The Beatles have recently released a fully restored video for their Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band closing track "A Day in the Life," which is one installment in 1+, a brand-new 2 Blu-Ray/1 CD deluxe edition of the famous quartet's 1 compilation. The original album gathered their most prevalent chart-toppers from both the U.K. and U.S. The expanded deluxe set further offers 23 unearthed promotion films, referred to by The Beatles as "mini movies."
In the restored video, mostly filmed between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 a.m., images of a 40-plus person orchestra preparing for the 1967 track's recording session are juxtaposed with footage of the Beatles fooling around with friends and fellow musicians including the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
"These videos and films are spectacular reminders of the era we lived in," Paul McCartney said in a statement via Mashable. "They also rock!" Ringo Starr said of "A Day in the Life," "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."
Frame by frame, the 1 videos were reconditioned in 4k resolution via a squad of video technicians that made the old footage come back to life by digital enhancement, Rolling Stone reports. The Blu-Ray containing alternative versions and rare mini movies will boast the original video for "A Day in the Life" as well as the 1+ restored video. The two surviving Beatles, McCartney and Starr, offer exclusive commentary and pre-recorded forewords for many of the Blu-ray's videos, which are accompanied by a 124-page illustrated, hardbound book.
1+ will be available on November 6, just a week behind what would've been the album's 15 year anniversary release date.