It is known as a concert on the terrace, the one in which it is located The Beatles last played live. But today, too, they could recall the fifties from the day Londoners looked and stood at the torticollis with a smile on their faces.
The Beatles went through a major internal crisis. His paths began to separate. The relationship between them was tense. Success (and growth) takes its tax. The internal balance disappeared and it seemed impossible, at that moment, to return. In the beginning of 1969 they found themselves in the Twinckeham study to record a new record. Once again they wanted to turn the ship. They never stagnated. If they came from the experimentation and diversity of the album bank, it announced a few months ago, now they wanted to return to the roots.
The Beatles history can be said by focusing on the group's fight to change the course, pulled out of what they had experienced to dominateр. The Beatles became studio artists. And they wanted to fight against it. They endeavored to prove that they could play without any attributes that George Martin, their producer, conveyed their wishes.
For something, they were the biggest artists on the planet. They could also build, make direct songs, without the magic of the studio. How Rolling Stones or how Who. More direct tracks in which their ability as interpreters will be exposed, that there was no possibility of masking the effects, inventions and discoveries. The film crew will follow all the steps for recording in the documentary about the process of creating the new album. The project (album and film) had the title "Go Back", a song composed by Paul, which will be the center of LP.
The co-existence between the four has become impossible. In those early days of January everything will explode. Ringo was concerned about his new career as an actor; the band committed to complete the recording in mid-February, so that he arrived at the time of the filming of the new film. George did not feel recognizable by his companions; he believed that the timing of contempt and delay had ended and he demanded that most of his songs be entered on discs and share creative decisions with Lennon-McCartney's pair. John struggled with dual addiction: the heroine and her new love, Yoko Ono. While Paul, already in a pair with Linda Eastman, tried to make the filming, becoming a leader with a little authoritarian style. Working conditions jeopardized the unstable balance of the group. Write to another studio, with members of the documentary film crew around (and cameras of all time), during working hours (not for long nights, as well as in their last albums) and with John always attached to Yoko. All the bad ideas, all the triggers of the catastrophe that occurred on January 10. After arguing with Paul, tired of his orders and considered an auxiliary actor, George Harrison took his guitar (Fender Rosewood Telecaster, created especially for him: the guitar occupied the seat of the plane on its transatlantic journey until they were protected) and are withdrew from the study. When he reached his house the same afternoon, he compiled Wah Wah which would integrate the triple All things have to go, his first solo album. There, in several verses, he describes his feelings about his situation in the band, his frustration and the desire to continue independently: He does not need the Beatles to be happy.
John and Yoko, suddenly, went to George's house to have breakfast to convince him to come back. After a few days he did so, but imposing his conditions. He brought with him Billy Preston, who during these sessions would be the "fifth beat" with his keyboards and demanded that his creative space be respected. The cymburn of the departure of George (it is necessary to remember that during the recording of the previous disc was Ringo who calmed down and left in a few days), the involvement of Preston and the decision to enroll in the studies of the Apple building, the company of the band, they managed to turn the course. The songs began to emerge, the laughter returned, and the other three seemed ready to let Yoko remain permanently attached to John as an incestuous sheen.
The grand finale of the documentary was never disputed. It was a group to play a few live songs. But where should that performance be? The biggest group in the world could not play anywhere. The frame should be next to them. Someone thought of a great London theater, but only with an exclusive audience and the best recording conditions; One said that the best option looked like the Sahara Desert: the four lost in infinity; someone suggested that the frame be the Pyramid of Giza; another suggested that they should report on the old Roman hives in Tunisia. But at the last moment it was decided that this action will take place on the terrace of the Apple building. The idea is attributed to John (Billy Preston in his memoirs), director of documentary Michael Lindsay Hog, and even Glenn Jones, sound engineer, claims to be meritorious. The truth is that several factors are merging so that the last live concert of the Beatles was on the terrace of the building located at number 3 Savil str. The relations between the members of the group, as we have seen, were not the best and facing the long journey could jeopardize the progress achieved; times were hitting and the budget was overcome; John's disinterest was assured of his presence, if only he had to get out of the basement, where the recording studio was, to the roof. But there is another factor that is not always taken into account. Less than two months earlier, on the Manhattan Hotel's terrace, the Jefferson Earplane group did the same. At 7.45 in the morning, the harmony of his singer Grace Slick aroused the whole neighborhood and the band played with a very large volume of seven minutes. The shooting of that performance was directed by Jean Luc Godard, and one of his iconic scenes is the one on the couple that looks from the hotel window, with the girl wrapped in a sheet, trying to understand what is happening. Jefferson Airplane's performance was short because the police interrupted it immediately. It's completely possible, the Beatles played with this opportunity and calculated the dramatic effect that the appearance of London police officers might have on their documentary.
When it was noon on January 30, 1969, four of Liverpool got on the terrace two and a half years ago they did not play live. It was very windy and less than six degrees. To fight the cold, Ringo used the red pilot on his skin by his wife, Maureen and John, with a Yoko brown brown hat. George also covered himself with fur, while Paul preferred a dark three piece answering. But, far from being dressed, what you see in those images in which each of the four is already what the next years will be like. They are four people. They are no longer uniform, with the same cut hair or with regulated mustache. On this terrace, several witnesses testify to the Beatles' rush. John has glasses for Lennon, a round frame; Ringo wild hair and the ease it characterizes; Paul is more formal with his vest and rich beard, attentive to the movement of others; George has no role (he is not the main voice in any of the songs), but he is a transparent and somewhat ethereal presence with his guitar. Individuals are calm, individuality is imposed and the group decays. The four are ready to start their own way. It's unstoppable. In shooting some tension is seen in their faces before the start. Paul jumps in place to warm up. Around them, only the film crew, their wives and managers and associates of Apple.
The performance lasted more than forty minutes, but the film was saved for 22 minutes (the rest are footage of the same songs). Director Michael Lindsay Hog did a great job. He arranged five cameras on the terrace, another in the oriental roof, even more on the street and another, hidden, in the reception of the building.
Let's stop a second in the director, who also has a great story to say: career has made him director of music films (he also worked with "Rolling Stones" and "Who") and was one of the pioneers of video clips. But what interests us is their belonging. This ability, perhaps, is genetic. It is believed that his father was Orson Wells, although he could never be proved even with a DNA study that inspired Wales's daughter.
The Beatles started Get Back. They sound lubricated and in shape. There are no mistakes in the progress of the interpretation they are releasing. Enjoy While speculating that this song, one of its verses, was another reason for internal disputes. The legend says that John was upset when Paul, in the studio, looked at Yoko every time he made the line: "Go back where you once belonged"(Go back to where you once belonged.) Then they sang You're not letting me go, a wonderful song in which John goes directly to Yoko, cries out for his help and declares that for the first time in his life he is in love. The third was I have a feeling, a theme that, as in the first eras, was truly shared in her authorship Lennon and McCartney: they united fragments of two songs that, like in that cathedral, preserved the contemporary song that is One day in life; One after 909 it was a song they composed since 1963; the last new topic was Dig a pony, John's crap performed craftily. The presentation (as recorded in the movie) is closed again Come back here.
Cameras that did not point to musicians allowed them to deliver dramatic flesh in those 22 music minutes. It is not that the record of the historical representation of the four of them would not be sufficient. But the director did a great job to capture the reaction of passersby when listening to the wheels of the first notes and revealing that they are spectators of the Beatles recital. We see that the terraces are inhabited (in unforgettable planes, an elderly man with a hat and a pipe between his lips climbs down a fire staircase to see more musicians), which on the sidewalks, people's people and traffic falls for a few minutes. For I have a feeling, the director leaves some testimonies about passers-by. The majority is fascinated by the historical occasion, suggests that this music has more capable places to play, and an elderly man is upset by shouting: "I want this gutted noise to stop once and for all … Even the Beatles did not achieve unanimity.
The great dramatic trick is the police presence, probably inspired by the episode of Jefferson Airplane in New York. The decision to shoot cameras on the street and in the lobby had their own film revenues. In the first topic we observe some restless berries on the street. As work progresses, they come more, talk to each other, plan action.
While in the last song they do not enter the building and interrupt the performance. This presence of the police is disturbing and very well said. But the facts would have been far from being recorded in the film. The show lasted for 43 minutes, meaning that the police allowed The Beatles to make their number well. Some Witnesses also say that because it is the most famous band in the world, one of his most direct collaborators was told that the police would need ten minutes before drowning (in some way) the building. They say that in those ten minutes records of the number of times the chains of the baths in the building were recorded: When the police enter, it is not a prohibited substance.
The disc and documentary were renamed as Let it be. This was the last album that appeared on The Beatles a few days after the announcement of its dissolution as a group. But the last one to be filmed was a master The Way of Abbey, another masterpiece. After the appearance of The Way of Abbey the cassettes of the 1969 principles sessions were put into the hands of Phil Spector, a music producer who attached his "wall of sound" to the footage of Paul's wrath.
Fifty years ago, The Beatles performed live the last time. On the terrace, for a couple of passers-by who could just hear them; scenario for closing his film, and at the same time, material, undeniable and lifelong evidence that the chemistry between the four was unbeatable and, without a doubt, his fate was immortal.