Some Fab Four fans have already blown their stacks online about this somewhat misguided revision of the Beatles' 1970 album.
Some Fab Four fans have already blown their stacks online about this somewhat misguided revision of the Beatles' 1970 album. The notion was to return to the group's original conception of the set as a back-to-the-roots rock collection. The deletion of Phil Spector's postproduction syrup does enhance the impact of "Let It Be" and "The Long and Winding Road," but other "fixes" are less heartening. One misses the excised between-song studio chatter, and the inclusion of truncated or alternate takes of, among others, "Get Back," "Across the Universe" and the newly added "Don't Let Me Down" is simply infuriating. A messily assembled second disc of studio gab (some of it clipped from the original album!) and snatches of music may bug aficionados as much as it intrigues them. While "Naked" is a botched opportunity, Beatlemaniacs will scarf it up despite its imperfection.—CM