51: A “Cardboard Tombstone”? – The Beatles’ Epitaph

April 28, 2016

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SATB 51 rev

In this episode, Robert and Richard discuss the various iterations of the album produced from the fractious “Get Back/Let It Be sessions. Featuring an exclusive interview with Glyn Johns, songs include “One After 909,” “Two of Us” and “Across The Universe.”

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    6 Responses to “51: A “Cardboard Tombstone”? – The Beatles’ Epitaph”

    1. Lindsay Says:

      Ok, so Let It Be isn’t the greatest Beatles’ album and the film is pretty poor for the most part. But like most of their output, it still takes me back to a specific time in my life. And it contains some great songs. I don’t play the album every week. But whenever I do, I really enjoy it. Perfect? No. Should it have included “Don’t Let Me Down”? Of course. But it is what it is and it won’t change now (Let It Be Naked?…bah, humbug). I love it for what it is (including the cover). And I don’t (now) consider it a cardboard tombstone. It’s sad that the Beatles finished as they did, but they had to finish sometime. I don’t hold it against this album for it being the last. When I take the record out of the sleeve, I still feel a sense of excitement about it. But that’s just me. Great show. Keep up the wonderful work. Cheers


    2. Chris McGovern Says:

      Guys, just so you know, The Beatles did play “Across The Universe” during the Twickenham sessions, it’s in Let It Be.


    3. Chris McGovern Says:

      Never mind, delete my comment, you did bring this up after all. 🙂


    4. Jim Mullahy Says:

      I’ll spare you the ‘good job’ accolades, because you two always make for fascinating listening. January 1969 was such a dismal time and, with all due respect, are the toughest of your podcasts to listen to because of it. You made it bearable.


    5. J Neo Marvin Says:

      Interesting to hear about the leak in 1969. It brings back a clear memory for me of San Francisco AM station KFRC playing Let It Be and For You Blue ONCE EACH one afternoon around December 1969, after which the songs were never heard again until next year. For months, I wondered if I had imagined these new Beatles songs that didn’t exist.


    6. Marshall Says:

      Great look at an album difficult to fully love. Once you said it’s neither fish nor foul, a light went off in my brain. I do wish they had done more of a fly-on-the-wall, cinema verite style. The humor of their banter is one of the highlights of the Anthology series. But the loose atmosphere of the White Album didn’t carry over to Let It Be. They were burnt-out Beatles.

      Had “Don’t Let Me Down” been swapped out for “Across the Universe”, I think it would have made it more of a stand-out, go-to album. That leaves the problem child of “The Long and Winding Road”. I’ve always liked the orchestrations and feel without it, the record’s flat. I’m surprised they didn’t go with live harmonies from John and George. Maybe they couldn’t care.


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