The Beatles’ rooftop performance will be released as a streaming audio album

Few Beatles fans had complaints about Peter Jackson’s recent The Beatles: Get Back documentary, but to the extent that they did, there was some grumbling that the faithful wanted a way to hear the entire rooftop concert , which makes up the last part of the documentary series without the spoken heckling of the intervening British police officers or interviews with people on the street.

Now they will fulfill their wish and enjoy the luxury of being able to listen to the entire mini-concert on demand at home or in the car. Audio of the entire 1969 performance will be released on streaming services tonight at midnight ET/9pm PT as “The Beatles: Get Back – The Rooftop Performance”. (Or at 5am GMT Friday, for the Apple Scruffs, which happens to be near the London locale it was recorded on.)

The cover artwork of the Beatles’ streaming audio album ‘Rooftop Performance’
Courtesy of Apple

Three songs from the show, which many Londoners got to hear but few saw, made it onto the 1970 Let It Be album: “I’ve Got a Feeling”, “One After 909” and “Dig a Pony”. “. But this is the first audio release of the entire 42-minute performance of the Beatles’ last public concert as a group, and their only one since 1966. But the new streaming release allows fans to finally get official live versions of two other tracks enjoy performed on the roof, “Get Back” and “Don’t Let Me Down”, outside of the context of the documentary. The rooftop concert also included alternate versions of three of those five songs.

Giles Martin and Sam Okell remixed the concert, as they did most of the music from the latest Let It Be box set and all of the performances featured in part or in full on Jackson’s Get Back series. They did separate stereo and Dolby Atmos mixes of “The Rooftop Performance”.

The streaming album’s release precedes the release of Jackson’s home video documentary on Feb. 8, following an exclusive run for Apple Plus subscribers that began over Thanksgiving weekend.

This Sunday marks the 53rd anniversary of the roof concert. The occasion will be marked by various rounds of commemorative activities over the weekend. Norah Jones will be releasing her own two-song rooftop concert: She and her band sang “I’ve Got a Feeling” and “Let It Be” on the Empire State Building, whose performances will be filmed at 12:00 p.m. ET on her YouTube channel will appear /9 a.m. Friday.

The cast of the Beatles-themed show “Love” in Las Vegas also have a rooftop video of a special “Get Back” performance debuting Saturday morning at 9am ET/6 PT on the Cirque du Soleil YouTube channel.

On Friday, SiriusXM’s Beatles channel will air the entire rooftop performance, punctuated with commentary by Beatles historian Kevin Hewlitt – a special that will be repeated throughout the weekend and available to stream via the SiriusXM app.

And on Sunday, an hour-long excerpt from Jackson’s “Get Back,” which includes the setup for the rooftop show and performance, will be shown in IMAX theaters nationwide, accompanied by a video Q&A with Jackson.

The song list for the new 40-minute streaming album “Rooftop Performance”:

“Go Back” (Take 1)
“Go Back” (Take 2)
“Don’t let me down” (Take 1)
“I Have a Feeling” (Take 1)
“One After 909”
“Grab a Pony”
Jam/Excerpt from “God Save The Queen” (Band Change Interlude)
“I Have a Feeling” (Take 2)
“Don’t Leave Me Down” (Take 2)
“Go Back” (Take 3)

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