14th April, 1970.
A. Klein, Esq.,
Apple Corps Limited,
3 Savile Row,
In future no one will be allowed to add to or subtract from a recording of one of my songs without my permission.
I had considered orchestrating “The Long and Winding Road” but I decided against it. I therefore want it altered to these specifications:-
1. Strings, horns, voices and all added noises to be reduced in volume.
2. Vocal and Beatle instrumentation to be brought up in volume.
3. Harp to be removed completely at the end of the song and original piano notes to be substituted.
4. Don't ever do it again.
c.c. Phil Spector
This letter was ultimately ignored, and no such alterations were made to "The Long and Winding Road" until 2003, when George Martin and Paul McCartney teamed up to release Let it Be ... Naked.
Beatles, The. The Beatles Anthology. Chronicle Books, San Francisco, CA, 2000.
Anthology, page 350