Random Thoughts: it’s time to let it be


Hanl Brown

Staff reporter Aden McClune shares his perspective on various issues in his weekly column, Random Thoughts.

Aden McClune, Staff Reporter

I love The Beatles just as much (probably much, much more) as the next guy, but in my honest opinion, the Let It Be (Super Deluxe) edition is anything but. The new mixes do sound amazing, and it’s free to stream on Spotify and Apple Music, but the alternate takes found on the album leave much to be desired.

Most of the tracks apart from the “new” Glyn Johns mixes of each song originally found on Let It Be are readily available on Anthology 3, with no discernible touch-up or remaster of those alternate takes. This is plain laziness, and I get that it’s quite literally half a decade old at this point, and they’re starved for content, but try to forage a little faster, especially with physical albums shooting for upwards of $100. 

Despite the lack of original takes, it’s still nice to hear the Fab Four in their death throes as a group, with interesting speech sections that I could listen to for hours. There’s just so much fun in things like George asking the group about how to word Something. “Attracts me like a cauliflower.”

By and large, we all know that the “super deluxe” edition only came out around this time due to the Get Back movie coming out soon. Excellent marketing strategy, sub-par remaster.