The Beatles - Let It Be
Remastered by Giles Martin
The new Giles Martin mix makes for an interesting hybrid of the original Phil Spector and Let It Be… Naked versions. Notably, Martin makes the decision to restore Spector’s heavily orchestral treatment of “The Long and Winding Road,” and the edit seems like the correct one: It’s a track that always worked better as show tune camp than a philosophical cudgel. Other changes like the aggressively close-mic’d mix of “Across the Universe” provide no improvement over the raft of existing versions. The truth about the 2021 manifestation of Let It Be is that Martin and his engineer Sam Okell haven’t really cracked the code either. It still feels like the awkward, intermittently exciting, sometimes deeply-moving collection of misfit toys it has always been.