Let It Be – The Beatles’ final album from 1970 – has been revisited in style. Due out on October 15 in a range of formats and a must-have for Beatles fans, the Special Edition releases include new mixes by Giles Martin and engineer Sam Okell in stereo, 5.1, and Dolby Atmos surround sound.
Also included are previously unreleased session recordings, rehearsals, and studio jams, along with the May 1969 Get Back LP stereo mix by Glyn Johns.
Three of these tracks are available to listen to right now, including “Let It Be (opens in new tab)” (2021 Stereo Mix); “Don’t Let Me Down (opens in new tab)” (first rooftop performance); and “For You Blue (opens in new tab)” (Get Back LP Mix).
All Let It Be Special Edition releases feature the new stereo mix which is based on Phil Spector’s “reproduced for disc” version taken from the original sessions and rooftop performances.
Further to the standard release, a Deluxe CD digipak (with 40-page booklet) contains a disk of outtake highlights. Additionally, the physical and digital Super Deluxe collections boast 27 previously unreleased session recordings, a four-track Let It Be EP, and Glyn Johns’ 14-track stereo mix from ‘69.
“I had always thought the original film Let It Be was pretty sad as it dealt with the break-up of our band,” writes Paul McCartney in the foreword of the new release’s accompanying book, “but the new film shows the camaraderie and love the four of us had between us.
"It also shows the wonderful times we had together, and combined with the newly remastered Let It Be album, stands as a powerful reminder of this time. It’s how I want to remember The Beatles.”
Preorder / pre-save The Beatles’ Let It Be Special Edition here (opens in new tab).
Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar World (opens in new tab), Guitar Player (opens in new tab) and MusicRadar (opens in new tab) in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.
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