Beatles 1/29/20

A “several minutes long” preview of Peter Jackson‘s upcoming film culled from outtakes of the Beatles‘ 1969 Let It Be film sessions was previewed at the Universal Music showcase. The industry sampler has key artists and projects offering up a taste of what will be coming in the New Year.

Variety quoted Jeff Jones, the CEO of Apple Corps, the Beatles’ company as telling the crowd, “We have created a brand-new film that will attempt to bust the myth that the Let It Be sessions were the final nail in the Beatles’ coffin.”

According to the report filed by someone who saw the new sampler: “It’s brighter both visually and spiritually, with many, many shots of the Beatles joking around, making fun of each other, singing in silly accents and generally indulging in vintage Moptop hijinks. It also features many scenes of the group rehearsing songs from the Abbey Road album — their true swan song, which would be recorded over the following summer — and even rough versions of songs that would appear on solo records. On the basis of this clip, Beatles fans will lose their minds over this film.”

During the filming of Let It Be on January 14th, 1969, John Lennon spoke about only becoming conscious of what his songs are about after the fact: [“The songs, I mean, you’re vaguely aware if you sing something it’s gonna go ’round all over the world, but you can’t get into that while you’re writing a song. It’s a job writing a song, and you’re doing it, and you’re involved in it, and then sometimes you don’t realize what you’ve written ’til after you’ve recorded it, or even a year later, y’know? I hear old records of ours and see things on different levels.”] SOUNDCUE (:20 OC: . . . on different levels)

TL; DR

  • A “several minutes long” preview of Peter Jackson‘s upcoming film culled from outtakes of the Beatles‘ 1969 Let It Be film sessions was previewed at the Universal Music showcase.
  • Jeff Jones, the CEO of Apple Corps, the Beatles’ company as telling the crowd, “We have created a brand-new film that will attempt to bust the myth that the Let It Be sessions were the final nail in the Beatles’ coffin.”
  • In the clips the Beatles were shown goofing around with each other along with performing snippets of songs from their swan song Abbey Road album released later that year, as well as portions of songs that ended up on the members solo albums.”

SIDE NOTES

  • Peter Jackson spoke about the new movie in the official announcement, saying in part: “I was relieved to discover the reality is very different to the myth. After reviewing all the footage and audio shot 18 months before they broke up, it’s simply an amazing historical treasure-trove. Sure, there’s moments of drama — but none of the discord this project has long been associated with. Watching JohnPaul, George, and Ringo work together, creating now-classic songs from scratch, is not only fascinating — it’s funny, uplifting and surprisingly intimate.”
  • A remastered version of Michael Lindsey-Hogg‘s Let It Be movie will also be released in 2020.

FAST FACTS

  • On May 13th, 1970 the Beatles‘ Let It Be, received its U.S. premiere in New York City theaters.
  • Let It Be earned the Beatles their only Academy Award, when they won the 1970 Oscar for Best Original Song Score.
  • The Let It Be album, which topped the Billboard 200 albums charts for a solid month, marks the only Beatles album to house three Number One songs — albeit in different mixes to their single counterparts: “Get Back,” “Let It Be,” and the group’s last chart-topper, “The Long And Winding Road.”
  • All told, the singles from the Let It Be project held down the Number One spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for nine weeks.
  • The Let It Be film was briefly available on VHS in 1981 and has never been reissued in any format since.