The Beatles' Let It Be: 33 1/3

Autor Steve Matteo
en Limba Engleză Paperback – oct 2004
The recording sessions for Let It Be actually began as rehearsals for a proposed return to live stage work for the Beatles, to be inaugurated in a concert at a Roman amphitheatre in Tunisia. In this thoroughly researched book, Steve Matteo delves deep into the complex history of these sessions. He talks to a number of people who were in the studio with the Beatles, recording the sights and sounds of the band at work bringing to life a period in the Beatles' career that was creative and chaotic in equal measure.
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ISBN-13: 9780826416346
ISBN-10: 0826416349
Pagini: 160
Ilustrații: illustrations
Dimensiuni: 121 x 165 x 10 mm
Greutate: 0.15 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Continuum
Seria 33 1/3

Locul publicării:New York, United States


Matteo takes us into the process of the album's creation, fully attending to the minute negotiations and forced compromises that characterized the Beatles' last stab at full collaboration....the book's compact yet comprehensive account of the album is worthwhile.
Set out in an easy to read format...a well-written, unbiased overview of the whole LET IT BE affair- all contained in a handy pocket-sized book. A must for fans and historians of THE BEATLES alike!
Let It Be is far from the Beatles' most memorable record, but as most know, its inception marked a seminal time period in the life (or death) of the most influential band in rock 'n' roll history. Steve Matteo's research is meticulous, giving to-the-minute accounts of things that happened during the making of Let It Be and its depth stifles the writer's voice in exchange for relaying the chaos and controversy over these sessions (and, almost more importantly, the tapes documenting them).
Matteo's is the best of the lot, just as expected: after all, he' s done time with Rolling Stone and Spin, and wrote Dylan. For his study of the Beatles' Let It Be he has done his homework, having interviewed a number of people involved in Apple and the making of the album. In tackling the one record that many think of as a complicated footnote to The Beatles' career, he expertly negotiates the long and winding road of recording sessions and 500 hours' worth of audio tapes. The result is a contender for book of the series.
For such a little book, it sure does pack a big wallop. Just when you thought the ill-fated Let It Be sessions had been researched to death, Steve Matteo's recently released book sheds new light on the subject with the proper perspective of hindsight....Matteo's book...should stand as the definitive account of these historic sessions.
I applaud the author for taking up such a daunting task and condensing a sometimes-confusing story into a mer 136 pages of enjoyable text. Hopefully there will be more Beatles-related books of this calibre in the 33 1/3 series!
33 1/3 is a fabulous series written with passion by an equally fabulous cross-secton of today's best music journalists. This series is a must for every serious record nerd out there! And I know the nerds agree with me cause I'm having trouble keeping them on the shelves.
As the brouhaha over Paul McCartney's reworking of the last album the Beatles recorded together suggested, Let It Be has quite a history. The raw edges of the Fab Four's devolution, completely betrayed in the movie Michael Lindsay-Hogg made of the recording sessions, showed through aurally in inconsistent song quality. To McCartney's later consternation, Phil Spector was brought in to add finishing production touches. Matteo takes us into the process of the album's creation, fully attending to the minute negotiations and forced compromises that characterized the Beatles' last stab at full collaboration. In the closing pages Matteo rather gently assesses the 2003 re-release, Let It Be...Naked, and the planned re-release of the film. Despite Matteo's rather tepid critical attitude, the book's compact yet comprehensible account of the album is worthwhile.
Matteo faithfully details the most fascinating month in Beatles history and its endlessly bootlegged afterlife.

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