Let it Be and Cosmo’s Factory


Let it Be by the Beatles was the first album I ever bought. Back in 1970 the cassette tape was all the rage. I will never forget the experience, it was before a long car journey with my family. I bought two albums and actually think it’s fair to call them albums because they came with original artwork and lyrics, all tightly wrapped in plastic. This was so exciting to a 9 year old with his own cassette player and headset.

The original box set packaging of Let It Be. It contained a 160-page booklet with photos and quotes from the film.

The other first album I bought was by Creedence Clearwater Revival, called Cosmos Factory. To this day both playlists remain among my favourite songs of all time. Truly incredible that so many diverse hit songs could be contained within those two albums. Both rock groups were already becoming huge legends, one from Britain and the other from America.

I was off to a great start as a rock music connoisseur and would go on the own enough cassettes to sink a small boat. Now of course we can hold many times multitude more songs on our mobile phones. The Internet gives us access to every song ever recorded for public use but I will never forget the discovery of Let it Be and Cosmos Factory.

Cosmo’s Factory by Creedence Clearwater Revival

This is the cover art for the album Cosmo’s Factory by the artist Creedence Clearwater Revival. The cover art copyright is believed to belong to the label, Fantasy, or the graphic artist(s).

The funny thing about the first listen, was that I was in the back seat of a family station wagon. The car was always packed for a family of 5 to spend a weekend at the mountain ski cabin. My sisters sat in the back with me as we excitedly opened the albums but the speaker was so lousy. We had to pass the headset to share the songs, it was like discovering a new planet.

We wore out the batteries on the cassette player, listening to the Beatles and CCR over and over.

All tracks are written by Lennon–McCartney, except where noted.

Let It Be (Beatles album)

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1.Two of Us McCartney with Lennon3:36
2.Dig a Pony Lennon3:54
3.Across the Universe Lennon3:48
4.I Me MineGeorge HarrisonHarrison2:26
5.Dig ItLennon, McCartney, Harrison, Richard StarkeyLennon0:50
6.Let It Be McCartney4:03
7.Maggie MaeTraditional; arranged by Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, StarkeyLennon with McCartney0:40
Total length:19:17
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1.I’ve Got a Feeling McCartney and Lennon3:37
2.One After 909 Lennon with McCartney2:54
3.The Long and Winding Road McCartney3:38
4.For You BlueHarrisonHarrison2:32
5.Get Back McCartney3:09

Cosmo’s Factory by Creedence Clearwater Revival

All tracks are written by John Fogerty, except where noted.

1.Ramble Tamble 7:09
2.Before You Accuse MeEllas McDaniel3:24
3.Travelin’ Band 2:07
4.Ooby DoobyWade Moore, Dick Penner2:05
5.Lookin’ out My Back Door 2:31
6.Run Through the Jungle 3:09
1.Up Around the Bend 2:40
2.My Baby Left MeArthur Crudup2:17
3.Who’ll Stop the Rain 2:28
4.I Heard It Through the GrapevineNorman Whitfield, Barrett Strong11:05
5.Long As I Can See the Light 3:33

Beatles wall Photo by Fedor on Unsplash

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