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« on: January 09, 2018, 03:30:16 PM »

The final album (recorded before the final album... if that makes any sense). I prefer Let It Be... Naked... But there it is!  3D

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Let It Be topped albums charts in both America and the UK, and the "Let It Be" single and "The Long and Winding Road" also reached number one in the US. Despite its commercial success, according to Beatles Diary author Keith Badman, "reviews [were] not good".[28] NME critic Alan Smith wrote: "If the new Beatles' soundtrack is to be their last then it will stand as a cheapskate epitaph, a cardboard tombstone, a sad and tatty end to a musical fusion which wiped clean and drew again the face of pop."[29] Smith added that the album showed "contempt for the intelligence of today's record-buyer" and that the Beatles had "sold out all the principles for which they ever stood".[30] Reviewing for Rolling Stone, John Mendelsohn was also critical of the album, citing Spector's production embellishments as a weakness: "Musically, boys, you passed the audition. In terms of having the judgment to avoid either over-producing yourselves or casting the fate of your get-back statement to the most notorious of all over-producers, you didn't."[31]

However, John Gabree of High Fidelity magazine found the album "not nearly as bad as the movie" and "positively wonderful" relative to the recent solo releases by McCartney and Starr. Gabree admired "Let It Be", "Get Back" and "Two of Us", but derided "Long and Winding Road" and "Across the Universe", the last of which he described as "bloated and self-satisfied – the kind of song we've come to expect from these rich, privileged prototeenagers".[32] While questioning whether the Beatles' split would remain permanent, William Mann of The Times described Let It Be as "Not a breakthrough record, unless for the predominance of informal, unedited live takes; but definitely a record to give lasting pleasure. They aren't having to scrape the barrel yet."[33] In his review for The Sunday Times, Derek Jewell deemed the album to be "a last will and testament, from the blackly funereal packaging to the music itself, which sums up so much of what The Beatles as artists have been – unmatchably brilliant at their best, careless and self-indulgent at their least."[33]

In a retrospective review, Richie Unterberger of AllMusic described Let It Be as the "only Beatles album to occasion negative, even hostile reviews", but felt that it was "on the whole underrated". He singles out "some good moments of straight hard rock in 'I've Got a Feeling' and 'Dig a Pony'", and praises "Let It Be", "Get Back", and "the folky 'Two of Us', with John and Paul harmonising together".[34] Despite a mixed review from Rolling Stone at the time of its release, the album was ranked number 86 in the magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time in 2003[35] but was moved down to number 392 in the 2012 version.[36]


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Tally on January 12

Two of Us
Dig A Pony
Across the Universe
I Me Mine
Dig It
Let It Be
Maggie Mae
I've Got A Feeling
One After 909
The Long and Winding Road
For You Blue
Get Back

First round is easy peasy.

Go Dig It somewhere else...

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PAST SURVIVOR WINNERS


The Beatles Survivor #1 Winner: TWIST AND SHOUT
The Beatles Survivor #2 Winner: ALL MY LOVING
The Beatles Survivor #3 Winner: IF I FELL
The Beatles Survivor #4 Winner: NO REPLY
The Beatles Survivor #5 Winner: HELP!
The Beatles Survivor #6 Winner: IN MY LIFE
The Beatles Survivor #7 Winner: ELEANOR RIGBY
The Beatles Survivor #8 Winners: I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND & I FEEL FINE
The Beatles Survivor #9 Winner: A DAY IN THE LIFE
The Beatles Survivor #10 Winner: STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER
The Beatles Survivor #11 Winner: WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS
The Beatles Survivor #12 Winner: HELTER SKELTER
The Beatles Survivor #13 Winner: HERE COMES THE SUN
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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2018, 03:34:42 PM »

Had to think about this for a few minutes: Dig It or Maggie Mae?

I think Dig It is cooler, but Maggie Mae is more fun...

Dig It
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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2018, 07:31:17 PM »

The first two are easy.

Dig It.
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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2018, 11:14:01 PM »

For You Blue.
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« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2018, 02:19:57 AM »

The Long And Winding Road......

If it was the Naked version though, I would have voted against something else
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« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2018, 05:52:58 AM »

across the universe.. Embarrassed sorry guys..
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« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2018, 07:22:08 AM »

Dig It.
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« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2018, 08:29:33 AM »

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I prefer Let It Be... Naked
Agree 100%. Phil Spector is overrated producer. Roll Eyes

"Across The Universe" is definitely the worst song here. John Gabree's right to deride it. John's wimpy lead & the mediocre at best melody.
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« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2018, 08:36:55 AM »


"Across The Universe" is definitely the worst song here.

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« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2018, 09:11:04 AM »

Two votes for Across the Universe

Zero votes for Maggie Mae

This is why I'm not a betting man.   That's right up there with Super Bowl III. 
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« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2018, 09:13:21 AM »

2 B.E.: I explained why it's the worst song. I just could leave it at that instead. But didn't.
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« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2018, 09:34:41 AM »

2 B.E.: I explained why it's the worst song. I just could leave it at that instead. But didn't.

Explain why Dig It is the better song.
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« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2018, 09:39:35 AM »

"Dig It" is better song as I despise "Across The Universe". I really don't like it, you see, to degree that "Dig It" is good, "Maggie Mae" is good.
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« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2018, 10:22:26 AM »

"Dig It" is better song as I despise "Across The Universe". I really don't like it, you see, to degree that "Dig It" is good, "Maggie Mae" is good.

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« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2018, 04:24:07 PM »

Maggie Mae
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I Me Mine
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« Reply #16 on: January 11, 2018, 01:02:59 PM »

Dig It, because my name is Maggie. I like hearing them sing about me!!
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« Reply #17 on: January 12, 2018, 01:13:53 PM »

The final album (recorded before the final album... if that makes any sense). I prefer Let It Be... Naked... But there it is!  3D

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Let It Be topped albums charts in both America and the UK, and the "Let It Be" single and "The Long and Winding Road" also reached number one in the US. Despite its commercial success, according to Beatles Diary author Keith Badman, "reviews [were] not good".[28] NME critic Alan Smith wrote: "If the new Beatles' soundtrack is to be their last then it will stand as a cheapskate epitaph, a cardboard tombstone, a sad and tatty end to a musical fusion which wiped clean and drew again the face of pop."[29] Smith added that the album showed "contempt for the intelligence of today's record-buyer" and that the Beatles had "sold out all the principles for which they ever stood".[30] Reviewing for Rolling Stone, John Mendelsohn was also critical of the album, citing Spector's production embellishments as a weakness: "Musically, boys, you passed the audition. In terms of having the judgment to avoid either over-producing yourselves or casting the fate of your get-back statement to the most notorious of all over-producers, you didn't."[31]

However, John Gabree of High Fidelity magazine found the album "not nearly as bad as the movie" and "positively wonderful" relative to the recent solo releases by McCartney and Starr. Gabree admired "Let It Be", "Get Back" and "Two of Us", but derided "Long and Winding Road" and "Across the Universe", the last of which he described as "bloated and self-satisfied – the kind of song we've come to expect from these rich, privileged prototeenagers".[32] While questioning whether the Beatles' split would remain permanent, William Mann of The Times described Let It Be as "Not a breakthrough record, unless for the predominance of informal, unedited live takes; but definitely a record to give lasting pleasure. They aren't having to scrape the barrel yet."[33] In his review for The Sunday Times, Derek Jewell deemed the album to be "a last will and testament, from the blackly funereal packaging to the music itself, which sums up so much of what The Beatles as artists have been – unmatchably brilliant at their best, careless and self-indulgent at their least."[33]

In a retrospective review, Richie Unterberger of AllMusic described Let It Be as the "only Beatles album to occasion negative, even hostile reviews", but felt that it was "on the whole underrated". He singles out "some good moments of straight hard rock in 'I've Got a Feeling' and 'Dig a Pony'", and praises "Let It Be", "Get Back", and "the folky 'Two of Us', with John and Paul harmonising together".[34] Despite a mixed review from Rolling Stone at the time of its release, the album was ranked number 86 in the magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time in 2003[35] but was moved down to number 392 in the 2012 version.[36]


11 votes spread across 6 tracks!

But 5 smilers didn't Dig It.

VOTE for your LEAST FAVORITE track.

Tally on January 14

Two of Us
Dig A Pony
Across the Universe
I Me Mine
Let It Be
Maggie Mae
I've Got A Feeling
One After 909
The Long and Winding Road
For You Blue
Get Back

Round#1 Dig It Jan 12

Second round is easy peasy too.

Oh dirty Maggie Mae, I hope we vote your track  away.  Evil

Get your VOTE on!

PAST SURVIVOR WINNERS


The Beatles Survivor #1 Winner: TWIST AND SHOUT
The Beatles Survivor #2 Winner: ALL MY LOVING
The Beatles Survivor #3 Winner: IF I FELL
The Beatles Survivor #4 Winner: NO REPLY
The Beatles Survivor #5 Winner: HELP!
The Beatles Survivor #6 Winner: IN MY LIFE
The Beatles Survivor #7 Winner: ELEANOR RIGBY
The Beatles Survivor #8 Winners: I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND & I FEEL FINE
The Beatles Survivor #9 Winner: A DAY IN THE LIFE
The Beatles Survivor #10 Winner: STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER
The Beatles Survivor #11 Winner: WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS
The Beatles Survivor #12 Winner: HELTER SKELTER
The Beatles Survivor #13 Winner: HERE COMES THE SUN
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Maggie Mae
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« Reply #20 on: January 12, 2018, 02:54:02 PM »

For You Blue.
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« Reply #22 on: January 12, 2018, 04:21:08 PM »

The Long And Winding Road
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Maggie Mae
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« Reply #24 on: January 12, 2018, 07:43:23 PM »

Maggie Mae
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