"My first question about it was whether this might be just a 'ka-ching!' prospect," Jonathan Clyde, Apple Corps Ltd.'s director of production and producer of the "1/1+" told The Times on Thursday.
conducted a playback session in West Hollywood of several of the videos for about 50 music writers and a few VIPs including Doors drummer John Densmore and filmmaker Michael Lindsay-Hogg, who directed the Beatles' cinematic swan song, "Let It Be."
"But the more we dug into the archives, the more I realized how much great material hasn't been made available before," he
But to see them virtually giggling their way through a performance sequence for "Rain," watching Starr peddling mightily on a stationary bike and Lennon attempting to lip-sync while gobbling down a sandwich during "I Feel Fine" - Clyde
pointed out that was shot during their lunch break - or fitfully attempting to ride massive horses through busy city streets in the "Penny Lane" film is to feel anew how much fun they had together, and how that joy, and sense of limitless possibility, was transmitted to the world through their music.
Martin and Okell have concocted new stereo mixes for most of the songs-the televised version of "Revolution" remains in the original monaural mix because, Clyde
said, Martin felt that was the best way to present it-and new 5.1 surround sound mixes.
Applause from close to 50 people in the room for Clyde's
70-minute presentation suggested that the reaction to this latest window into the world of the Fab Four from those who were at the preview had morphed from "More Beatles?
to "More Beatles!"