CINELOGUE LET IT BE
Company: Contra Band Music
Matrix Number: TB-4020-A / TB 4020- B / TB 4020 C / TB 4020-D
Release Date: January, 1974
1. PIANO ADAGIO 1:23
2. DON’T LET ME DOWN 0:48
3. MAXWELL’S SILVER HAMMER (edited) 0:34 / MAXWELL’S SILVER HAMMER (edited) 1:33
4. TWO OF US 1:37
5. I’VE GOT A FEELING 0:57 / I’VE GOT A FEELING 1:16
6. OH! DARLING 0:12
7. ONE AFTER 909 1:01
8. PIANO IMPROVISATION 0:55
9. TWO OF US 0:16
10. ACROSS THE UNIVERSE 1:21
11. DIG A PONY 0:57
12. SUZIE’S PARLOUR 0:50
13. I ME MINE 0:48 / I ME MINE 1:44
14. FOR YOU BLUE 2:45
15. BESAME MUCHO 1:56
16. OCTOPUS’S GARDEN 3:01
17. YOU REALLY GOT A HOLD ON ME 2:32
18. THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD 0:45 / THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD 0:33
19. RIP IT UP / SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL 2:04
20. KANSAS CITY / MISS ANN / LAWDY MISS CLAWDY 2:32
21. DIG IT 3:28
22. TWO OF US 3:27
23. LET IT BE 4:01
24. THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD 3:35
25. GET BACK 2:57
26. DON’T LET ME DOWN 3:13
27. I’VE GOT A FEELING 3:25
28. ONE AFTER 909 2:42
29. DIG A PONY 3:49
30. GET BACK 2:58
31. GET BACK (reprise) 0:21
Sound Quality: VG mono
Complete “Let It Be’’ film soundtrack
The soundtrack from the film Let It Be, featuring the Beatles rehearsing and recording at Twickenham and Apple studios, and doing an impromptu live show on the roof of Apple. Most tracks are edits from longer versions, or are edited together from different takes (see Sulpy and Schweighardt’s book Drugs, Divorce and a Slipping Image for details on these sessions). Even though excerpts of the Let It Be film were previously available, this is the first album to contain the complete soundtrack. Like the other Cinelogues, this album was therefore a much sought-after item in the days before home video.
1. January, 1974 (photo below the title). The first version had a yellow insert with title printed in red. The records had white labels with the red CBM pirate logo and the inner sleeve was made of brown paper.
February, 1974. The subsequent, more common releases had blank labels. Usually one of these had minute pale greyish dots which were possibly used to differentiate the two discs when packaging the records. The inner sleeve was always in brown paper. Most of the jackets had a drawing by J. Fish printed on the back. Two pressing machines were used, one with a single ring at 31 mm from the central hole, the other with 2 rings, respectively at 12 and 32 mm. The majority of the sleeves were yellow but we saw also records with an insert with black printing on blue paper. This had a jacket without the Fish drawing. One copy with the blue insert had one disc with one ring and the other with two rings, and the blank labels had small rubber stamped numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 to indicate the sides. We do not know whether this was originally placed by CBM or by the owner of the record to identify the sides.
Spring and summer, 1974. These releases had the same insert as the original using yellow paper. The jacket usually had the Fish drawing on the back. The first label was yellow with a black pirate design. Once the green label with a black pirate was introduced in summer 1974, the two labels were jumbled to differentiate the discs.
Late, 1974 or early 1975. This release had the insert in "rainbow" color; the discs had blank white labels.
1975 - 1976. The records released in 1975 had an insert in smaller size, yellow, grey or pink with black printed title; the labels were the King Kong or the small Godzilla. Often one record had the King Kong label and the other record the Godzilla label with the indication Side 3 / Side 4. An interesting release, that can be dated to early 1975, has disc 1 with the rarely used labels with stamped 1 / 2 side indications, and the disc 2 with the usual yellow labels with small Godzilla. In 1976 the records had the red label with black pirate, and the insert was again yellow full size, printed red as in the first issues.
INTEREST. An important release in an historical perspective. The first, scarce pressing is quite interesting for collectors (***), the subsequent reissues have, as usual, less value from this point of view (**/*).
THE JAPANESE JL RECORDS COUNTERFEIT
In late 1975 the japanese label JL Records distributed their usual counterfeit on printed matrix 534 1 A / 534 1 B / 534 2 A / 534 2 B. The jacket has a black copy of the CBM insert directly printed, with small catalogue number 534 in bottom right. The labels counterfeites the yellow labels with small Godzilla, surely the copy from which this release was taken.
INTEREST. Important release, at the time, for the japanese market. Collectible item for completists. **