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The Beatles: Get Back (2021)

For a moment, if you will, we should set aside the obvious question of why.

This was the reaction I came to within half an hour of watching the fab four sitting on a Twickenham sound stage rehearsing for their new album. If you needed proof that these superstars were just ordinary humans like the rest of us, then here it is.

Whether you want to remember them in such a fashion is something else. Do we really want the magic dissected? This album turned out to be their least favourite and despite the dissent described by history, events here are mostly without any real incidents of note to speak of.

We cannot praise Jackson enough for the patience required to delve deep into all of this footage, take out what he deemed to be the best bits, and bring us this eight plus hour collection of what goes into making a Beatles album, from the men themselves. What didn't make it in to the final cut must have been unbearably dull, as such, as whilst this is truly a little nugget of historical significance, is it anymore than that?

I wonder what the usual Disney+ viewer will really make of this, in the unlikely event that they actually go to the trouble of viewing it, especially in a culture of consumption that this overlong drawl of admittedly creative wonders was never designed for.

It is interesting, if not essential, to see the glances and the debates between band members and the surrounding hangers on, like Yoko Ono and George Harrison's Buddhist buddies rocking incessantly in the corner of this space, silently cross-legged and clearly hearing, we can only imagine, something different than the rest of us.

Something for real die-hard Beatles fans, who will be in paroxysms of unbridled joy, but for the rest of us, from appreciative audiophiles to the simple casual listener, this is very heavy going and most often surplus to requirements.


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