The Long and Winding Road 2021 mix

Today, the new mix of “The Long and Winding Road” was released publicly on streaming platforms and YouTube, as a preview of the upcoming 2021 “Super Deluxe” version of the “Let It Be” album.

Associated Performer, Vocals, Piano: Paul McCartney
Associated Performer, Bass Guitar: John Lennon
Associated Performer, Acoustic Guitar: George Harrison
Associated Performer, Drums: Ringo Starr
Associated Performer, Piano: Billy Preston
Studio Personnel, Engineer: Glyn Johns
Producer: Phil Spector
Producer, Studio Personnel, Mixer: Giles Martin
Studio Personnel, Mix Engineer, Mixer: Sam Okell
Studio Personnel, Mastering Engineer: Miles Showell
Composer Lyricist: John Lennon
Composer Lyricist: Paul McCartney

So, basically this is Giles Martin’s treatment of the Phil Spector arrangement of the song, mixed anew from the multitracks, after they had been brought into the digital domain. This means that the choir and orchestra are both still present.

From the Steve Hoffman Music forum, we have obtained a list where you can find whether or not specific tracks have been previously officially available or not.

Release notes based upon each unique recording, not mix, and refer strictly to officially released material.
All mixes previously unreleased except *.

Disc 1: Let It Be – 2021 Mix
Two of Us (Take 12) (3:36) – Previously released on Let It Be
Dig a Pony (Rooftop Performance) (3:54) – Previously released on Let It Be
Across the Universe (Take 9) (3:48) – Previously released on Let It Be
I Me Mine (Take 16) (2:26) – Previously released on Let It Be
Dig It (0:50) – Previously released on Let It Be
Let It Be (Take 27) (4:03) – Previously released on Let It Be
Maggie Mae (0:40) – Previously released on Let It Be
I’ve Got a Feeling (First Rooftop Performance) (3:37) – Previously released on Let It Be
One After 909 (Rooftop Performance) (2:54) – Previously released on Let It Be
The Long and Winding Road (Early Take) (3:38) – Previously released on Let It Be
For You Blue (Take 6) (2:32) – Previously released on Let It Be
Get Back (Take 11) (3:09) – Previously released on Let It Be

Disc 2: Get Back – Apple Sessions
Morning Camera (Speech)* / Two of Us (Take 4) (3:42) – Previously released on Fly on the Wall / Previously unreleased
Maggie Mae / Fancy My Chances with You* (0:58) – Previously released on Fly on the Wall
Can You Dig It? (2:02) – Partially released on Fly on the Wall
I Don’t Know Why I’m Moaning (Speech)* (1:22) – Partially released on Fly on the Wall
For You Blue (Take 4) (2:52) – Previously unreleased
Let It Be / Please Please Me / Let It Be (Take 10) (4:32) – Previously unreleased
I’ve Got a Feeling (Take 10) (3:37) – Previously unreleased
Dig a Pony (Take 14) (4:01) – Previously unreleased
Get Back (Take 19) (3:57) – Previously unreleased
Like Making an Album? (Speech)* (0:42) – Previously unreleased
One After 909 (Take 3) (3:27) – Previously unreleased
Don’t Let Me Down (First Rooftop Performance) (3:29) – Previously released on Let It Be… Naked
The Long and Winding Road (Take 19) (3:47) – Previously released on Let It Be… Naked
Wake Up Little Susie / I Me Mine (Take 11) (2:15) – Previously unreleased

Disc 3: Get Back – Rehearsals and Apple Jams
On the Day Shift Now (Speech)* / All Things Must Pass (Rehearsals)* (4:22)
Concentrate on the Sound* (1:07) – Partially released on Fly on the Wall
Gimme Some Truth (Rehearsal)* (1:19) – Previously unreleased
I Me Mine (Rehearsal)* (1:35) – Previously unreleased
She Came in Through the Bathroom Window (Rehearsal) (2:50) – Previously released on Anthology 3
Polythene Pam (Rehearsal)* (1:19) – Previously unreleased
Octopus’s Garden (Rehearsal)* (1:50) – Previously unreleased
Oh! Darling (Jam) (5:19) – Previously released on Anthology 3
Get Back (Take 8) (3:52) – Previously unreleased
The Walk (Jam) (0:55) – Previously unreleased
Without a Song (Jam – Billy Preston with John and Ringo) (2:00) – Previously unreleased
Something (Rehearsal)* (1:14) – Previously unreleased
Let It Be (Take 28) (4:42) – Partially released on Let It Be… Naked

Disc 4: Get Back LP – 1969 Glyn Johns Mix
One After 909 (Rooftop Performance) (3:06) – Previously released on Let It Be
Medley: I’m Ready (aka Rocker) / Save the Last Dance for Me / Don’t Let Me Down (1:56) – Previously unreleased
Don’t Let Me Down (Early Take) (4:05) – Previously unreleased
Dig a Pony (Studio Recording) (4:13) – Previously unreleased
I’ve Got a Feeling (Studio Recording) (2:53) – Previously released on Anthology 3
Get Back (Take 11 with Coda Insert) (3:13) – Previously released on Get Back single
For You Blue (Take 6) (2:54) – Previously released on Let It Be
Teddy Boy (Take 2) (3:41) – Partially released on Anthology 3
Two of Us (Take 3) (3:29) – Previously unreleased
Maggie Mae (0:38) – Previously released on Let It Be
Dig It (4:09) – Partially released on Let It Be
Let It Be (Take 27) (4:09) – Previously released on Let It Be
The Long and Winding Road (Early Take) (3:39) – Previously released on Let It Be
Get Back (Reprise) (0:40) – Previously unreleased

Disc 5: Let It Be EP
Across the Universe (1970 Glyn Johns Mix) (3:31) – Previously released on Let It Be
I Me Mine (1970 Glyn Johns Mix) (1:45) – Previously released on Let It Be
Don’t Let Me Down (Single Version / 2021 Mix) (4:08) – Previously released on Get Back/Don’t Let Me Down single
Let It Be (Single Version / 2021 Mix) (3:52) – Previously released on Let It Be single

We’ll get back to you with a list of what’s been previously released on bootlegs.

31. January 1969: The day after the rooftop concert, The Beatles gave a concert in the Apple Studio without an audience, to capture on tape their final performances of the songs that weren’t rooftop-friendly: “Two Of Us”, “Let It Be” and “The Long and Winding Road”.

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2 Responses

  1. ANGEL says:

    the Glynn John`s track “The Long and Winding Road (Early Take) (3:39) “,
    could it be the same as on Anthology 3 ? (same as the Let it be album version but without orchestration)

  2. Blakey says:

    I would also have loved an instrumental/orchestral version of The Long and Winding Road. Not unlike the version of Something off the Abbey Road box set. I know Macca hates Spector’s version (because it was authorised by Allen Klein), but I – like many others – grew up with this version and I have a soft spot for it and always have done.

    Get that bus out, Butler!

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