Get Back Camera B Rolls - Vol.1

The Beatles
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Label Unicorn
Catalogue No. UC S001/S002
Matrix No.'s C.D. 1 - 3207005
C.D. 2 - 3207006
Country Of Origin   England
Release Date 2002
Total Time C.D. 1 - 64:54
C.D. 2 - 70:57
Comments: Exactly what it says on the label, it is the complete recorded sound during the "Let It Be" sessions of January 1969 as recorded by Camera B. For a brief explanation of how these recordings were made, see a summary on The Box Set Main Page

This is Volume 1 all being from January 25th 1969.

This is a great start to this collection with plenty of interesting pieces.
The first C.D. is almost entirely made up of practising and arranging "For You Blue". John getting used to the steel guitar, Paul sorting out his piano piece, George formatting the song, and the way he wants it.
The second C.D. is where the real finds are, as one hears the first takes in the correct sequence with all the studio chat each side of the takes. It then also includes The Beatles sitting around the playbacks of the good takes discussing the merits of each.
A very interesting pair of C.D.'s !

The timings I give for each recorded titled musical piece are for the actual musical content. If there are any discussions, tunings or comments that accompany the piece, they can be spotted by the start time given of the next titled entry.
(I hope you can follow that !)

The collection comes in a nice solid box, housing 12 double c.d.'s in picture sleeves, therefore a total of TWENTY-FOUR c.d.'s !

Note: For an explanation of "DDSI" numbers see DDSI - An explanation (The numbers listed here are the 2007 edition)

C.D. 1

No. Full Detail
(preceded by Start Time, ending with track timing)
Roll 1064b Slate 341 contd. (25th January - before and after lunch)
0:00 I've Got A Feeling (playback) - DDSI 22.69P (after 25.25)
     At end John says, "I cocked it up trying to get loud, not bad though"
2:16 Dialogue/Tuning
     "George, do you want to hear some of the Jimmy Page album ?",
     they then discuss Page and the Yardbirds.
     John then discusses the slide guitar, and tuning.
8:25 For You Blue (DDSI 25.26)
     A light acoustic run-thru.
     After this John gets right into the slide guitar foot pedal.
11:37 For You Blue (DDSI 25.27)
     Not surprisingly, after John discovering the Slide, with very dominant slide guitar.
     Ringo joins in too, ("just brushes")
14:35 For You Blue (DDSI 25.28)
     Slide practice, then some piano chords.
Roll 1065b Slate 341/343
0:00 For You Blue (DDSI 25.29)
     This track is all practice and discussion, with one amusing exchange:
     Paul, "Yoko, can you just lift up the leg of your chair ?"
     John, " ... and dance."
     At 3:41 in, "Slate 343", Other quotes:
     George, "Glyn, would it be possible for me to stand up, I prefer standing".
     John, "I wish I could get a real steel".
     Finally they discuss the opening bars, and practice the acoustic start.
Roll 1066b Slate 343/345
0:00 For You Blue (DDSI 25.31)
     A brief take, followed by 3 minutes of discussion on the format of the song.
3:54 For You Blue (DDSI 25.32)
     A run-thru, after which George says,
     "I think we should be influenced by those old guys who just did it in one take,
      although ours might be a four take wonder."
7:31 For You Blue (DDSI 25.33)
     A run-thru, followed by tuning noises
     and more chat about how the old guys did it.
11:35 For You Blue (Take 1) (DDSI 25.34)
     A run-thru, instrumental at first, with vocal coming in at 12:18
     followed by a boogie on the piano, and then a significant construction thought from George;
     "Let's have two 12-bars in the middle".
     And then they go for Take 2 as the tape runs out.
Roll 1067b Slate 345
0:00 For You Blue (Take 2) (DDSI 25.37 contd.)
     Instrumental start (from previous reel) and brief run-thru, much laughter on a bum note.
     George has another idea to change the texture of the song:
     "Glyn, how can we make the piano sound like an old honky-tonk ?"
     An idea which comes to fruition, as one can soon hear, as they wrap the piano in paper !
     At 3:30 in, clear sound of a match lit, then a tape is rewound.
4:09 For You Blue (DDSI 25.34P)
     A playback of Take 1
6:46 For You Blue (DDSI 25.37P)
     Playback of Take 2 - the first run-thru with two 12-bars in the middle.
     After this run-thru, Ringo bangs out a steady rhythm, Paul some nice piano, but
     guitars can be heard tuning loudly over the top.
     More practice doodlings take us to the end of this first disc.

C.D. 2

No. Full Detail
(preceded by Start Time, ending with track timing)
Roll 1068b Slate 345
0:00 For You Blue
     Jazzy instrumentation. At end of which is this brief exchange:
     George, "O.K. shall we just go from the top ?"
     John, "'Take' it, just in case."
     George, "I don`t know if you'll hear the guitar to know where to come in"
     John, "We'll hear it if we're quiet".
5:14 For You Blue (Take 3) (DDSI 25.42)
     A run-thru, George's singing is poor, he comes in where the piano break should be,
     so John shouts out, "Piano".
8:05 For You Blue (Take 4) (DDSI 25.43)
     A run-thru, John has a short "dirty" laugh at the start, but
     another very poor attempt.
     George, "Is this guitar in tune Glyn ?"
     Glyn, "Good enough for skiffle".
11:44 For You Blue (Take 5) (DDSI 25.44)
     A false start, followed by noises over the next start.
     George complains, but it is the noise of paper being wrapped over the piano !
     This is followed by some more instrumentation.
     At 14:52 George starts singing, but this is not a serious attempt.
Roll 1069b Slate 347
0:00 Sorry I Left You Bleeding ("Take 1") (DDSI 25.45) 0:30
0:56 For You Blue (Take 6) (DDSI 25.46)
     Calls for quiet, as they plan a proper take.
     False start, is followed by another poor effort.
     George's voice is weak, the slide is average, only the piano is
     sounding more like how it ends up on the final take.
Most of this take was used in the film Let It Be with some from 25.50.
4:02 For You Blue (Take 7) (DDSI 25.47)
     First the sound of ice being shaken in a glass, a false start,
     after which John shouts, "Quiet Please !"
     Then follows Take 7, a really good take well known to collectors.
     At the end of it, John wryly says,
     "I'm gonna go over my peak in a minute, I'm hitting my best now."
This take was the one used in Glyn's Get Back album and
with the vocal re-recorded on the final Let It Be album.
8:28 For You Blue (Take 8) (DDSI 25.48)
     Starts with another false start, after which John shouts,
     "Don't talk when he's playing, gang !"
     Then follows another complete take, altho, not as good as previous one.
     At the end of it, George says,
     "How's that sounding Glyn, you're the only one that can hear it all"
12:24 For You Blue (DDSI 25.47P)
     A playback of Take 7.
Roll 1070b Slate 347
0:00 For You Blue (DDSI 25.48P)
     Listening to the playback of Take 8 (contd. from above),
     they agree that the previous take was the best so far, but head back into the studio.
     Some rehearsal instrumentation, then they prepare for another take.
     George, "Are you going, Glyn ?" John, "Glyn ?"
5:58 For You Blue (Take 9) (DDSI 25.49)
     A run-thru, John misses start and messes up his 12 bar break,
     a poor version all round.
8:27 For You Blue (Take 10) (DDSI 25.50)
     Straight into this aborted run-thru, less slide in this version, especially in 1st verse.
The solo of this take was used in the film Let It Be along with 25.46.
9:47 For You Blue (Take 11) (DDSI 25.51 and 25.52)
     False start, then complete run-thru.
     John sums it up at the end, "Me solo got lost."
12:28 For You Blue (Take 12) (DDSI 25.53 then 25.54)
     False start (25 secs, George messes up), then complete run-thru.
     Within this version George introduces, "Mr. Blüthner"
     At end George says, "Felt nice",
     John, "Could do better of course."
     They then rewind this take to play it back.
Roll 1071b Slate 347
0:00 For You Blue
     Take 12 is played back. (DDSI 25.54P)
     Paul, "The first one we heard grabbed me more."
     John, "Can we hear the first one again ?"
     Take 7 is played back again. (DDSI 25.47P)
     George, "That's the best feeling, let's here that one more time."
     Take 7 is played back again. (DDSI 25.47P)
     John, "Let's just do it once more, but have that one !"
     George, "OK, that's fine, that'll do."
     They chat about mixing the best parts of each take together, then
     Take 12 is played back again. (DDSI 25.54P)
     More discussion, including talking about "Magic Alex" and a 20 channel mixer etc
     Before next playback "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" can be briefly heard, then
     Take 7 is played back yet again. (DDSI 25.47P)
     John says, "Robert Johnson and Delta Blues."
Roll 1072b Slate 347
0:00 Dialogue
     Discussion of "Let It Be".
     Some instrumentation (sounds like an "Addams Family" version of For You Blue).
     John, "I'm getting like Brian Jones in this group" ... as he agrees to play bass again.
1:49 Let It Be (DDSI 25.57)
     Paul starts Let It Be in the background, whilst the others
     talk and practise their own instrumentation of the tune.
          (the tape has a pause at 4:03)
4:49 Let It Be (DDSI 25.62)
     Paul starts again, this time his vocal is in the foreground ....
     as the available tape runs out.


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