Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Beatles - Get Back



The Beatles - Get Back
(soniclovenoize reconstruction)

Side A:
1. One After 909  
2. Rocker/Save The Last Dance For Me
3. Don't Let Me Down
4. Dig A Pony
5. I've Got A Feeling
6. For You Blue
7. Get Back

Side B:
8. Dig It
9. Let It Be
10. Maggie Mae
11. Two Of Us
12. I Me Mine
13. The Long And Winding Road
14. Across The Universe




In January 1969, The Beatles set out to record the follow-up to The White Album, an album that would recapture their youthful spirit and comradery, something that they had lost since returning from India.  The album was to be recorded entirely live with no overdubs, a throwback to their first albums, and would be called Get Back.  Unfortunately, things did not pan out as they intended.  Paul seemed disinterested in doing George’s songs, George seemed disinterested in Paul’s songs, and John seemed disinterested in the project as a whole.  The performances were sloppy and The Beatles emitted all-around bad vibes.  After a month of rehearsing and recording the same batch of 10-or-so songs and a vast number of pointless jams and improvisations, The Beatles walked away from the failed project to record Abbey Road

Later that year, Glyn Johns constructed a rough cut of the album that was very disappointing.  Well Lennon did request the album to “show The Beatles with their pants down”, this first mix of Get Back showed the Beatles naked from the waste down!  Not only did Johns select lackluster takes, but his version contained little cohesion.  A second version was constructed in 1970, one that excluded much unneeded and embarrassing chatter and included a newly-recorded “I Me Mine” and an old recording of “Across The Universe“, but it too was ultimately scrapped. 

The next phase of the now-infamous “lost Beatles album”  was guided by the hand of Phil Spector.  In contrast to Glyn Johns, Spector did choose better takes of the material, but he broke the cardinal rule of the Get Back Session’s ethos; no overdubs.  He added (what many Beatles fans, including McCartney himself) unneeded orchestration to the songs, thus robbing them of their live-band feel.  He also excluded “Don’t Let Me Down” from the album, which is just madness. 

In 2003, McCartney and Starr approved a remix and reconstruction of the Get Back album, closer to what The Beatles intended.  Let It Be… Naked was the best of all 4 versions of these recordings, as the modern age had served the music well; the engineers were able to clean up the tapes and used a more appropriate centralized stereophonic mixing.  This was not without it’s own drawbacks, though: the exclusion of “Maggie Mae” and “Dig It” left a surprising large void on the album; all the tracks suspiciously featured quick fade outs that in effect excluded the song’s good humor and spirit; and the track sequence was simply awkward. 

The purpose of this reconstruction of the Get Back album is to attempt to successfully create the album that The Beatles set out to make in 1969, as all four versions of the Get Back/Let It Be albums were fatally flawed in some way.  My reconstruction divides the material into two groups, featured on each side of the album: Side A features mainly the songs performed on The Beatles’ rooftop performance, and Side B features the remainder of the songs from the session, the “in-studio” songs.  Also, most of the basic mixes used are the superior Let It Be…Naked versions, but interplayed with chatter and linking material pulled from either Phil Spector’s Let It Be or the second Glyn Johns mix of Let It Be.  The bootleg source of the later is from Dr. Ebbitt’s phenomenal remaster.  An attempt was made to include the best takes of the material, while also retaining the loose and improvisational spirit of the sessions--a mock Beatles live recording.  The track sequence was designed for cohesion and flow.  So, enjoy the Beatles album that never was, a fantastic album that fits perfectly as the link between The White Album and Abbey Road



Sources used:
Get Back (2nd Glyn Johns mix, Dr. Ebbetts remaster)
Let It Be (2009 Capital remaster)
Let It Be... Naked 

LINEAGE:
FLAC -> WAV (TLH) -> editing in Audacity and Goldwave -> FLAC encoding lv8 (TLH)

Created by soniclovenoize, May 2011
*md5 file, track notes and artwork included



SIDE A:

1. One After 909
This is the great-sounding mix from LIBN, but with the introductory chatter from GB2 and the outro from LIB edited back onto the beginning and ending. 

2. Rocker/Save The Last Dance For Me
Taken from GB2, but crossfaded into...

3. Don’t Let me Down
The fantastic LIBN mix.

4. Dig A Pony
The introduction chatter from LIB and outro is edited onto the mix found on LIBN.

5. I’ve Got a Feeling
The “Danny Boy” outro from LIB is edited onto the LIBN mix. 

6. For You Blue
John’s adlib intro from the LIB is edited onto the LIBN mix.

7. Get Back
This is the LIBN mix with the tuning intro and John’s infamous “Thanks!” from LIB edited onto the LIBN mix, to conclude the rooftop performance side of the album. 


SIDE B:

8. Dig It
Starting the in-studio side of the album, this is the extended mix found on GB2, faded in at the same point as found on LIB.  It goes onto the ending with John’s quip and introduction of Let It Be...

9. Let It Be
This is the version found on LIBN.

10. Maggie Mae
This is the version found on LIB.

11. Two Of Us
This is the crystal clear mix found on LIBN.

12. I Me Mine
Here the introduction from GB2 is edited onto the mix found on LIBN.

13. The Long And Winding Road
Ringo and Paul’s chatter from GB2 is edited onto the superior take from LIBN

14. Across The Universe
The album concludes with the fantastic remix found on LIBN.

21 comments:

  1. Hi,
    could you fix the FLAC part 2 link please?
    Thanks.

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    1. Link fixed.

      If there's a good alternative to zippyshare who won't delete your files after 30 days of inactivity, please let me know....

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  2. Can you reup both parts. Looks like a great intro to your theoretical 1970s Beatles albums.

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  3. As a Beatles fan it would be nice to hear your compilation and ideas regarding this album. Is it possible to repost.

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  4. For my own reconstruction of Get Back/Let It Be I edited the missing "all I want is" parts from the beginning and end of Dig A Pony. Never have I felt so much joy as a result of doing some digital editing. I'd been wanting to hear the released mix of the song that way ever since first seeing the Let It Be movie in 1976. I can't believe they kept the same edits for the Naked version.

    I've also done a synchronised remix of Let It Be with both George Harrison lead guitar parts playing together. Pretty pleased with that one too!

    Jules

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  5. I never gave in and assembled an early solo era Beatles album, not on cassette not on CDR and not even when computer media management / music jukeboxes made it almost impossibly difficult to resist. A few weeks ago I decided I finally had the right motivation - to listen to early non-LP Lennon singles in some other context besides back to back red hot hits. So, I started compiling a playlist which was primarily an excuse to hear Give Peace A Chance, Cold Turkey, Instant Karma, Power To The People, and Happy Xmas. Why not fill it in with tracks from the other ex-Fabs? So my playlist was born. I for some reason Googled Get On The Right Thing, and by chance came across your site. Looking forward to hearing your solo era assemblages as well. When I saw this Get Back collection using mostly LIBN takes but in a much more appealing order and adding the essential banter / commentary / off the cuff remarks and Rocker / Save and Maggie May and Dig It, I knew this was going to be a far better listen than LIBN, and possibly even LIB & Get Back version 2. I keep checking back but the links are still expired. Hoping you can find time to reup. Thanks!

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    1. Thank you! Worth the wait. Infinitely more engaging than Let It Be... Naked.; clearly higher fidelity than any Get Back boot; and free of Spector's excesses that murk over and ham up Let It Be. And, inclusive of all the tracks – Don't Let Me Down and Maggie Mae & Dig It! I do prefer the longer edit of Save The Last Dance For Me from Get Back version one and some version two boots, but that's about it. And the inclusion of the hilarious “do your thing” exchange nearly makes up for it . I never have cared for the Get Back Reprise Glyn Johns slapped on following the otherwise album closing Lennon song. First of all, it sounds lower fidelity than the rest of the album on every boot I've heard. And secondly, it just feels like he tacked it on after what was basically an old solo recording to remind the listener that this was a band's album. Nobody should listen to Let It Be... Naked when this is available. If anyone wants to hear those mixes, this is the way go. Nice work!

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  6. hi as you can see from the comments there a few of us would love to hear this one. Could you let us know either way if this can be reposted. many thanks for your time.

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  8. yes, please, a repost would be mightily appreciated. thank you!

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  9. Thank you so much for the re-up, it is appreciated.

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  10. Finally listened to this the other day, great version thank you so much. Worth the wait for the re-up.

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  12. Wow, this album is stellar! It feels like the Beatles walked into the BBC one day and played a bunch of their recent singles and a few other new tracks. Relaxed and passionate at the same time.


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