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Universal unleashes first Beatles release

Paul Williams
Universal unleashes first Beatles release

Universal has rolled out its first ever Beatles release with the iTunes debut of the Let It Be...Naked album.

The 2003 album, which was created from studio recordings which were eventually used by Phil Spector to make the 1970 Let It Be album, went live on the iTunes Store globally on Tuesday as an exclusive release. The version available includes the standard 11-track album, all of the original booklet art and liner notes and a bonus of studio banter of the Fab Four from the 1969 Let It Be recording sessions. "Naked" versions of the video promos of Get Back and Don't Let Me Down are also available to buy.

The digital release of Let It Be...Naked is not only the latest for The Beatles on iTunes, which currently has the group's catalogue exclusively digitally, but also the first by them since Universal's $1.9bn (£1.2bn) purchase of EMI. Although The Beatles' label home of Parlophone had to be divested by Universal as a condition of the European Commission allowing the purchase of EMI through, the major was allowed to retain control of recordings by the group collectively and as solo artists.

Among the tracks on Let It Be...Naked are versions of Get Back, The Long And Winding Road, Across The Universe and Let It Be.

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