drop of twelve places down to number 48
19th November 2021 - Fifth week in chart and a further drop of thirteen places down to number 61
26th November 2021 - Sixth week in chart and a further drop of just two places down to number 63
3rd December 2021 - Seventh week in the chart and Christmas sales kick in as it rebounds up forty-one places back up to number 22
10th December 2021 - Eighth week in the chart and a non-mover remaining at number 22
17th December 2021 - Ninth week in the chart and a drop of just a single place down to number 23
24th December 2021 - Tenth week in the chart and another small drop of three places down to number 26
31st December 2021 - Eleventh week in the chart and another drop of three places down to number 29
7th January 2021 - Twelfth week in the chart and now Christmas sales are waneing, down eighteen places to number 47

Chart Progress: 2 - 22 - 36 - 48 - 61 - 63 - 22 - 22 - 23 - 26 - 29 - 47


C.D. 1 - New 2021 Mix of Original Album

35:10 - Catalogue no. 071 3874

Note: For explanation of "DDSI" numbers see DDSI - An explanation (The numbers below are from the 2007 edition)

No. Title Composer Recording Information Time
1 "I dig a pygmy by Charles Hawtrey on the deaf aids. Phase one in which Doris gets her oats"
(DDSI no. 21.52)
Two Of Us Lennon-McCartney Recorded 31st January 1969
(DDSI no. 31.13)
Final mix - take 11.
3:34
2 Dig A Pony Lennon-McCartney Rooftop recording - 30th January 1969
(DDSI no. 30.11)
3:52
3 Across The Universe Lennon-McCartney Recorded 4th February 1968 - 8 takes
Overdubs 8th February 1968 onto take 8
Overdubs 1st April 1970 onto take 8 creating take 9
Final mix - take 9.
3:45
4 I Me Mine Harrison Recorded 3rd January 1970
Overdubs 1st April 1970 onto take 16 creating takes 17 & 18
Final mix - take 18.
2:24
5 Dig It Lennon-McCartney-Harrison-Starr Recorded 26th January 1969
(DDSI no. 26.55)
0:50
6 "That was 'Can You Dig It' by Georgie Wood. Now we'd like to do 'Ark The Angels Come'"
(DDSI no. 24.85)
Let It Be Lennon-McCartney Recorded 31st January 1969
(DDSI no. 31.64 - Take 27A)
Overdubs 30th April 1969 onto take 27
Overdubs 4th January 1970 onto take 27 creating takes 28-30
Final mix - take 30.
4:03
7 Maggie Mae Trad. Recorded 24th January 1969
(DDSI no. 24.49)
0:38
8 I've Got A Feeling Lennon-McCartney Rooftop recording - 30th January 1969
(DDSI no. 30.6)
3:36
9 One After 909 Lennon-McCartney Rooftop recording - 30th January 1969
(DDSI no. 30.8)
2:51
10 "Oh Danny boy, the Isles of Ken are calling"
(DDSI no. 30.9)
The Long And Winding Road Lennon-McCartney Recorded 26th January 1969
(DDSI no. 26.91)
Overdubs 1st April 1970 using takes 17-19 onto take 18
Final mix - take 18.
3:36
11 "The Queen says 'No' to pot smoking F.B.I. members"
(DDSI no. 8.21)
For You Blue Harrison Recorded 25th January 1969
(DDSI no. 25.47 - Final take)
With a new lead vocal overdubbed in January 1970.
2:30
12 Get Back Lennon-McCartney Recorded 27th January 1969
(DDSI no. 27.63)
3:07
"Thanks Mo"
"I'd like to say thankyou on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we pass the audition"

This end ad-lib is from the final rooftop performance 30th January 1969 (DDSI no. 30.17)

C.D. 2 - Get Back - Apple Sessions

40:52 Catalogue no. 071 3879

Note: For explanation of "DDSI" numbers see DDSI - An explanation (The numbers below are from the 2007 edition)

No. Title Recording Information Time
1 Morning Camera (Speech) This is just Ringo arriving on the 22nd.
(DDSI no. 22.05)
3:41
Two Of Us Take 4
(DDSI no. 24.48)
2 Maggie Mae/Fancy My Chances With You (DDSI no. 24.41 and 24.42) 0:56
3 Dig It (DDSI no. 24.85) 2:01
4 I Don't Know Why I'm Moaning (Speech) (DDSI no. 25.16) 1:20
5 Four You Blue Take 4
(DDSI no. 25.42)
2:50
6 Let It Be/Please Please Me/Let It Be From a different day, the second Let It Be edit is "Take 10"
(DDSI no. 25.59/25.61/26.40)
4:31
7 I've Got A Feeling Take 10
(DDSI no. 27.81)
3:35
8 Dig A Pony Take 14
(DDSI no. 28.37)
Note that the initial dialogue is edited in from 28.35 !
3:59
9 Get Back Take 19
The coda at end of this take was that used to create the single version.
(DDSI no. 28.43)
3:55
10 Like Making An Album ? (Speech) (DDSI no. 28.83) 0:40
11 One After 909 Take 3
(DDSI no. 29.47)
3:26
12 Don't Let Me Down First rooftop performance
(DDSI no. 30.05)
3:27
13 The Long And Winding Road Take 19
(DDSI no. 31.40)
3:44
14 Wake Up Little Susie/I Me Mine Take 11
Without John, this was actually from almost a year later, on 3rd January 1970.
2:15

C.D. 3 - Rehearsals And Apple Jams

32:42 - Catalogue no. 071 3882

Note: For explanation of "DDSI" numbers see DDSI - An explanation (The numbers below are from the 2007 edition)

No. Title Recording Information Time
The first four tracks are exerpts from the Twickenham Sessions
1 On The Day Shift Now (Speech) This is excerpts of dialogue edited together
(DDSI no. 2:03/2.19/2.16)
4:20
All Things Must Pass Rehearsals (random edits)
(DDSI no. 3.110/3.124/3.139)
2 Concentrate On The Sound Again, exerpts at random edited together
(DDSI no. 6.41/6.42)
1:06
3 Gimme Some Truth Paul also with some Across The Universe
(Edits from DDSI no. 7.95/7.97/7.98/7.99)
1:18
4 I Me Mine Another set of bizarre edits
(Edits from DDSI no. 8.107/8.108/8.109)
1:33
Remaining tracks are all from the Apple Sessions
5 She Came In Through The Bathroom Window Another set of edits
Some of which was in longer form on Anthology 3.
(Edits from DDSI no. 21.80/21.81)
2:48
6 Polythene Pam Another set of edits
(Edits from DDSI no. 24.43/24.44)
1:18
7 Octopus's Garden Another set of edits
(Edits from DDSI no. 26.04/26.05/26.06/26.07)
1:47
8 Oh Darling Another set of edits
(DDSI no. 27.56)
5:17
9 Get Back Take 8
(DDSI no. 27.52)
3:49
10 The Walk (DDSI no. 27.83) 0:53
11 Without A Song Vocal by Billy Preston
(DDSI no. 28.66)
1:59
12 Something Edited exerpts
(From DDSI no. 28.71/28.72)
1:22
13 Let It Be Take 28
(DDSI no. 31.65)
4:42


C.D. 4 - Get Back - 1969 Glyn Johns Mix

42:55 - Catalogue no. 071 3869

Note: For explanation of "DDSI" numbers see DDSI - An explanation (The numbers below are from the 2007 edition)

No. Title Recording Information Time
1 One After 909 Rooftop recording - 30th January 1969
(DDSI no. 30.8)
3:05
"Oh Danny boy, the Isles of Ken are calling"
(DDSI no. 30.9)
"Thanks Mo"
"I'd like to say thankyou on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we pass the audition"

This end ad-lib is from the final rooftop performance 30th January 1969 (DDSI no. 30.17)
2 Medley:
I'm Ready (a.k.a. Rocker)
Save The last Dance For Me
Don't Let Me Down
 
(DDSI no. 22.58)
(DDSI no. 22.59)
(DDSI no. 22.59)
1:56
3 Don't Let Me Down (DDSI no. 22.60)
At end John says, "Well ladies and gentlemen we'd like to change the tempo a little"
4:05
4 Dig A Pony (DDSI no. 22.68)
At end John adds, "Yes I do !"
4:13
5 I've Got A Feeling (DDSI no. 22.71)
At end John says, "I cocked it up trying to get loud .... not bad though"
2:54
6 Get Back (DDSI no. 27.63 with coda from 28.43) 3:10
7 For You Blue Recorded 25th January 1969
(DDSI no. 25.47)
At start the rattle of ice in a glass, false start, "Quiet please"
With a new lead vocal overdubbed in January 1970.
2:54
8 Teddy Boy (DDSI no. 24.33)
At end Paul says, "save that one for further consideration"
3:41
9 Two Of Us (DDSI no. 24.69)
At end Paul says, "And so we leave the little town of London, England"
3:29
10 Maggie Mae (DDSI no. 24.49) 0:39
11 Dig It (DDSI no. 26.55) 4:09
"That was 'Can You Dig It' by Georgie Wood. Now we'd like to do 'Ark The Angels Come'"
(DDSI no. 24.85)
12 Let It Be (DDSI no. 31.64 - Take 27A with overdubbed guitar solo)
At end John says, "Are we supposed to giggle in the solo ?"
Paul, "Yeah".
4:10
13 The Long And Winding Road (DDSI no. 26.91) 3:39
14 Get Back (Reprise) (a little more of DDSI no. 28.43 coda) 0:39


C.D. 5 - Let It Be E.P.

13:20 - Catalogue no. 071 3869

Note: For explanation of "DDSI" numbers see DDSI - An explanation (The numbers below are from the 2007 edition)

No. Title Recording Information Time
1 Across The Universe Unreleased Glyn Johns 1970 Mix
At start, "Y'alright Ritchie ?"
3:27
2 I Me Mine Unreleased Glyn Johns 1970 Mix
At start George says, "Are you ready Ringo ?"
1:45
3 Don't Let Me Down New mix of original single version
(DDSI no. 28.45)
4:04
4 Let It Be New mix of original single version
(DDSI no. 31.64)
3:49


Disc 6 - The Blu-Ray - Let It Be

The BluRay - Catalogue no. 071 3886

Actually has a menu that runs for 22:49 that repeats the opening verse of Let It Be (51 seconds) over and over.

Let It Be - The new 2021 Mix (35:10)

In surround sound and four different audio versions to choose from

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