When 1, the hit-stuffed compilation consisting of 27 Beatles singles that reached Number One, was released back in 2000, it shifted over 31 million copies. That unfathomable figure has warranted a 2015 update of the album, meaning you can now see – as well as hear – the Fabs in all their glory.
The deluxe version of the all-new 1+ sees each song accompanied by a newly remastered video, one of which we’re premiering as an NME exclusive here. This spirited run-through of the 1965 song ‘We Can Work It Out’ – which went to number one in the UK and the USA – sees the band jamming at Twickenham Studios on November 23 that year. Check out the cheeky pose Paul strikes at the end to poke fun at John’s grandiose keyboard playing.
The rest of the CD/DVD looks set to thrill Beatlenerds the world over, too. As well as the 27 remastered music videos, it crams in 23 additional clips, including alternative versions and restored TV appearances. There are seven versions of the project available, which range from a basic remastered CD to CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray editions.
And it sounds like it was a right job, putting this thing together. Eighteen technicians sourced and cleaned up each clip, and the band’s surviving members provide commentaries on clips – Paul on ‘Penny Lane’, ‘Hello, Goodbye’ and ‘Hey Jude’, and Ringo providing introductions to ‘Penny Lane’, ‘Hello, Goodbye’, ‘Hey Jude’ and ‘Get Back’. Renowned music journo Mark Ellen appears to wax lyrical about the band in the 124-page illustrated hardcover book that comes with the pricier ‘deluxe’ editions. All in all, then, something to please even the most seen-it-all of Beatles heads.