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2003-Jan-31: Ringo Talks About "Let It Be"

Ringo Starr has told "Rolling Stone" magazine that this fall Apple Records is planning to release a new version of the Beatles' classic  Let It Be album.  According to Ringo:
"It's the de-Spectorized version - same tracks, same people.  I was listening to it recently, and it was really great. I've been away from it a long time too. It fills my heart with joy to hear that band that I was a member of. They were just great. And also, the quietness of the tracks: It's a beautiful CD.

"Paul was always totally opposed to Phil [Spector].  I told him on the phone [recently], 'You're bloody right again: It sounds great without Phil.' Which it does. Now we'll have to put up with him telling us over and over again, 'I told you'."

Ringo added that George Harrison approved the release the stripped-down version of the album before his death in 2001. The project has been in the works for at least two years, leading the recovery by police of the missing Let It Be audio tapes in the Netherlands on January 10th.

Glyn Johns, who engineered the original Let It Be sessions also welcomes the release of the new version of the album, adding:

"My version of [the song] Get Back actually was released fairly quickly as a single.  And my version of [the song] Let It Be was also released, before Phil Spector puked all over it. And I hope you quote me on that. If you hear The Long and Winding Road without all that schlock on it, it's fabulous just like it is."
The Let It Be movie will be released on DVD to accompany the new CD.  The article also mentioned that a summer release date has been set for the Beatles Anthology on DVD which will contain some additional previously unreleased footage.

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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