May 8, 1970: The Beatles release final album, Let It Be

LetItBeLet It Be is the twelfth and final studio album by the English rock band the Beatles. It was released almost a month after the group’s break-up. Like most of the band’s previous releases, it was a number one album in many countries, including both the US and the UK, and was released in tandem with the motion picture of the same name.

The album was conceived as Get Back, a return to the Beatles’ earlier, less complicated approach to music. It was recorded and projected for release before their album Abbey Road (1969); for this reason, some critics and fans, such as Mark Lewisohn, argue that Abbey Road should be considered the group’s final album and Let It Be the penultimate. The recording sessions began at Twickenham Film Studios in January 1969 as part of a planned documentary showing the Beatles preparing to return to live performance. A project instigated by Paul McCartney, the filmed rehearsals were marked by ill-feeling within the band, leading to George Harrison‘s temporary departure from the group. As a condition of his return, the Beatles reconvened at their own Apple Studio, where they completed the recordings with the help of guest musician Billy Preston. [Wikipedia]

Listen to the album on Spotify.

 

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May 4, 1977: The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl released

At_The_Hollywood_BowlThe Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl is a live album by the Beatles featuring songs compiled from two performances at the Hollywood Bowl in August 1964 and August 1965. The album was released by Capitol Records in the United States and Canada and by Parlophone in the United Kingdom. A remixed, remastered and expanded version of the album, retitled Live at the Hollywood Bowl, was released on 9 September 2016 to coincide with the release of the documentary film The Beatles: Eight Days a Week directed by Ron Howard.

The album was originally released as a vinyl LP. Even though the recordings on The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl were between 12 and 13 years old, the album reached number one on the New Musical Express chart in the UK and number two on the Billboard chart in the US. [Wikipedia]

The original album contained 13 tracks, lasting around 33 minutes. The expanded release added four more tracks (tracks 14-17) and a further 10 minutes.

Listen to the 2016 expanded album Live At The Hollywood Bowl on Spotify.