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It was 50 years ago that The Beatles broke up and released their final studio album in Let It Be. The record was accompanied by a documentary film of the same name which saw the Fab Four in their final recording sessions together back in 1969. In the years since, the Let It Be movie has been seen in light of the break-up, but now Peter Jackson is directing a revisionist version of the film featuring cleaned up and previously unseen footage of The Beatles together.
Sir Paul McCartney teased how The Beatles: Get Back is getting on ahead of its cinematic release in August next year.
Speaking with Radio 6 Music, the 78-year-old said: “Yeah, I have [seen footage] – I love it.”
But when the Lord of the Rings director was having a trawl through the 56 hours of footage, Sir Paul said to him: “Oh god, it’s going to be boring”.
The main reason being that the star’s memory of the film was “a very sad time”.
Sir Paul continued: “It was a little bit down beat, the film, but he got back to me, he said, ‘No – I’m looking at it’.
Jackson assured him there was positivity saying: “It’s a laugh – you guys, it’s just four guys working and you can see you making up songs.”
The Beatle said: “George wondering about the lyrics of Something In The Way She Moves or me trying to figure out Get Back.
“He’s shown me little bits and pieces of it and it’s great, I love it, I must say because it’s how it was.”
Sir Paul added: “It just reminds me of – even though we had arguments, like any family – we loved each other you know, and it shows in the film.
“It’s a very warm feeling and it’s amazing just being backstage with these people, making this music that turned out to be good.”
In fact, Jackson has asserted that the unseen footage proves The Beatles didn’t want to break-up.”
Speaking with Rolling Stone, he said: “Just me personally as a fan, looking at the 56 hours, I get a sense of a group that wants to do something different, but they’ve run out of places to go.”
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Jackson added: “They never wanted to repeat themselves — they didn’t want to make Sgt. Pepper 2.
“There’s even conversations we’ve got on film where they’re discussing, ‘Maybe if we went back and became the Cavern Club band again’ — becoming the lunchtime bender gang.
“Because they can’t play a stadium that’s bigger than Shea. They’ve done complex albums. They’ve done simple albums. You get the sense that they really don’t want to break up. That’s the overriding impression I get. They’re a forward-moving band, but they’ve run out of places to go.”
Sir Paul was promoting his new solo album McCartney III, in which he plays all the musical instruments.
The new record follows in the tradition of his first two solo albums McCartney and McCartney II, which celebrate their 50th and 40th anniversaries this year.
His new lockdown album even features an Elvis Presley Easter Egg.
It turns out the double bass he uses was owned by Bill Black, who played the instrument in The King’s original trio.
McCartney III will be released December 11, 2020 on Capitol Records across digital platforms, on CD, and on LP manufactured by Third Man Pressing and can be pre-ordered here.
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