Film airs Beatles outtakes from Abbey Road recording
Never-before-heard outtakes and conversations from the Beatles’ final recording sessions at the legendary Abbey Road studios in London will be broadcast for the first time by BBC television.
They are part of a new documentary, The Beatles on Record, which features archive recordings and narration from the Fab Four as well as commentary from the group’s producer George Martin.
The BBC film, to be aired in September, has studio banter from the band’s recordings for their final album, Abbey Road.
“This is a chance for viewers to enjoy some rare footage and fascinating insights into the career of the greatest pop group of all time,” the BBC’s George Entwistle said in a statement on Monday.
The documentary, directed by Bob Smeaton, chronicles the group’s musical path from 1963’s Please Please Me to Abbey Road, examining how John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney developed as songwriters and musicians.
Although Let it Be was the last Beatles album to be released, it was recorded before Abbey Road.
The Beatles on Record is part of the BBC’s Beatles Week, starting Sept. 5.
The U.K. public broadcaster will also be airing Storyville: How The Beatles Rocked the Kremlin, a documentary on how the group’s music may have influenced the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Other highlights include The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit, Albert and David Maysles’ film that follows the Fab Four’s 1964 visit to the U.S.
Beatles Week on BBC is a precursor to the release of The Beatles re-mastered back catalogue and Rock Band computer game.