Full Show Friday | Beatles Rooftop Concert 46 Years Later

Forty-six years ago today, on January 30, 1969, The Beatles performed live for the last time in their historic career. The quartet and guest keyboardist Billy Preston set up on the roof of Apple Studios on Savile Row in London as the climax of the Let It Be film they were producing. The band played for 42 minutes, 22 minutes of which were shot for the film and circulate on YouTube and other video sites.

It's insane to think The Beatles not only stopped touring in 1966, but rarely played even a song together outside of the studio during the last four years of their career. The Rooftop Concert gives us a glimpse at what could've been had The Beatles toured behind Let It Be. Paul McCartney was a big proponent of The Beatles returning to the road in '69, as he felt that was the only way to bring the warring factions of the band back together. However, John Lennon was not looking to tour and won out in the end.

Watch The Beatles last live performance from 46 years ago ttoday:

1. Get Back (01:09)
2. Don't Let Me Down (04:23)
3. I've Got A Feeling (07:56)
4. One After 909 (11:40)
5. Dig A Pony (14:41)
6. Get Back (18:35)

Recently, a Beatles fan worked on and released the best-sounding audio version of the band's final concert and we agree it marks a major upgrade to other versions we've heard. Take a listen:

1. Get Back (1) - 0:07
2. Get Back (2) - 4:13
3. Don't Let Me Down (1) - 7:32
4: I've Got A Feeling (1) - 10:52
5: One After 909 - 15:59
6: Dig A Pony - 19:13
7: I've Got A Feeling (2) - 23:25
8: Don't Let Me Down (2) - 27:29
9: Get Back (3) - 31:03

Here's the release notes from GetBackEtso, who prepped the audio restoration:

Here is the long awaited, and most requested, restoration of The Beatles "Rooftop Concert" from January 30th, 1969. The audio quality has been cleaned up to the best of my abilities, having listened to it multiple times for any possible flaws I could detect. As of now, this is the largest, longest, and most complicated restoration video I've done to date. Also, I felt that video footage from the concert could not be used due to the fact that there was enough audio removed that it would not sync up and look out of place.

In addition, the concert was originally going to be broken up into several videos, but I felt it could work better if it had one continuous flow; without disruption, so as to not break away from the (concert's) overall experience. However, I made sure to section up each song individually by putting in the times at which they are played, so as to give the option of jumping ahead to listen to any particular song if or whenever desired.

Bare in mind, I could not have worked on each instrument or vocals individually, since I do not have access to the master tracks, so I had to work with the audio that I had as a whole. Therefore, it's not going to be perfect, but I did everything I could to get it to sound the best I could with what I had to use.

Cleaning up wise, I lifted up the audio by using hard limiting, volume control for audio that spiked up in sound, click/pop removal, hiss reduction, fading in/out, delay for polished sound and echo, and other various tools. Most of the time was spent on editing. I also did not reuse audio from previous videos I restored of some of these songs. They are completely redone in this one.

Each song was worked on and edited individually, as well as any audio and conversations in between. I also made sure that any audio removed, which there was quite a bit of due to the fact that there were moments that it just seemed either pointless or boring or just dragged on for far too long, would have smooth transition and not even be noticeable. However, there are moments where the audio sounds like it's going in and out during discussions on the roof, but they were originally there, so they are not the result of poor editing (just to make sure if someone points it out).

Well, I hope the wait was worth it to you guys, and that you enjoy a trip down memory lane, but in a new way. Peace and Love!

[Published on: 1/30/15]

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