Get Back Camera B Rolls - Vol. 5

The Beatles
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Label Unicorn
Catalogue No. UC S009/S010
Matrix No.'s C.D. 1 - 3207013
C.D. 2 - 3207014
Country Of Origin   England
Release Date 2002
Total Time C.D. 1 - 65:33
C.D. 2 - 63:14
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 The Box Set Main Page

This is Volume 5 all being from January 27th 1969.
Great outtakes of the build-up to a perfect take of Get Back.

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. 9

No. Full Detail
(preceded by Start Time, ending with track timing)
Roll 1099b Slate 388 contd. - Lunchtime
0:00 Dialogue
      This disc starts off with a discussion on the cost of a Hammond organ.
      Then talking about previous recording, Old Brown Shoe,
      George says "I like that song the best out of all of mine that we've done."
1:36 Improvisation (DDSI no. 27.28)
      During this improv, Paul sings over it "Have you seen the muffin man".
      At end, "Dinners ready Bill."
      "We'll be about an hour", then tape was clearly stopped for dinner.
6:12 Improvisation (DDSI no. 27.32)
      This is a good piece, hypnotic, with plenty of excellent drum flourishes,
      there is some subtle lead guitar too.
      This improv you can comfortably listen to again.
12:52 I Told You Before (DDSI no. 27.33)
      Heavily features organ, only slight vocal.
      To end of reel.
Roll 1100b Slate 388
0:00 I Told You Before (DDSI no. 27.33 contd.)
      Continues from above, at end these quotes;
      George, "It's a good riff that."
      John, "Oh riff which art in heaven."
1:39 I Told You Before (DDSI no. 27.33 contd.)
      A brief reprise.
3:42 Dialogue (DDSI no. 27.34)
      George, "Let's record the album all this afternoon, now,
            ... do them all now."

      John, "Let's get out of here."
      Then a discussion on the weather prospects on Wednesday for the
      forthcoming filming on the roof (in fact, the roof concert was Thursday).
      A final decision is made right here as they are all asked to say "yes" !
      Sounds of feedback as they talk, someone says,
      "Can you turn it down a bit Mr. Lennon ?"
      Then the sound of teacups as they discuss, then launch into ....
7:53 Don't Let Me Down (DDSI no. 27.35)
      A terrific start, sounds really good, but ....
      they only get to the end of verse one.
10:11 Hava Nagilah (DDSI no. 27.36)
      A brief musical aside, followed by some tuning noises, and Glyn says;
      "Don't Let Me Down, Take 39", as John counts in ....
14:18 Don't Let Me Down (DDSI no. 27.37)
      A voice shouts "Slate 390" which would have spoilt this take,
      if it had been any good, but it wasn't it was very poor as the tape runs out.
Roll 1101b Slate 390
0:00 Don't Let Me Down (DDSI no. 27.37 contd.)
      Continued from previous reel, at Billy's solo John says,
      "Oh little Willy, yeah."
      At end, George says "Not bad for the first go."
      Then John and Paul discuss lyrics and practice some musical phrases.
8:42 Don't Let Me Down (DDSI no. 27.39)
      Some good passages, but Paul adds in too many "extra vocals",
      and Billy's solo is dreadful.
      Over closing notes John sings in deepening voice,
      "She done me goooooood".
14:46 Don't Let Me Down (DDSI no. 27.40)
      Paul loudly sings just the chorus.
      This is followed by some tinkering to the end of the reel.
Roll 1102b Slate 390
0:00 Get Back (DDSI no. 27.41)
      A run-through, but there are a couple of breaks in the tape.
3:04 Get Back (DDSI no. 27.42)
      Opening line of opening verse is sung as;
      "Tati Nageshima came from Nagasaki".
      Ringo is too fast, and the general timing is out.
      Before next attempt Paul says, "Shall we do it ?"
6:05 Get Back (DDSI no. 27.43)
      Paul halts the take as he says, "Bit faster, do you think ?"
6:19 Get Back (DDSI no. 27.44)
      Very passable run through, so much so that at the end,
      John says, "Take one now, it's really right."
9:22 Dialogue/Practice (DDSI no. 27.45/46/47)
      Everyone getting ready for a take.
      Some great snatches of Get Back are heard as they practice sections of it.
      The studio engineers are also calling for a take.
15:24 Get Back (an aside) (DDSI no. 27.48)
      John sings, "Medium Jim McCartney thought he's Marks and Spencers,
            but he was a local shop."

C.D. 10

No. Full Detail
(preceded by Start Time, ending with track timing)
Roll 1103b Slate 390 contd.
0:00 Get Back (DDSI no. 27.49)
      Billy's break is poor again.
      Paul at end, "Ok, again ... I messed the first chords up."
5:34 Get Back (DDSI no. 27.50)
      Subdued version, something is missing,
      Billy's break is poor again, extra jazzy bit at the end.
      Glyn, "Paul, as this next one might be the one,
            why not go straight into another number ?"

      John, "Well, we were trying to go into 'Don't Let Me Down', we haven't made it once yet,
       ... or we're even going to go into 'I've Got A Fever', if we really know it."
9:29 I've Got A Feeling (DDSI no. 27.51)
      A gentle version
12:36 Get Back (DDSI no. 27.52)
      During the final refrain Paul says in a northern accent,
      "Get back home, it's 5 o'clock, your mother's got your tea on.
       Take your cap off and sit down. I'm bloody not coming here anymore."
Roll 1104b Slate 390
0:00 Get Back (DDSI no. 27.53)
      Excellent take, unfortunately spoilt here by the slate calls.
      (but can be heard in Playback on next disc)
      Extended instrumental piece in the final coda.
      Paul, "Nearly."
      John, "Wind back we'll do it again."
      Glyn, "That take was really bono."
4:00 Dialogue/Practice (DDSI no. 27.54/55)
      They run through some passages of Get Back.
      Glyn, "That last take was extremely good."
      John, "Ok, keep it extremely good then."
6:52 Improvisation
      Not a tune I could place, followed by some tuning.
8:45 Oh Darling (DDSI no. 27.56)
      Paul starts off by himself, then the others join in during second verse.
      A lovely run through. Paul re-starts it 2 or 3 times in different voices.
      At 13:24 John says, "I've just heard that Yoko's divorce has just gone through,
            ... Free at last."

An edited excerpt of this Oh Darling eventually surfaced on Anthology 3.
15:18 Get Back (DDSI no. 27.57)
      Ringo starts some drumming, then tape runs out.
Roll 1105b Slate 393
0:00 Get Back (DDSI no. 27.58)
      Excellent take, except Paul doing a few too many Uh-Uh-Uh's.
      Paul also does a big intake of breath at the break.
      Glyn, "Your bass is slightly out of tune Paul."
      They all fall about.
4:26 Get Back (DDSI no. 27.59)
      Great start, but then Ringo loses it and it breaks down.
5:46 Get Back
      False start.
      George, "Well, shall we have another ciggie, another cup of tea, or ... oh, ready."
6:07 Get Back (DDSI no. 27.60)
      Great take, but Paul still doing the uh-uh-uh's.
      In the final coda there is unusual guitar work and no vocal.
      John, "Straight away !" ... he is keen to run again.
      Paul, "Was the other one before, better though ?"
      Glyn, "Yes, it was a lot better."
9:28 Oh Darling/Bring It On Home To Me (DDSI no. 27.61) 1:38
11:30 Dialogue
      Paul, "Rosetta".
      John, "Sweet Loretta fart, she thought she was a cleaner, but she was a frying-pan.
            Picture the finger."
11:48 Get Back (DDSI no. 27.63)
      PERFECT, but ... no final coda !
      Paul Ooooh's at the break, but no drum comes in.
      George, "We missed that end didn't we."
This is the version that would ultimately be the single and album versions, albeit in different mixes.
14:23 Dialogue
      A discussion about doing it again.
      I think they all realise they have just done a great take ...
      but ... missed off the end.
Roll 1107b Slate 393
0:00 Get Back (Playback) (DDSI no. 27.53P)
      An end of an earlier take is heard, followed by tape rewinding.
1:39 Get Back (Playback) (DDSI no. 27.63P)
      At end, Glyn, "We can always edit."
      John, "Edit ?! ... you're talking to the Bootles."
              "I say we just keep on doing it until we get that, on to the morning."
6:11 Get Back (Playback) (DDSI no. 23.80P)
      Glyn, "New reel."
      Paul, "I think the one you said was best, was best."
      Glyn, "But it still doesn't make it, we'll keep it anyway."
8:04 Fly Me To The Moon
      Billy tinkering on the organ, as they all return to their instruments.
      Discussion and practice of some passages again to end of tape.

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