Holy anti-Phil Spector backlash. The Beatles are preparing to re-release their final album, Let It Be, in its original form, before famed wall-of-sound producer Spector added his touch to it. The album, originally recorded for the film Get Back (whose name changed to Let It Be), will be released in what Beatles drummer Ringo Starr told Rolling Stone was the "de-Spectorized version."
Thought to be especially powerful in its original state is the Paul McCartney-penned "The Long and Winding Road." Starr added, '
"Paul was always totally opposed to Phil. I told him on the phone [recently], 'You're bloody right again: It sounds great without Phil.'" The engineer on the 1969 project, Glyn Johns went a step or 47 further, stating "
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." He went on to fire off, "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." Wow. I guess we'll make up our minds when we hear it this fall on Apple Records.