|The twenty-second official release.
The last "official" release. Although there are future Beatles singles, these are mostly EMI marketing ploys.
This is considered the last single sanctioned by all four Beatles.
First pressings obviously come with the picture cover, and another clue is the matrix number on the B-side. If yours has
"APPLES 1002" typed over with little x's (eg, obliterated), then this is a genuine first issue. Subsequent pressings only
had the matrix number 7YCE 21408-10.
There were also Export issues of Let It Be which could be found on Parlophone or on Apple.
Both releases have the catalogue number P-R 5833
In 1990 the picture disc version was released in England as part of the,
"It Was Twenty Years Ago" series, on 5th March 1990 ... The last of the series.
In 2010 iTunes (a digital download agency) were given access to The Beatles product, which now meant each track was available to download to internet connected devices.
These downloads had to be paid for and the number of sales were permitted to be counted for chart purposes (although JPGR doesn't concur with this process).
21st November 2010 - Let It Be was initially the second highest placed download in the singles chart at number 46.
28th November 2010 - Let It Be became the highest ever Beatles download listing by rising to number 38.
5th December 2010 - the listing dropped down to number 86 (which is outside the Top 75 and doesn't count for record purposes).
12th December 2010 - Let It Be climbed the chart again to number 80.
19th December 2010 - Let It Be re-entered the top 75, climbing to number 67.
26th December 2010 - the listing left the chart again, dropping back to number 83.
2nd January 2011 - final listing in the chart as Let It Be dropped to the bottom rung at number 100.