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I have been watching the Get Back documentary on Disney+. A few thoughts, after having (almost) reached the end of halfway, iow ep 2.

There is a LOT of unnecessary footage here. It makes it overly long and kind of misses the point, as some is really just silly posing for the camera.
A lot of smoking, gosh, and rubbing of the gums... And overall just an unhealthy environment, e.g. the many hangovers in ep. 1.
But, inbetween all that, gems galore. To see how some of those memorable songs were conceived and then subsequently recorded among the rather primitive mess that was Apple studios (ep. 2), is very interesting.
Also, to see the dynamics of the famous 4, from where they start off (in this story) as a disjointed, very unhappy group, and how they get their act back together (ep. 2).

Too long, but too interesting to avoid. To think those very same songs have not only ended up as rock history, but sound as good as they do...
 

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I got a feeling that it was a way to re-position the Beatles break up as an Across the Universe moment to go from the group working on I Me Mine tunes to a more coherent whole and to Get Back to their original love for one another. Sadly, I don’t think that any of them wanted to Dig a Poney or more from it, and were already too far down the Long and Winding Road. At least by that time Paul and John had realised it wasn’t just the Two of Us who made the Beatles what they were, and all of the had decided to Let It Be. I have to admit that the original production (Phil Spector) meant that as an album I couldn’t really Dig It, but my Beatles obsessed girlfriend at the time (Maggie) Mae have a different opinion, interestingly we lived at 910 Bristol Rd at the time. The one after 909, and because it was so damned cold there, we were always saying that we were For You Blue rather than freezing our arses off unless huddled together in a sleeping bag by the (condemned) gas fire.
 

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So, I have finally watched almost all of it (loadshedding forced me to stop the last session a bit prematurely). And it ended on a high, on that famous rooftop, playing live, being stopped by the coppers, and all that. Great footage! A pity the whole thing was s o o o drawn-out though. This documentary would have been fab in 3 x 45 min eposides.
 
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