“Get Back (Rooftop Performance)” Review

Collin Acevedo, News Editor

At the end of 2021, Peter Jackson released “The Beatles: Get Back,” a docu-series streaming exclusively on the Disney+ platform. And with the series’ release, it gave an in-depth look into The Beatles as they recorded material which would later appear on their last two albums, “Abbey Road” and “Let it Be.” With a handful of songs on “Let It Be” coming from a rooftop performance which proved to be the last performance of the fab-four atop a London building as onlookers peered from below before getting cut short by the London Metropolitan Police.

With these few songs being played in the last hurrah of an impressive career, the beginning of 2022 gifts a great present, with the rooftop performance being released as a whole album. Released on Jan. 28, the “Get Back (Rooftop Performance)” features ten tracks with the first performances of “I’ve Got a Feeling,” “One After 909”, and “Dig a Pony” all making into 1970’s album, “Let It Be.” As the other songs provide a nostalgic look into the hardened practice of one of the greatest bands of the last century and within the roughness is magic at work as they try to get the correct set-ups to be their best.

With the interchanging words of those who worked on the production of the last show and the words of the band itself, it gives a real feel of what it was like on that cold rooftop on Jan. 30 1969. As they set up their instruments and crack sly British humored jokes at one another before each take, it’s an in depth moment of a little world from so long ago. Beginning with one iteration of their hit “Get Back” and ending with the same musical number it shows practice makes perfect and they have fun in doing so.

But the music alone is phenomenal, the intensity of it being played for a live audience, though the audience couldn’t very much see them, it’s the idea that counts. The idea to belt out their songs with range to all those who could lend an ear to listen to their magic. And magic indeed it is, sitting like a fly on the wall for 39 minutes in the cold British air listening to the end of their star studded era.