It was 50 years ago this year that The Beatles released their final album in Let It Be and split up. The iconic album was recorded in January 1969 at Twickenham Film Studios in what became known as the Let It Be Sessions. Now in an amusing unearthed clip, fans can see John Lennon and Paul McCartney lampooning some of their hits together with silly voices.
The pair are seen messing about near George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono.
Lennon and McCartney start by singing I’ve Got A Feeling as Paul goes “woooo” a few times.
Before John puts on a low, slow voice and starts singing the classic Help!
Paul then starts joyfully shrieking random words into the microphone.
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McCartney and Starr are then seen cracking up as Lennon kicks off with one of their early hits in Please Please Me.
Footage from the sessions went on to make up the 1970 documentary Let It Be.
And now Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson has had access to unseen clips from the Let It Be sessions for a brand new documentary film to be released by Disney in September.
Over 55 hours of footage and 140 hours of audio were made available to Jackson and his team who are restoring it for The Beatles: Get Back.
It will also include the band’s entire 42-minute final live performance on the roof of Apple’s Savile Row London office, completely restored.
The Beatles: Get Back will be released in US and Canadian cinemas on September 4, 2020, while a UK release is yet to be announced.
Disney boss Bob Iger made the announcement today at Disney’s annual meeting of shareholders.
The outgoing Executive Chairman said: “No band has had the kind of impact on the world that The Beatles have had, and The Beatles: Get Back is a front-row seat to the inner workings of these genius creators at a seminal moment in music history, with spectacularly restored footage that looks like it was shot yesterday.”
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Back in January, a lucky few were about to see several minutes of the movie at the Universal Music showcase at Grammy Weekend.
According to Variety, Apple Records chief Jeff Jones spoke of how the original Let It Be documentary that tied-in with the album was considered to be a “depressing look” at the end of The Beatles.
But having hired Jackson to make a new movie, the executive said: “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.”
The outlet reported: “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.”
They added: “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.”
The documentary has been backed by surviving Beatles Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Ringo Starr and the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison.
The Beatles: Get Back is released in US cinemas on September 4, 2020, with a UK release date to be announced.
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