Ahead of the release of the compilation 1+, the original video for ‘A Day in the Life,’ has been released, a rarely-seen short film now newly restored. And it’s sort of amazing.
The video features images of an orchestra preparing to play during the 1967 recording sessions for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, as well as some familiar faces: of course each Beatle makes an appearance, as well as Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. The footage and the song make for a trippy combination.
The video will be included in 1+, the new compilation of Number One singles available as a 2-Blu-ray (or DVD)/1CD collection, boasting 27 songs and their accompanying promotional videos. It will also included 23 painstakingly restored videos that have never been released until now.
Each video included in the complication was restored frame by frame in 4K resolution. A team of video technicians cleaned, color-graded, and digitally enhanced each frame of footage.
The compilation will also provide commentary by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, filmed introductions, and a 124-page illustrated hardcover book.
In a statement to Mashable, Paul and Ringo elucidate their feelings about looking back on these old films.
“These videos and films are spectacular reminders of the era we lived in,” Paul McCartney said. “They also rock!” Ringo Starr added.
Ringo also spoke more about his drum playing, how he used his instrument to create an atmospheric mood: “If you listen to my playing, I try to become an instrument; play the mood of the song. For example, ‘Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire,’ — boom ba bom. I try to show that; the disenchanting mood. The drum fills are part of it.”
1+ will be released on November 6th.