The Beatles have unveiled a restored video for “A Day in the Life,” which is part of a new deluxe edition of their 1 compilation of chart-topping songs from the U.S. and U.K. The set has been expanded with a series of long-lost promotional films, which the Beatles called “mini movies.”
The above clip for “A Day in the Life” shows the Beatles in sessions from January and February of 1967 working with a 40-person orchestra of classically trained musicians. They apparently got into the spirit of things: One player can be seen wearing a comically over-sized fake nose.
As Ringo Starr notes in a press release for the set, John Lennon‘s episodic closing masterpiece from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band required a great amount of focus. “If you listen to my playing, I try to become an instrument; play the mood of the song,” he said. “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.”
This new collection, titled 1+, now includes 27 songs as well as more than 20 restored videos and commentary by McCartney and Starr. Produced during the period after the Beatles stopped touring, the short films have never before been commercially released.
“These videos and films are spectacular reminders of the era we lived in,” Paul McCartney pointed out in a statement regarding the upcoming reissue, which will be released on Nov. 6. Some of the Beatles’ contemporaries — including the Rolling Stones‘ Mick Jagger and Keith Richards — dropped by to see how things were progressing during the “A Day in the Life” shoot.