The 50th anniversary editions
The Beatles' final studio album, "Let It Be", will be reissued in October 2021 as a belated 50th anniversary edition, in a variety of configurations.
"Let It Be" is the twelfth and final studio album by the British rock legends. It was originally released in the UK and Germany on May 8, 1970. Although most of the recordings were made in early 1969, prior to the previous album "Abbey Road", it was released afterwards, alongside the film of the same name "Let It Be". The Beatles had already disbanded by this time. Phil Spector had previously been given the task of creating an album from the many hours of tapes.
Like most of the Beatles' previous releases, "Let It Be" peaked at the top of the album charts in many countries: number one in the UK and the US, number three in Germany. However, critics' reactions were generally less than positive, which is why "Let It Be" is also considered one of the most controversial rock albums in history.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary, "Let It Be" is now available as a reissue on CD and as an LP, optionally on 180 g vinyl (HalfSpeed Mastering) or as a picture disc. In addition, fans can look forward to various 50th Anniversary Deluxe Editions with many extras, including a double CD, a set with five CDs, a Blu-ray audio and a book as well as a set with four LPs, a 12" single and a book. The contents and information on each format can be found below.The Limited Super Deluxe Special Edition (Vinyl) at a glance:
The full track listing can be found below.
- Four 180 g LPs, one 12" single, one book
- LP 1: "Let It Be" as a new stereo mix of the original album: 12 tracks
- LP 2 + 3: previously unreleased outtakes, studio jams and rehearsal recordings: 27 tracks
- LP 4: The previously unreleased "Get Back" LP mix (1969) by Glyn Johns, remastered: 14 tracks
- 12"-Single: "Let It Be"-EP: Glyn Johns' unreleased 1970 mixes of "Across The Universe" and "I Me Mine" as well as Giles Martin's and Sam Okell's new stereo mixes of the singles "Don't Let Me Down" and "Let It Be": 4 tracks
Plus a 105-page hardcover book with
- Foreword by Paul McCartney
- Introduction by Giles Martin
- Remembrance by Glyn Johns
- detailed track notes by legendary Beatles historian, author and radio producer Kevin Howlett
- rare and partly unpublished photos by Ethan A. Russell and Linda McCartney plus never before published handwritten lyrics, session notes, Beatles correspondence and much more.