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Trey Boore

“Let It Be” is The Beatles final studio album. It was released in May 1970, and the full “Get Back” Documentary was released in November 2021.

Trey Boore, Reporter

“Let It Be,” is The Beatles 12th and final studio album. A few months back, the Disney+ documentary titled “Get Back,” was released and it really piqued my interest after seeing how everything was planned and produced. 

The song “Two Of Us” is the opener to this album. To me, this is a great song to play in the car during summertime with the windows down. This is a happy tune with John and Paul playing acoustic guitars, while Ringo kicks the bass drum for a steady beat along with a unique pattern on the hi-hat cymbal throughout some parts of the song. One cool thing I noticed that I didn’t at first was George is actually playing the bass notes on a guitar, which really adds that different and original feel to this song. 

“Dig A Pony” kicks off with a slightly heavier riff than what most of this album has to offer. It reoccurs throughout the song, kind of defining the sound. Though, it doesn’t really prepare you for the quick and clean change into this slower, laid back groove sung by John Lennon. I particularly like the chorus of this song and the riff used to transition out of it. 

“Across The Universe” oddly may be my favorite song on this entire album. Something about it just sends a wave of nostalgia and peace through me. It’s soft, calming and sung by George Harrison which I don’t think any other Beatle could sing it better. Primarily acoustic, to me it truly feels like I’m floating around space. From the lyrics and relaxed vocals it depicts the title perfectly. Throughout the song it has faint choir-like melodies in the background and one thing that always stands out to me is at the end when the bass parts from the main rhythm into this ascending sound going up the scale, that slowly fades out. 

The first five seconds of “I Me Mine” sounds like it could have several outcomes to how the song can actually go. I first think of a dark melodic feel due to the organ playing but then with a small guitar lick I drift towards imagining a cool guy/bad guy mood. That doesn’t make much sense, but to get my point across, this song has several different emotions attached to it. The vocals of George sound like they have emotion built right into them. The verses have a waltz rhythm to them and the tempo picks up for the chorus in a bluesy fashion. It’s a short yet interestingly pieced together song. 

“Dig It” is a short, 50 second tune that originally came from a small jam session during the film. John sings random lines and I don’t believe there is any meaning to it, besides the Beatles inside jokes. Regardless, it’s still cool just to hear the fun they have in the studio and their great yet interesting musicianship. 

“Let It Be”, the title of this album and one of the most popular Beatles songs. This song starts off really soft with just piano and vocals of Paul McCartney as the hi-hat cymbal echoes in the background. After a small part of the pre chorus, Ringo Starr does a simple fill into a much expanded and full sounding chorus. The organ in keys tracked in the background adds so much to the theme of this song. After the first chorus is over, a beautiful guitar solo by George Harrison is let out. This is also one of the most popular solos. There’s so many small musical elements incorporated throughout the song and of course with a very catchy melody. 

“Maggie Mae.” This by no means is one of my favorite tunes on the LP but it doesn’t take up much time being only 39 seconds long. I tend to get Rolling Stones vibes from this song just how it is sung and structured. 

“I’ve Got A Feeling,” I guess  it would be considered another heavier-ish song on this album and another one of my favorites. Once again Paul shows off his vocal skills going from a mid tone range to a yelling-like tone. It really adds character to this song and that’s not even mentioning the main riffs within it. The main verses have a soft modern sounding picking style on electric guitar filling all the gaps. As soon as the chorus hits, there’s a huge build up and a heavy lick going up the scale for Paul to scream “I’ve got a feeling!” Overall, It’s just a very underrated and solid Beatles song. 

“One After 909” sounds like it is straight off of a 1964 Beatles album, and I love it. Turns out that’s not far off because it was originally written by Paul and John when they were only 17 and 18 years old. Then recorded and released on their last album, they don’t miss a beat and it honestly sounds better. Although I am a bigger fan of their albums from 1965 and up, this style never gets old. My main likings about this song is the catchy chorus and guitar licks throughout it. 

“The Long And Winding Road” is another classic soft Paul McCartney ballad. Primarily performed on piano, it also features a soft orchestra and choir in the background that definitely add the character to this song. However, I prefer the original track mix featured on “Let It Be… Naked,” later released a compilation album. To me, I feel a lot more of the emotion put into this version because it doesn’t have the orchestra and quire covering the true vocals of Paul. I also probably prefer it more because it features the fab four playing at their best without any unneeded backing tracks. 

“For You Blue” is blues but the Beatles way. The Beatles were never afraid to experiment, as many know, and this is a perfect example. This doesn’t sound like most blues songs, other than the general rhythm. It features some interesting but unique plucking which I’d assume to be over tracks of an acoustic guitar as well as John Lennon playing a lap steel guitar, giving it the almost psychedelic sound. Nonetheless, it’s groovy. 

“Get Back” is not only the next track but was used as the title for the Disney + documentary. When I first listened to this song, immediately what stood out to me was the vocals of Paul McCartney. The best way I can compare it for someone who hasn’t listened to this song is like  Kermit the Frog with a great vocal range. Though, it’s not that harsh. It’s different from the way Paul usually sings but to me that just goes to show how many voices he can display that still sound amazing. This song has a fun up beat tempo and my personal favorite part is the solo where Billy Preston and George Harrison let out a small jam session and combine their skills perfectly.