Let It Be - Black America Sings Lennon, McCartney And Harrison Various Artists (Black America Sings)


60s Soul
Ace Records
Catalogue Id:
CDCHD 1483

John, Paul and George get soul with a little help from their friends.

Our recent “Come Together: Black America Sings Lennon & McCartney” release was so well received that a second volume became a certainty. Here on “Let It Be” we extend the remit by bringing in the Beatles’ third great songwriter, George Harrison. Given that their prolific songwriting sprang from a shared appreciation of black American music of the 1950s and early 60s, it should surprise nobody that Lennon, McCartney and Harrison would come up with songs that would inspire black Americans to add them to their discographies.

It was not long after Beatlemania broke out all over the USA that their songs started to find their way into the catalogues of notable black American artists. By the middle of the 1960s soul and jazz performers were rushing to find the pick hits on new Beatles albums in the same way pop and rock acts had in the UK a year or two earlier.

The songs here span the Beatles’ entire discography, from the “Please Please Me” album to “Let It Be”, and features an agreeable blend of tracks that stick fairly close to the group’s own visions and others for which the term radical interpretation might be an understatement. A few artists from “Come Together” are welcomed back, as are a couple of songs, but in totally different treatments.

Highlights include Mary Wells’ beguiling boss nova-styled ‘Do You Want To Know A Secret’, Aretha Franklin’s first person singular romp through ‘Eleanor Rigby’, the Temptations giving ‘Hey Jude’ a boogie woogie groove and Bill Withers’ sanctified essay on our title song.

Tony Rounce


Track listing


Side 1

  • 01 Preview Eleanor Rigby - Aretha Franklin

  • 02 Preview Dear Prudence - The 5 Stairsteps

  • 03 Preview Got To Get You Into My Life - Earth, Wind & Fire

  • 04 Preview Do You Want To Know A Secret - Mary Wells

  • 05 Preview The Fool On The Hill - Four Tops

  • 06 Preview Lovely Rita - Fats Domino

  • 07 Preview Here Comes The Sun - Nina Simone

  • 08 Preview Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da - Arthur Conley

  • 09 Preview A World Without Love - The Supremes

  • 10 Preview Tomorrow Never Knows - Junior Parker

  • 11 Preview Don't Let Me Down - Randy Crawford

  • 12 Preview With A Little Help From My Friends - The Undisputed Truth

  • 13 Preview A Hard Day's Night - Screamin' Jay Hawkins

  • 14 Preview She Came In Through The Bathroom Window - Ike & Tina Turner

  • 15 Preview For No One - Maceo & All The King's Men

  • 16 Preview It's Only Love - Gary "US" Bonds

  • 17 Preview We Can Work It Out - Dionne Warwick

  • 18 Preview Hey Jude - The Temptations

  • 19 Preview In My Life - Boyz II Men

  • 20 Preview Savoy Truffle - Ella Fitzgerald

  • 21 Preview Something - Isaac Hayes

  • 22 Preview Let It Be - Bill Withers

Delivery & Returns


We offer free P&P to UK addresses. For all other territories packaging is free and postage is charged on a weight basis.

We use Royal Mail First Class for UK deliveries and standard Air Mail for all other territories, very large orders will usually be sent via parcelforce. You may cancel your order at any time prior to your order being dispatched by emailing us at orders@acerecords.com ensuring that you quote your name, address and order reference number or by telephoning +44 (0) 208 453 1311 between 9am and 5pm GMT/BST, Monday to Friday. Please note: As music downloads are dispatched immediately after purchase, there is no possibility of cancelling these orders.

In the event that any products supplied to you by us are damaged or defective, we agree to replace or repair the damaged or defective products or refund the amount you paid for such goods (including postage & packaging) providing you notify us (either via post at or e-mail: orders@acerecords.com ) and return the goods within 28 days of purchase. Physical goods should be sent back to us in the same condition you received them to: “Returns” Ace Records, Such Close, Letchworth Garden City SG6 1JF, United Kingdom. Music downloads should be returned to us via the e-mail address above including a copy of your notification.

You have the right to cancel your order within seven days of purchase, or seven days of receipt of the goods (whichever is the longer). If you choose to cancel your order, full payment will be returned to you. Returned items should be sent to: “Returns” c/o Ace Records, Such Close, Letchworth Garden City SG6 1JF, United Kingdom. Music downloads should be returned to us via the email address: orders@acerecords.com including a copy of your notice of cancellation and order number.

Press quotes


Magnificent reinventions which bring fresh female insight to familiar songs 8/10 


Each song can't help but reveal something fundamental about either song or artist. 


This follow-up to 2011's dazzling Come Together is awash with equally bizarre, bonkers and brilliant takes on that songbook ★★★★


Astonishingly multifaceted  

The Sunday Times

Rough Trade Compilation of the Year

Customer reviews


Related products

Customers who bought this item also bought