Previously unheard out-takes from sessions for The Beatles’ classic 1969 album Abbey Road will be transmitted for the first time in a documentary being aired as part of the BBC’s week-long series of programmes celebrating the legendary band.
The documentary, entitled ‘The Beatles on Record’, will consist exclusively of archive recordings of John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, and their producer Sir George Martin, as they went through the process of recording the album in Abbey Road studios. The programme will document the rise and evolution in the sound of the group from their debut ‘Please Please Me‘, to their final album, ‘Abbey Road’. ‘The Beatles on Record’ will include over 60 songs, and rare photographs along with the studio outtakes.
The Beatles, “Get Back” at Abbey Road Studios
Other programmes set to be included in the week are a programme following their breakthrough in America: ‘The Beatles: The First US Visit‘, and a Storyville edition on BBC4 showing how The Beatles’ music may have contributed to the collapse of the USSR, due to a new generation of Soviets being influenced by their music.
Commenting on the week of shows, BBC controller George Entwistle said: “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 programmes will be broadcast next month as part of the promotion for the upcoming Beatles Rock Band computer game.