Sunday, September 6, 2020

Is this a track listing for the "Let it Be" anniversary edition? Possible song listing surfaces on Spotify

The Nothing is Real Podcast on Twitter yesterday shared a link to a Spotify album listing for the Beatles titled "1969 Recordings." You can't play the tracks in the U.S. and, apparently, many other regions. The tracks are listed as an album, not as a playlist.

Fans are speculating that this listing may be a move to protect the copyrights on the tunes, which would have otherwise expired in 2019 under European law, making them open to "fair use" release by pretty much anyone. Further detection by fans showed that the "album"turned up on Spotify last December, which bolsters the case that this is a move by the Beatles camp to protect copyrights on the tunes.

The copyright holders for the compilation are listed as Apple Corps Limited and Calderstones Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group).

The album includes 49 songs in all from the Let it Be sessions, including those from the planned Get Back album and more. You can see it here.

I suspect that we won't get much official news on this until nearly a year from now, when Peter Jackson's Get Back documentary and the anniversary set are due for release.

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