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Let It Be/Get Back 50th Anniversary Releases! (Content and Sound Quality Discussion Only)!

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Bruce Burgess, Jul 16, 2020.

  1. Adrian Adkins

    Adrian Adkins Forum Resident

    Whether it's a New Album or an Old Album / Soundtrack, it's still the same handfull of Songs , I'm really hoping for something I've not Heard Before, whatever it looks like.
  2. Cristiano Cortellazzi

    Cristiano Cortellazzi Forum Resident

    Sirmione, Italy
    Having already the 83 A/B Road CE set, it will probably be something I already own and know.
    But the beauty of an official product matters too.

    Anyway, the REAL bonus will be the video material: we have already a lot of audio material, but only 4 or 5 hours of extra footage from the film. Looking forward to see new moments of it in pristine quality.
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  3. crossroads69

    crossroads69 Senior Member

    London Town
    This sounds like 1969 all over again :)

    I hope it’s true!
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  4. EdwinM

    EdwinM Grumpy old man

    And to be honest, that ghost is already out of the bottle. You can buy tons of unofficial cd's with Let it Be outtakes for modest prices.
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  5. coffeetime

    coffeetime Senior Member

    Lancs, UK
    This. Having seen A Hard Day’s Night restored in 4K for its 50th anniversary and the premiere night of the Eight Days A Week documentary with live link up to Leicester Square plus the Shea Stadium film in 4K afterwards, there were barely more than a dozen people at each screening. Even with a serious advertising campaign, I’m struggling to see the PJ film playing to much bigger audiences.

    Disney were due to make the original cast film of Hamilton available in cinemas next year with a big promotional push. Instead they used it to push/promote the one thing that is making Disney themselves any money at all at the moment, Disney+ by putting the Hamilton film on the service this year. And by all accounts it has been a stunning success in driving further subscriptions over and above the success has already been for Disney.

    I know DIsney/Apple have already publically said the film is delayed until next year, leaving the album/box set rerelease in limbo. Release it this year for the anniversary and lose the association with the PJ film, or release it next year and lose the anniversary association. I do wonder if anyone at Disney is considering another Hamilton-sequel move to maintain the album/box set rerelease &PJ film promotional push, whilst driving Disney+ yet further. And if this is being considered, would Apple be in agreement with the band and album being potentially subservient to Disney promoting their subscription streaming service?

    All wishful thinking and spitballing on my part, no evidence or even a hint that any of this is under actually consideration.
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  6. EdwinM

    EdwinM Grumpy old man

    I have the three "River Rhine" cd's which have multiple versions of most songs as well as outtakes. To be honest I would be surprised if they would pull something unexpected out of their hats that would beat that compilation.
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2020
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  7. dormouse

    dormouse Forum Resident

    The thing about this particular release as a deluxe edition on CD and/or vinyl is that they could repromote it several times if they are clever:
    • Original 50th anniversary
    • Delayed Peter Jackson film release
    • Reissue of the original film version which presumably will be issued some time after the PJ remake.
    So, you could issue the box set this year to capture the true anniversary, perhaps then issue some specialist vinyl editions (colour, picture disc etc.) and if they don't include the full rooftop performance in the SDE then also issue a special two CD set to include this at the time of the film release. There is then the possibility of a further re-promotion to accompany the original version of the film when this appears later (this could perhaps be more of a DVD release with the original film, some fuerther unused film outtakes as extras and maybe another batch of audio outtakes on CD).

    And we would buy them all. Everybody wins!
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  8. coffeetime

    coffeetime Senior Member

    Lancs, UK
    I’d buy all of that. Even after splurging on the Flaming Pie box in a couple of weeks, I’d still buy it all.

    Send help.
  9. dormouse

    dormouse Forum Resident

    Yes, the Flaming Pie does eat into the budget a little!

    The good thing about the Let It Be/Get Back sessions is that there is a lot of source material so it could sustain an extended selection of releases.

    The are all sorts of options available for selection of material:

    • Original film
    • New film remake
    • Other unused film outtakes
    • Twickenham sessions
    • Apple Sessions
    • Rooftop gig
    • Original album mix
    • Giles remix
    • Glyn Johns mixes
    If they are spread over 12 months or more to cover an end of year SDE, the new film release and the later release of the original film then I am sure there is enough scope for a varied and well curated set of releases both in audio and video (or a mix of both).

    P.S. You don't need help. You merely justify it as 50 years worth of purchases!
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  10. Pizza

    Pizza With extra pepperoni

    That’s a lot of Let It Be. You give the public too much credit for their attention span. A whole year celebrating an old album isn’t going to work, even with the Beatles. Plus Let It Be isn’t even one of their major releases.

    Personally, I hope they do release the CD box set this year because I don’t want to wait another year.
  11. dormouse

    dormouse Forum Resident

    I agree with you about getting the CD box set this year. I think however that we are not talking about the public here. Beatles fans have been waiting a long time for the Let It Be film to be properly addressed and they will wait. I don't think another year will really stop them from buying one, two or three new items, even if you don't class the album as being top tier!

    This has been a thorn in their paw for a long time. They need to address that, polish it, curate it and move on. It will find its own level. There is enough there to reassess and produce a worthy overview. The film should look great and it will provide the only late period live material, rough and ready or not. It will look fine and needs to be out there. Whatever else can be given a suitable setting is OK by me.
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  12. Cristiano Cortellazzi

    Cristiano Cortellazzi Forum Resident

    Sirmione, Italy
    100% my impressions and feelings. Thanks for the feedback.
    Maybe in America it’s different, but from and European point of view, this is the real situation.
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  13. OberonOz

    OberonOz Senior Member

    From my point of view I wish they would release Let It Be 50 now and include the original movie in the box set [and potentially release it separately later]. Then next year, you have the new documentary Get Back with appropriate soundtrack etc. You could possibly have a deluxe movie/soundtrack box with making of's etc.
    That way you get two bites at the same cherry. It could possibly be bigger than all of it at once. Just my wishful thinking :)
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  14. Cristiano Cortellazzi

    Cristiano Cortellazzi Forum Resident

    Sirmione, Italy
    A very logical wishful thinking! Agreed.
    People at Apple will do whatever they want, but putting put everything Let It Be related at the same time will be a chaotic strategy, in my money.
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  15. BlueJay

    BlueJay Forum Resident

    Two bites at the same Apple certainly! Seriously though, the target audiences for these two releases are quite different, one aimed at affluent boomers, the other at teens and college kids.
  16. dormouse

    dormouse Forum Resident

    Do you think that they are different audiences? The box set is going to sell to long time fans and as you say more affluent buyers rather than casual. I somehow can't see the new Get Back film attracting primarily teens and college kids though. Yes, I am sure that there may be a few curious young people but based on previous cinema releases, Eight Days A Week, Yellow Submarine, Wings Over America etc., when I saw them there were no young people in the audience at all. I would say it was pretty much the same people who would buy other Beatles releases. Middle-aged plus! It is possible Disney may well try to market at college kids but I am not convinced now that it will succeed. 30 years ago, perhaps it may have worked!
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  17. BlueJay

    BlueJay Forum Resident

    Well maybe teens and college kids still living at home (as many do, especially now while they can take their courses online). Disney's main interest is getting it onto their Disney+ streaming channel. What is the main audience for that? Families I would guess.
  18. Arnold Grove

    Arnold Grove Senior Member

    And families need to bond while watching The Beatles arguing about digestive biscuits, looking stoned with unwashed hair, and wondering why Yoko answers all the questions addressed to John. ;)
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  19. BlueJay

    BlueJay Forum Resident

    It's reality TV, best family viewing. This or the Osbournes.
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  20. dormouse

    dormouse Forum Resident

    In my experience I don't think many college age kids watch TV with their parents. I don't think that happened a lot even when I was that age! Even less so now! I guess we will see what happens.
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  21. numer9

    numer9 Beatles Apologist

    Philly Burbs
    Really? it was a pretty big deal in 1970.
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  22. beatleroadie

    beatleroadie Forum Resident

    The best spot for the original Let It Be doc is as an exclusive blu-ray in the super deluxe LIB50 box, IMHO. Whether the original film is released in this matter before or after the PJ Get Back film, I don't see the issue, really. With the big push being the new GET BACK film, I don't see the 1970 original getting a stand-alone DVD/Blu-Ray release, but maybe it becomes available on Hulu/Disney+. Though I wouldn't be surprised if it's only available in the big box and never gets to streaming. Clearly the powers that be don't like the original all that much and want the focus on Jackson's film instead.
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  23. beatleroadie

    beatleroadie Forum Resident

    My thoughts exactly. If LIB50 is released this Dec, there's no reason Apple can't do another mini-marketing push for it next August right when the film is released to get more sales of the set. The Beatles are a huge seller, not a one-shot artist. They sell perennially. And their releases and marketing can reflect that. The public won't forget about LIB if the set isn't released at the exact time as the new Get Back film.
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  24. Hagstrom

    Hagstrom I hate Billy Joel, Rush and Queen.

    Philadelphia, PA
    I want Beatles when I want Beatles and I want Beatles now!
  25. Cristiano Cortellazzi

    Cristiano Cortellazzi Forum Resident

    Sirmione, Italy
    Yep. We at the SH Forum don't exactly live in the material.. ops.. REAL world, I suppose.

    I'm not saying that it won't attract attention from a younger audience but we've got to be realistic: kids from XXI century have other tastes/priorities and, even if they like the Beatles, I don't see hundreds of thousands of them (or families) hurrying up to see in theatres a movie focused on the end of a great group of the 60's.

    The PJ movie, the LIB50 box, the book.. are mainly aimed at boomers fans, who witnessed back in the day the Beatlemania, and to 35/55 years old listeners who grew up later, but still adore and buy Beatles products. Hey, I'm 47 as well. Long live to us! ;)
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