Let It Be is the twelfth official and last album recorded by The Beatles. It was released on May 8, 1970 (three months after the break-up). Most of Let It Be was recorded before Abbey Road, but The Beatles were unhappy with the results and the album was temporarily shelved. Therefore, Let It Be was released after Abbey Road, making it their last album released even though Abbey Road was the last one recorded.
While The Beatles were recording Let It Be, they were being filmed at almost all times. The footage would eventually be used for the film of the same name.
Tensions were high in the studio, with George Harrison and Paul McCartney often feuding. John Lennon also brought his partner, Yoko Ono, to many of the sessions, which caused some of the band members to be uncomfortable.
The Beatles performed hundreds of songs during the then-called Get Back sessions. Many of the songs would be included on Abbey Road or were used on the band members' solo albums. The Beatles stopped working on Let It Be when arguments reached an all-time high.
After the disasterous Get Back sessions, the album was shelved for a year until Phil Spector decided to produce it. Using the "Wall of Sound", Spector produced the album in a way different to Glyn John's. The Beatles, and the public were not satisified and called the album a "second class send off."
All songs Lennon/McCartney except where noted.
- "Two of Us" – 3:36
- "Dig a Pony" – 3:54
- "Across the Universe"– 3:48
- "I Me Mine" (Harrison) – 2:25
- "Dig It" (Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starkey) – 0:50
- "Let it Be" – 4:03
- "Maggie Mae" (trad., arr. Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starkey) – 0:40
- "I've Got a Feeling" – 3:37
- "One After 909" – 4:05
- "The Long and Winding Road" – 3:37
- "For You Blue" (Harrison) – 2:32
- "Get Back" – 3:07
Phil Spector Producer
George Martin Producer