The Beatles have announced a remake of Let It Be that packs the classic 1970s album with previously unreleased session recordings and a 1969 mix by Glyn Johns. The remake, which also includes unreleased samples, studio jams and new mixes by Giles Martin and engineer Sam Okell, will be released on October 15th via Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe.
“I had always thought the original film Let It Be was pretty sad because it dealt with the breakup of our band,” writes Paul McCartney in his foreword to a special edition of the Let It Be book. “But the new film shows the camaraderie and love the four of us had between us. It also shows the wonderful times we had together and when combined with the newly remastered Let It Be album it is a powerful reminder of that time. That’s how I want to keep the Beatles in mind. “
In 2017, Sgt.Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was reissued for the 50th anniversary. The White Album received the same treatment the following year, and Abbey Road was reissued in 2019.
The Peter Jackson document The Beatles: Get Back, which originally hit theaters last year, will now air as a six-hour miniseries on Disney + this fall. It will contain the first full video of the band’s last rooftop performance.
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The Beatles: Let It Be – Special Edition LP