GET BACK THE FINAL MIXES VIGOTONE CD MINT LIKE NEW! 1 GET BACK (Version Two): Final tape banding and compilation performed by Glyn Johns at Olympic Sound Studios, Studio One, 117 Church Road, Barnes, London SW13, on January 5, 1970.
2 The One After 909 (Recorded 30 Jan 69)
The only track from the Get Back album which used a recording from the famed "rooftop concert", the last live performance of The Beatles. This version is a different mix than the one Phil Spector produced from the same recording for the Let It Be album.
3 Rocker (Recorded 22 Jan 69)
A rock and roll jam instrumental, this was used on both versions of Get Back in identical form. Paul McCartney bestowed the title on this tune after plowing through a number of tapes in order to catalog the large number of unlabeled tape boxes.
4 Save The Last Dance For Me (Recorded 22 Jan 69)
A short rendition ("because it wasn't meant to be on the new LP" according to Mal Evans) of the old Drifters hit. It was left on the album to maintain the "fun atmosphere of the whole session". A close comparison reveals some minor differences in the patter between this and the next rack on this version of Get Back.
5 Don't Let Me Down (Recorded 22 Jan 69)
Once again, using the same version from his previous edition of Get Back, this version of the song comes from the first day of recordings after the Get Back film project switched from Twickenham Film Studios to Apple Studios.
6 Dig A Pony (Recorded 24 Jan 69)
I've Got A Feeling (Recorded 24 Jan 69)
Recorded one after the other, Johns utilized the recordings from this date, but incorporated a spoken intro from January 22 that he edited onto the beginning. This would become standard practice for the album, extracting bits here and there from different sessions and editing them in to create the appearance of spontaneity.
7 Get Back (Recorded 28 Jan 69)
This song was the first material from this project to see commercial release, having been issued as a single in Britain on April 11, 1969, backed with a different version of "Don't Let Me Down" from the one selected for Get Back. It was the last Beatles single to be issued in mono in the UK, and this stereo single mix was done on April 7, 1969 for initial use in the US. Hence its inclusion on the album, for by the time the Get Back album would have come out, the song and the single version would have been too familiar to warrant any noticeable variations. However, this was something someone DIDN'T tell Phil Spector about when he was assembling the Let It Be album. He took this recording, remixed it, chopped off the extended code, and edited spoken chatter at the beginning and end to give the appearance that it was from the live rooftop performance seen in the film which it certainly wasn't.
8 Let It Be (Recorded 30 Jan 69 with 30 April 69 overdub)
This track was the one exception that Glyn Johns allowed on either version of Get Back to the original no frills, no overdub concept that the Beatles and George Martin had started out with originally. It included a lead guitar overdub that was laid down after the actual Get Back sessions, in April 1969. The day before compiling the final album master, January 4, 1970, he oversaw yet another overdub of guitar, backing vocals, drums, maracas and cellos. Interestingly, Johns refused to consider these for the Get Back album, remaining as faithful as possible to the no overdub edict. He did however move the track to the end of side one of the revised Get Back LP from its former position on side two of the first.
9 For You Blue (Recorded 25 Jan 69)
Originally recorded under the working title of "George's Blues", this was take six from the only time this song was worked on by the group. On this version of Get Back, Glyn Johns chopped the first (lasting seven seconds) of two false starts this song has on the earlier version of the album. A new vocal was taped for this song on January 8, 1970, after the Get Back album had seen its final compilation, so obviously it wasn't used on this version. The new vocal is most likely the one used by Phil Spector on Let It Be, although as with most recordings from these sessions detailed take information is either lacking or very incomplete.
10 Two Of Us (Recorded 24 Jan 69)
Another take selected from the January 24 session, "Two Of Us", was recorded under the working title "On Our Way Home". It's also seen in the Let It Be film in the song's original guise as an electrified rocking number before being rendered in its final acoustic form in both the film and on the album. This is an alternate take from the Let It Be LP track.
11 Maggie Mae (Recorded 24 Jan 69)
Recorded between takes of "Two Of Us" on January 24, this spontaneous rendition of an old Liverpool ode to an infamous lass is curiously the only recording to see inclusion on both Get Back and Let It Be in identical form. The lack of any discernable differences in the mixes suggests that Phil Spector merely used the same mix for his version or at the very least made his identical to Johns' version (which is suggested by Mark Lewisohn in The Beatles Recording Sessions).
12 Dig It (Recorded 26 Jan 69)
This is the second version of "Dig It", the first being recorded two days earlier in a heavier, electrified version which included slide guitar. The version included here is more keyboard oriented featuring Paul on piano and Billy Preston on his prominent organ (so to speak). Included both on Get Back and Let It Be, here much longer - the Get Back version being nearly four minutes long, and the Let It Be version only forty seconds. The Get Back version is mixed quite differently than the shorter excerpt, featuring audible Paul backing vocals. Interestingly, though, both use John's childlike spoken at the end of the song that actually comes from the end of the first version mentioned earlier.
13 I Me Mine (Recorded 3 Jan 70)
Following his brief tie to the Get Back album to the yet-to-be released film (still thought at this point to be called Get Back), Johns introduced the song "I Me Mine" in the LP line-up. However, even though this song is seen being performed in the film at Twickenham, it never resurfaced for proper studio recording once the project moved to Apple's recording studios. Therefore, on January 3, 1970, the Threetles (Paul, George and Ringo) assembled at Abbey Road Studios to record a version for inclusion on the LP (John was then on vacation in Denmark). This was actually somehow appropriate for even in the Twickenham film version John did not participate; instead he is seen dancing with Yoko as The Other Three seemingly serenade the two of them. The finished take is included on Get Back in its true length of 1:34, whereas the Phil Spector version on Let It Be, including overdubs and edits, was extended another 51 seconds to 2:25. There is also a bit of dialogue left in between George and Ringo prior to the track to continue the illusion of the "informal" nature of the record.
14 Across The Universe (Recorded 4/8 Feb 68)
As with "I Me Mine", "Across The Universe" was seen in the forthcoming film, and therefore was required to appear on the album. Once again, although the Beatles are seen plowing through a fairly horrible rendition of the song in the film, it was not attempted later at Apple. Instead, it was decided to use the recording of the track from the original Abbey Road studio session from February 1968, nearly a full year before the start of the Get Back project. The problem was the song had just seen release in December 1969 on the World Wildlife Fund charity album No One's Gonna Change Our World. Any inclusion on the current album would require using the same recording but somehow making it seem different from the WWF release and more like a Get Back recording. To do this, Johns mixed out the Beatles' own backing vocals, and all but mixed out the Gayleen Pease and Lizzie Bravo backing vocals (these were the two fans who had been recruited for the original recording sessions). These vocals are audible, but are kept in the background. By tacking on several seconds of chatter from John at the beginning and crossfading into the reprise of "Get Back", Johns was able to create the illusion that this was a different recording. (It should be noted that Phil Spector had to the same sort of thing with the song for Let It Be, but his efforts took a different direction.)
15 Get Back (reprise)
Heard over the closing credits of the Let It Be film and here at the end of the Get Back album, this brief reprise comes from the extended code of the recording that produced the "Get Back" single. A very close listen to the mono single mix of "Get Back" will reveal the first notes of this reprise section as the single fades out.