So what did I get for my $117, other than six discs that could have been three or dare I say two?
“I Dig a Pony” was a good composition that never saw an effective release; the Glyn Johns mix rehabilitates the song, though it remains far from perfect in execution. You can listen to some of McCartney’s even better than usual vocal leaps on the outtakes of “Oh, Darling.” It is fun to hear outtakes of segments of “Gimme’ Some Truth” and “All Things Must Pass,” done by “The Beatles,” though once probably is enough. That is pretty much it, I am sorry to report.
The Giles Martin remix of the Let It Be album is a step backwards. He botches “The Long and Winding Road” by keeping the strings orchestration, and “Across the Universe” is worse too. The good version of “Road,” as approved by its creator, is on the “Naked” Let It Be release from about twenty years ago. That one is the real contribution, and this release is not nearly as revelatory as the Esher demo tapes from the White Album. Here is a good Pitchfork review.
I am looking forward to the six-hour movie nonetheless. And I will (again) recommend the Laibach cover of Let It Be, one of the most underrated albums ever. In the meantime, the price discrimination shall continue.