Beatles Get 'Naked' on Radio

Reply Fri 31 Oct, 2003 11:38 am
Fri October 31, 2003 12:05 PM ET

By Troy Carpenter
NEW YORK (Billboard) - Infinity Broadcasting has teamed with Apple Corps to present a premiere airing of "Let It Be...Naked," the new version of the Beatles' swan song.

The album will be aired in its entirety Nov. 13 at 10 p.m. ET on Infinity stations in 35 major U.S. markets. TV journalist Pat O'Brien will host the broadcast, which will be followed by a live roundtable discussion with musicians and other guests discussing the album and the Beatles' legacy.

In the 10 days leading up to the premiere, 72 Infinity stations across the U.S. will broadcast teaser "vignettes" of rare or unreleased excerpts from the original "Let It Be" recording sessions.

"Let It Be...Naked" will be released Nov. 18 on EMI. The album has been thoroughly remixed to remove the post-recording orchestral overdubs added by producer Phil Spector in the absence of the band, which was mired in interpersonal tumult at the time.

In other Beatles news, rare photographs of the group are compiled in Robert Freeman's book "The Beatles: A Private View," due in November via Big Tent Entertainment/ Freeman shot the album cover for "With the Beatles" and was the group's official photographer in its early years. A limited edition of the volume includes a signed and numbered print of a prospective photo submitted as a cover possibility for the Beatles' "Revolver" album.

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Reply Sat 1 Nov, 2003 01:50 am
Sounds like they're still a golden money maker after all these years.
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Reply Sat 1 Nov, 2003 01:52 am
Not so sure I will like the naked version of the album. I think the orchestral overdubs are an integral part of the reputation attached to their music and why it appeals to so many generations of listeners.
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Reply Sat 1 Nov, 2003 09:43 am
I agree Butrflynet. With two Beatles already gone...the market still manages to find ways to make profits from their music.

I will have to hear the naked version and decide if I like it or not. There are so many innovations in digital technology today, that it may not sound like the "Beatles sound" that I have enjoyed over the years.
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