The Beatles will reissue their Number One singles compilation 1 as a 2-Blu-ray/1CD collection – now titled 1+ – that boasts 27 songs and their accompanying promo videos alongside 23 more restored videos used for promotional purposes but never formerly released. That Blu-ray of alternate versions and rarely seen short films will include the Beatles’ original video for the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band closer “A Day in the Life,” with the 1+ restoration of that clip premiering via Mashable.
In the video, largely filmed between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m., footage of the Beatles messing around with some of their friends, including the Rolling Stones‘ Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, is intercut with images of an orchestra preparing to perform during the early 1967 recording sessions for the track.
“These videos and films are spectacular reminders of the era we lived in,” Paul McCartney said in a statement to Mashable. “They also rock!” Ringo Starr added 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.”
The 1 videos were restored frame-by-frame in 4K resolution by a team of video technicians that cleaned, color-graded and digitally enhanced the rarely seen footage. In addition to the unearthed clips, McCartney and Starr provide exclusive audio commentary and filmed introductions for a handful of the videos. The new collection will also feature a 124-page illustrated hardcover book.
1+ will arrive on November 6th, just a week shy of the compilation’s original release 15 years ago. Check out the Beatles’ official store for more details.