The Complete Rooftop Concert

The Beatles
Complete Rooftop Concert - CD cover Complete Rooftop Concert - CD back
Complete Rooftop Concert - Front Cover Complete Rooftop Concert - Back Cover

Label  Roof Top
Catalogue No. RT 1
Release date 1996
Total time 73:49
Comments: Fabulous "must have" C.D. incorporating the full roof-top concert of 30th January 1969.
Plus it includes some rare outtakes to fill up the C.D.

Click here for Explanation of DDSI numbers (The numbers below are from the 2007 edition).

The C.D.

No Tracklisting DDSI No. Notes Time
1 Get Back 30.2   At end Lennon says, "We've had a request from Martin and Luther" 3:55
2 Get Back 30.4   "This is all cameras, Take 3" and at end, JL says,
"We've had a request from Daisy, Maurice and Tommy"
3 Don't Let Me Down 30.5   Fluffed lines version in 3rd verse 3:25
4 I've Got A Feeling 30.6   At end John says, "Peace on Earth" 5:16
5 One After 909 30.7  
Includes "Oh Danny boy ...." 3:54
6 Dig A Pony 30.11  "1-2-3 Hold It" (False start), at end, "Thankyou Brothers" 4:42
7 I've Got A Feeling 30.13  Still live on roof 3:43
8 Don't Let Me Down 30.16  Still live on roof 3:35
9 Get Back 30.17  "I'd like to thank you on behalf of the group ...." 3:20
10 The Walk 27.83  Let It Be outtake - Complete version
Actually "You wont get me that way" + "The Walk"
11 Oh! Darling 7.73  Let It Be outtake 3:08
12 Maxwell's Silver Hammer 7.74  False start, then complete run through with whistling at start and end 3:51
13 Across The Universe 7.107 Let It Be outtake 3:16
14 Gone, Gone, Gone 7.108 Let It Be outtake - Twickenham, Roll 64 and 65, slate 127 1:59
15 Wake Up In The Morning ?? Paul describes the way they do the song half way through
I could not find this in Sulpy's book .. hence no DDSI no.
16 She Came In Through The Bathroom Window 8.47  At end, "That'll do", and George says,
"No good me doing the same harmony as John, and I can't do higher"
17 Medley :
    Sausages And French Fries
    Early In The Morning
    Honey Hush
Outtake from film Let It Be, previously unreleased
"Camera A, Roll 71, Slate 137
("Honey Hush" appeared on Paul's "Run Devil Run" in 1999 !)
18 Stand By Me 8.10  Outtake from film Let It Be, previously unreleased
"Operatic version", Paul sings "Figaro, Figaro"
19 Harry Pinsker 8.11 
Hare Krishna pastiche 2:09
20 Two Of Us 8.14  Let It Be outtake 3:00
21 For You Blue 25.48  Let It Be outtake 1:40
22 The Long And Winding Road 31.40  Take 19 3:30

CD Booklet Notes :


The Beatles were going to make a documentary film of themselves producing a TV show and writing a bunch of new songs for their next album, which was to be a return to their roots of the rocking days. This was probably inspired by the emergence of The Band, straightforward, downhome and everyone's favourite name to drop at the time.
With a working title of "Get Back" rehearsals began at Twickenham studios on January the 2nd, 1969. The project quickly ran into trouble, George Harrison walked out after eight days complaining of continual criticism from Paul McCartney. However, he returned a week later. The TV show idea had to be dumped because they couldn't find a suitable location. They thought about hiring an ocean liner, but somewhere along the line that idea was also shelved, along with a number of other exotic suggestions. But it was John Lennon's suggestion to record a selection of songs in the controlled atmosphere of a studio.
At this time, plans were made to turn the roof at No 3 Saville Row, the Apple Corps HQ, into a tranquil roof garden, and so Ringo Starr and Michael Lindsay-Hogg decided to take a look. It seemed ideal for what they had in mind.
The Beatles last ever public concert took place around mid-day on Thursday January the 30th and lasted a full 42 minutes, and may well have gone on longer had it not been for the complaints of the neighbour, Stanley Davis. The wool merchant next door was not a Beatles fan so it seemed. He was quoted as saying "I want this bloody noise stopped. It's an absolute disgrace". But the banker, Alan Pulverness, at the end of the street was kinder, he said "Some people just can't appreciate good music".
The film won an Oscar for best musical score and it was presented to Paul McCartney by non-other than John Wayne, Big Leggy. But by the time it was premiered on May the 13th, 1970, The Beatles had split. The dream was over...
"I'd like to say 'Thankyou' on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we passed the audition".

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