Reacting To The Beatles "Get Back" Documentary

  • Published on Nov 28, 2021
  • I recently watched the new Beatles documentary "Get Back" on Disney +. Here are my thoughts.

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  • Rick Beato
    Rick Beato  Month ago +216

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    • Bill Kerr
      Bill Kerr 9 days ago

      I avoided this video until I had made time to watch this documentary.
      Frankly, I am thunderstruck by how fortunate we all were to have that convergence of talent and to have their process recorded for us. I was surprised by many things in the film; Yoko not being a real distraction, John being so easy going, Paul being the de facto boss. I shouldn't have been so surprised by the wit and raw talent that leaped off the screen.
      And then I remember your video reviewing the top ten Grammy nominees. How far we have fallen.

    • TheJofrica
      TheJofrica 16 days ago +1

      I prefer the original recording of the Let it Be album rather than the Naked version. That’s the version I grew up listening to so that’s what feels like home for me. All the things that were mentioned about it- the odd mixing, the loud guitar, the muddy voices- that’s what makes it for me. Even the stuff Phil Spector added, I feel like it that all captured the sound of the time period if that makes sense. Just my two cents.

    • Snarky K
      Snarky K 22 days ago

      @chick EASTWATER Rats! I knew that because I remember thinking how cool that was way back when. Yeah, didn’t mean to leave him out.

    • chick EASTWATER
      chick EASTWATER 23 days ago +1

      @Snarky K
      & Sean .....

    • chick EASTWATER
      chick EASTWATER 23 days ago

      & Did you Notice - besides the Roof Concert (even that is EDITED too much )- You NEVER see more than 3 chords / 30 seconds straight of Any Beatle playing Instruments

      All these Close Up Shots

  • David Foster
    David Foster Month ago +1065

    I think people forget that these guys were still KIDS in their mid to late 20's when this was it's totally understandable how playful they were. I LOVED this thing...and even after 6 hours, I wanted more. I literally cried when Billy Preston started playing the keyboard for the first time. I don't think a film has ever hit me as hard as that did for some reason, and I have no idea why it hit me that hard LOL.

    • DC_Tectonics
      DC_Tectonics 19 days ago

      @Kodaffi having kids doesn't make you mature.

    • SHARON graham
      SHARON graham 23 days ago

      @David Cynthia Lennon

    • Kerrgal
      Kerrgal Month ago

      @michaelterry1000 That’s so incredible.

    • Michael Bridgewater
      Michael Bridgewater Month ago

      kids with beards and mustaches?

    • Bruno Actis
      Bruno Actis Month ago

      What age is not still being a kid these days? Maybe it's just the average person across the world getting older. It seems that unless your 50+ you're "still a kid".

  • James Tuckerman
    James Tuckerman 26 days ago +166

    There’s a moment where Ringo shares the chorus from Octopuses Garden and then says, “That’s all I got.” Then George Harrison sits down and helps him in the most patient and respectful way. Then, George Martin comes over. Everyone just helping each other. The lack of ego on Ringo and George was amazing. And the camaraderie even between Paul and John was next level. Loved this. ❤️

    • John Kennedy
      John Kennedy 7 days ago +1

      @BG McPike You capture that - snap! Timeless - just how much more can you gawp at those guys for their utter brilliance?

    • BG McPike
      BG McPike 9 days ago +5

      That was a wonderfully charming moment in the film. George Martin couldn't help but smile when that was going on. That was a nice catch by the camera man.

    • KIMOCO01
      KIMOCO01 21 day ago +8

      Harrison and Starkey would have been the brightest stars in any other sky but they just had to share this one with Lennon and McCartney. I loved that the film showed this creative moment between them.

    • Ian Bartle
      Ian Bartle 26 days ago +5

      That was indeed a beautiful moment btw those who would forever have to content to be 'also-travellers' in the greatest popular songwriting duo of all time.

  • Doris M
    Doris M Month ago +101

    I also noticed Alan Parsons in the control room, as tape operator. He was 21 at the time and three years later was working on Dark Side of the Moon. Amazing.

    • Mark Miller
      Mark Miller 3 days ago

      Glad someone else noticed him!

    • Nick Tamer
      Nick Tamer 17 days ago +5

      There's also Chris Thomas who mixed Dark Side of the moon (among countless other legendary album including Nevermind the bollocks).

  • Lil Dyl
    Lil Dyl Month ago +373

    This doc proved how underrated and patient ringo was . He never missed a frickin beat even when they were screening around . Not once did they need to give him direction as what to do for a song . Very stable and backbone of the bands . Much props to ringo ( and he never bitched and complained either )

    • Dave
      Dave 7 days ago

      God bless him but Ringo was just so consistently stoned/hung over that whole month I thought it was hilarious.

    • Ian Bartle
      Ian Bartle 15 days ago

      @ODELLIN Great comment - and absolutely true. It was quite a thing at the time to have to replace Pete Best and, as you said, they REALLY wanted Ringo. They just knew he was the fourth corner of the group for a few reasons - some maybe they couldn't even articulate. Remeber we're dealing with creative intuitives here.

      ODELLIN 16 days ago +1

      Worth noting, Ringo was a consummate pro before he joined the Beatles. They really wanted him in the band, and he took the entire adventure in his stride!

    • Ian Bartle
      Ian Bartle 17 days ago

      @Connor Duke Whereas Stewart Copeland...

    • Howard Fischer
      Howard Fischer 18 days ago +1

      I agree. Ringo is criminally under-rated as a drummer. There were several times where they were horsing around with a song - as soon as Ringo starts drumming, it brings things to life. He wasn’t the flashiest of drummers especially compared to the likes of Keith Moon, but he always knew EXACTLY what the song needed - and he always got your feet tapping.

  • Joseph Tingley
    Joseph Tingley Month ago +271

    My favorite part, Paul McCartney: "I feel like this song needs something ". (The Long and Winding Road)
    George: "Yeah, words".

    • Simon Bolsom
      Simon Bolsom 9 days ago

      I liked it when John sang, 40 years in the desert he couldn't find his balls

    • Penguin Jammer
      Penguin Jammer 22 days ago +13

      George is hilarious... my personal fave, after they've been working on I've Got A Feeling for quite a while, he deadpan drops in with "Is that one called I've Got A Feeling...?"

    • João Vieira
      João Vieira Month ago +39

      At some point, Paul was asking if Let It Be needed more words and you can hear George on the back saying "When I find myself in times of trouble CAPTAIN MARVEL COMES TO ME".

    • WhamBam -
      WhamBam - Month ago +1

      @maikol maru my fav was his „as long as John Lennon is dead….“

    • maikol maru
      maikol maru Month ago +21

      George sense of humour was unique. Remember the way he solved the "there will not be Traveling Wilburys volume 2" issue.

  • The Late Boy Scout
    The Late Boy Scout Month ago +843

    I just finished it as well. So fantastic. I so wish they'd done more live shows toward the end.

    • taliwakka27
      taliwakka27 12 days ago

      @El Desgraciado I'm going to be petty and tell you that you have embarrassed yourself by blatantly looking for attention in this fashion. The Beatles definitely had and still have a lot of attention - is that why you don't like them? 😁

    • Will Robb
      Will Robb 18 days ago

      @El Desgraciado and you had to let everyone know that. Very sad. We are not worthy.

    • berkeleybernie
      berkeleybernie 21 day ago

      @R B They plan to re-release the original "Let It Be" movie as part of this project. And, like you, I hope they'll do ALL the songs that made it onto the Let It Be album in their entirety as a separate film.

    • William Hively
      William Hively Month ago

      @Nacho Lago As @El Desgraciado has already mentioned, this is Rick Beato’s review of the Beatles movie, and the poster is a subscriber to Rick’s channel. It’s perfectly legitimate for him to express his musical taste in this thread, and rather unmannered of you and others here to denigrate him for not agreeing with you.

    • Southsideman
      Southsideman Month ago +1

      @Robert Woodward respect!✊

  • Kevin Reagan
    Kevin Reagan 28 days ago +75

    I found the relationship between Paul and Linda's daughter incredibly touching. Ringo teaching her to play drums was also a real tearjerker. They were truly just a big family.

    • John Lawson
      John Lawson 7 days ago

      I loved when John was teasing Heather about when she was going to eat her kitten.

    • Mandibil
      Mandibil 12 days ago

      @Michael Kahn She thought that that wsas how to sing after watchinhg Yoko do her thing

    • Michael Kahn
      Michael Kahn 12 days ago +3

      I lol'd when Linda's daughter did an imitation of Yoko.

    • taliwakka27
      taliwakka27 12 days ago +1

      Even Paul looked pretty irritated with her eventually 😆

    • Mandibil
      Mandibil 15 days ago

      He cucked himself inheriting another man's offspring !!

  • Greg Dietz
    Greg Dietz Month ago +179

    I've only seen the first episode, but so far what stands out to me is just how jaw droppingly talented Paul was. They're all great of course, but Paul just completely blew away my misconceptions.

    • Doktorkev
      Doktorkev 5 days ago

      If you think McCartney's genius is revealed on Get Back you seriously need to check out McCartney 3,2,1 The man is a modern day Mozart. My jaw was on the floor after watching it.

    • taliwakka27
      taliwakka27 12 days ago +1

      @-- Lennon had just as many great songs as Paul over the whole span of Beatles time but he seemed to have become a bit disinterested/unmotivated by this time in the documentary. This documentary was 3 weeks out of 6 years

    • Dwight Pitman
      Dwight Pitman 12 days ago +4

      @Paul Gibby On the Anthology sessions, George talked about the age difference as teenagers and how Paul never lost that paternalistic attitude when dealing with George. Makes you understand how George couldn't wait to get away and be his own man and fellow creative genius.

    • RC Ellis
      RC Ellis 12 days ago +1

      Agree that it was magical watching Paul work. He was at the top of his game during that period. Hell, they all were, but Paul's genius on another level. However, for some reason I like George's post-breakup work more than Paul's.

    • Paul Gibby
      Paul Gibby 15 days ago +2

      Agreed. And it seemed like (I've only watched part 1 so far) that George was his "guitar bitch". You could see the unhealthiness of their relationship and a bit of passive-aggressiveness from George, who I really like (both of them actually).

  • The Fabulator
    The Fabulator Month ago +156

    The moment in the first episode where Paul McCartney literally conjures Get Back out of thin air in a mixture of defiance and frustration at the lack of material they have at that point is one of the most magical things I’ve ever seen.

    Also the look on George and Ringo‘s face when it slowly starts to become something it’s priceless.

    However the cherry on top is when John arrives having turned up one hour late to hear the three of them already rehearsing the basics of the song that he has never heard of his life up until that point!

    • Logan White
      Logan White 11 days ago

      @Mandibil Yet more projection about your own insecurities. Truly amazing. Keep melting down bud. Did I tell you that you're a bad musician? A bad person? Comment about your prescriptions? Nope. Only one person in this thread doing that, you.

    • Mandibil
      Mandibil 11 days ago

      @Logan White Sad personality ... Get Back to your pills

    • Logan White
      Logan White 11 days ago

      @Marcus Antonius "everyone reading this" LOL you sure think highly of yourself don't you?

    • Logan White
      Logan White 11 days ago

      @Mandibil Yeah "mate" that's what you should have done when you started typing out a bunch of bullshit about how no one could know anything simply because you don't.

    • Logan White
      Logan White 11 days ago

      @Marcus Antonius LOL wow talk about projection! What exactly was a failed musician by explaining the basic music theory of the song? HILARIOUS. God I love when people self own.

  • MrMh722
    MrMh722 Month ago +336

    I had never been a Beatles fan but as a music-lover I was transfixed to this documentary. What's obvious is the love between them. I'm now a Beatles fan.

    • Marnox 1
      Marnox 1 25 days ago +1

      Great comment. This is exactly how I felt and what this awesome documentary did for me.

    • b fox
      b fox 25 days ago +5

      How can anybody not be a Beatles fan? god they have something for everybody.

    • Jckhammer
      Jckhammer 29 days ago +2

      @Minty Badger Productions well said . Usually only decent musicians and above will understand. Anyone else who doesn't are just below average and cant be faulted

    • Minty Badger Productions
      Minty Badger Productions Month ago +7

      @NewAgain Without getting into the bigger argument of how you judge objective quality in art, sure The Beatles weren't the greatest musicians, but if you look at music theory they were "objectively" pretty great songwriters for pop/rock music.
      The Beatles are to popular music what Citizen Kane is to films or Jimi Hendrix is to guitarists. By todays standards there are arguably better bands, films and guitarists, however so much of what we take for granted we owe to them. They invented or popularised techniques that are widely used today and inspired many of the great artists who followed. They walked so others could run and that's why they're still hailed to be among the greatest in their respective fields.

    • NewAgain
      NewAgain Month ago

      @Frederick Williscroft oh. Wikipedia said it, so it must be true! 🙄🤣🤣😂🤣😂

  • rifyrafi
    rifyrafi Month ago +463

    Watching Paul just casually slapping on his bass and then suddenly hear "Get Back" being born is like watching a planet forming from space dust. Absolutely amazing especially if you're a songwriter.

    • John Lawson
      John Lawson 7 days ago +1

      Wonderful image.

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    • Ian Bartle
      Ian Bartle 26 days ago

      @rbrearey I noticed with interest Ringo having a go at the snare shuffle on one of the takes of Two Of Us that he later abandoned but utilised to devastating effect on Get Back. IS it to much to argue that Ringo and Paul were symbiotically marrying these ideas between songs. You simply can't imagine Get Back without Ringo's drum pattern now - easily as iconic as Come Together - another great Paul and Ringo synergy.
      Shout out to George's simple but effervescent upstrokes that really give that feel such a beautiful life.

    • William Chin
      William Chin 29 days ago +1

      @Steven Gain God doing dictation lol

    • Steven Gain
      Steven Gain Month ago

      I always thought they came up with such great songs from some sort of divine inspiration. It was surprising to see them plug away at a song like the rest of us.

  • John T
    John T Month ago +142

    McCartney’s vocals on the rooftop take of I’ve got a feeling are insane ….he absolutely let’s rip ,his voice is like a chameleon he just changes to suit whatever he wants to do

  • Julian Haywood
    Julian Haywood Month ago +123

    There were lots of genuinely touching moments during the documentary but, for me, the most moving was seeing Paul and John, during their most intimate, creative moments, staring into each others eyes. It was almost like they were communicating telepathically! Astonishing!

    • majipoorcat
      majipoorcat 12 days ago +2

      The look John gave Paul after that first acoustic take on The Two of Us. (Part 2). The that is really good look. Yes the bond was incredibly strong.

    • MIchael Sacco
      MIchael Sacco 22 days ago

      @Eric Krauss amazing convo!!

    • Eric Krauss
      Eric Krauss Month ago +18

      The hidden microphone during their lunch meeting was great.

  • Don Noack
    Don Noack Month ago +48

    I'm an amateur musician in bands for 55 years. Aside from being entertaining, this documentary is a master class in 1. Band member dynamics and how to manage their impossible tangents; 2. The varied styles of both individual and collective song creation; 3. The appearance of "goofing off" and seeming uselessness of jamming that ironically is the requirement for making amazingly different neural connections and subsequently amazing songs; 4. The masterful velvet glove of a producer like George Martin (also reflected in others around the Beatles); 5. The power of one individual/instrument (Billy Preston on keys) to alter a creative direction and musical experience; 6. The amazing combination of hard work, repetition, serendipity, and luck in how professional musicians work and how so many of the folks around the stars contributed, not to mention how open to such suggestions The Fab Four were; AND 7. The power of the surrounding environment to help or hinder creativity. Jackson did at least as much for the world's musician community as he did for the Beatles' Admiration Society!

    • Zed
      Zed 13 days ago +1

      All hail Peter Jackson. A master craftsmen. He's up there with Tarantino for me, my top 2

  • Michael P
    Michael P Month ago +51

    After watching this, Paul became, by far, my most favorite Beatles. He was so mature and talented!

    • Mat
      Mat 3 days ago +2

      Ringo said Paul was the most important member because he was their work ethic. He said "we only would have released 2 albums without him" and he said Paul was the one who was always calling them up and trying to get them into studio. You can see that in Get Back. He was a workaholic and very driven to be prolific and produce a lot of music. Some people think he's being bossy or egotistical but he's just pushing them to produce and to be great.

    • Edson Ribeiro
      Edson Ribeiro 11 days ago +1

      By faaaaarrrrr

    • ozy cobber
      ozy cobber 24 days ago +3

      And only 26!

  • Harry Joiner
    Harry Joiner Month ago +656

    Dear Sir Paul: If you’re reading this, please let Rick interview you. Thank you.

    • casperld
      casperld 10 days ago

      Everyone wants this!

    • jairosoft
      jairosoft 15 days ago

      I second, or whatever many, that emotion.

    • d law
      d law 16 days ago +1

      THAT could be the best interview Paul ever does. Truth!!!

    • Kenny Jaworski
      Kenny Jaworski 19 days ago +2

      He’s definitely not reading this. But yeah he should do an interview with Rick

    • Jarell Levingston
      Jarell Levingston 28 days ago

      Already happened?

  • 301rs
    301rs Month ago +182

    Rick, you’ll probably never see this comment but I just wanted to compliment the way you pass on your knowledge with such joy and enthusiasm. It’s a rare privilege to witness someone who can teach and generate such excitement in his audience in today’s cynical world. You make me feel like a kid again and I feel such gratitude towards you for taking me back to the late sixties and the seventies to revisit a time I was blessed to have experienced. Thank you…thank you!!!!

    • Jay Perrin
      Jay Perrin Month ago +11

      I believe he has the same passion for music as I do (as many of us do), but it's knowing that he has the knowledge behind it that I appreciate. Sure, I want him to love the music and the band (I was close to naming my son Lennon), but I'm well aware that he knows way more about music theory and production than I ever will. It's that insight that is either interesting or helps bolster my appreciation for him, his opinions, and the subject. He can explain aspect of their music that I never thought of or noticed but couldn't explain. He can look at it from a more critic-centric viewpoint. He can show how music transformed under the Beatles and where the influence led to later music and the industry. We all can watch, listen, feel, and critique all we want, but it's different to have that educated, experienced, well versed view and then explain it to us!

  • NJ CardFan
    NJ CardFan Month ago +62

    Oh, one more thing. Them having a discussion about actually making Billy Preston an official member of the band was mind blowing. They were talking about playing live and Billy was going to play with them(he did on the roof top of course but they were talking about a stage show). John even said he's the 5th Beatle(with all due respect to Alan Freed).

    • ImaCaMan
      ImaCaMan 3 days ago

      @NJ CardFan I understand; I was making reference to the Alan Freed mention. He was out of the R&R picture when the Beatles came along.

    • NJ CardFan
      NJ CardFan 4 days ago

      @ImaCaMan Murry the K tabbed himself the 5th Beatle but Billy Preston was almost literally the 5th Beatle as in being a part of the band.

    • ImaCaMan
      ImaCaMan 4 days ago

      I believe you meant Murray the K as the Fifth Beatle.

    • NJ CardFan
      NJ CardFan 25 days ago +1

      @MisterRlGHTBilly Preston was already a star in his own right so I don't think he was hurting for BJ's.

    • MisterRlGHT
      MisterRlGHT 25 days ago +2

      I was impressed by the same discussion but interpreted it differently -- sounded to me as if they were talking specifically about the album in progress & their intention to bring him in for a full equal share of the proceeds, not to enroll him as a full-fledged Beatle with royalties from past projects & future projects & blowjobs for life & all the other trappings ... but I could be mistaken.

  • So-Ko Moto
    So-Ko Moto 16 days ago +15

    I thought it was like being there for the painting of the Sistine Chapel. Just unbelievable to see such a work coming together, in real time. I felt for George, and laughed with John. Paul was a force of nature, and Ring was just so chill. They all seemed to be able to play everything. During the concert on the roof, I was amazed just how good a live band they were. I marveled at what charisma Paul and John had live.

  • Steven Peyton
    Steven Peyton 28 days ago +23

    Fantastic documentary! Three of the Beatles were who I thought they were, but watching this totally changed how I think of John. He and Paul had their little scuffles (which always happens when two alphas are in the same group), but he was much more likeable and upbeat than I thought he was. And it was very obvious that he and Paul loved each other like brothers.

  • Beebo
    Beebo Month ago +267

    really insightful review. im about an hour into the first episode and it's just amazing to see their songs come to life, especially george's because you could see he looked up to john and paul as mentors. i think ill have a listen to the let it be naked sessions tonight

    • Mellow
      Mellow Month ago

      @LesClaypool OnBass And in that context. Instant reaction to the situation. So good.

    • Luke Savoie
      Luke Savoie Month ago +4

      @Jeremy Thornton I prefer the Spector versions more. The Naked version of The Long and Winding Road is pretty, the Spector version is devastating.

    • Александра Индина
      Александра Индина Month ago +1

      @Jeremy Thornton PREACH!!!

    • LesClaypool OnBass
      LesClaypool OnBass Month ago +4

      @Daisy Rothschild yep. Gotta a 40 minute drive ahead of me. Think I'll put on Let It Be 🙂

    • Daisy Rothschild
      Daisy Rothschild Month ago +6

      I now understand "I, Me, Mine" and what it's about now.

  • Ramiro Dè
    Ramiro Dè Month ago +28

    all my life thinking they hated each other during the Let It Be sessions. It was such a nice thing watching them getting along, being friends. I'm so glad this came out, I've a whole different image of The Beatles now.

  • help me
    help me Month ago +4

    It's been decades since The Beatles Broke up but we still are in awe about what they accomplish in a short amount of time. And that says how Timeless The Beatles are.

  • Mojo Pin
    Mojo Pin Month ago +61

    Watching the series I unlearned what I have been taught for the last 40 years: that John and Paul hated each other at the end. What an awful lie that is. It's like watching two 16 year old boys screwing around in their own private world, both feeling genuine love for the other. It's THERE that those geniuses are happiest. They just want to keep jamming, keep writing, keep perfecting what they started "all those years ago". They are both clearly aware that the band is on the precipice, and at different times in the series both John and Paul show the cracks of that pressure. The playful boys don't want the party to end, but the matured artists and family men know that difficult decisions lay just ahead.

    You can't help feeling sympathy watching George as he's creatively overshadowed by John and Paul. He famously bails for a week and you really can't blame him, but you're so happy that he agrees to return. The few songs George does provide are some of The Beatles most iconic however, proving Harrison was no slouch in the songwriting department.
    Ringo, to nobody's surprise, is just happy to still be along for the ride.

    Watching the series will also enlighten you on what made them UNHAPPY: the business of being a "Beatle" was exhausting. Paul is bursting at the seams with ideas but he's painfully aware of the impossible standards they are forced to live up to. His obsessive leadership for the sake of this live performance/television special they've cooked up is clearly stressing him out. He wants his band to still be capable of making the world say "WOW". Considering the moments in the series that show just how eager the press was to slice The Beatles up like a Christmas turkey, it's easy to understand Paul's desire for their project to be perfect.
    John is still clearly devoted to his band, and the creative alchemy he shares with Paul is breathtaking to watch as a lifelong fan.
    But John is also being pulled between his band and his girlfriend. Thankfully the film shows us exactly why Yoko never made it onto a Beatles track: she may be a lover but she aint no singer!
    Yet for all the negative baggage dumped onto John's most famous lover, Yoko doesn't appear on film to creatively interfere in any way with The Beatles. Her influence on John was more obvious in his business decisions. It's probably been simpler throughout the decades to just blame Yoko for the demise of our most beloved pop group, but watching this series makes me come to terms with what was really just the natural ending to such a colossal creative team.

    Thank goodness this film was made, and thank goodness I finally have it to watch and celebrate the greatest pop group of all time.

    • Douglas Milne
      Douglas Milne 27 days ago +4

      Yoko did in fact make it onto a Beatles record. That's her on The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill, singing the line "Not when he looks so fierce"

    • Dimitri Moreira
      Dimitri Moreira Month ago +5

      @Gangnam Child she definitely can NOT sing. Listen to her albums with Lennon!!!

    • NJtoTX
      NJtoTX Month ago +3

      Keep in mind that the breakup occurred after Abbey road. That would be amazing to see come together. No pun intended.

    • Gangnam Child
      Gangnam Child Month ago +1

      Yoko can definitely sing. Listen to her albums with Lennon

    • NJ CardFan
      NJ CardFan Month ago +1

      @Mojo Pinyou can see it on TheXvid. It's hilarious. Lorne Michaels offers the Beatles $3,000 to reform and goes so far as to say when it comes to splitting up the money that they could give Ringo less if they wanted. Look it up. You won't be worry. Incidentally $3,000 in 1976 is about $14K today.

  • Packman
    Packman Month ago +41

    One thing I really got from all this was how it restores The Beatles as the greatest rock band ever. Seems over the past couple of decades, people either forgot or just didnt care to explore or understand how truly influential and profound their music was and is, and many would say that the Rolling Stones or Led Zeppelin were better. That the Beatles music was too simplistic and how their music didn't age very well and hold up to time like other 60's bands. Well, in all seriousness, those 2 bands and so many more that followed were hugely influenced by the lads from Liverpool. I was born in 1960, and I can still remember in my neighborhood as a kid, hearing garage bands after school and on the weekends all trying to sound like the Beatles. The anxious expectation for the next Beatles album was palpable and everyone talked about it. I mean EVRYONE. I'm so glad this film was made because it restores them to their rightful place, up there with Beethoven and Mozart and Brian Wilson as true musical geniuses.

    • Graeme Oxley
      Graeme Oxley 2 days ago +1

      I totally agree. It shows you what phenomenal musicians they were. They could play ANYTHING, and often do whilst goofing around. And watching songs like Get Back and The Two of Us appear out of the ether (that first acoustic run through - wow!)? Well, what can you say?

    • --
      -- 15 days ago

      @charles mountain says Anthony Perkins...

    • charles mountain
      charles mountain 15 days ago

      @-- Your psycho-babble precedes you...

    • --
      -- 18 days ago

      @charles mountain you know nothing

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      -- 18 days ago

      Anyone who knows, knows.
      This tends to be generational.
      However, any true student of music through the ages- and in this case, a transcendant talent born of pop culture, knows and gets it.
      As to the the irrelevant pop putz of the day, Bille Eyelash or whatever the frig her name is, nobody will care about your drivel in short order.
      To an historian, could we get enough Picasso?
      We have heard the Beatles literally backwards and forward and backwards again- and it never gets old
      Peter Jackson, from 60 hours of video, chose to include about 10 minutes of the Harrison-less Beatles, just wasting time and Paul commenting on it.
      This real world glimpse in real time lethargy is priceless- regardless of the bleetings of a self- important rock star dujour opines

  • spankywzl
    spankywzl Month ago +276

    I liked the part where Ringo starts playing a song he wrote, and George immediately grabs a guitar so he can help his friend flesh it out. That was who George was, and I miss him most.

    • maikol maru
      maikol maru Month ago +6

      @DoggieNYC "the best ballad I have ever sung" said at some point Frank Sinatra. He knew it.

    • gr8fullfred
      gr8fullfred Month ago

      @TylerTaylor I think he was right

    • harvey1954
      harvey1954 Month ago +2

      Let George do it.

    • DoggieNYC
      DoggieNYC Month ago

      @Brummie Rabbit Man If you look it up now though, it is Yesterday. I could be mistaken.

    • DoggieNYC
      DoggieNYC Month ago +4

      @Brummie Rabbit Man No, it was something, sure of that.

  • John Ferguson
    John Ferguson 19 days ago +13

    One of the things that struck me the most in the films was how patient and humble Ringo was throughout all the sessions. He didn't once look bored or disengaged despite having very little active input into the songwriting process. He knew his role and he just got on with what he did best when he was needed. There was the occasional bit of footage where he was playing in between songs where you really got a glimpse of how fantastic a drummer he was. It was also really cool to see him and George working up parts of Octopus's Garden together.

  • William Hunt
    William Hunt Month ago +14

    I cried. They've been part of my life since I was 14. I'm seventy now. RIP John and George.

  • Zach Shpizner
    Zach Shpizner 14 days ago +10

    The fact that so many of the parts we assumed were Paul double tracking his on his piano parts with his Hofner or Rickenbacker with that trademarked thumpy tone are actually John on a Fender Bass VI completely turns so much of what we thought we knew about recreating their sound on it’s head! What a revelation from this thing!

    • Zach Shpizner
      Zach Shpizner 2 days ago

      Hey man, people have been speculating and theorizing about who was playing what on which songs in the initial takes and what was overdubbed by who for decades. It’s literally become it’s own field of study. We’ve now seen the undeniable truth with our own eyes, and it’s not the answer everyone was expecting, so I think a little surprise is justifiable.

    • Allan Todd
      Allan Todd 2 days ago

      But the point of the Get Back / Let It Be project was to record things live. There are overdubs of course, but - other than the spectorification of the LIB LP - not many. So you shouldn't be surprised that John plays the bass parts when Paul is on piano.

    • Zach Shpizner
      Zach Shpizner 13 days ago

      Fender Bass VIs are about to be very in-demand, especially among the Beatles tribute band community. Too bad real ones start at like $5k, and it only goes up from there. Fast.

  • Nikki DeHart
    Nikki DeHart Month ago +19

    I too was fascinated by much of this. I was 9 in 1964 and grew with the Beatles. I sang all the lyrics and was heart broken when they broke up. Started guitar lessons in 1967 because of them and still play today (although a bit more unplugged!). I enjoyed watching you light up as you described your reaction. I felt the same way but in some ways it made me a bit melancholy. While I still get goosebumps when I listen to their music it's not likely we will ever see such a phenomenon again.

  • Dave Collett
    Dave Collett 2 days ago

    I absolutely loved "Get Back" I've watched the rooftop concert several times now. The first time when the documentary was over I cried a little as if grieving😪That magic will never happen again and two of them are gone😪

  • D3L Productions
    D3L Productions Month ago +26

    The fact that Paul said “in 50 years” about the break up of the Beatles being because Yoko sat on an amp and also when he said “And then there were 2” 😯 prophetic

  • Morgan D.
    Morgan D. Month ago +10

    I had read so much about the Beatles’ history, particularly in this period, and yet the documentary completely surprised me with the boys' interactions and dynamics. And to see those classics being birthed right before my eyes was completely surreal.

  • Veer Chasm
    Veer Chasm Month ago +25

    I was more impressed by their lack of guitars and the “toys” that we have today, just talented musicians/engineers/songwriters

    • L R
      L R 19 days ago

      @bazingacurta 🔔🔚

    • JaydenWhitlen
      JaydenWhitlen 26 days ago +2

      @bazingacurta boo hoo

    • Claude Lamoreux
      Claude Lamoreux Month ago

      They made the most with what little they had.

    • Veer Chasm
      Veer Chasm Month ago +1

      @bazingacurta yeah, stinkin’ non-credit card carrying boomers

    • bazingacurta
      bazingacurta Month ago +1

      Typical Rick Beato video boomer comment.

  • Steven Kaufman
    Steven Kaufman Month ago +10

    I’m still blown away of the incredible music that was produced in roughly a 7 year span by these guys.

  • doalwa
    doalwa Month ago +15

    That whole documentary was like watching over Leonardo da Vinci’s shoulder while he was painting the Mona Lisa, an incredible Time Capsule. Co-sign on your comment about their age, it’s hard to fathom just how much those guys accomplished in their youth.

    • Ian Bartle
      Ian Bartle 26 days ago

      For what it's worth, anyone know how old Leonardo was when he painted the Mona Lisa - and how long he'd been painting?
      Seems fair to get those facts if we're going to attempt to make any sort of comparison, meaningful or otherwise! :-)

  • Graham Phelps
    Graham Phelps Month ago +2

    Yes, agreed times ten. Absolutely great doc. Very inspiring for all old or young and aspiring players and songwriters.

  • Paul Tatara
    Paul Tatara Month ago +15

    As a Beatlemaniac of 43 years and counting, I was thrilled to watch it. There are so many great moments, but I was shocked by how moved I was at the joy they showed when they started to come together (no pun intended) as a band on the roof. The energy and joy they create is incredible. It charged my batteries to see it at a time when they really needed charging.

  • HaleysTusk
    HaleysTusk Month ago +317

    I decided I wasn't going to binge this, so I'm halfway through the 2nd episode. Initial thoughts, Dang, Paul was the ultimate diplomat, go between, trying to push them forward. I LOVED we got to hear so many songs from Abbey Road being worked on, messing around to find lyrics...loved that. As much as I love Lennon, you can see how he might've been 'difficult' and you do really feel for George, trying to 'respectfully' stand his ground as a contributor to THE Beatles, enjoyed them bringing in his "I, Me, Mine".... I'm going to catch bits and pieces, stop and digest. When I'm done, THEN I'll Binge it. Also, Billy Preston is THE man, his organ sounds were vital to the Beatles songs he was on, loved him on the legendary rooftop concert, I'm really excited to see him coming into the show.

    • Ian Bartle
      Ian Bartle 26 days ago +1

      @Mark S C George finally had his day on the next album, didn't he? And to be fair, Paul really elevated both of George's Abbey Road songs. Lovely vocal harmony and bass driven on HCTS and extraordinary part that threatens to take over Something, but actually just lifts a great song into an outstanding track. Great solo too. Surely these are the moments that gave George the confidence to attempt what became All Things Must Pass. George's discovery of Fender tones (most likely thru Eric Clapton) and slide guitar (Delaney Bramlett had a big part in that) also gave a new lease of life on his instrument so he could move confidently into a new decade without having to recycle too many Beatles sounds + that characteristic diminished 7th chord!

    • Dimitri Moreira
      Dimitri Moreira Month ago

      @DaleRC75 that's pretty accurate actually. According to George and Ringo at least. Paul's been acting lately like the band's just broke up and he's still mad at John. I mean, last year he gave an interview and he's still giving away punches to John while Ringo put up an amazing message of love to his friend. Paul looks like a kid who can't get over. But back then, Paul used to call John genius and viceversa. Best friend's are like that. But you must know better. It's all nonsense, right? I'm sure all of them Paul, George and Ringo are wrong but you, random internet guy, is right calling it nonsense.

    • James M.
      James M. Month ago +1

      Yes I’m doing 15 minutes a day…My brain can’t handle any more than that. Because this is Jerry!

    • Michael R
      Michael R Month ago

      @Richard Prychitko I could be wrong but I think it had more to do with the law suit than the fact that he was 'difficult'.

    • Mark S C
      Mark S C Month ago +1

      @Richard Prychitko ..No... it was a bit of " Jealousy" ...Paul was goodlooking ...and knew exactly what the hell he was doing .... personally I can understand the rest being a bit upset with Paul's brilliance .

  • SGT OG
    SGT OG Month ago +16

    I just finished the second part. I get the whole “Yoko Ono is just sitting there”, but bringing your wife/girlfriend to work every day gets old, so I get the frustration in the first part.

    • Bruce Kalter
      Bruce Kalter 29 days ago +1

      The ONLY parts that I fast-forwarded thru are the parts when Yoko did her yelling-fits into the microphone. Unlistenable.

    • Scriptease123
      Scriptease123 Month ago +7

      It's fairly common for creative people to have a muse. She wasn't there for anyone but John.

  • cdpmedia2011
    cdpmedia2011 Month ago +4

    I considered myself kind of a super fan. But this video revealed so much that was different than the old narrative. John and Paul obviously truly loved and admired each other. They loved being togther. Just amazing.

  • Ken Knudsen
    Ken Knudsen Month ago +10

    What struck me was that, contrary to most of the previous mythology, they were not fighting all the time during these sessions. There was genuine love, respect, and friendship between them, and it came through over and over during the nearly 8 hours of this series. You could also use it as a case study in how creativity works.

  • John Irvine
    John Irvine Month ago +7

    The goofing around was fun to watch, but I would love a cut of just all the footage of the writing, learning, and teaching of the new songs (including the future Abbey Road stuff). Watching songs come together in front of your eyes is really something. The "Old Brown Shoe" bit was fabulous - I wanted more. What a song.

  • Ras7685
    Ras7685 Month ago +2

    Well after watching part 3 , you really have to watch it . Jackson did a really good job putting it together and showing the goofy side of the Beatles , that we all haven't seen before.

  • Gardetto Jones
    Gardetto Jones Month ago +2

    Fantastic doc! Really felt like I was hanging out with the Beatles for January, 1969. George might have been 25, but he could grow a mustache at an almost alarming rate. Hats off to Billy Preston!

  • F M
    F M Month ago +1

    What a great view on this documentary, well done Rick. The impact this group has had on music is immeasurable.

  • Ok Go
    Ok Go 21 day ago +2

    I really like the magic that Billy Preston brought to their songs, it was immediately evident and very clever.... fitted so well with their arrangements.👍🇬🇧

  • Chris Hyde
    Chris Hyde Month ago +248

    The world needs to see a conversation between Rick and Paul, and preferably with Ringo too. It would be a thing of beauty and wonder. How can we make this happen soon?

    • Ian Bartle
      Ian Bartle 26 days ago

      @ghost mall The one with Peter Frampton was a real gem.

    • Ian Bartle
      Ian Bartle 26 days ago +1

      @mikaso This Paul was and is as real as it gets. What the Paul is dead folks don't seem to ever acknowledge is that their so-called imposter is far and away better than the pretend Paul who was in the band till 1966. Late 66 into 67 is when the music really took off and went in some entirely new and utterly unpredictable directions. Although psychedelic Lennon had a BIG role to play in that golden period, Macca more than held his own. Very few could have answered SFF with Penny Lane, both are equally brilliant but in different ways. Incidentally SFF is one of the few well-known songs that doesn't have an especially vital bassline from Macca. LSD from Sgt Pepper though = 'nother story altogether.
      SO where did they make the switch again...?

    • Nalin Sharma
      Nalin Sharma 27 days ago

      No doubt, we need both the legends being interviewed, they are old Rick mustn't miss this chance!

    • Johnny Hartley
      Johnny Hartley Month ago +1

      I have done some interviewing, and was SO impressed with the Sting interview, to do that live, without prompt notes is so impressive, as there is nothing worse than a pre-planned interview when the interviewer has a script of questions, and stick to that script. I think if McCartney saw that Sting interview he would realise that Rick is a knowledgeable, enthusiastic interviewer, precisely the right one to talk with, as he wouldn't ask the same standard questions that have been answered many times, but would come from a real musical basis, from a fellow musician, rather than a hack journalist.

    • Jeff Cobb
      Jeff Cobb Month ago

      The Hulu mini-series with Rick Rubin and Paul McCartney is very much worth checking out. Just them, a piano, and a mixer board.

  • Richard Poole
    Richard Poole Month ago +11

    @Rick I'm going to be honest with you & say I've never been a Beatles fan but....watched the Documentary and now have a new outlook at their craft & approach.
    I was wrong to ignore them for so long! 👍🏻

  • Bryan Vickers
    Bryan Vickers Month ago +9

    It struck me that beneath the surface they all seemed to know this was their swan song. From things said, to moments of silence, they all kind of have a sense that this thing was coming to an end. I think maybe that's why Paul wanted this film to go over and for the live performance to be a great finale. They're all on their way out and they know it. Which makes it all the more enjoyable to see the moments when they just enjoy the music and the dynamic they had at their best.

  • Jose Antonio Alcántara

    For me, this documentary was mind blowing. I finished watching it yesterday and I’m still digesting its content.

    After watching it, I realized why these guys were so BIG. You can place them aside of the great composers and performers of all times. Keep in mind this is musically unusual, just a few of the great composers were recognized as great performers, Liszt or Chopin for instance. How can you tell? In my personal opinion, the songs weren’t completely polished. Using as a reference the quality of previous albums, you can tell Let it be is completely different without knowing the story behind. And still, the difference on what they have recorded the previous days compared to the recordings of the rooftop ones were absolutely superior. It felt like they were playing these song for a very long time and you see a day difference. These are live recordings. It’s extremely difficult to achieve this quality, technically and performance wise. These guys were professional musicians in all the sense of the word.

    • paul morgan
      paul morgan 21 day ago

      honed by playing 3 times a night in Hamburg, that's how you get good and that's how Hendrix did it as well as a backing guitarist on the chitlin circuit.

  • steve weiser
    steve weiser Month ago +8

    Absolutely spot on!! ..I just finished watching the first half of " Get Back" I can say without a doubt that one of the many things that stood out for me while watching this was how the energy really improved with the addition of Bill y Preston ...All the Beatles seened to light up and there was a new happiness in each of the Beatles faces... and also how good Billy was at improvising ..he knew instinctively how to magnify the intention of the composers.

  • adamgrocco
    adamgrocco 3 days ago

    I really want to see this, been watching lots of clips.
    Seeing how they riff on ideas and develop the songs is something I knew you'd enjoy Rick.
    I also saw a really good podcast with Peter Jackson that shone some light on how he pieced all the video and audio together.

  • Philip Aaberg
    Philip Aaberg Month ago +10

    Nice, Rick! One of the things I loved about the doc is that it shows how hard musicians really work. And what you call "goofing off" is part of the process. The unreality of most music docs doesn't show the tedium and hours of work it takes and gives young musicians a very bad example of immediate gratification. No such thing.

  • carl harris
    carl harris Month ago +7

    I watched the whole 9 hours in one session had to watch it all once I started,loved every second but was really emotional thinking how blessed I was to grow up with the Beatles,the best band ever.

  • Al Ward
    Al Ward Month ago +14

    I first heard the Beatles on the radio in 1963 singing She Loves You. My life has never been the same. I am now 68 and still listen to them every day and play solo jazz guitar gigs mainly playing their tunes. I always get Killer comments from customers when I play those wonderful songs. Thier music is timeless, no matter your age. I Love the lads from Liverpool and will till the day I go home to be with the Lord Jesus...God bless you all.

  • Paul Brighton
    Paul Brighton Month ago +243

    I’ve worked for Paul for 18 years, but I can’t mention how or where for privacy reasons. Paul treats everyone with respect. Is extremely loyal, kind and diplomatic. Watching this shows me he’s always been that way. Especially, the conversation between John and Paul in the cafeteria. Paul was so respectful in the way he spoke to John. Paul just wanted to keep the Beatles together. He’s exactly that way in real life.

    • Pallab Sarkar
      Pallab Sarkar Month ago +1

      @Brian Otten I think one is being too kind to call Only a Northern Song or BJ Way 'great'. One may have a personal fondness for them, sure, but in terms of personal expression they say nothing really.
      When we look through the Beatles catalogue and find gems like Nowhere Man or For No One ... that is where the 'greatness' of the band lies. These are not necessarily 'hit' songs, but they tell a story and tickle the imagination.
      Taxman is perhaps a song that does the same.
      One should possibly consider that with Paul and John in the room one would always benefit from a suggestion that would make the moribund tolerable and the passable something inspiring.
      If you ever look through the Beatles recording sessions, you will notice George would take 2 months or more working on Apple #1 (which would turn into say Within You Without You) while Paul and John were effortlessly churning out Penny Lane, Day of a Life and 8 other modern classics. George was not a born songwriter (like the other two) but he did learn from the experience and have worthwhile output in his own write.
      As a side-thought, Something is an iconic song partly/mostly because of it's arrangement, the bass particularly providing a lot of motion/emotion that the lyrics themselves lack. The best part about the Beatles is they complemented each other, were greater than the sum of the parts. George or John might suggest something to lift a Paul tune from being overly schmaltzy and we can see Paul was a powerhouse of ideas.
      In the end they were 4 lads who made each other better, greater than the sum of the parts. Of course they would outgrow that and find individual paths of their own.

    • Pallab Sarkar
      Pallab Sarkar Month ago

      @Brian Otten I agree with what you say. What is evident in this docu is Paul was the energy trying to make a passable idea good and a good one better. George was no genius (his talent emerged through hard work, it would take him months to come up with 2 verses, and even then the words hardly say anything! 'Something' owes a lot to Paul's melodic bass turning a lyrically forgetful song into something iconic.)
      Of course eventually John, Paul and George found influences that allowed them to find separate identities. They had accomplished everything there was to do as a band, and sometimes the devil you don't know is more alluring. And of course Paul was dead against being managed by Klein which is a pretty fundamental thing to have a disagreement about.

    • Doug BM
      Doug BM Month ago +2

      John was more chilled and kind than some have painted him. He was actually insecure but his brain was always firing, hence his constant wit.

    • C Moon
      C Moon Month ago

      @Brian Otten nonsense, the voice only started giving up as we came into the 21st century. Go listen to Tug of War or Flaming Pie.

    • jalabi99
      jalabi99 Month ago

      @Paul Brighton every little bit helps! XD

  • John Tousseau
    John Tousseau 10 hours ago

    The part the hit me the hardest is when Paul and Ringo are having a conversation with a bunch of others too, John and George aren't there, and Paul makes some comment like "no one in 50 years is going to say the Beatles broke up because Yoko sat on an amp." It's the most prophetic thing ever, a little spooky.

    Loved the moment where Ringo is working on Octopus's Garden. Paul pulls Get Back out of nowhere, John helping George with the lyrics for Something, all the goofy antics. Every time, Paul would start it, and John would join in while the others laughed.

    Also there was a fun moment in the first part where they are talking about how cool Billy Preston is, then later he shows up and they're like come jam with us. Then they're like how would like to be on this album? Unfortunately Billy did say much (or it wasn't captured on camera). But damn his keyboard playing added so much.

  • Beatley Tone's Beatles Channel

    I feel like we've just watched a really long episode of Big Brother where the Beatles are the contestants. We see them at work, at play, writing songs on the hoof, eavesdrop their conversations- conversations that we have no right to hear. Just absolutely brilliant from start to finish and with only a tiny element of bias - this is probably the greatest music documentary ever made - magnificent in every way. Hats off to Peter Jackson for the quality of the footage , same to Giles Martin for the mixing of the soundtrack. Now its all over, I feel kind of empty and ready now to see a few more hours of the bits Jackson left off.

  • Swanage Jazz Festival
    Swanage Jazz Festival Month ago +4

    Love this Rick! I also recently watched 'Get Back' and really enjoyed it. True Ringo says next to nothing, and was patience personified, but he was the Beatles' Charlie Watts wasn't he?

  • Artur Cunha
    Artur Cunha 11 days ago +1

    Discovered The Beatles when I was 12 more or less, and rediscovered them now at 40, and as an adult, only now I understood how BIG and important they were in the History of music… they still are. It’s sad they ended when they were at their best… would’ve been amazing to see them in the 70’s…

  • Bob Q
    Bob Q 8 days ago +1

    I grew up with The Beatles. This series is amazing. More importantly to me, it puts a lie to the rumors and leaks surrounding the break-up. Now I have seen with my own eyes how they treated each other, Yoko, and everyone involved in the rehearsal and production of the show. I see four talanted young men who plainly loved each other, even to the end of their association as a group. Makes me feel good about one of my favorite groups.

  • arcanics1971
    arcanics1971 Month ago +7

    I was never a huge Beatles fan, but you know everyone like the Beatles a bit. I didn't think I would make it through the first part but I watched them all and I already want to watch again. Man, this was the best music documentary ever.

  • Robert Morena
    Robert Morena 2 days ago

    I've watched the documentary twice already. Just loved how much fun they had as they were creating history. It was fascinating how good of musicians they all were. Literally they could play musical chairs and where they sat they could play that instrument.

  • Luiz Antonio Caniza
    Luiz Antonio Caniza Month ago +7

    It's really incredible to see how amazing they were. The best band ever in all senses.

  • Matto
    Matto Month ago +210

    One of the most wholesome things I’ve ever seen is when Ringo got the courage to show them Octopus’s Garden on the piano. Then George without skipping a beat comes over immediately and starts working it through with him. I just loved that part.

    • True Funk Soul
      True Funk Soul Month ago

      @C Moon OUCH! You love silly childish bullshit ditties, and you are backed up by "millions of others" who also enjoy fluffy nursery rhyme type nonsense? OK. Are you like 4 years old?

    • C Moon
      C Moon Month ago +2

      @True Funk Soul you obviously have crap musical taste though, I'm afraid. I (and millions of others) love both those songs.

    • Treetop Jones
      Treetop Jones Month ago

      @True Funk Soul What John said in essence ( in interview ), he said that Paul tried everything he could think of to make it better, but it didn't work.

    • Chavezoid
      Chavezoid Month ago +3

      @True Funk Soul ...LOL. I love the dark lyrics to Maxwell's Silver Hammer.

    • True Funk Soul
      True Funk Soul Month ago

      @Matto You can't polish a turd. That really was my point.

  • Jon Bradley
    Jon Bradley 20 days ago +4

    Something that might not be clear to many people is that all the goofing around and joking is so much about their Liverpool roots. This is how we all behave with each other all the time. Scousers are all natural comedians and seeing the Beatles being true to their Scouse selves is very comforting. 4 Liverpool lads who somehow took on the world but never lost their Liverpool connection. 😍

  • Felipe Urteaga
    Felipe Urteaga Month ago +1

    Excellent review man. You covered up very well... I'm gonna listen to the Naked album right now!! Another thing I was wondering while watching this was.... Why was George considered the quite Beatle? Ringo said almost nothing, but what a great drummer. Simple but so effective and he would come up with the melodies on the spot.

  • Christopher Mayone

    I don't think there is any way to overstate just how important the "random arrival" of Billy Preston was to this whole record being made. First ..... the fact that they KNEW they needed a keyboard player and didn't think to reach out to him (since they knew him) is pretty strange. They were talking about a keyboard player like it was some kind of alien being .... John mentions " I know they have them I've seen one on the telly" Then Billy shows up and the entire vibe in the studio changed (as you said, for the better). You listen to how much his keys added to the songs on this record as we all now know and love them ...... from Get Back to Don't Let Me Down to every other one ...... he is SO vital to the sound of so many of the songs. And watching all those hours of them goofing around and kind of jabbing at each other I'm not sure they would have ever seen the end of this project had he not showed up to say hi. And save them. It was mentioned a few times in the movie but never that seriously but ...... I sure hope they paid him well for appearing on the album. He earned every penny! Really enjoy hearing your comments about the movie. I can't wait to go thru it a third time😊 The other person that it is so important not to forget is of course Brian Epstein. While long gone before this movie, he guided them through so much craziness and when they lost him they really lost their direction and a much needed calming influence. Really changed the spin of the band's trajectory, probably for the worse.

  • Stringtrees
    Stringtrees 27 days ago +1

    It was amazing to watch and I actually watched twice. It was a superb antidote to the original Let it be movie that I think maybe Michael Lindsay Hogg manipulated for his own ends. The argument between George and Paul appeared more in context and Paul seemed to me to be aware of how he was coming across. Plus I have read elsewhere that George and Patti were going through a bad patch and it was probably that which contributed to George's demeanour. The interplay between John and Paul was a joy to watch and I thought Yoko was inobtrusive. Of course John's subsequent complaints that Paul was staring at Yoko when he was singing Get Back was more than likely his post break up paranoia and thankfully the bond between John and Paul never broke. Ringo was just superb and his occasion interaction with the camera brought a few smiles to my face. As a life long fan, this was a treat and I am so glad that we got to see it. I had assumed that much of the film had been destroyed but thankfully we have this wonderful production. Finally, two poignant moments-firstly Paul's eyes watering when he said "and then there were two" and secondly the recorded conversation between George and John where the former is bemoaning the fact that at the current rate it would be another ten (not sure if it was ten) albums before he got to record his current songs and them talking about him doing a solo album and keeping the "Beatle thing" going which apparently was news to Paul when he saw the footage. The Beatles legacy is what it is because of the break up but nevertheless it is nice to imagine what albums could have been had they stayed together but in this universe we will never know.

  • steve stroh
    steve stroh Month ago +2

    I never realized they came up with so many songs that ended up on Abbey Road at these sessions.

  • Aidan Griffiths
    Aidan Griffiths Month ago +4

    really was incredible, and i loved that there was no commentary. felt like i was there watching the guys play and experiencing their conversations

  • Jaffa Cake Wrapper
    Jaffa Cake Wrapper Month ago +4

    Such an important film. A real insight into their character and a phenomenal look at how the greatest song writers of all time worked. Magic.

  • Shakeel Kacmarsky
    Shakeel Kacmarsky Month ago +7

    What an amazing doco for a lifelong Beatles fan..or anyone who wants to know how the Beatles worked on songs. Every song is a collaboration. Look at how they help George with Something when he cant get past the phrase "attracts me like a pomegranate" ! ..or how George helps out Ringo on the piano and chords for Octopus' Garden. And how they can ALL compose on piano. And how they are all so loving and considerate to each other. Love how you get to see the equipment and instruments and each of their own fashion sense. George especially is the dapper "cool" one. Love that. And how much FUN they have together.
    The dynamics are soooo different to eg the Rolling Stones in Godards film.
    The Beatles truly represented the best of people.
    Very very special.
    I'm in love with them all over again.

  • Tal Moore
    Tal Moore Month ago +276

    This documentary reminded me that it doesn't matter who you are, even if you're the Beatles, band practice is also fucking chaos. I loved it.

    • ThatRipOff
      ThatRipOff Month ago +7

      Exactly! It was reassuring to see that even The Beatles would fall into the trap of jamming for hours on end or playing random songs unnecessarily slow in funny voices, instead of actually practicing the songs they desperately needed to learn for a show within a week.

      We’ve all been there lol.

    • Otiz Car
      Otiz Car Month ago

      @Joelle Brodeur i cant wait to see it !

    • Joelle Brodeur
      Joelle Brodeur Month ago +4

      It was fascinating chaos and hilarious at times, too.

    • Otiz Car
      Otiz Car Month ago +3

      Yes because they had been together since like they were 17 years old. played 8 hour gigs in Hamburg yes they had created amazing chemistry for sure..but dont kid yourself they were genius in kid like exterior they took care of business..i think greatness makes ut look easy but you were watching once a century phenomenon

    • Maureen McCrink
      Maureen McCrink Month ago +11

      @Matthew Montague I would add Ringo has the patience of a saint. And a sly understated sense of humor - which may have been his only recourse.

  • burado1974
    burado1974 Month ago +1

    It was such a great experience! I never used to like Let It Be, it’s one of my favourites now, such a great record.

  • bmac63
    bmac63 Month ago +5

    Ive just rewatched episodes 2 & 3 and this fabulous documentary just keeps getting better, watching it again you pick up so much more...fabulous..

  • Shadec1
    Shadec1 3 days ago

    Being born in '91 I'm so glad i was given the opportunity to see the process and practices of my favourite band.

    I grew up with the "Let it be...naked" (released 2003) album and it was so difficult to find the original albums i was unable, at the time. But I've always wanted to hear the originals like they were that lead, the group, to where they're today.

  • Sicon000
    Sicon000 Month ago +6

    The most interesting part was seeing their creative process and immense talent. Watching Paul just jam out primordial versions of Get Back and I've got a Feeling. So awesome.

  • Doc Gravenshmit
    Doc Gravenshmit Month ago +8

    I completely agree with your take. Among other superlatives, they were extraordinarily prolific songwriters. In addition to their awesome creativity, they worked and played so much in the studio. and they enjoyed the work. They were like children at play, but at the same time they were masters of their craft. Their output is insane when you think about it.

    • Paul Tatara
      Paul Tatara Month ago +2

      I'm not saying they didn't, but I have to wonder if they fooled around quite that much on more technologically difficult albums like "Revolver" and "Sg.t Pepper." "Get Back" (or "Let It Be," if you will) was intended to be free of overdubs, and they were going to include little in-studio jams and things like that. When they were having to worry about different audio effects or having an orchestra show up - like on "Sgt. Pepper" - I bet there simply wasn't as much available time to be singing in silly voices! (I forget exactly which song it was, but George once spent hours listening to a backwards guitar break, then trying to duplicate it on his own. I bet he wasn't much in the mood to hear Paul and John do over-the-top Elvis impersonations while he was doing that! You know what I mean?)

  • Chuck Kirkpatrick
    Chuck Kirkpatrick 10 days ago +1

    "...then there were two.....". Chilling when you realize that the two missing from the morning meeting that day were the two no longer with us now. Watching Paul visibly shaking and near tears before getting up and walking off camera was the single most emotional scene for me.

  • Alex Cook
    Alex Cook 9 days ago

    I fell in love with The Beatles all over again after watching this doc. I feel like it was a huge gift to the world, especially in these crazy times.

  • Jim LaBelle
    Jim LaBelle Month ago +8

    Check out the look on Billy Preston's face when 5 minutes after entering the room he gets asked by John to play on the whole album- be the 5th member of the band. A once in a lifetime moment.

    • Ian Bartle
      Ian Bartle 26 days ago

      YES! - an honour accorded to precisely one person in the whole of human history! Great you picked that out. You may've started an I'net meme - "E looked like Billy Preston the day he was asked to join the Beatles!' Cat + cream!

  • Grace Geek
    Grace Geek Month ago +318

    Jackson has re-written the history of the end of the Beatles. I saw very little animosity. These guys were friends from the time they were 13-14 years old...they got along like longtime friends. Even Paul and Ringo have gone on record this week as saying they allowed "Let It Be" the movie, to alter their memory of the end of the band, and Jackson's film reminded them what a great time they still had together at this time. The thrill for me was to be able to actually watch the Beatles work in the studio for hours.

    • berkeleybernie
      berkeleybernie 21 day ago

      @Russell Garvey Yep. These were complex relationships and they were able to compartmentalize to some extent while playing- enjoy and respect the creative process while at the same time having individual desires and resentments. I observed a *lot* of tension and passive-aggressive behavior over the course of the documentary. Even some of the goofing off was passive-aggressive (especially John). They got calmer as 1) Preston joined the group, 2) the material started coalescing and gave them a short-term goal.

    • Bernard St-laurent
      Bernard St-laurent Month ago

      Thank you. I agree with everything you’re saying. What an privileged demonstration of the creative process.

    • ray Nic
      ray Nic Month ago

      Well if you just believe their own opinions on the subject merely from talk show interviews. You'd know the big break up and Yoko involvement was so over played. This ain't all that revealing if one was paying attention.

    • Morgan Beardslee
      Morgan Beardslee Month ago +2

      2 things - it shows how truth can be manipulated into a narrative. Ringo had a book of postcards that shows just how close and loving they were to each other they were around this time and yrs after

    • Sean Rockwell
      Sean Rockwell Month ago +8

      @Shayne O'Neill A lot of people seem to have missed Ringo’s very pointed remark (I think it was toward the beginning of episode 2) that “we’ve been miserable for 18 months.” That pretty much perfectly coincides with John shacking up with Yoko and getting on heroin. Paul mentions in episode 2 that they haven’t written much together since Yoko. The White Album sessions were at least as fraught as the Get Back sessions according to some accounts, we just don’t have hundreds of hours of recordings from them, nor any film. Yoko’s presence seemed intensely uncomfortable and unwelcome to me, if nothing else, the proximity and sheer duration of it. The proverbial party guest who never fucking leaves, but in this case the quirky groupie who never leaves. Her deliberately irritating and grating “performances” were (and still are) cringeworthy and deeply pathetic, something out of the histrionic personality hall-of-fame. The fact that they were kinda, sorta nice about it is more a commentary on their professionalism and respect for John, who did not display a mutual regard for his band-mates. She is comprehensively revolting, and her subsequent cruelty toward Julian (presaged by John and Yoko’s deliberate cruelty to Cynthia Lennon) is unforgivable.

  • Arpeggio Blues
    Arpeggio Blues Month ago +4

    I watched this series, I was always a really big fan since I saw them on Ed Sullivan as a 7 year old.. and of course, read and heard all about them as a maniac fan.. I have never felt so 'close' to them as this series provided for me.. And I was blown away at the mastery of Paul McCartney's compositional prowess.. wow.. how fast he comes up with them.. just wow.. all of them

  • Alexander Jaco Allegra

    They say when two people put their minds together things are twice as effective. Well the Beatles had 4 perfect minds to put their energy into a single thing which lead to their perfection

  • Allen Black
    Allen Black Month ago +2

    I waited until after watching documentary before watching your video. My first moments watching the documentary is I was blown away that we could be transported back to 1969, the quality of the audio and video watching the Beatles like never before. I grew up as an Elvis and Beatles fan, I was born in 1965. This documentary was emotional as well as educational. I didn't want it to end. I will watch it again soon. Just Amazing, It was nice to see John, we lost him too soon, it was certainly nice seeing the other 3.

  • metaspherz
    metaspherz Month ago +11

    I too enjoyed the Get Back documentary. It was entertaining, insightful, and nostalgic! However, during Part 2 Paul McCartney commented about how in 50 years he would still want to be making music with the lads! To me, it was a very profound moment. It made John and George's present-day absence all the more sentimental!

  • Christian Mani
    Christian Mani Month ago +290

    Did anyone else find this experience surreal: the urge to suggest the song lyrics, so common to us now, to Paul or John when they were struggling with coming up with them for their new tunes that would ultimately become emblazoned in our collective minds? It's sort of a "Get Back to the future" experience.

    • Richard Boon
      Richard Boon Month ago +3

      It is as close to time traveling as it gets. Surreal is the right word what that is concerned. Can't think of a single piece of art that connects you so directly to history as this series. It's the definition of a "fly on the wall" experience. Truly extraordinary.

    • Chavezoid
      Chavezoid Month ago +1

      Yes. Like a Cauliflower???? I yelled "no other lover" at the screen. Same with "Tucson"

    • Brian Otten
      Brian Otten Month ago +1

      @Jill Mortlock Yes only two left out of the main 6 that would include George Martin and Billy Preston too.

    • TokyoBlue
      TokyoBlue Month ago +3

      “For some California grass! C’mon guys, you’re so close!”

    • Danjoker
      Danjoker Month ago +1

      That's heavy

  • Vishnu Alcyone
    Vishnu Alcyone 29 days ago +6

    This Documentary hit me hard man!! Their is so much to say but in short what hit me hard was how much I saw myself and my bandmates. This band is responsible for why I play music and why i started my band. These guys are Gods to me so to see them create songs, tell jokes, arguments, egos, etc was EXACTLY like my band. Only difference being they had better songs hahaha
    I loved the way Paul looked when he first arrived. Walking with that Swagger, that huge grin like he's thinking "waaazup dawgs" That mic in the plant conversation got me emotional.
    Hearing John speaking with so much care, love, no ego and Paul admitting that yea he's right and needs to work on himself about that, etc etc
    Made me even more upset that John was taking from us.

  • Tony S
    Tony S Month ago +1

    Finished the documentary yesterday. Really loved seeing that fascinating look into what was an incredibly fascinating event in music history. I've immediately put the Naked version of Let It Be on my list of things to listen to in the immediate future because of this video; honestly didn't realize it was a thing until watching. I'd be curious to know your thoughts on the Glyn Johns mixes, since those were included with the recently released Super Deluxe edition of Let It Be. Great video, and always looking forward to the next!

  • Hamer Player
    Hamer Player 20 days ago +4

    Let It Be turned everything I thought about the Beatles last days on its head. I realized how close John and Paul were and the true brother like love they shared. It was almost telepathic. When John was murdered it must have really crushed Paul. I know there is the video when the media ambushed him where he seemed to brush it off but I relate that to being in shock. Then almost twenty years later when he lost Linda it must have been horrendous.

  • mrfleef
    mrfleef Month ago +5

    I loved when Magic Alex invented a guitar with a cylindrical rotating neck and sent it to John. They all had a laugh with it. Such a mesmerizing nine hours. I must own this on BluRay!

    • Nick Tamer
      Nick Tamer 16 days ago

      I didn't get if it was really a Magic Alex's invention or a joke from Mal Evans to mock Magic Alex. I'm confused.

  • MerkinMuffly
    MerkinMuffly Month ago +72

    Well Rush was one of the few exceptions, they never broke up and their music was always exceptional when it came to musicianship.

    • Raiden Sama
      Raiden Sama Month ago


    • Morty Goldmacher
      Morty Goldmacher Month ago

      @Treetop Jones Absolutely true. Peart brought so much sophistication to the band.

    • Fifth Business
      Fifth Business Month ago

      The Who? They continued touring even after Keith Moon died (Fortunately, I saw them twice with a replacement drummer in Montreal and Toronto), calling it quits when John Entwistle passed.

    • eudy Maverick Mentor
      eudy Maverick Mentor Month ago +1

      @2v_5r Paul McCartney wasn't the Beatles original bass player but he was their classic bass player and main lyricist and vocalist. Stu Sutcliffe was the original bass player.
      Also, Ringo Starr wasn't the Beatles original drummer. It was Pete Best.

    • Treetop Jones
      Treetop Jones Month ago

      @Education Reviews Joy Division re-formed as New Order when their singer killed himself.

  • MTb Ness
    MTb Ness 26 days ago +3

    Just finished the doc & I’m a huge Beatles fan. Rick, you’ve captured the essence perfectly- it’s a fascinating insight into the collective personality of the band during the creative process. I particularly loved how the dynamic changed after Billy Preston started playing. I’m also a huge fan of you Rick- I really appreciate everything you do you. Hope you and the family have a great Christmas. Thank you!🎄

    • Sly Dawwg
      Sly Dawwg 25 days ago

      After Preston ? ? Really.? You know nothing about the music.

  • Dave Diehl
    Dave Diehl Month ago +2

    Thank you Rick. You confirmed exactly what my heart was telling me.

  • Christiaan Jellesma
    Christiaan Jellesma Month ago +3

    I was in doubt in the past, there was always some kind of battle between The Stones and The Beatles , once there was a day at a radiostation they called the Beatle Stones day, they would play allday long beatles and stones tracks inbetween other stuff, i counted the songs i recorded on my tapes from beatles and stones, and i must say there were soooooo much more beatles songs i recorded than the stones , then i came to the conclusion what always seemed to be there, yes i am a Beatle maniac

  • rolfdenver
    rolfdenver Month ago +8

    One thing I couldn't figure out was exactly when Ringo changed the beat on "Get Back" from a standard 4/4 to a more syncopated, driving, iconic drumbeat that we all know and love. I think that beat was central to the song's success. Was this something Ringo came up with on his own, or did any other Beatles have a hand in it? Just listen to the drums on the earlier versions of the songs in episode 1 and what they finally ended up with on episode 3: the change in drumbeat is a remarkable success.

    • HM
      HM Month ago +1

      Good catch. They met at George's the night before the roof. It is most likely to come from Paul and/or George.

  • Nathan Sturgess
    Nathan Sturgess Month ago +120

    It kills me how good a bass player Paul is and how good his tone was. This film really shows them for the geniuses they were. Let’s not tolerate any of this ‘The Beatles are overrated’ as if it’s a valid opinion to hold from now on.

    • Graeme Oxley
      Graeme Oxley 2 days ago

      This documentary has put all of that "The Beatles are overrated" nonsense to bed once and for all, I think.

    • Ian Bartle
      Ian Bartle 26 days ago

      @Jim Reuterskiold Interesting how the RIC4001 isn't used here. It's sitting there in a couple of shots but not played at all on camera from my memory. Shame someone didn't pop out to one of the shops in Denmark St and grab John and George a right-handed Jazz bass. Meanwhile the overused Fender VI is constantly in evidence and sounds muddy and slightly distorted to my ear. Horrible thing - I'd never want to own one.
      A Fender VII hockey stick - now that's another story altogether. I'd seriously love one of those!
      Given his history on the electric 12-string, wonder of George ever tried one and what he thought of it.

    • James Penny
      James Penny Month ago +7

      I am amazed at Paul's bass, I like to focus on his bass lines. I've never heard anyone play like him!

    • Jim Reuterskiold
      Jim Reuterskiold Month ago +7

      Great tone indeed, with just a Hofner and a Bassman, no effects rack because there weren't any.