Wednesday, February 07, 2007
But We Love Tape Hiss!
Above are scans of an interesting article on Let It Be...Naked from the December 2003 Mojo magazine. The LIBN project--I sort of see it as a pointless exercise, and that Apple's time, energy and money would have been better spent on more worthwhile endeavors, e.g., a DVD of all their promo videos, The Beatles at Shea Stadium, etc. I guess what bugged me the most about the project was the fact that it was not "naked" at all--not the "trousers down" Glyn Johns mixes, but rather a creation from edits flown in from here, there and everywhere at times. Oh, and read that paragraph about Pro-Tools...not a favorite program of mine or many others reading this blog, I'm sure. How can something be stripped down and authentic when all the ambiance is completely removed? *insert heavy sigh here* I'd like to get some opinions on which version you favor--Glyn Johns, Spector, or LIBN?
The reason I am posting this article is because the team employed for the LIBN project are reportedly the same people who have been working on the eagerly awaited UK remasters of the Beatles' canon at Abbey Road studios. This same team also did the recent Living in the Material World reiusse, which I thought was quality work (but what do I know, really). I suppose there is no way that every fan will be satisfied with the remasters, but let's hope they will be of the quality deserving of the world's most beloved and revered group.
If only the deluxe DVD of Let It Be would magically appear...
(Click on the scans to enlarge.)