Showing posts with label Let it Be (album). Show all posts
Showing posts with label Let it Be (album). Show all posts

Monday, October 25, 2021

Beatles' "Let it Be" is back on the charts 51 years later

Billboard reports strong sales (by today's standards) of the Beatles "Let it Be" reissues.

The Beatles’ Let It Be surges back onto the Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Oct. 30), re-entering at No. 5 following its deluxe special edition reissue on Oct. 15. The set was first released in 1970 as the final studio effort from the band, and also doubled as the soundtrack to the documentary film of the same name. The album spent four weeks atop the Billboard 200 (June 13 – July 4, 1970-dated charts) and is one of a record 19 No. 1 albums for the group.

...Let It Be earned 55,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Oct. 21 (up 3,899%), according to MRC Data. Of that sum, album sales comprise 48,000 (up 11,570%; making it the top-selling album of the week), SEA units comprise 6,000 (up 589%; equaling 8.34 million on-demand streams of the set’s tracks) and TEA units comprise 1,000 (up 1,180%).

...The Let It Be reissue also makes waves on other Billboard album charts. It re-enters at No. 1 on Top Album Sales, Catalog Albums, Soundtracks and Tastemaker Albums – marking its first week atop all four charts.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Japanese "Let it Be" Super Deluxe Edition features different take of "For You Blue"

Hang on to your bootlegs... Chip Madinger and Mark Easter, authors of the excellent Lennonlogy reference, report that a Japanese edition of the new "Let it Be" box contains a different take of George Harrison's "For You Blue."

Here's their post:

For nearly 40 years, nearly since the advent of the CD, The Beatles and Apple have managed to keep the digital contents of the group and solo catalogs strictly consistent around the world. There have been a few exceptions, such as the run of Canadian Help! and Rubber Soul CDs that featured the original 1965 mixes and not George Martin's 1987 remixes, or the initial US pressing of The Capitol Albums Vol. Two which included “folddown” mono mixes rather than the true mono mixes. However, not since the original UK-manufactured CD of Paul McCartney’s Press To Play, with the 10" mix of 'Press', has a single anomaly slipped out to market. Until now.

While listening to the streaming version of Glyn Johns' May 1969 mix of the Get Back album, from the new Let It Be Super Deluxe Edition, keen-eared collector Yosi Noz noted that 'For You Blue' was actually Johns' 1970 mix, which contained a new lead vocal recorded in January of that year. It was once he played his physical copy of the Japanese SHM-CD Let It Be SDE, that he noted the correct "1969 Mix" of 'For You Blue' was in place, rather than the 1970 mix he had heard in the ether.

It has now been verified that the true 1969 mix of 'For You Blue' appears exclusively on the Japanese SHM-CD Let It Be SDE (Disc 4, Track 7). All other digital platforms, including the universal SDE and its hi-res counterpart, include the 1970 Glyn Johns mix (prefaced by the complete introduction with two false starts) which is erroneously labeled "1969 Mix."

Who knows what, if any, corrective action will be taken. It's unknown specifically which of the two mixes Apple intended to put on the package. It is unlikely that more SDEs will be manufactured, so substitution on future editions is unlikely. The most likely course of action would be to make corrected copies of the disc available for exchange. But with profit margins so thin, it is possible that this anomaly will remain buried on the Japanese SDE.

On a side note, in his overview of the SDE's contents, which has appeared in several online outlets, including the Steve Hoffman music forum and The Daily Beatle website, Mike Carrera's assertion that the universal SDE used a copy of Dr. Ebbetts’ fan-released disc Get Back - Glyn John's Mix #1 as its source, for this and other tracks, is unfounded. Other black-market releases of Get Back have used an edited reconstruction of the introduction (specifically Vigotone's 1999 release, Get Back - The Glyn Johns Final Compilation), not to mention that both the 1969 and 1970 editions of the Dr. Ebbetts Get Back discs run at a different speed with the channels reversed and the phase inverted when compared to the new commercial release. That's not to say that Apple didn't construct their own introduction, just that they used a source superior to any of the well-known bootleg releases.

In the end, what is exciting for collectors is that a genuine alternate version, the genuine 1969 Glyn Johns mix of 'For You Blue' has appeared exclusively on the Japanese SHM-CD SDE. It is an expensive proposition to spend an additional $200 on less than three minutes of music, but it is likely that this will remain a bona fide rarity and that copies will dry up quickly.

Chip Madinger & Mark Easter, with special thanks to Yosi Noz. 

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Beatles tease "Get Back" book out Oct. 12

The Beatles have released new info on the companion book to Peter Jackson's "Get Back" documentary. The book is out Oct. 12 and available for order now from Amazon

Callaway Arts & Entertainment and Apple Corps Ltd. are pleased to announce plans for the global publication on October 12, 2021 of THE BEATLES: GET BACK, the first official standalone book to be released by The Beatles since international bestseller The Beatles Anthology. Beautifully designed and produced, the 240-page hardcover tells the story of The Beatles’ creation of their 1970 album, Let It Be, in their own words. 

Presenting transcribed conversations drawn from over 120 recorded hours of the band’s studio sessions with hundreds of previously unpublished images, including photos by Ethan A. Russell and Linda McCartney, THE BEATLES: GET BACK also includes a foreword written by Peter Jackson and an introduction by Hanif Kureishi. 

The book’s texts are edited by John Harris from original conversations between John, Paul, George and Ringo spanning three weeks of recording, culminating in The Beatles’ historic final rooftop concert. THE BEATLES: GET BACK will be a special and essential complement to director Peter Jackson’s “THE BEATLES: GET BACK” feature documentary film, set for release exclusively on Disney+ Over Three Days, November 25, 26 and 27, 2021.

This intimate, riveting book invites us to travel back in time to January 1969, the beginning of The Beatles’ last year as a band. The BEATLES (‘The White Album’) is still at number one in the charts, but the ever-prolific foursome regroup in London for a new project, initially titled Get Back. 

Over 21 days, first at Twickenham Film Studios and then at their own brand-new Apple Studios, with cameras and tape recorders documenting every day’s work, the band rehearse a huge number of songs, new and old, in preparation for what proves to be their final concert, which famously takes place on the rooftop of their own Apple Corps office building, bringing central London to a halt. 

Legend now has it that these sessions were a grim time for a band falling apart, but, as acclaimed novelist Hanif Kureishi writes in his introduction to THE BEATLES: GET BACK, “In fact this was a productive time for them, when they created some of their best work. And it is here that we have the privilege of witnessing their early drafts, the mistakes, the drift and digressions, the boredom, the excitement, joyous jamming and sudden breakthroughs that led to the work we now know and admire.” 

These sessions, which generated the Let It Be album and film released in May 1970, represent the only time in The Beatles’ career that they were filmed at such length while in the studio creating music. Simultaneously, they were exclusively photographed and their conversations recorded. 

THE BEATLES: GET BACK is the band’s own definitive book documenting those sessions. It brings together enthralling transcripts of their candid conversations, edited by leading music writer John Harris, with hundreds of extraordinary images, most of them unpublished. The majority of the photographs are by two photographers who had special access to their sessions—Ethan A. Russell and Linda Eastman (who married Paul McCartney two months later). 

Peter Jackson’s documentary film will reexamine the sessions using over 55 hours of unreleased original 16-millimetre footage filmed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg in 1969, now restored, and 120 hours of mostly unheard audio recordings. This sumptuous book also features many unseen high-resolution film frames from the same restored footage.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Full details and preview video of the Beatles' "Let it Be" special edition releases out Oct. 15

Here's the official word on the new "Let it Be" releases:

This fall, The Beatles invite everyone everywhere to get back to the chart-topping 1970 album, Let It Be, with a range of beautifully presented Special Edition packages to be released worldwide on October 15 by Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe.

Three tracks from the newly remixed and expanded edition make their digital release debuts with today’s preorder launch: “Let It Be” (2021 Stereo Mix), “Don’t Let Me Down” (first rooftop performance), and “For You Blue” (Get Back LP Mix).

 The Let It Be album has been newly mixed by producer Giles Martin and engineer Sam Okell in stereo, 5.1 surround DTS, and Dolby Atmos. The album’s sweeping new Special Edition follows the universally acclaimed remixed and expanded anniversary editions of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (2017), The BEATLES (‘White Album’) (2018), and Abbey Road (2019).

All the new Let It Be releases feature the new stereo mix of the album as guided by the original “reproduced for disc” version by Phil Spector and sourced directly from the original session and rooftop performance eight-track tapes. The physical and digital Super Deluxe collections also feature 27 previously unreleased session recordings, a four-track Let It Be EP, and the never before released 14-track Get Back stereo LP mix compiled by engineer Glyn Johns in May 1969. 

On January 2, 1969, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr kickstarted the new year together on a cavernous soundstage at Twickenham Film Studios in London. The Beatles jumped into rehearsals for a project envisioned to get them back to where they once belonged: onstage. For 21 days, cameras and tape recorders documented almost every moment: first at Twickenham and then at The Beatles’ own Apple Studio, where Billy Preston joined them on keyboards. Together they rehearsed brand new originals and jammed on older songs, all captured live and unvarnished.

On January 30, the cameras and recorders were rolling as The Beatles, with Preston, staged what was to be their final concert on the chilly rooftop of their Savile Row Apple Corps headquarters before a small assembly of family and friends, and any others who were within wind-carried range of their amps. The midday performance brought London’s West End to a halt as necks craned skyward from the streets and the windows of neighboring buildings were flung open for better vantage. A flurry of noise complaints drew police officers to the rooftop, shutting the concert down after 42 minutes.

Work to compile an album to be called “Get Back” was carried out in April and May by Glyn Johns, who, for his version, included false starts, banter between songs, early takes rather than later, more polished performances, and even “I’ve Got A Feeling” falling apart with John explaining, “I cocked it up trying to get loud.” The Beatles, however, decided to shelve the project’s copious tapes, film reels, and photos, in order to record and release their LP masterpiece, Abbey Road. Drawn from the tapes made in January 1969, plus some sessions which preceded and followed those recordings, The Beatles’ final album, Let It Be, was eventually issued on May 8, 1970 (May 18 in the U.S.) to accompany the release of the Let It Be film.

The sessions that brought about the Let It Be album and film represent the only time in The Beatles’ career that they were documented at such great length while creating music in the studio. More than 60 hours of unreleased film footage, more than 150 hours of unreleased audio recordings, and hundreds of unpublished photographs have been newly explored and meticulously restored for three complementary and definitive Beatles releases this fall: a feast for the senses spanning the entire archival treasure. The new Let It Be Special Edition is joined by “The Beatles: Get Back”, the hotly-anticipated documentary series directed by three-time Oscar®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, and a beautiful new hardcover book also titled The Beatles: Get Back. The raw sources explored for the new projects have revealed that a more joyous, benevolent spirit imbued the sessions than was conveyed in the 1970 Let It Be film’s 80 minutes.

“I had always thought the original film Let It Be was pretty sad as it dealt with the break-up of our band, but the new film shows the camaraderie and love the four of us had between us,” writes Paul McCartney in his foreword for the Let It Be Special Edition book. “It also shows the wonderful times we had together, and combined with the newly remastered Let It Be album, stands as a powerful reminder of this time. It’s how I want to remember The Beatles.”

Let it Be Super Deluxe Editions:

5CD + 1Blu-ray (album’s new stereo mix in hi-res 96kHz/24-bit; new 5.1 surround DTS and Dolby Atmos album mixes) with 105-page hardbound book in a 10” by 12” die-cut slipcase

180-gram, half-speed mastered vinyl 4LP + 45rpm 12-inch vinyl EP with 105-page hardbound book in a 12.5” by 12.5” die-cut slipcase

Digital Audio Collection (stereo + album mixes in hi res 96kHz/24-bit / Dolby Atmos)

• Let It Be (new stereo mix of original album): 12 tracks

• Previously unreleased outtakes, studio jams, rehearsals: 27 tracks

• Previously unreleased 1969 Get Back LP mix by Glyn Johns, newly mastered: 14 tracks

• Let It Be EP: 4 tracks

o Glyn Johns’ unreleased 1970 mixes: “Across The Universe” and “I Me Mine”

o Giles Martin & Sam Okell’s new stereo mixes: “Don’t Let Me Down” & “Let It Be” singles

The Super Deluxe CD and vinyl collections’ beautiful book features Paul McCartney’s foreword; an introduction by Giles Martin; a remembrance by Glyn Johns; insightful chapters and detailed track notes by Beatles historian, author, and radio producer Kevin Howlett; and an essay by journalist and author John Harris exploring the sessions’ myths vs. their reality. The book is illustrated, scrapbook style, with rare and previously unpublished photos by Ethan A. Russell and Linda McCartney, as well as never before published images of handwritten lyrics, session notes, sketches, Beatles correspondence, tape boxes, film frames, and more.

Let it Be Deluxe Edition:

2-CD in digipak with a 40-page booklet abridged from the Super Deluxe book

• Let It Be (new stereo mix of original album): 12 tracks

• Previously unreleased outtakes, studio jams, rehearsals: 13 tracks

• Previously unreleased 1970 mix for “Across The Universe”

Let it Be Standard Edition:

1CD in digipak (new stereo mix of original album)

Digital (album’s new mixes in stereo + hi res 96kHz/24-bit / Dolby Atmos)

180-gram half-speed mastered 1LP vinyl (new stereo mix of original album)

Limited Edition picture disc 1LP vinyl illustrated with the album art (new stereo mix of original album)

Making The Album

When The Beatles arrived at Twickenham in January 1969, their self-titled album (AKA ‘The White Album’) was still topping charts around the world following its November 1968 release. They had an ambitious plan in mind for a project that would include a stage performance for a “TV spectacular” and a live album. Michael Lindsay-Hogg was hired to direct the concert and document the rehearsals with unfettered “fly-on-the-wall” filming and mono audio recording on two camera-linked Nagra reel-to-reel tape machines. Ethan A. Russell was brought in for exclusive all-access photography. Beatles producer George Martin and engineer Glyn Johns supervised the sound. Johns remembers, “Paul told me he had this idea to do a live concert and he wanted me to engineer it, because I had a reasonably good track record of making live albums.” Impressed by the band’s day-to-day progress with their slate of new songs, Martin later recalled, “It was a great idea, which I thought was well worth working on. A live album of new material. Most people who did a live album would be rehashing old stuff.” After 10 days on the soundstage, The Beatles and the film crew later moved to the band’s more intimate and cosy Apple Studio. There, Johns manned the controls of borrowed equipment from The Beatles’ old stomping ground, Abbey Road Studios, to record on eight-track tape. Billy Preston was invited to play keyboards with the band at Apple, lifting the sessions with his boundless talent and buoyant bonhomie.

In April 1969, The Beatles rush-released their worldwide number one single “Get Back”/“Don’t Let Me Down”. Promoted as “The Beatles as nature intended” and “as live as can be, in this electronic age,” both sides of the disc were credited to “The Beatles with Billy Preston”. “The greatest surprise was when the record came out,” Preston remembered in 2002. “They didn’t tell me they were going to put my name on it! The guys were really kind to me.” The “Let It Be” single produced by George Martin, released March 6, 1970, is different from the album version “reproduced” by Phil Spector. Exemplifying Spector’s signature Wall of Sound production style on the Let It Be album is his orchestral overdub on “The Long and Winding Road”, which became The Beatles’ 20th U.S. number one single.

Directed by Peter Jackson (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “They Shall Not Grow Old”), “The Beatles: Get Back” takes audiences back in time to the band’s intimate recording sessions during a pivotal moment in music history. Because of the wealth of tremendous footage Jackson has reviewed, which he has spent the past three years restoring and editing, “The Beatles: Get Back” will be presented as three separate episodes. Each episode is approximately two hours in length, rolling out over three days, November 25, 26 and 27, 2021, exclusively on Disney+.

The documentary series showcases the warmth, camaraderie and creative genius that defined the legacy of the iconic foursome, compiled from over 60 hours of unseen footage shot in January 1969 (by Michael Lindsay-Hogg) and more than 150 hours of unheard audio, all of which has been brilliantly restored. Jackson is the only person in 50 years to have been given access to these private film archives. “The Beatles: Get Back” is the story of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr as they plan their first live show in over two years, capturing the writing and rehearsing of 14 new songs, originally intended for release on an accompanying live album. The documentary features – for the first time in its entirety – The Beatles’ last live performance as a group, the unforgettable rooftop concert on London’s Savile Row, as well as other songs and classic compositions featured on the band’s final two albums, Abbey Road and Let It Be. The music in the series is also newly mixed by Giles Martin (“Rocketman”) and Sam Okell (“Yesterday”).

Ahead of the series’ debut, Apple Corps Ltd./Callaway Arts & Entertainment will release The Beatles: Get Back book worldwide on October 12. Available in English and nine international language editions, The Beatles: Get Back is the first official standalone book to be released by The Beatles since international bestseller The Beatles Anthology. Beautifully designed and produced, the 240-page hardcover complements the “Get Back” documentary series and Let It Be Special Edition with transcriptions of many of The Beatles’ recorded conversations from the three weeks of rehearsals and sessions and hundreds of exclusive, never-before-published images, including photos by Ethan A. Russell and Linda McCartney. The Beatles: Get Back begins with a foreword written by Peter Jackson and an introduction by Hanif Kureishi. The book’s texts are edited by John Harris.

Beatles "Let it Be" Super Deluxe Edition now available for order on CD, vinyl from Amazon

You can now order the Beatles' Let it Be Super Deluxe Edition on Amazon in the U.S. The six-disc set is priced at $139.98. The box is set for release on Oct. 15.

See more details on the set in our previous post.

A 4-LP, 1-EP vinyl edition also is available for order for $199.98.

Details on the vinyl release:

Newly mixed by Giles Martin and Sam Okell in stereo as guided by the original "reproduced for disc" version by Phil Spector. The Super Deluxe Edition includes 27 unreleased session recordings, a 4-track Let It Be EP, the 1969 unreleased 14-track "Get Back" stereo LP mix by Glyn Johns, and a 100-page hardback book with an intro by Paul McCartney, track-by-track recording information, and many unseen photos, notes, and more. A slipcase box set houses the 4 LPs, 12" EP, and hardbound book.

 Images of the CD release: 

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

First look at Beatles' "Let it Be" Super Deluxe Edition

Amazon in Spain jumped the gun by posting images of the upcoming Super Deluxe CD set of the Beatles' Let it Be album. We'll post more details as the become available.

Details via Amazon:

The ‘Let It Be’ album has been newly mixed by producer Giles Martin and engineer Sam Okell in stereo, 5.1 surround DTS, and Dolby Atmos. All the new ‘Let It Be’ releases feature the new stereo mix of the album as guided by the original “reproduced for disc” version by Phil Spector and sourced directly from the original session and rooftop performance eight-track tapes. The Super Deluxe collections also feature 27 previously unreleased session recordings, a four-track ‘Let It Be’ EP, and the never before released 14-track ‘Get Back’ stereo LP mix compiled by engineer Glyn Johns in May 1969. Additionally, the Super Deluxe editions feature a 100 page hard-back book with an introduction by Paul McCartney, extensive notes and track-by-track recording information and many previously unseen photos, personal notes, tape box images and more.

And here's the reported track list for the set:

Disc One
Two Of Us [2021 remix]
Dig A Pony [2021 remix]
Across The Universe [2021 remix]
I Me Mine [2021 remix]
Dig It [2021 remix]
Let It Be [2021 remix]
Maggie Mae [2021 remix]
I've Got A Feeling [2021 remix]
One After 909 [2021 remix]
The Long And Winding Road [2021 remix]
For You Blue [2021 remix]
Get Back [2021 remix]

Disc Two
Morning Camera (Speech)* / Two Of Us (Take 4)
Maggie Mae / Fancy My Chances With You*
Can You Dig It?
I Don't Know Why I'm Moaning (Speech)*
For You Blue (Take 4)
Let It Be / Please Please Me / Let It Be (Take 10)
I've Got A Feeling (Take 10)
Dig A Pony (Take 14)
Get Back (Take 19)
Like Making An Albym? (Speech)
One After 909 (Take 3)
Don't Let Me Down (First Rooftop Performance)
The Long And Winding Road (Take 19)
Wake Up Little Susie / I Me Mine (Take 11)(modifié)

Disc Three
On The Day Shift Now (Speech)* / All Things Must Pass (Rehearsals)*
Concentrate On The Sound*
Gimme Some Truth (Rehearsal)*
I Me Mine (Rehearsal)*
She Came In Through The Bathroom Window (Rehearsal)*
Polythene Pam (Rehearsal)*
Octopus's Garden (Rehearsal)*
Oh! Darling (Jam)
Get Back (Take 8)
The Walk (Jam)
Without A Song (Jam - Billy Preston with John and Ringo)
Something (Rehearsal)*
Let It Be (Take 28)

Disc Four
One After 909
Medley: I'm Ready (aka Rocker) / Save The Last Dance For Me / Don't Let Me Down
Don't Let Me Down
Dig A Pony
I've Got A Feeling
Get Back
For You Blue
Teddy Boy
Two Of Us
Maggie Mae
Dig It
Let It Be
The Long And Winding Road
Get Back (Reprise)(modifié)

Disc Five

I Me Mine [Glyn Johns mix]
Across The Universe [Glyn Johns mix]
Don't Let Me Down [2021 remix]
Let It Be [single version - 2021 remix]

Disc Six Blu-Ray
Two Of Us [2021 remix]
Dig A Pony [2021 remix]
Across The Universe [2021 remix]
I Me Mine [2021 remix]
Dig It [2021 remix]
Let It Be [2021 remix]
Maggie Mae [2021 remix]
I've Got A Feeling [2021 remix]
One After 909 [2021 remix]
The Long And Winding Road [2021 remix]
For You Blue [2021 remix]
Get Back [2021 remix]

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.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Peter Jackson's "The Beatles: Get Back" documentary release delayed to August 2021

Director Peter Jackson's new documentary on the Beatles' "Get Back/Let it Be" project will premiere in 2021 rather than the originally announced date of Sept. 4 this year.

The new release date is now nearly a year later, on Aug. 27, 2021. No information, yet, on what this means to the planned fall 2020 release of a 50th anniversary edition of the Let it Be album. We'll keep you posted.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Coming up: "The Beatles Finally Let It Be" by Bruce Spizer

Out Sept. 4. Order now from Amazon.

The Beatles “Get Back”/”Let It Be” sessions and the resulting unreleased and released albums and bootlegged recordings are among the most interesting and confusing aspects of the Beatles recorded legacy. 
Bruce Spizer’s fourth installment in his Beatles album series, The Beatles Finally Let It Be covers the January 1969 rehearsals and recording sessions, the unreleased “Get Back” albums, “Let It Be” and “Let It Be...Naked,” along with American, British and Canadian perspectives. The book relies on articles from 1969 and 1970 magazines and newspapers to report on what fans knew about the sessions and the planned albums that were never issued, as well as reviews of the unreleased and released albums. There are also chapters on 1970 current events and music and film, plus a detailed breakdown of all of the songs released from the sessions. The fan recollections chapter includes stories from those were fortunate enough to be up on the roof for the Beatles final public performance on January 30, 1969, along with one from a fan on the ground.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Beatles' "Let it Be" box set (not the new one)

We're still awaiting details on the 50th anniversary edition of the "Let it Be" album, which expected later this year, but here—on the 50th anniversary of its release on May 8, 1970—is the original "Let it Be" box set, which included a full-color photo book with images by photographer Ethan Russell along with the LP.

And here's a rather perfunctory video the Beatles released today celebrating the original album release. Nothing about the anniversary edition, which will tie into Peter Jackson's documentary of the Get Back/Let it Be project, which is set for release Sept. 4.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Peter Jackson's Beatles "Let it Be" documentary coming in fall (not spring)

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr promo photo from the Beatles' "Let it Be" film, 1970
Director Peter Jackson's documentary of the Beatles' "Let it Be" project will be out in the fall of 2020, missing the May 50th anniversaries of the original "Let it Be" film and album, Showbiz 411 reports.

According to the article:
One reason [for the delay] is that no work has been done yet on the mixing, remixing and so on of the original album, the original movie’s soundtrack, or the Peter Jackson documentary. The mixing sessions are set for this July. It shouldn’t take too long. At this point Giles Martin and his crew know exactly what they’re doing. 
The other reason is that all these expensive packages will be aimed at a holiday release. They’re a waste of time in May for Apple Records and for retailers. If they come in October, they’ll be part of the Christmas shopping madness. It makes more sense all around.