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The Beatles Get Back with Let it Be Special Editions, remastered in hi-res and Dolby Atmos

The Beatles Let it Be Super Deluxe collection pack opened up to show book and discs

Beatles fans are in for a treat this autumn, as the classic 1970 album, Let It Be, gets re-released in a trio of Special Edition packages October 15. Coinciding with the launch of Peter Jackson’s The Beatles: Get Back documentary, airing on Disney+, the album has been newly mixed by producer Giles Martin and engineer Sam Okell in stereo, 5.1 surround DTS, and Dolby Atmos. 

The new Special Edition release follows the remixed and expanded anniversary editions of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (2017), The Beatles (‘White Album’) (2018), and Abbey Road (2019). All the new Let It Be releases feature the new stereo mix of the album as guided by the original ‘reproduced for disc’ version by Phil Spector, sourced directly from the original session and rooftop performance eight-track tapes. 

The physical and digital Super Deluxe collections also feature 27 previously unreleased session recordings, a four-track Let It Be EP, and the never before released 14-track Get Back stereo LP mix compiled by engineer Glyn Johns in May 1969.

Peter Jackson’s The Beatles: Get Back will be presented in a three episode format, each approximately two hours in length. The series drops November 25, 26 and 27, 2021, exclusively on Disney+.

“I had always thought the original film Let It Be was pretty sad as it dealt with the break-up of our band, but the new film shows the camaraderie and love the four of us had between us,” writes Paul McCartney in his foreword for the Let It Be Special Edition book. “It also shows the wonderful times we had together, and combined with the newly remastered Let It Be album, stands as a powerful reminder of this time. It’s how I want to remember The Beatles.”

The Super Deluxe collections feature 27 previously unreleased session recordings, a four track EP and a never before released 14-track Get Back stereo LP mix..

he Beatles and film crew on the Apple Rooftop, 30 January 1969 – as featured in The Beatles: get Back book

The Let It be Special Edition releases in detail…

Let It Be Special Edition (Super Deluxe): 57 tracks
* 5CD + 1Blu-ray (new stereo mix in hi-res 96kHz/24-bit; new 5.1 surround DTS and Dolby Atmos album mixes) with 105-page hardbound book in a die-cut slipcase
* 180-gram, half-speed mastered vinyl 4LP + 45rpm 12-inch vinyl EP with 105-page hardbound book in a die-cut slipcase. 
* Digital Audio Collection (stereo + album mixes in hi res 96kHz/24-bit / Dolby Atmos)

The Super Deluxe CD and vinyl collections’ book features Paul McCartney’s foreword; an introduction by Giles Martin; a remembrance by Glyn Johns; insightful chapters and detailed track notes by Beatles historian, author, and radio producer Kevin Howlett; and an essay by journalist and author John Harris exploring the sessions’ myths vs. their reality.

The tome is illustrated, scrapbook style, with rare and previously unpublished photos by Ethan A. Russell and Linda McCartney, as well as never before published images of handwritten lyrics, session notes, sketches, Beatles correspondence, tape boxes, film frames, and more. 

Let It Be Special Edition (Deluxe): 26 tracks
* 2CD in digipak with a 40-page booklet abridged from the Super Deluxe book

Let It Be Special Edition (Standard): 12 tracks
* 1 CD in digipak (new stereo mix of original album)
* Digital (album’s new mixes in stereo + hi res 96kHz/24-bit / Dolby Atmos)
* 180-gram half-speed mastered 1LP vinyl (new stereo mix of original album)
* Limited Edition picture disc 1LP vinyl illustrated with the album art (new stereo mix of original album) 

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