The end of the year will be very Beatles

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Half a century after their split, the Beatles are still ubiquitous. Their last album, “Let it be”, is reissued, a documentary is dedicated to them by Peter Jackson and a book “Get Back” tells the story of a historic recording.

The Beatles’ twelfth and last album, “Let it be” (Apple / Universal) is certainly not their best. But, half a century later, this remains the formidable testimony of a group of geniuses who, between January 1969 and January 1970, threw their last strength into the creative battle despite the conflicts and heartbreaks that would lead to separation. Two huge hits, “Let it be” and “Get back”, have taken the record to sales peaks over the decades. But other songs among the 12 gathered here deserve a listening ear. With the exception of “The long and winding road”, inflated with violins by Phil Spector, they seem particularly to bear the mark of John Lennon whereas it is Paul McCartney who was in the maneuver. The register is bluesy, like a return to origins, whether it is “Dig a pony”, “I’ve got a feeling” or “For you blue”. Positioned in 4th position, “I me mine” is to be listened to and listened to again, not for its successful combination of guitars and violins but because it was the very last to be recorded by the Beatles. Already reissued, on CD, in 2009, “Let it be” comes back to us, in the form of a good old vinyl, but with a new mix from Sam Okell and Giles Martin (son of George Martin, famous traveling companion of the group ). It is to be completed by the beautiful book “Get Back”, which has just been published by Seghers, and by the broadcast on Disney +, from November 25 of a documentary mini-series by Peter Jackson based on the 55 hours filmed during the recording of the album …