(AFP) – An autumn in Beatles colors: “Get Back”, book taken from the conversations of the Fab Four in the early studio 1969, the last real year of the group’s existence, is released on Thursday as a scout for an event documentary by Peter Jackson scheduled for the end of November.
And to complete it all , an anniversary box set of “Let It Be”, planned for the 50 years of the record last year but shifted by the health crisis, will be released this Friday
“Get Back”, this is the original name of the project for which the Beatles return to the studio in London in January 1969. But the tapes of this album are put away in the closet. These sessions will then provide ammunition for “Abbey Road” and, above all, the tracks reworked by producer Phil Spector (known for his famous sound barrier) will give “Let It Be”, the last album released (with a track titled “Get Back “).
And the working sessions for the aborted album” Get Back “, entirely recorded and filmed in the optics at the time of a documentary film, today provide exceptional material on the history of the legendary group. The conversations of Paul, John, George and Ringo decrypted from the audio tapes first give “The Beatles: Get Back”, a book published by Seghers scheduled for Thursday.
“There are really things that we did not suspect the existence, it is a treasure for enthusiasts”, clarifies for AFP Michka Assayas, renowned rock critic who provided the French translation.
– “All kinds of myths” –
“I was the first to subscribe to all kinds of myths like + Paul and John hated each other, didn’t communicate too much, the aborted album went very badly. + But when you see the transcribed conversations, we hear a great bond between the two, it works like a god, the songs burst forth, like jokes “, continues the author of a rock-reference dictionary.
Until now, the images available from this period, in the film “Let It Be”, nevertheless showed some raw nerves in the studio.
“On shouted out in + Let It Be +, but shouts like that exist in all groups in the studio, it hit people because nobody had seen them argue before “, nuance the host of France Inter.
“We said that the group was dying at the time, that the outcome was fatal: not at all, it worked well at the start 1969 “, he insists.
Until then, the general public attributed the paternity of the separation to Paul McCartney, who had only formalized things in a press release in April 1970. But in a recently released excerpt, taken from an upcoming BBC interview on 18 October, “Macca” is heard saying: “I did not cause the separation. It was our Johnny (Lennon) “.
-” We just have ask Clapton “-
” Lennon stepped aside from the group as early as the middle of the year 1969 “, abounds Michka Assayas.
All is not however rosy at the beginning of the year. “Right in the middle of the sessions, George is gone: he doesn’t want to be the patronizing little brother anymore (by Paul and John). The tape is spinning and Ringo says + if we play three, you have to play louder anyway + (laughs) and John says provocatively ‘+ we just have to ask Clapton to come +, we feel that everything is possible in fact “, the exegete still confides.
But Harrison returns. And Michka Assayas does not want to retain that this episode: “what I perceived, it is the constant disconnade, they are like a bunch of kids who laugh, it is not at all gloomy”.
Peter Jackson, director of the “Lord Of The Rings” saga, also emphasizes the joy of living in the studio to announce his upcoming documentary series. “I have not seen the film, but I was told that there are many other things compared to the book,” says Michka Assayas.
” The Beatles: Get Back “is therefore also the title of this documentary event – more than six hours of unpublished images restored, divided into three episodes – which will be broadcast for three days on the Disney + streaming platform, the 25, 26 and 27 November. More than half a century after their separation, the history of The Beatles continues to be written.