‘Hey Jude’ – 4 screen comparison

Multi view comparison of all 4 different videos. While some of them have the same footage at certain points (i.e. 3 of them all start off with the same clip of Paul singing the first verse, one is different) all 4 clips contain footage that is unique. The Anthology clip is the shortest but the other 3 all have completely different endings. Also, it might sound like the soundtrack has gone out of sync at the end. This is not the case as on one of the clips the audience singing along manage to go out of the sync with The Beatles. Listen out for John’s instruction to the audience at 4:13 “LOUDER!”
Thanks to the uploader, “mlucifersam”

In September 1968, The Beatles’ camp rang director Michael Lindsay-Hogg up:

“I think it was because I’d just done Jumpin’ Jack Flash for the Stones, Although I’d worked with the Beatles in 1966, this was now ’68, and McCartney, Lennon and Jagger were all close. And so I think McCartney asked Jagger ‘How did yours turn out?’ and Jagger said it turned out good.”

“The idea of Hey Jude was dictated by that four-minute chorus at the end,” he said. “So I thought we needed something to shoot other than them singing Hey Jude.”

“I had this idea, and Paul and I talked it over, about getting an audience in. And that the audience shouldn’t be just the usual kids. There should be a kind of cross-section of life – housewives, postmen, kids, mums and dads, everything like that.”

” So we got that audience in, and that worked very well because it wasn’t only the kind of teenybopper audience. And that was really the genesis of what became Let It Be, because we did, say, seven or eight takes of Hey Jude.”
“Between takes, while we were getting the cameras ready again and seeing what had gone wrong in the previous take, The Beatles had nothing to do except stand there. And then they started to jam for the audience. They’d play old Motown songs and they’d horse around and stuff, and they enjoyed it. It was the first time they’d performed to any kind of audience since they stopped touring in ’66.”

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  1. Professor Benjamin Levi Marks says:

    Wonderful and interesting,. The smothers bros was the one where the audience goes out of sync. Why mass sing-alongs rarely work well. A crown cannot usually follow a tune. An exception was Stevie Wonder who I saw this summer and on any given song you had about 2000 people el doing incredible background vocals.

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