It is November 25, The Beatles will add a new milestone to their history. Is about The Beatles: Get Back, the new Disney + docuseries that rescues the records -in the studio and also on stage-, of Let It Be, the last album released by The Beatles.
On Rock and Pop, we were invited to see the first 40 minutes from work and also to talk with Peter Jackson, the director in charge of the feat of synthesizing 60 hours of Beatle history, in the three chapters that can be viewed consecutively on the days November 25, 26 and 27.
Here we share 8 new and not so new events that the new docuseries of the four from Liverpool brings, in the voice of the same Peter Jackson:
1.- It is not the bleak story of separation that everyone thinks
Via Zoom, Peter Jackson is emphatic in clarifying the chronological order in which The Beatles occurs: Get Back.
These are the records of a record / documentary, recorded for 22 days in January 1969. The point is that they were recorded on that date, but it reached radio stations, record stores and cinemas in May 1970, three weeks after the group’s separation.
«(What I discovered about Let It Be) is that It was not what I had had in my head for 40 years. Here is a distortion to clarify and that is, much of the reputation of Let It Be, the bad reputation it has, It is not because of January 69 that it was recorded, ”explains Jackson. All the misery corresponds to its release, which is when it comes out the movie and the album.
“I don’t think there is another three-week period in the history of The Beatles that is more prolific and creative than this one. Rn actually it is one of the most hectic periods of composition, rehearsal and recording that they had ”, he affirms.
And he is right. The records of the Let It Be recordings, made by Michael Lindsay-Hogg for the documentary of the same name, actually they were released in a very different context.
The data also shows the genius of Jackson at the time of title, since it is not only one of the most prestigious singles of the album and the original name with which the project was going to be called. On The Beatles: Get Back is also the intention and decision to bring the band back together (albeit posthumously and audiovisual) more than 50 decades after their separation.
2.- Paul McCartney: «He was the great motivator, the one who wanted everything to turn out fantastic»
«John, George and Ringo record this record for Paul, pBut their hearts are not that involved, that’s true, ”admits Jackson.
The explanation is made to demystify McCartney as a «controller »in the Let It Be recording. What’s more, he assures the opposite: «McCartney was the great motivator of the album, he who wanted everything to turn out fantastic. It was he who carried the scripts, he dragged the trio, he encouraged songwriting. He’s the one who tries and keeps saying, “Look, guys, we’ve got eight more days left and we’ve only done three songs.”
And you have to remember the ambition of the project. This was: writing and recording an album in 22 days, rescuing the concept of “live sound” to end with a great show.
3.- Billy Preston: El Quinto Beatle en Let It Be
One of the personalities that shines in Jackson’s cut is Billy Preston. George Harrison’s musician friend was the mastermind on keyboards. It came at the request of John Lennon, and it does nothing but squander charisma and good vibes throughout the first chapter of the documentary.
“He just walks in, and the moment he plays, they can feel the energy in the room rise. So, I don’t agree with the years-long account that Billy Preston made everyone behave, ”says Jackson. What Billy Preston did was excite them all. His presence energized, and you feel it in the movie. It’s fantastic, ”he adds.
4.- Yoko Ono did not interfere at any time during the recording of this album
“The truth is that she is there because they are both in love”, Jackson explains via Zoom, while in Los Angeles, United States, it is five in the afternoon and here in Chile the bitter 0-2 against Ecuador for the Qatar 2022 Qualifiers was taking place.
«(What happened with Yoko), and this must be recognized, is that she doesn’t interfere with what The Beatles they are doing for Get Back (originally Get Back was going to be the name of the album, but it ended up being called Let It Be). ANDLla doesn’t stand up after three rehearsals to say “Oh, I think this one should just be faster,” she never interferes. Yoko is there, writing, or is there with John, but she doesn’t even give an opinion about what they do “, sentence.
5.- The audio in Get Back occupied Artificial Intelligence
Although the restoration of the image is perhaps obvious, sound restoration it’s enormously interesting from a creative point of view, ”says Jackson. The recording was often unbalanced and in mono. That is to say, the voices could be too low and the guitars too strong (covering the voices) ”.
Peter Jackson’s team had to figure out how to dig up those voices and it did so using artificial intelligence sources and sound source separation tools.
Says Jackson: “The way the machine learning allowing us to separate the various layers of a mono recording meant that I was able to finish this movie with a clarity of sound that was literally unthinkable when I started four years ago. In fact, our work with the audio revealed conversations that were previously impossible to understand, which allowed us to present with greater precision and detail the “Get Back Sessions” of January 1969 “.
6.- The Beatles: Get Back was originally going to be a two and a half hour movie
The original plan was to cut the 60 hours of footage down to a two-and-a-half hour movie, but that never came close to reality. «I proposed, in good faith, to do two and a half hours, but: we wanted tell the story of the 22 days, show the songs and finish with the concert on the roof, which only lasts 45 minutes, “explains Jackson.
All that footage led to the project It will end in just over 6 hours of docuseries presented in 3 chapters.
7.- Ringo: «The poor man couldn’t relax»
Jackson remembers how Ringo had to constantly catch up, reinventing his instrument. “I was left with the feeling that poor Ringo couldn’t relax. He’s, you know, he’s a great drummer, and every time Paul, John, and George played a Buddy Holly or Chuck Berry song, they waited for the drums to sound out of nowhere. That’s why I said that He would leave completely exhausted at the end of each day.
8.- What do the three chapters of the docuserie bring?
In the first chapter you will see the evolution between the recordings of Twickenham Studios, that the band held from January 2 to 14. Immediately afterwards, the change of environment that was to resume the recordings in the studios of Apple Corps.
What the second brings is a mystery, but will quite possibly include the moment when George Harrison stops recording with the band and then resumes.
Already the last one considers the entire 42 minutes of the famous Concert on the Roof (or Rooftop Concert), on the roof of Apple Corps and that it was the last live before the separation.
¿Dónde ver The Beatles: Get Back?
On Disney + from November 25.