Let it be for 2021
|The original 1970 boxed set of the “Let It Be”-album.|
According to sources close to the projects, the yet-not-announced 50th anniversary release of the “Let It Be” album by The Beatles has been postponed to 2021.
This comes as a result of distributor of Peter Jackson’s new “Get Back” documentary, Disney having rescheduled the silver screen debut of that film to August 27, 2021. The documentary was originally planned for theatrical release September 4th, 2020. Also, a restored version of Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s original documentary “Let It Be” was to follow, but it too, has now been pushed back to 2021.
Giles Martin and his team was going to work on the soundtracks of both films, as well as an anniversary edition of the album this month. Since Abbey Road Studios again is open for business after having been closed for more than ten weeks, that work can go ahead as scheduled. But it will have to spend some time on the shelves before it gets to be released.
Ironically, a delay of over a year and being on the backburner seems to be an eternal fate of the “Get Back” material. Having been filmed and recorded in January 1969, the album as well as the film didn’t come to fruition until May 1970, by which time The Beatles had already recorded and released another album, “Abbey Road” – and then disbanded.
UPDATE: We have just received information that a)sound mixing was finished many months ago, which is contrary to the report from Roger Friedman which our comment was based on and b) not all parties have had their say regarding delaying the anniversary album release yet.