The Unofficial Account Of The Biggest Band In The World

For some unfathomable reason I seem to have suddenly found myself awash in all things Beatles. It seems that everywhere I look there is more Beatles related material arriving on my doorstep. In the past month I have read Better Than Lennon, ran a radio program about the band, and reviewed Composing Outside Of The Beatles. This is strange because for the most part I don’t much care for the music. One cannot discount the legacy that the group has left, nor the impact that they had on popular music at the time, but they do little to stir my enthusiasm.

Rare And Unseen is an unusual DVD that was released late in 2009. Is it groundbreaking? No, not at all. It is a retrospective look back at the band in the very beginning of their career.

As with many DVD’s of this ilk we have the obligatory ‘famous’ names dropping somewhat nebulous accolades on the four musicians. There are also a plethora of ‘experts’ who ‘knew’ the band offering their personal insights.

Where Rare And Unseen does score high points is in the video footage. Much of the archival film has either never been shown before, or has been long forgotten.

The DVD has a 90 minute run time, but unfortunately it does cover the same ground over and over again. However, it is an interesting account of their rise to fame, which should appeal to anyone that has an interest in the band. Some of the most unique archival footage included are home movies actually made by the group.

It will be interesting to see what the Beatles fans make of Rare And Unseen, at under $14, it is not going to break the bank and you might just find that speck of gold that you have been searching for.

You can order your copy by using the Amazon link above.

Simon Barrett

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