Fab Four delayed 50th anniversary bust-up treats

By Tom Cawthorne

Fans of the Beatles can look forward to new content, including remixes of old songs, set for release this year despite some delays in production.

Last year saw the 50th anniversary for many dates in the history of the Beatles and their members. 1970 was the year of the legendary band’s official end, due to business issues and tension behind the scenes. Their time together was short, but remembered fondly by fans and the remaining members still today. Now, fans can look forward to new content arriving soon, despite delays.

Get Back, a film by Peter Jackson about the Beatles’ widely publicised Get Back recording sessions, was set to be released last year but is now expected to be hit cinemas and streaming service Disney+ on the 27 August 2021. A sneak peak of the film was posted to social media on 20 December last year, and shows the moments of friendship and the light-hearted side of what was regarded as a tense and difficult time for the band in their final months together. The film is compiled of 60 hours of never-before-seen footage edited down for release.

Over the past few years, fans have come to expect new releases on the anniversaries of their favourite Beatles albums. This began with the band’s self-titled double album The Beatles – more commonly known as The White Album – and their final recorded album Abbey Road getting special editions and new mixes for their 50th Anniversaries in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

We have not yet had official news of a remaster for the band’s final released album Let It Be as no announcement was made on the anniversary of its release.

George Harrison’s classic solo album All Things Must Pass, which was released in November 1970 after the breakup of the Beatles, is rumoured to be remastered. The title track of the album was given a new mix and released by the Harrison estate on the 26 November 2020, with more coming in 2021 with no official dates.

Some other Beatles-related releases that weren’t hindered by the pandemic were released in 2020, such as Paul McCartney’s new solo album McCartney III, which was recorded in lockdown and released on 18th December 2020 and follows his other two self-titled albums.

Also last year came the remixes of John Lennon’s solo hits in a massive best-of album titled Gimme Some Truth, including such singles as Imagine and a live version of Come Together that he wrote and recorded for release on Abbey Road. This was released on 9 October to commemorate what would have been his 80th birthday.