LetItBeThe Beatles released Let It Be, their 12th and final album 43 years ago today. It was released May 8th 1970 by Apple Records shortly after The Beatles had announced their break-up. Let It Be wasn’t really the Beatles last recording and was actually recorded before the Abbey Road album. A disagreement between Phil Spector and Paul McCartney over some of the arrangements delayed the release of the album originally entitled, “Get Back”. It is also cited as a major contributor to the break up of the group.

McCartney was deeply dissatisfied with Spector’s treatment of some songs, particularly “The Long and Winding Road”. McCartney had conceived of the song as a simple piano ballad, but Spector dubbed in orchestral and choral accompaniment. McCartney unsuccessfully attempted to halt release of Spector’s version of the song or at least have it altered. Despite the criticisms levelled at Spector over the years for his handling of the material, Lennon defended him in his 1971 Rolling Stone interview, saying, “He was given the shittiest load of badly-recorded shit with a lousy feeling to it ever, and he made something of it.” –Wikipedia

Spector’s response years later…

“Paul had no problem picking up the Academy Award for the Let It Be movie soundtrack, nor did he have any problem in using my arrangement of the string and horn and choir parts when he performed it during 25 years of touring on his own. If Paul wants to get into a pissing contest about it, he’s got me mixed up with someone who gives a shit.”

43 Years since their last new music was released the Beatles are still inspiring musicians and listeners worldwide. Every time I listen to their music I am amazed at their lyrical content and their incredible understanding of music. As a wanna be song writer and musician their abilities leave me awe struck with every listen.

Some of my favorite Beatles tunes come from this period…

Across the Universe

Rufus Wainwright did a great cover of this…

For You Blue

Get Back

The Long and Winding Road

This is Paul’s original arrangement of The Long and Winding Road.

In all these live videos of the Beatles you can see the sadness in the eyes that says, “ I am tired of doing this we these guys.” I always thought The Long and Winding Road was the Beatles goodbye letter to the world.

The Long and Winding Road

Written by Paul McCartney

The long and winding road
That leads to your door
Will never disappear
I’ve seen that road before
It always leads me her
Lead me to you door

The wild and windy night
That the rain washed away
Has left a pool of tears
Crying for the day
Why leave me standing here
Let me know the way

Many times I’ve been alone
And many times I’ve cried
Any way you’ll never know
The many ways I’ve tried

But still they lead me back
To the long winding road
You left me standing here
A long long time ago
Don’t leave me waiting here
Lead me to your door

But still they lead me back
To the long winding road
You left me standing here
A long long time ago
Don’t leave me waiting here
Lead me to your door
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah