Watch the Beatles Workshop “I’ve Got a Feeling” in a Clip from Peter Jackson’s ‘Get Back’ Docu-Series

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We’re exactly two weeks away from the Disney+ premiere of The Beatles: Get Back, director Peter Jackson’s highly anticipated documentary series that will premiere on Disney+ as a three-part series, debuting on Nov. 25, 26, and 27, each episode with an approximate run time of two hours.

On Friday, a clip from the documentary was shared and it demonstrates the level of behind-the-scenes footage of John, Paul, George and Ringo that will be at the core of the film. Sitting in Twickenham Film Studios with a video crew rolling, here’s the band workshopping what would become the classic track “I’ve Got a Feeling”:

In the works for quite some time and set for release after delays caused in part by the pandemic, the docu-series comes with immense anticipation. Much of that anticipation draws from the more than 57 hours(!) of footage of the Beatles in the studio as they worked on what would become Let It Be.

Corresponding with the premiere of the documentary series is the similarly huge Let It Be Special Edition box set, which was released last month.

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In a new Rock Cellar conversation, Kevin Harrington — who served among the Beatles’ team as an equipment manager and roadie during this time, recalls his experience and perspective from video and album sessions, which were somewhat stark in contrast when comparing Twickenham to Apple Studios:

Rock Cellar: During the sessions/filming for what became the Let It Be album, you spent time at both Twickenham Studios and Apple Studios, was the vibe and atmosphere different?

Kevin Harrington: Yeah, absolutely. Absolutely. Well, you’ve got to remember that I was in the studio with them while they were recording the White Album. So I spent five months at Abbey Road with them. I got used to them and they got used to me. And it was intimate and there was an atmosphere. Then when you’re going into Twickenham you’re in this big cavernous sound studio and you’ve got all of these unknown people filming and recording, and it just doesn’t feel right.

It’s not a creative atmosphere. It’s cold and there’s no fun. There’s expectations, plus the sessions started early in the morning as opposed to the Abbey Road sessions. It was like 10 in the morning or something ridiculous. They never went into Abbey Road at that time back in those later days. They would always record in the evenings. So going into Apple Studios, it was a nice, cozy atmosphere.

I think when this new Peter Jackson film comes that’s been redone, I’m hoping that everybody will see that the atmosphere changes. I was there and felt it immediately. At Twickenham, they were trying to get a group togetherness and intimacy feel that comes with making records with the four of them. But then you’ve got an audience of people walking in and out, cameramen, a sound man. It’s cold. Because it was such a big vast space, I sat a long way away from them, whereas at EMI (Abbey Road) I would only be about 15, 20 feet away, but there I was 35, 40 feet away and you can just feel there’s nothing there.

They huddled around in a group, whereas in the studio they’re more free moving about. By the time they moved over to Apple Studios it became more intimate. It became more like the Beatles that I knew, even though I hadn’t known them for that long, maybe a year and a half by that point. It was a big relief when they moved the sessions to those studios.

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