Beatles Releases: What’s Coming in 2020?

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With 50th anniversary expanded editions of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in 2017, 2018’s THE BEATLES (aka the White Album), and 2019’s Abbey RoadBeatles fans have now come to expect similar treatment of the rest of the group’s catalog, via producer Giles Martin. So what’s coming in 2020?

Well, we learned on Jan. 30, 2019, that director Peter Jackson is working on a new film based on 55 hours of never-released footage from 1969. The untitled film, from Apple Corps Ltd. and WingNut Films Ltd., is currently in production and the release date will be announced “in due course.”

UPDATE: Details on The Beatles: Get Back documentary have been announced

With 2020 being the 50th anniversary, that would be the most likely target date. The original Let It Be album was released on May 8, 1970.

Sir Peter Jackson (Photo: Travis Graalman; used with permission)

In the Jan. 2019 announcement, Jackson said, “The 55 hours of never-before-seen footage, and 140 hours of audio made available to us, ensures this movie will be the ultimate ‘fly on the wall’ experience that Beatles fans have long dreamt about–it’s like a time machine transports us back to 1969, and we get to sit in the studio watching these four friends make great music together.”

“The original movie came out, and it was really sort of about the break-up of the Beatles. And so for me, it was a little sad, the movie,” McCartney told DJ Yannick Tremblay of Canada’s Radio X.

The original Let it Be film, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, which also includes footage of the Beatles’ famous final live performance, on the rooftop of the Apple headquarters in London, has been unavailable since the 1980s.

1970’s original Let It Be album included a dozen tracks recorded during various sessions across a two-year period, including “The Long and Winding Road,” “Across the Universe,” “Two of Us” and “I Me Mine.”

This ad for “Get Back” appeared in the April 26, 1969 issue of Record World

More than a year before its release, Apple issued “Get Back” as a single in April 1969, and it became a worldwide #1 smash. The song was included on Let It Be as the final track on Side Two.

While neither an expanded edition of the album or the Jackson film show up yet as official 2020 releases, Beatles detectives have discovered one title that appears to be related.

Though there’s scant detail, a hardcover book simply titled Get Back: The Beatles is listed on Amazon with an Oct. 15 publishing date from Callaway Arts & Entertainment. There is no artwork or description. The only information offered is its weight: 1.7 lbs. It’s available for pre-order in the U.S. here and the U.K. here.

Stay tuned!

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  1. Norm
    #1 Norm 13 January, 2020, 01:14

    According to https://beatlesmagazineuk.com/get-back-the-beatles-coming-this-fall/, it looks like it will be the 164 page book that was in the box of the 1st pressing of Let It Be in UK and Canada, among others…

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    • Tommo
      Tommo 13 January, 2020, 15:36

      Still have the book from let it be, came with the vinyl album, in great condition, have to admit, only looked at it once, will have to get it out and look at it again, after 50 years of being closed up!!

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  2. Mikey
    #2 Mikey 14 January, 2020, 12:03

    The Glyn Johns mix of the Get Back album has been on YouTube for ages. Dump your copy of Let It Be Naked and listen to the album as it should have been issued. It’s better than the 2 Let It Be releases and should have been released in the first place.

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    • Dylan
      Dylan 17 January, 2020, 02:24

      I respectfully disagree. I like Let it Be the way it was released. Get Back was no where near as good.

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