Let It Be: Black America Sings Lennon, McCartney and Harrison

Let It Be: Black America Sings Lennon, McCartney and Harrison


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A sequel to Ace's 2011 compilation Come Together: Black America Sings Lennon & McCartney, the 2016 set Let It Be: Black America Sings Lennon, McCartney and Harrison expands upon its predecessor, finding space for selections from the '80s and even the 2000s (nevertheless, most of these 22 songs are from the '60s and '70s) plus songs from George Harrison too. "Something" is indeed here, presented in an expansive, seductive 12-minute rendition from Isaac Hayes, and its presence suggests just how far-reaching Let It Be is. Hayes sits alongside Ella Fitzgerald's funky version of "Savoy Truffle," an unexpected combination of singer and song that finds its match in Nina Simone's moodily elegant "Here Comes the Sun," not to mention Little Junior Parker's slow, trippy version of "Tomorrow Never Knows." Such delights are rampant on Let It Be. Only a handful of cuts adhere to the original arrangements, but even those put a distinctive personality on the tunes: Earth, Wind & Fire funkify "Got to Get You Into My Life," Fats Domino rolls through "Lovely Rita," and Arthur Conley gives the ska of "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" some grit. More than its predecessor, Let It Be stands as a testament to both the songbook of the Beatles and the imaginative interpretations of black America.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2016
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667077026
catalogNumber: 3434586
Rank: 18677

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Harold Wheeler   Conductor

Technical Credits

Nina Simone   Arranger
Dionne Warwick   Producer,Cover Photo
Boyz II Men   Producer
Arthur Conley   Cover Photo
Aretha Franklin   Cover Photo
Maurice White   Arranger,Producer
Bill Withers   Cover Photo
Larry Carlton   Arranger
Maceo Parker   Producer
Wade Marcus   Producer
Luigi Creatore   Producer
Tom Dowd   Producer
Isaac Hayes   Arranger,Producer
Ike Turner   Arranger,Producer
Booker T. Jones   Arranger,Producer
Mike Leech   String Arrangements
Sonny Lester   Producer
Stewart Levine   Producer
Hugo Peretti   Producer
Arif Mardin   Producer
Chips Moman   Producer
Horace Ott   Arranger
Clarence Paul   Producer
Lawrence Payton   Producer
Richard Perry   Arranger,Producer
Steven Van Zandt   Arranger,Producer
Stan Vincent   Producer
Dale Warren   Arranger
Bernie Wayne   Producer
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Harold Wheeler   Arranger
Norman Whitfield   Producer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes,Cover Photo
Frank Wilson   Producer
Randy Jackson   Producer
Gerhard Augustin   Producer
Richard Griffith   Arranger
Tony Amillo   Arranger

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