From the time of its release, Let It Be was regarded as an aberration by many of those closely involved in its creation because of the involvement of Phil Spector in the final production process after the basic album had been recorded.
Over 30 yeas later, was advertised as “Let It Be as it was meant to be“, promising the original album as envisages prior to Spector’s involvement. In fact it was a brand new mix of the original tapes, produced by Poul Hicks, Guy Massey and Allan Rouse, all of whom had been involved in Anthology and Yellow Submarine songtrack projects. They created entirely new master version.
First pressing, November 17, 2003. Set include: ‘Let It Be… Naked’ album, 20-pages booklet and ‘Fly On The Wall’ 7″ single.
Unlaminated gatefold light grey glossy cover with Apple and Parlophone logos on the back side. The earliest gatefold sleeve has a misprint in the the writing credits on the back side. The words, ‘recordingis’ is written as one word. Later pressings have the corrected, ‘recording is’ as two words. Record housed in generic anti-static die-cut poly-lined dust inner sleeve without corners.
Light grey glossy labels with Apple and Parlophone logos. Matrix numbers scratched: Side 1: 5954380 1A1 SRz; Side 2: 5954380 1B1 SRz.
‘Fly On The Wall’ 7″ single. As part of the cleaning-up process, the brief jamming sequences and bits of humorous banter disappeared from the album, but this is more than compensated for by the ‘Fly On The Wall’ bonus single. 7″ sleeve has a misprint where credits are written. The words, ‘recordingis’ is written as one word.
Light grey glossy sleeve with die-cut on the back side.
Light grey glossy labels. Matrix numbers scratched: Side 1: 5954380 1A1; Side 2: 5954380 1B1.
Second pressing, 2010s. The second edition has pronounced differences: polygraphy darker, less contrast, paper thinner, gatefold sleeve has a smaller size. Difference in color is particularly noticeable on the back of the sleeve. In addition, the cover of second edition has is smaller sizes in width and height.
Unlaminated gatefold dark grey glossy cover with Apple and Parlophone logos on the back side.
Compare sizes of sleeves: size of the first edition is 32 x 31.5 cm, wide spine – 10 mm, size of the second edition – 31 x 31 cm, wide spine – 6 mm.
Dark grey glossy labels with Apple and Parlophone logos. Matrix numbers scratched: Side 1: 5954380 1A1 SRz; Side 2: 5954380 1B1 SRz.
‘Fly On The Wall’ 7″ single. Dark grey glossy sleeve without die-cut on the back side. Dark grey glossy labels. Matrix numbers scratched (hard to see): Side 1: 5954380 1A1; Side 2: 5954380 1B1.