"Let It Be" a documentary released in 1970, captures The Beatles final public performance. Director Michael Lindsay-Hogg has hinted the film may be re-released this year to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the performance. On a blustery, bitterly cold day in London 50 years ago, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr clambered to the roof of their record company, Apple Corp., for an impromptu lunchtime concert -- stunning passers-by with the band's first live performance in two and a half years. It was also the last time The Beatles played in public. Their 42-minute jam session, broken up by police over noise complaints, was filmed by director Michael Lindsay-Hogg as the capper to an intended TV special called "Get Back," documenting the group recording an album.
Forty years ago, two of music's biggest stars walked into BBC Radio 1 and sat down to review the week's new releases. Michael Jackson and George Harrison spent the next 90 minutes discussing singles by Foreigner, Nicolette Larson and The Blues Brothers, as well as the stories behind their own songs. The BBC discarded the show, keeping only a short clip. But now a rare recording has been found and restored. Excerpts will be broadcast in a special documentary this weekend.
The long out-of-print "The Beatles: Live at the Hollywood Bowl" album will be reissued in significantly upgraded form on Sept. 9 in conjunction with the forthcoming Ron Howard-directed documentary, "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week -- The Touring Years." The album, originally released in 1977 and produced by longtime Beatles producer George Martin, included recordings from the band's three Hollywood Bowl concerts in 1964 and 1965 and was the only authorized live recording ever released by EMI and Capitol Records. "My dad mixed it in 1977 and he never liked it," Martin's son, Giles Martin, told The Times recently of the latest Beatles project he's working on since first working in tandem with his father to create the 2006 soundtrack to the Beatles-Cirque du Soleil "Love" show in Las Vegas. "I've been working with new sound technology that's allowed us to significantly improve the sound. But I think now it really captures the energy of the band at those shows."
The Beatles are celebrating the 50th birthday of their 1968 double album - dubbed The White Album - with a deluxe edition that delves into the record's exhaustive recording sessions. An interview with producer Giles Martin, who oversaw the anniversary project, reveals some of the box set's secrets and surprises. The Beatles' ninth album has confounded, delighted and divided fans ever since its release in 1968. To some, it's their masterpiece: a vibrant explosion of ideas from a band no longer bound by format, genre or style. To others, it's a mess: a quixotic, fractured collection of songs that fails as often as it soars.
The most ambitious reissue yet of an individual album from the Beatles' catalog is coming May 26 with an expanded and newly remixed edition of the Fab Four's 1967 pop masterpiece, "Sgt. Consistently ranked by critics and fans among the most influential rock albums of all time, "Sgt. Pepper" is being reissued in multiple formats and editions, including new stereo and surround-sound audio mixes along with nearly three dozen previously unreleased recordings from the same sessions. "It's crazy to think that 50 years later we are looking back on this project with such fondness and a little bit of amazement at how four guys, a great producer and his engineers could make such a lasting piece of art," Paul McCartney writes in a new introduction for the anniversary edition of a project that started out as his baby. In a 1970 interview with Rolling Stone, John Lennon said, "It was a peak.