Back in June 1962, The Beatles performed at Abbey Road Studios for the first time. A demo of their performance was recorded by EMI, but the label told their employee – sound engineer Geoff Emerick – to destroy it since it was of poor quality. The footage includes the song Love Me Do and was shot before Ringo Starr joined The Beatles as drummer.
However, Emerick secretly kept a hold of the demo in its original box in his safe at home in Los Angeles.
The sound engineer died aged 72 in 2018 and the piece of Beatles history was unearthed by his estate.
Now a court battle worth millions is set to take place in California on Tuesday between Universal Music Group – who acquired EMI in 2012 – and Emerick’s estate.
A source told The Sun: “It’s an amazing find.”
The insider continued: “It’s been estimated at £5million but could be worth much more.
“Despite wanting it destroyed, Universal all these years later want it back. They know how huge this find is.”
In the dispute, Emerick’s family believe they are entitled to keep the demo due to finder’s law.
However, Universal argues that law doesn’t apply in this instance since Emerick was told to destroy the recording.
Jackson has restored scenes including The Beatles’ entire 42-minute final live performance on the roof of Apple’s Savile Row London office.
Disney boss Bob Iger said: “No band has had the kind of impact on the world that The Beatles have had, and The Beatles: Get Back is a front-row seat to the inner workings of these genius creators at a seminal moment in music history, with spectacularly restored footage that looks like it was shot yesterday.
“I’m a huge fan myself, so I could not be happier that Disney is able to share Peter Jackson’s stunning documentary with global audiences in September.”
Jackson previously directed They Shall Not Grow Old, in which he and his team restored, colourised and added sound to original First World War footage.
On The Beatles: Get Back, Jackson said: “Working on this project has been a joyous discovery. I’ve been privileged to be a fly on the wall while the greatest band of all time works, plays and creates masterpieces.
“I’m thrilled that Disney have stepped up as our distributor. There’s no one better to have our movie seen by the greatest number of people.”
Surviving Beatles Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Ringo Starr gave their enthusiastic support.
As did John Lennon and George Harrison’s widows, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison.
Published at Sat, 13 Jun 2020 13:20:00 +0000