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The Beatles – Let It Be

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Let It Be is a 1970 documentary film about the Beatles rehearsing and recording songs for the album Let It Be in January 1969. The film features an unannounced rooftop concert by the group, their last performance in public. Released just after the album, it was the final original Beatles release.

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Let It Be is a 1970 documentary film about the Beatles rehearsing and recording songs for the album Let It Be in January 1969. The film features an unannounced rooftop concert by the group, their last performance in public. Released just after the album, it was the final original Beatles release.

The film was originally planned as a television documentary which would accompany a concert broadcast. When plans for a broadcast were dropped, the project became a feature film. Although the film does not dwell on the dissension within the group at the time, it provides some glimpses into the dynamics that would lead to the Beatles’ break-up.

The film observes The Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr) from a “fly on the wall” perspective, without narration, scene titles, or interviews with the main subjects. The first portion of the film shows the band rehearsing on a sound stage at Twickenham Film Studios. The songs are works in progress, with discussions among themselves about ways to improve them. At one point, McCartney and Harrison have an uncomfortable exchange, with McCartney criticising a guitar riff played by Harrison on “I’ve Got a Feeling.” Harrison responds: “I’ll play whatever you want me to play, or I won’t play at all if you don’t want to me to play. Whatever it is that will please you, I’ll do it.” Also appearing are Mal Evans, providing the hammer blows on “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”, and Yoko Ono, dancing with Lennon.

The Beatles are then shown individually arriving at Apple headquarters, where they begin the studio recording process with Harrison singing “For You Blue” while Lennon plays slide guitar. Starr and Harrison are shown working on the structure for “Octopus’s Garden” and then demonstrating it for George Martin. Billy Preston accompanies the band on impromptu renditions of several rock and roll covers, as well as Lennon’s improvised jam “Dig It,” while Linda Eastman’s daughter Heather plays around the studio. Lennon is shown listening disinterestedly as McCartney expresses his concern about the band’s inclination to stay confined to the recording studio. The Beatles conclude their studio work with complete performances of “Two of Us,” “Let It Be”, and “The Long and Winding Road”.

For the final portion of the film, The Beatles and Preston are shown giving an unannounced concert from the studio rooftop. They perform “Get Back,” “Don’t Let Me Down,” “I’ve Got a Feeling,” “One After 909,” and “Dig a Pony,” intercut with reactions and comments from surprised Londoners gathering on the streets below. The police eventually make their way to the roof and try to bring the show to a close, as the show was disrupting businesses’ lunch hour nearby. This prompts some ad-libbed lyrical asides from McCartney: during the second performance of ‘Get Back,’ he sings, “Get back, Loretta … you’ve been out too long, Loretta … you’ve been playing on the roofs again … and your mummy doesn’t like that … it makes her angry … she’s gonna have you arrested! Get back, Loretta!”. In response to the applause from the people on the rooftop after the final song, McCartney says, “Thanks Mo!” (to Ringo’s wife Maureen) and Lennon quips, “I’d like to say ‘thank you’ on behalf of the group and ourselves, and I hope we passed the audition!”
Disk 1 features the entire 80 minute movie.
1. Introduction
2. Paul Piano Intro
3. Don’t Let Me Down
4. Maxwell’s Silver Hammer
5. Two Of Us
6. I’ve Got A Feeling (1)
7. I’ve Got A Feeling (2)
8. Oh! Darling
9. One After 909
10. Jazz Piano Song
11. Two Of Us
12. Across The Universe
13. Dig A Pony
14. Suzy Parker
15. I Me Mine
16. For You Blue
17. Besame Mucho
18. Octopus’s Garden (1)
19. Octopus’s Garden (2) with Billy Preston:
20. You Really Got A Hold On Me
21. The Long And Winding Road
22. Shake, Rattle And Roll
23. Kansas City / Miss Ann / Lawdy Miss Clawdy
24. Dig It
25. Two Of Us
26. Let It Be
27. The Long And Winding Road

The Concert On The Roof:
28. Get Back
29. Don’t Let Me Down
30. I’ve Got A Feeling
31. One After 909
32. Dig A Pony
33. Get Back
34. End Credits

Disk 2 features 60 minutes of outtakes and “The Making of Let It Be” from The Beatle’s Anthology

The Beatles Let It Be!
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Weight 24 oz
Dimensions 11.5 × 9.5 × 1 in

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