It Was 40 Years Ago Today: ‘Let It Be’ Released

The final studio album by The Beatles (though it was recorded prior to Abbey Road), Let It Be represents a band on the verge of breaking up, but one that is nonetheless committed to laying down one more solid record before parting ways. It was not always pretty — George Harrison walked out and briefly quit the group at one point during the sessions — but the band members pulled it together enough to create one of their most lasting albums.

Aside from the title track, Let It Be features classics such as “Get Back,” “Across The Universe” and “The Long And Winding Road.” Although the band’s four personalities were at odds with each other, John Lennon and Paul McCartney lead off the album with an up-tempo duet (“Two Of Us”) and later share back-and-forth vocals on the rocker “I’ve Got A Feeling.”

Let It Be was released Friday, May 8, 1970, and is No. 86 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.

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