Posts tagged ‘Let It Be’

May 20, 2012

‘Let it Be’ on DVD

The Beatles’ documentary film Let it Be has been out of print since the 1980s. Reportedly, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney have been hesitant to re-release it due to the negative nature of the film. However, Starr recently mentioned in an interview with Rolling Stone that he believes a DVD release is possible.

Additionally, director Michael Lindsay-Hogg has stated that Let it Be will come out on DVD and Blu-Ray in 2013. Click here to read the interview, and keep your fingers crossed!

May 10, 2012

Let It Be

The Beatles’ final studio album Let It Be was released on May 8th, 1970. Although the album was recorded during the sessions for the accompanying documentary film, the tapes were shelved, and the band recorded and released Abbey Road in the meantime. Let It Be was released shortly before the The Beatles announced their breakup.

April 12, 2012

You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

The Beatles recorded the track “You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)” in 1967, and the song evolved over the years. The song was meant to be a dancehall comedy number, with John Lennon and Paul McCartney singing in different vocal styles and playing a variety of instruments. The finished track was finally released as the b-side of the single “Let It Be”.

Listen to “You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)” after the jump!

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March 24, 2012

Don’t Let Me Down

“Don’t Let Me Down” was written by John Lennon during The Beatles’ Get Back sessions. It was included as part of the band’s final live concert performance from the rooftop of Apple Studios. This live recording was used as the b-side of the single “Get Back.”

Watch the video for “Don’t Let Me Down” after the jump!

 

 

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February 21, 2012

Twickenham Film Studios to Close

Twickenham Studios, the famous London film studio where The Beatles recorded their films “A Hard Day’s Night”, “Help!’ and “Let It Be” is set to close. The owners announced that the studio has been losing money and will close one year prior to its centennial anniversary.

Click here to learn more from The Guardian.

February 1, 2012

The Rooftop Concert

The Beatles performed their last ever live performance on the roof of the Apple Records building on January 30th, 1969. The concert was to be the climax of their in-progress Get Back film, which showed the band rehearsing and writing new songs in preparation for a live performance. The show was cut short by the police after local residents complained about the noise.

 

Watch a live performance of “Get Back” from the rooftop concert after the jump!

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January 18, 2012

Watching Rainbows

“Watching Rainbows” is an unreleased Beatles song written by John Lennon and recorded during the massive Get Back sessions. The recording only featured Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as George Harrison had temporarily quit the band during this time. The song eventually evolved into “I’ve Got a Feeling.”

 

Listen to “Watching Rainbows” after the jump!

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January 12, 2012

George Harrison Quits The Beatles

During the filming of the Get Back sessions (eventually recorded as the film and album Let It Be), tensions  between band members were particularly high. With his songwriting continually being rejected and his relationship with both John Lennon and Paul McCartney becoming strained, George Harrison quit The Beatles on January 10, 1969. After several days of relaxation to take his mind off of the growing dissension within the band, Harrison returned on January 22 to complete the recording sessions.

January 4, 2012

I Me Mine

On January 3, 1970, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr reconvened to record the final version of Harrison’s “I Me Mine.” The song was to be included in the film and accompanying album Let It Be, and was recorded without John Lennon, who had already quit the band by this time. This was to be the final song recorded by The Beatles as a band.

 

Watch the video for “I Me Mine” after the jump!

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January 19, 2011

Red Apple

The Beatles’ Let it Be was the final studio album released while the band was still together. Released on Apple records, the record label sported a red apple instead of the standard green Granny Smith that appeared on all prior Apple Records labels. It is said that the red signified that the album was not distributed by Capitol Records in the U.S.