Monday, July 18, 2011

the anatomy of a post-help! hit (let it be)

As most of you probably know, recording for Abbey Road and Let it Be overlapped. In addition, of course, Abbey Road was released before Let it Be. However, I'm placing Let it Be before Abbey Road in the categorizations since the Let it Be was largely recorded before Abbey Road.

That said, here's the categorization:

Ballads (4)
Two of Us
Across the Universe
Let it Be
The Long and Winding Road

Novelty/Parody Songs (1)
Maggie Mae (I put this here just because it's a traditional Liverpool folk song and they seem to perform it in a very tongue-in-cheek way ...)

Straight Rock (7)
Dig a Pony
I Me Mine
Dig It
I've Got a Feeling
One After 909
For You Blue
Get Back

Psychedelic Rock (0)

Rockabilly-style Rock (0)

Unsurprisingly, this album's tracks ended up in the most least experimental, most conventional categories I have (except for Rockabilly). This is consistent with the album's reputation as the group's attempt to get back (pun intended :) ) to the basics.


  1. Hi Chelsea,

    I agree with all your categories !!

    I know this album is not a great favourite with fans and of course uncle George Martin should have produced it as normal, but i have always loved these songs

  2. Hi Steve,

    Wow, I'm on a roll! :) Let's see how Abbey Road goes, though.

    I agree that Let it Be doesn't get the credit it deserves.