Beatles "Let It Be" (5.1 surround & Dolby Atmos mixes out in October!)

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I also thought this could have been staged, I guess we're all looking at it through today's reality TV lens. But then they had the secret recording of John and Paul from the flower pot. It seemed they were being fairly critical of each other, and spoke about their impact on the relationship with Paul. That conversation seemed genuine (at least at first listen), and made me think that it couldn't have been staged. Also, some of the reactions and looks made by George during rehearsals looked like he was not enjoying himself, and I personally felt that I would have also been put off by Paul's controlling every move he made during some of the practice sessions.
It seemed genuine to me also. I just feel that since George mentioned he wasn't too good at improvising on the spot and it all being filmed put him in a bad light compared to how Paul & John were just rolling along. Seemed as though George was just struggling with the process, but you'd think having spent all those years writing songs together, that they would have had the process down by then. That's why it makes me think the filming of it played a huge part of all that.
 

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My 2 cents ---
I also thought this could have been staged, I guess we're all looking at it through today's reality TV lens. But then they had the secret recording of John and Paul from the flower pot. It seemed they were being fairly critical of each other, and spoke about their impact on the relationship with Paul. That conversation seemed genuine (at least at first listen), and made me think that it couldn't have been staged. Also, some of the reactions and looks made by George during rehearsals looked like he was not enjoying himself, and I personally felt that I would have also been put off by Paul's controlling every move he made during some of the practice sessions.
Definitely not staged. I was just joking. It's obvious George wasn't happy with his inability to get his songs worked on and included. And, based on "All Things Must Pass", he obviously had a back-log of songs in his pocket. He also seemed to be the least interested with the whole dog and pony show that the Let It Be sessions were.
 

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but you'd think having spent all those years writing songs together, that they would have had the process down by then. That's why it makes me think the filming of it played a huge part of all that.
Agree +100. The filming of it made them extremely self conscious, and only Paul, really, could shine in that exposure. The rest of them couldn't wait for the cameras to be turned off. And all this was done during bankers hours; too much change too quickly. And even after all that, they succeeded in getting through it with a damn good album.
 

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Definitely not staged. I was just joking. It's obvious George wasn't happy with his inability to get his songs worked on and included. And, based on "All Things Must Pass", he obviously had a back-log of songs in his pocket. He also seemed to be the least interested with the whole dog and pony show that the Let It Be sessions were.
If George hadn't walked away for awhile, he wouldn't have run into Billy Preston. Preston was the catalyst for getting the lads to pull things together. I'm not saying that they wouldn't have done so without him, but they needed the new blood. Others had mentioned this earlier, but I was surprised how blatantly obvious it was.
 

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And if you are a dog-loving maniac like me, try catching the Disney+ film Togo before your subscription runs out.
I’m finishing Togo right now based upon your recommendation. Very good and not too much of a tear jerker. “Hachi”, now that’s a different story. I couldn’t speak for thirty minutes when that was over.
 

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And if you are a dog-loving maniac like me, try catching the Disney+ film Togo before your subscription runs out.
I, too, am I "dog-loving maniac". I'm very grateful to you for bringing this to our attention. I'm sure I wouldn't have known about it otherwise. I watched Togo last night. I absolutely loved the film and I'm not ashamed to say I was a bit of a mess by the end.

My dog, Gracie, kept walking up to the center channel speaker and would turn her head from side to side.

My free six month subscription to Disney+ ends in two weeks, so I would've missed it had you not mentioned it here. Thanks again. (y)
 

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In the Get Back documentary, did anyone notice that The Beatles all referred to Brian Epstein as "Mr. Epstein." I thought that was interesting given that Lennon was only six years younger than Epstein. Perhaps they used the term "Mr." because they knew that they were being filmed. Or maybe it's because George said, "And what brings Mr. Epstein here?" when Epstein went to speak to them in the dressing room of The Cavern Club. So maybe that's just what they called him. It's just yet another nteresting bit of Beatles trivia.
 

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It was really interesting to learn that three of the rooftop performances were the tracks used on the album release: "I've Got a Feeling", "One After 909" and "Dig a Pony". After seemingly endless attempts in the studio it's kind of amazing that the great performances came while playing it live! I'm trying to think of other studio albums where the basic tracks came from a live performance - it must be a pretty rare occurrence - and I can think of King Crimson "Starless and Bible Black". Anyone else know of any?
 

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It was really interesting to learn that three of the rooftop performances were the tracks used on the album release: "I've Got a Feeling", "One After 909" and "Dig a Pony". After seemingly endless attempts in the studio it's kind of amazing that the great performances came while playing it live! I'm trying to think of other studio albums where the basic tracks came from a live performance - it must be a pretty rare occurrence - and I can think of King Crimson "Starless and Bible Black". Anyone else know of any?
Back in the Mid-70’s to early 80’s I think some bands did what they called DDM or something like that meaning that they recorded direct in studio to lacquer or whatever the process was called…can’t remember the process name or bands that did it but I know at least a few Canadian bands did.

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It was really interesting to learn that three of the rooftop performances were the tracks used on the album release: "I've Got a Feeling", "One After 909" and "Dig a Pony". After seemingly endless attempts in the studio it's kind of amazing that the great performances came while playing it live! I'm trying to think of other studio albums where the basic tracks came from a live performance - it must be a pretty rare occurrence - and I can think of King Crimson "Starless and Bible Black". Anyone else know of any?
I too didn’t realize that about those three tracks. Discovering that they came from the live rooftop performance makes them even more special to me…and they were already very special. As you noted, it is remarkable how those songs came together when it was time for The Beatles and Preston to actually perform.
 

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It was really interesting to learn that three of the rooftop performances were the tracks used on the album release: "I've Got a Feeling", "One After 909" and "Dig a Pony". After seemingly endless attempts in the studio it's kind of amazing that the great performances came while playing it live! I'm trying to think of other studio albums where the basic tracks came from a live performance - it must be a pretty rare occurrence - and I can think of King Crimson "Starless and Bible Black". Anyone else know of any?
The term I was looking for is DIRECT TO DISC (they are LIVE PERFORMANCES in every essence) a band (ROUGH TRADE) from Toronto Canada used that process for one of their albums I’m not too sure who else

If you go to EBAY look up ROUGH TRADE LIVE the back cover describes exactly what DIRECT TO DISC is all about. Hope that helped😁
 
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The term I was looking for is DIRECT TO DISC (they are LIVE PERFORMANCES in every essence) a band (ROUGH TRADE) from Toronto Canada used that process for one of their albums I’m not too sure who else

If you go to EBAY look up ROUGH TRADE LIVE the back cover describes exactly what DIRECT TO DISC is all about. Hope that helped😁
The band FM (Ben Mink version) also performed a Direct To Disc album. It’s very cool but less song oriented than the Rough Trade one - which is brilliant IMO.
 

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Since the performance on those 3 tracks came from the rooftop, shouldn't the Atmos mix use the top channels for the focal point, and the bed channels for the ambiance?
No the top channels should be birds, planes, thunder, etc.. Things happening above the roof. :LOL:

Unless you want it to sound like it did to the people listening on the street. In which case the bed channels should have cars, people talking, footsteps, etc,,
 

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It was really interesting to learn that three of the rooftop performances were the tracks used on the album release: "I've Got a Feeling", "One After 909" and "Dig a Pony". After seemingly endless attempts in the studio it's kind of amazing that the great performances came while playing it live! I'm trying to think of other studio albums where the basic tracks came from a live performance - it must be a pretty rare occurrence - and I can think of King Crimson "Starless and Bible Black". Anyone else know of any?
The Grateful Dead's Anthem of the Sun, for one. And their In The Dark was recorded without an audience, but in a performance venue.

"Certifiable #1 Smash" on Kevin Gilbert's The Shaming of the True is built around a live performance with the Thud band (also released as-performed on the Welcome To Joytown: Live at the Troubador album/film).
 
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It was really interesting to learn that three of the rooftop performances were the tracks used on the album release: "I've Got a Feeling", "One After 909" and "Dig a Pony". After seemingly endless attempts in the studio it's kind of amazing that the great performances came while playing it live! I'm trying to think of other studio albums where the basic tracks came from a live performance - it must be a pretty rare occurrence - and I can think of King Crimson "Starless and Bible Black". Anyone else know of any?
Your Post just had me thinking of the R.E.M. album I was playing last night…..New Adventures In Hi-Fi. Out of the 14 tracks only 4 were recorded at Bad Animals studio in Seattle Washington. The other 10 were recorded live on an 8-track recorder at various venues. Though, you wouldn’t know it.
 

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It was really interesting to learn that three of the rooftop performances were the tracks used on the album release: "I've Got a Feeling", "One After 909" and "Dig a Pony". After seemingly endless attempts in the studio it's kind of amazing that the great performances came while playing it live! I'm trying to think of other studio albums where the basic tracks came from a live performance - it must be a pretty rare occurrence - and I can think of King Crimson "Starless and Bible Black". Anyone else know of any?
Of course there was Joe Jackson's "Big World" from 1986. It was recorded at the Roundabout Theatre, New York over 3 nights in front of a live audience. The audience was specifically instructed not to applaud until the song was completely finished which allowed them to construct the album with no crowd sounds whatsoever. Apparently Joe wanted to have the musicians get inspired by the live crowd without any of pitfalls of a live venue.
 

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In the Get Back documentary, did anyone notice that The Beatles all referred to Brian Epstein as "Mr. Epstein." I thought that was interesting given that Lennon was only six years younger than Epstein. Perhaps they used the term "Mr." because they knew that they were being filmed. Or maybe it's because George said, "And what brings Mr. Epstein here?" when Epstein went to speak to them in the dressing room of The Cavern Club. So maybe that's just what they called him. It's just yet another nteresting bit of Beatles trivia.
Yes, I absolutely noticed that and thought it was very interesting and almost touching.
 
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