Restored silly love songs
As Beatles- and solo video enthusiasts, we are delighted by the recent developments on YouTube, where skilled amateurs are constantly working to improve the quality of Beatles and related material, making them available for the general public.
The latest endeavour we have made notice of, is the Paul McCartney fan MusicLounge‘s “release” of the “Silly Love Songs” promo film or music video by Wings, taken from a 16mm print and digitally transferred in 4K.
If you are a collector of Beatles- and solo film and videos, you may remember how disappointed we all were when Paul McCartney’s 2007 music video collection “McCartney Years” missed out on a lot of videos, and what was left consisted of fake widescreen versions of the originals, which cropped off tops and bottoms of the full picture.
Having purchased a 16mm print of the film (for about 300€), had it professionally transferred to digital by a film lab, and gotten rid of artifacts like lots of blue tints in the upper left corner, the film was uploaded and premiered on YouTube yesterday. Like it says in the description: “This is the first time you are going to see ‘Silly Love Songs’ completely uncropped and I really doubt that MPL will ever do a official 4K version of this video.”
One can only hope that the powers that be leave these efforts alone, as they surely also promote the official products. Above is the new transfer of the uncropped 16mm original promo film, below is Paul McCartney’s official version of the same video.