The Beatles Strip Bare 'Don't Let Me Down' for 'Let It Be…Naked'

The Beatles' final album returns to its unadorned origins

April 8, 2013 10:00 AM ET
The Beatles, 'Let It Be…Naked'
The Beatles, 'Let It Be…Naked'
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Despite the grand legacy of the Beatles' Let It Be, the band originally intended the Phil Spector-produced album to be much different: a stripped-down, freewheeling return to live takes. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr didn't want to resort to studio effects or overdubs and sought to capture a special, live element in the recordings. Of course, after many disagreements, Spector stepped in to create the richly produced album that was eventually released.

The Beatles' 2003 release of Let It Be. . . Naked saw a return to the album's original form and spirit of live performances. The band recently released the album to iTunes and to celebrate, they have also planned a series of five podcasts featuring Let It Be. . . Naked tracks, original sound archives from the making of the album and interviews with McCartney, Harrison and Starr. In this exclusive clip from the series, the band jams out live to "Don't Let Me Down," showing their true chemistry.

The Beatles Add 'Let It Be . . . Naked' to iTunes

The digital version of Let It Be. . . Naked is available now; for more information on the podcast series, visit the Beatles' website.

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