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A new trailer has been released for "The Beatles: Get Back", directed by Peter Jackson and premiering on Disney+ November 25th.
posted by Ipsifendus (50 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
 
I've heard the ones dismiss the over-sized shadow cast by the Beatles on popular music, I get it. But for many of us, time is an arrow shooting in one direction. One group of musicians got to be the Beatles, and this trailer hit me hard. As flawed as the film "Yesterday" was (for me) I felt a lot of emotion swell up when he receives his replacement guitar from the friends and proceeds to give it a test drive.. I mean, for me in my life now with what the world is, I think the music of the Beatles and the legacy of the band is not a terrible thing.
posted by elkevelvet at 10:18 AM on October 13 [6 favorites]


I have wondered why all of a sudden I have seen Paul McCartney on TV so much lately dumping info on Beatles history. Now it makes sense.

........ We all live in a Yellow Submarine ..... Yellow submarine .... Yellow submarine....

Yep, better than the Rolling Stones... :)
posted by zengargoyle at 10:19 AM on October 13


I'm so fuckin' pumped for this. Glad Peter Jackson was the one to do it too.
posted by stinkfoot at 10:25 AM on October 13 [6 favorites]


I am irrationally excited about this. I never saw "Let It Be" because my folks told me it was depressing and difficult to watch. I love that Peter Jackson has gone back to the raw footage and tried to capture the spark of what made the Beatles special and the deep connection of their relationship. I am looking forward to watching the hell out of this.
posted by Ben Trismegistus at 10:29 AM on October 13 [5 favorites]


For others who are curious, but not curious enough to watch a video: "The Beatles: Get Back is an upcoming three-part [six-hour] documentary series... It covers the making of the Beatles' 1970 album Let It Be, which had the working title of Get Back."
posted by Mr.Know-it-some at 10:52 AM on October 13 [4 favorites]


I've got mixed feelings about the doc -- anything more than 2 hours sounds like overkill (famous last words maybe), and from everything I've read about the film, we've now turned the original prevailing narrative (they hated each other and wanted to be apart) completely upside down (really, they loved each other and wanted to be together forever). Hope the reality of the film is more balanced, because the truth is probably somewhere in the middle.

Have to admit, Let It Be... Naked is still one of my favorite Beatles albums -- it'll be interesting to see what shape that takes with the new Let It Be Deluxe Edition coming just in time for Christmas (just like Adele!).
posted by saintjoe at 10:57 AM on October 13 [1 favorite]


Previously on the blue.

And I remember as an eleven-year-old first seriously getting into the Beatles (although of course I'd heard their music before, plenty of times), just being in awe of how fast and far their work progressed and also being melancholy that the band belonged to the past now and that somehow they themselves couldn't realize that the world needed them together; that year was... 1975. Now, they're practically babies.
posted by Halloween Jack at 11:02 AM on October 13 [1 favorite]


Man, this is making me feel some stuff. I was born two years after John was killed but the Beatles played a huge role in my childhood because my parents were big fans. Seeing this trailer is very strange to me because I watched “Help” and “A Hard Day’s Night” obsessively as a kid, and I’ve seen Paul McCartney live twice in the last 20 years, but I realize I’ve seen very little footage of the Beatles when they weren’t quite so young and fresh-faced but before Paul got older. I’m familiar with them from this era just from still photos so I get almost an uncanny valley feeling from this.

I couldn’t finish watching it. My aunt is also a huge fan and she had a dozen scrapbooks she’d made of the Beatles when she was growing up, and I loved to look at them as a kid, with my cousin looking over my shoulder. My cousin died unexpectedly a few years ago and we played “Let It Be” at her service over a slideshow of pictures of her that I’d put together. Had to stop the trailer when it started playing. My mom is also dying from a terminal illness and I'm spending a few days a week staying with my parents in my childhood bedroom. She’s not going to be here by the time the documentary comes out and it makes me so fucking mad.
posted by sorrowcrown at 11:04 AM on October 13 [12 favorites]


If only it wasn’t on fucking Disney😥
posted by TedW at 11:06 AM on October 13 [9 favorites]


raise your hand if you were a child hearing "I Am the Walrus" for the first time and.. mind blown, etc.

"finally they wrote a song for ME"
posted by elkevelvet at 11:06 AM on October 13 [4 favorites]


I was born well after John died, and The Beatles were just... always there. Mythical icons on a far-off mountaintop. This is an incredible humanization. I hope the film is half as good, with even half the feels, as the trailers.
posted by supercres at 11:18 AM on October 13 [3 favorites]


raise your hand if you were a child hearing "I Am the Walrus" for the first time and.. mind blown, etc.

~raises all my hands

Probably the best reason I had to buy my first really good pair of headphones way back when.

Recently, a friend introduced me to the Beatles:Love album. It's basically a custom remix of Beatles music done by George and Giles Martin for Cirque du Soleil. I honestly had never heard of the project before now and, holy cow, is it an eye-opening experience. The re-mixes of the music are incredible. It's like hearing them anew. And, it's a really fun listen.

Also, Martin's 2019 remaster of Abbey Road is astounding.
posted by Thorzdad at 11:20 AM on October 13 [3 favorites]


If only it wasn’t on fucking Disney

It takes some deep pockets to pull-off a project like this. Disney's pretty much it.
posted by Thorzdad at 11:22 AM on October 13 [3 favorites]


All right, fine, I'll keep Disney+.
posted by emelenjr at 11:23 AM on October 13


This seems pretty cool. While you're waiting for it to come out, if you're looking for something to watch that's in a similar hidden in a vault since 1969 vein, you could do worse than The Summer of Soul. It shows the Harlem Cultural Festival, a celebration of Black excellence the same time as Woodstock and the Beatles, but that hasn't been given the same cultural prominence. It's got some incredible moments for a music fan.
posted by Superilla at 11:30 AM on October 13 [18 favorites]


Like many others here on the blue, my parents were pretty big Beatles fans. My teachers were Beatles fans. My friend's parents were Beatles fans. My bus driver was an enormous Beatles fan.

I grew to despise their "sugary-sweet pop music" as a teenager and a young adult. However, the older I got and the more I could just listen to the actual music without all of the other emotional baggage involved, and boy howdy does a whole bunch of their stuff sound great. Sure, the "boy band" era is more than a bit insufferable, but even then the music was pretty damn good even with the "twelve year old at the playground" lyrics. I'll stipulate that with most of the old (and even some of the newer) stuff was obviously following a pop music for the radio mindset, it just makes the obvious foils to that all that more funny/ironic.

I hope this is good. I've been wanting to see it since that first trailer came out. The video looks damn good, the conversations seem much more real and less managed or directed than they usually do on camera, during an interview, talk show, etc.

Although I distinctly remember the day after Lennon got shot.
I'll leave it at that for now or else this post would be much longer.
posted by Sphinx at 11:35 AM on October 13 [1 favorite]


I can't wait. The footage quality looks amazing, and it's all things I've never seen before. Peter Jackson is just the guy to bring this all together. And my man Ringo is in top form.
posted by Capt. Renault at 11:38 AM on October 13 [1 favorite]


that year was... 1975.

To be fair, that was a time when after a band broke up, they were gone. Somewhere between Elvis and the Traveling Wilburys this changed, possibly with the 81 Rolling Stones tour, which I'm pretty included quite a bit of discussion about how each of them were or about to turn 40 and how long can they go with all this running around and does it make them less rock and roll?

The Beatles were just... always there

I have a saying, "The Beatles are a given." Listen to any Western music of the past 50 years, or at least pop, and you'll hear a melody fragment, or a lyrical turn or something, "hey that sounds like..." "yep." "hey they're ripping off..." "yep," and so on, because they've had that much influence. They really don't need to be mentioned in any evaluation. I realize some see this as more of a haunting than welcome influence, but hey, there's no accounting for taste!

This looks good!
posted by rhizome at 11:46 AM on October 13 [2 favorites]


"hey they're ripping off..."

Indeed, so influential that they were ripping each other off reusing ideas. A--> C#m--> F#m --> D--> G--> A is both the verse of "Help" (under "When I was younger, so much younger than today...") and the middle eight of "Something" ("You're asking me will my love grow...").
posted by ricochet biscuit at 12:07 PM on October 13 [2 favorites]


Yep, better than the Rolling Stones... :)

Nah, just different. Apples and... not oranges. Bananas? No. Peaches, or maybe plums. Stone fruits. Apples and Peaches.
posted by Rash at 12:11 PM on October 13 [2 favorites]


man I could do without a Beatles vs. Rolling Stones hijacking

it's fun in its own way, but it could also be another thread. Isn't there a Facebook psych test based on that premise already? not yet? make it so (insert your name here)

another revelation: backseat of a car, driving from Calgary heading north one night, hearing "Rocky Raccoon" for the first time. so much later in life and I'd never heard the White Album before, kind of wild.
posted by elkevelvet at 12:35 PM on October 13 [1 favorite]


I didn't mean to invoke a Stones rivalry, just that there was a distinct time in the 80s when the 60s stars were getting older and there was (probably) a collective shudder as people born in the 40s got to 40 years old. That 81 Stones tour was the "first 7 inch" of that discussion, IIRC, and this led to bands and artists working toward persistence. Anyway, even the band longevity topic is a derail, so I'll leave it at that.

Recently, a friend introduced me to the Beatles:Love album

I LOVE it unreservedly, but it's a very polarizing album. Careful where you bring it up. :)
posted by rhizome at 12:45 PM on October 13 [2 favorites]


After this, Peter Jackson is going to recut Magical Mystery Tour as a three-part eight-hour epic, with Paul as Frodo, Ringo as Samwise, George as Gandolf, and John as Gollum.
posted by jabah at 12:51 PM on October 13 [6 favorites]


man I could do without a Beatles vs. Rolling Stones hijacking

Especially since the answer is The Who.

I kid.

I love the Beatles so damn much. I get that a lot of people are tired of them or think of them as their grandparent's music or whatever but I freaking love them.

Weird that they were only together eight years. Eight years. U2 has been together 45 years. No, I am not comparing them or making any kind of statement only that it's amazing that such an influential band wasn't together as long as, say, Smashmouth.
posted by bondcliff at 12:52 PM on October 13 [8 favorites]


(sorry sorry sorry, if that came across as snarky.. a Beatles vs. Rolling Stones thread would be very fun, we could throw in the Who and just keep piling on from there)
posted by elkevelvet at 1:00 PM on October 13


After this, Peter Jackson is going to recut Magical Mystery Tour as a three-part eight-hour epic, with Paul as Frodo, Ringo as Samwise, George as Gandolf, and John as Gollum.

shutupandtakemymoney.gif
posted by Halloween Jack at 1:13 PM on October 13 [1 favorite]


6 hour documentary of Beatles music and chit-chat sounds like a perfect background for holidays with the in-laws
posted by skewed at 1:20 PM on October 13 [5 favorites]


I saw "Let It Be" the week it came out in 1970 with two buddies; afterward we sat in my friend's car drinking beer and singing Beatles songs until we got busted for minor in possession. I always wanted to see it again. I am super geeked at "Get Back" and actually got weepy during the trailer (confession: I am now an old man, 28 years older than my hero John Lennon ever got to be). I am even more geeked that Peter Jackson put this together. I had the privilege of seeing They Shall Not Grow Old in the theater, followed by his making-of piece, and thought it amazing. Can. Not. Wait.
posted by charris5005 at 2:31 PM on October 13 [2 favorites]


a Beatles vs. Rolling Stones thread would be very fun, we could throw in the Who and

U2!

I remember reading some critic comparing the two, stating The Beatles were really an Irish band. Liverpool being so close, geographically; and two of the lads even having Irish family names.

PS I don't consider this sort of chatter hijacking; I mean how much love can we show for a re-work of 'Let It Be' nobody's even seen yet. Why can't we have some tangentially-related discussion here, and now?
posted by Rash at 2:32 PM on October 13


for sure! I guess sometimes it feels like a person posts to share their love/anticipation/deep affection for something, and I was just hoping we didn't get way sidetracked to how This Band was objectively better than That Band type thing.

I too, sidetrack threads sooo.. I got nothin
posted by elkevelvet at 2:35 PM on October 13


and I was just hoping we didn't get way sidetracked to how This Band was objectively better than That Band type thing.

Well, all right-thinking people agree The Band was fantastic.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 2:41 PM on October 13 [5 favorites]


"we'll never get a chance to do it again"

(;__;)
posted by Sing Or Swim at 2:50 PM on October 13 [1 favorite]


Paul is so cute and hobbit-like in this footage. (maybe it’s just the Peter Jackson factor making me think of hobbits?)
posted by rbellon at 3:14 PM on October 13


Because I needed another good cry today I GUESS
posted by The Underpants Monster at 3:19 PM on October 13 [2 favorites]


(sorry sorry sorry, if that came across as snarky.. a Beatles vs. Rolling Stones thread would be very fun, we could throw in the Who and just keep piling on from there)

That's just Beach Boys erasure
posted by Apocryphon at 3:21 PM on October 13 [5 favorites]


That's just Beach Boys erasure

Am I the only one here with my fingers crossed for that Brian Wilson/Barry Gibb collaboration that I have decided I've been promised?
posted by The Underpants Monster at 3:26 PM on October 13 [2 favorites]


sometimes it feels like a person posts to share their love/anticipation/deep affection for something

That's pretty much the reason I post things here like 80% of the time. But I know the score. A least a part of the Beatles' greatness is how very easy it is to argue about them, and in how many different ways. And it is metafilter...
posted by Ipsifendus at 3:34 PM on October 13


Also, Martin's 2019 remaster of Abbey Road is astounding.

All of the 50th anniversary remasters are astounding. So many new details are clearly audible, I heard parts in songs that I didn't know were there, even after thousands of listens to this music in various formats, remasters, etc. (Like, there's sweeping harp in the choruses of "Across the Universe", never heard it before.) Giles Martin rebuilt each song from the original master tracks up, really interesting and excellent work. (The Let It Be remaster will be released on Friday, but you can already listen to three tracks here.)
posted by LooseFilter at 4:17 PM on October 13 [2 favorites]


That's just Beach Boys erasure

Also, hell yeah, Pet Sounds represent! (And now that we can finally hear it, SMiLE too!)
posted by LooseFilter at 4:20 PM on October 13 [1 favorite]


I saw Hard Day's Night for the first time and I started geeking out on "why did they break up" speculation. One thing I noticed was that Ringo, being more goofily camera-friendly, was getting way more screen time than George. Could this have sparked a seed of resentment? George was first to threaten to quit, unless they stopped touring. Then I started reading about Allen Klein and Paul's failed attempt to hire Linda's family members as managers. It's probably more complicated than Paul (or Paul's vat-grown clone) care to admit.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 5:43 PM on October 13 [1 favorite]


Ha, LooseFilter. A preview of a remaster of a Beatles' album on the Apple Computer music website. Too many reflections apropos of the material come to mind. Also, yes, my parents had the albums and a record player and I spent so many afternoons after school laying on a couch in the springtime. Numerically, there couldn't have been too many days like that but I couldn't truly enumerate the hours.
posted by DeepSeaHaggis at 6:38 PM on October 13


I'm a big fan of the fantasy version of Get Back the blog Albums That Never Were did using various sources. "This reconstruction attempts to create a cohesive Get Back album that finds the balance between Glyn Johns underproduced Get Back and Phil Spector’s overproduced Let It Be, while offering the very best band performances of the sessions." It's been a favorite Beatles staple for me since I found it. (Unfortunately the download links aren't working anymore.) I feel it's given me a taste of what this documentary will deliver, and I look forward to it.

I hope there is a supplemental album release, as there's already plenty of bootlegs of this material.
posted by Catblack at 6:52 PM on October 13


Recently, a friend introduced me to the Beatles:Love album. It's basically a custom remix of Beatles music done by George and Giles Martin for Cirque du Soleil.

The Beatles Love [vimeo link] is such a wonderful album. The mashups are imaginative and provide insight into the original tracks even while they build their own original soundscapes. I watched the development of that album and saw the Vegas show (and got the t-shirt!)...

The album is also available in a 5.1 surround mix by Giles, and that is another real treat. The show itself is in surround sound, with speakers in each seat that give a pretty great individual sound picture for each audience member.
posted by hippybear at 8:02 PM on October 13 [3 favorites]


You want mashup, don't neglect The Residents' Beyond the Valley of a Day in the Life from 1977.
posted by Rash at 9:47 PM on October 13 [1 favorite]


What Supercres said! I felt like I was watching a trailer of a movie showing actors playing the iconic Fab Four. I never knew them as real people in their true Beatles prime. They look so... human. Real people, laughing and joking and carrying on. Snarking to each other. Its hard to put it into words. It feels like a chance to time-travel and I just cannot wait to get this glimpse.
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 3:03 AM on October 14 [1 favorite]


The Beatles certainly were influential. No one is mentioning they had "influences", too. I'll leave it to the many musicologists here to elaborate and educate.
posted by AppleSeed at 4:17 AM on October 14


> I'm a big fan of the fantasy version of Get Back the blog Albums That Never Were did using various sources.

That is, and I am completely serious, my favorite Beatles album. It's a real shame if the download links are gone, but maybe he'll re-re-do it once the Let It Be remaster is out.
posted by timdiggerm at 6:43 AM on October 14


(The Let It Be remaster will be released on Friday, but you can already listen to three tracks here.)

Oh shit it’s in Dolby Atmos too; it sounds astonishing, even on shitty AirPods Pro. Can’t wait to listen on decent cans.
posted by uncleozzy at 7:05 AM on October 14 [1 favorite]


Did somebody say mashups????

dj BC & The Beastles - Ladies Do Love Me - YouTube

Beatles vs Beastie Boys
posted by zengargoyle at 8:13 AM on October 14


If the film is to be a masterpiece of editing original footage then the trailer has to be a masterpiece of editing the film. I love how they bring out those lines of potential lyrics which are like … nope…nope…nope… [something that influences global popular culture for decades].
posted by rongorongo at 9:33 AM on October 14


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