While the intention for this week was to bring you one track from each of the Beatles’ studio album releases, this version of Let It Be is better than version that appeared on the divisive album of the same name. Producer Phil Spector’s famed “wall of sound” production technique resulted in a track (and album, for that matter) that, while similar to this version, was overwrought and cluttered with extraneous additions.
This track is a soulful gospel ballad, and an epic in the same vein as Hey Jude. After the experimentations demonstrated in their previous few releases, the tail end of their career saw them return to a striped back and raw state. Let It Be is an exquisite track: simple in its instrumentation and arrangement, but exuding an air of elegance and honesty.