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The Beatles' "Let It Be… Naked" Album Gets Digital Release

Universal Music EnterprisesThe Beatles' Let It Be…Naked album, the stripped-down version of the band's 1970 studio effort that originally was issued on CD in 2003, was released as a digital download on Tuesday via iTunes.  The 11-track collection features most of the same songs that appeared on Let It Be, only with vocal and instrumental overdubs and studio effects removed.

The downloadable version of Let It Be…Naked also will include a digital booklet, the album's original liner notes and the bonus studio banter from the sessions that was featured on an extra disc that was part of the CD package.

Meanwhile, official videos for a pair of songs from Let It Be…Naked -- "Don't Let Me Down" and "Get Back" -- also are now available for purchase at iTunes.

To celebrate the iTunes debut of Let It Be…Naked, a special section of The Beatles' official website has been launched, featuring a specially created "flickbook" boasting photos, various audio clips, animation and more.  In addition, a series of five podcasts focusing on various aspects of the album have been created, highlighted by various songs from Let It Be…Naked and interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and the late George Harrison.  The podcasts will be accessible via the Let It Be…Naked site, the iTunes podcast store and The Beatles' official Facebook and Twitter pages.  The first installment premiered on Tuesday.

The Beatles' initial concept for the Let It Be album was to have the band return to a more live sound.  However, internal tensions at the time brought an end to the sessions before the record was completed.  The project later was handed over to producer Phil Spector, who added various overdubs and effects to the tracks in preparation for its release.  Let It Be…Naked was put together in an effort to create a version of the album that was closer to the Fab Four's original vision for Let It Be.

Here is the track list for Let It Be…Naked:

"Get Back"
"Dig a Pony"
"For You Blue"
"The Long and Winding Road"
"Two of Us"
"I've Got a Feeling"
"One After 909"
"Don't Let Me Down"
"I Me Mine"
"Across the Universe"
"Let It Be"

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