When read as a single list, the sheer number of musical titans that “1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything” addresses is staggering to take in full.

But over the course of the eight-episode season — all of which are available now on Apple TV+ — one thing that stands out even more than the ambitions of scale is how the world of 50 years ago absorbed some of the enduring songs and albums that still reverberate through the present day. Anchored by a strong collection of live performances, “1971” is an archival treasure trove, a good portion of that coming in the form of TV show spots where bands and artists introduced their newest hits to a captive audience.

“Apart from The Concert for Bangladesh, which was a technical nightmare for them to film, concert footage was actually really rare at that time,” producer and director Danielle Peck said.

“It’s more intimate as well, I think, than seeing someone performing to 50,000 people or 120,000 people,” director Asif Kapadia said. “There’s something about seeing them up close that works for this format almost better. And often, they’re being interviewed before, during, or after as well, which is all part of it. It’s a pivotal kind of way that people learned about artists.”

CONTINUE…