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

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.