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The Beatles: Get Back



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,755 ✭✭✭jimmytwotimes 2013

    Finished up on the 3rd episode today.

    Brilliant viewing, I'd appreciate the Beatles music without being a major fan. Own a couple of albums and have read separate biographies of Lennon and McCartney.

    This show is amazing from a number of angles-

    -the shooting style almost puts you in the room with them

    -the midway point sees the strains on the group with the George saga etc and Lennon looked out of it at times (think he was into heroin at this point, a fan here might correct me on that). Paul fighting to keep the band moving and alive.

    -finale on the roof of Apple Corps is just one of those moments in history and great to see in such detail

    -from an emotional point of view, found parts of it fun but other parts sad.

    ~John, George no longer with us. The love Paul has for John and obviously Linda is very apparent and, as we know, now gone too. Sad from that point of view.

    A brilliant moment in history captured and we're so lucky to be able to witness it again.

    A band fighting to stay at their amazing best but the frayed edges showing too.

    Excellent job by Peter Jackson and all involved.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,854 ✭✭✭trashcan

    Probably the biggest shame about that period is that they didn’t do a proper full length concert. Imagine what a gift a gig of 60 or 90 minutes would have been. I think the rooftop performance was something like 22 minutes. A full concert would have been great farewell from them. Mind you they’d have needed a lot more rehearsal, particularly if they were going to include older songs, then there is the issue of songs they simply couldn’t have performed live given the technology available at the time. Still, even given all that it would have been epic.

  • Registered Users Posts: 87 ✭✭RamonD3

    I loved the anthology documentary when that came out, there's one I would enjoy watching through again! One of the things I enjoyed about this series was how it fleshed out the dynamics and relationships. My recollection from that one was George talking about the cold tv studios and cameras in their face all the time, along with a clip of Paul bossing him around. To see what was behind that was enlightening and Paul's love for the band and music shone through.

    Have to feel for George, wrote some incredible songs and always looked at as a little brother figure by John and Paul.

    Yoko also comes out well, history was very cruel to her and clear to see the fault lines that had already been developing.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,439 ✭✭✭hold my beer

    I've watched this twice in the last week and it's absolutely stunning. I never really listened to the Beatles growing up. I knew a load of their songs but never listened to their albums much. I'm like a child at the minute going back and listening to everything.

    They looked like they were having great fun making music, and the quality of their output is incredible. I love all of George's songs especially. I reckon I'll go through his solo work first whenever I get out of this Beatles hole I'm in. What a band. Superb documentary that has turned me into a huge fan.

  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 14,289 Mod ✭✭✭✭AndyBoBandy

    I’ve been giving Abbey Road huge listening time over the last few weeks (after listening to Let it Be for about 2 months solid), and it’s absolutely stunning. You can hear a lot of the Abbey Road stuff when it was just ideas in Get Back

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,484 ✭✭✭paddylonglegs

    Just loved the get back doc. I was only thinking last year about if famous albums had been documented like this, it would be a fascinating watch.

    the dynamic between Paul/John and George was cringe at times, and George was really held back.

    im convinced that the recording of Iv Got a feeling on the rooftop is ad-libbed. McCartney has such a glint in his eye as they perform it. A joy to watch.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,434 ✭✭✭Shred

    It really is a stunning documentary and, like a few of you have mentioned, I’ve been on a huge Beatles buzz over the past couple of months as a result.

    I’d have loved to seen the recent limited release of the rooftop gig from it in IMAX (on the 53rd anniversary), but alas we don’t have one here. However, I was glad to see The Lighthouse are running it on the 18th in screen 1 for anyone (in Dublin I suppose) interested:

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,434 ✭✭✭Shred

    I’m heading myself on Friday but notice there’s more showings/dates appearing now in The Lighthouse:

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,439 ✭✭✭hold my beer

    Was there extra footage or is it just the last 45 minutes of the doc?

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,277 ✭✭✭santana75

    I didnt watch the full documentary on Disney+ but I did go see the rooftop concert film in Ominplex last weekend. Its brilliant. Such an interesting juxtaposition between the band playing on the roof and the Cops down below trying to shut the whole thing down. And also the reaction of the people on the street, a lot of older people seemed to really be into it, which is not what you'd expect. Interesting also that when I went to see this in the cinema there was a good few teenagers which goes to show that something truly great crosses generations

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,484 ✭✭✭paddylonglegs

    Forgot how good Old Brown Shoe was. Unbelievable talent from George Harrison

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,068 ✭✭✭El Gato De Negocios

    Ah you have to watch the full documentary as it gives a wonderful build up to the rooftop show, why it happened the way it did, the reasons why McCartney looks so enthused in comparison to the others, it is imo the quintessential musical documentary that everyone should watch.

  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 14,289 Mod ✭✭✭✭AndyBoBandy

    Yeah, it needs to be watched as a whole.

    To hear the songs start out as rough ideas, to then get to the rooftop show (and remember it all happened over the course of about 4 weeks), is just sublime..