Much has been written about the Beatles' last years, and the stories continue to thrill the fans. The time when John Lennon stormed out of the recording studio during the sessions of the white album is definitely one of the best.
But fans had gotten used to certain Beatles by then. Since 1966, the group was exclusively a studio band, which had completely renounced touring and live performances. In the late '60s, Beatles fanatics got albums, movies, and TV appearances, but no live shows.
The ugly side of Beatlemania had put the group in this box. Paul McCartney, however, wanted the group to return to the stage for a variety of reasons. George Harrison wanted the opposite, and one could see the tensions between the two during the filming of Let It Be
. During the last 20 minutes of the documentary, the four bandmates went to play on the roof of the Apple headquarters, which would be their final performance on January 30th. The following expectations exceeded the expectations of all involved.
The band stuck to rockers like "Get Back" and "Don't Let Me Down".
If you think of the Let It Be album, monster singles like "The Long and Winding Road" and the theme song will normally come to mind. They see the band working on these Paul ballads during the recording sessions.
Things got faster as the band turned to great songs like "Get Back" and Johns "Don't Let Me Down". When the Beatles started to rock, they knew the best bands of the day. On top of the roof, the chemistry of the group can be seen in the opening notes of the last tune.
Paul in particular seems to rejuvenate when he gets up and plays with his old bandmates (not to sing). John is comfortable as a lead singer and even dominant – and on "Get Back," the lead guitarist, and his enthusiasm is contagious.
Smiles from George and Ringo confirm that the group made the right decision and play again in front of the audience. And everyone watching the movie is treated to John and Paul's final great collaboration.
John and Paul's last classic finds the band in top form.
Although we know that John and Paul often disagreed during this time, they came together for a final brilliant collaboration. In this song, "I've got a Feeling", you can even hear alternate lead vocals reminiscent of early Beatles hits.
Paul really lets his inner rocker with the lead verse into this song. When John enters with "Everybody had a tough year / Everyone had a good time", the song is really in a good mood. In the studio and during this final performance on the roof it sounds like a knockout.
Of course, no Beatles performance could be complete without gawking fans. The people who did business on Savile Row on January 30 took over this role. (We even hear of a grumpy businessman wishing to keep the bat in check.)
But the Beatles, who had Billy Preston on their keys, could have met any audience that day. They always had the chemistry that could shake a crowd. Despite rumors of a reunion that took place five years later, fans would never see such games again.
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