Get Back Camera B Rolls - Vol. 8

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Label Unicorn
Catalogue No. UC S015/S016
Matrix No.'s C.D. 1 - 3207019
C.D. 2 - 3207020
Country Of Origin   England
Release Date 2002
Total Time C.D. 1 - 65:23
C.D. 2 - 61:59
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 8 mostly being from January 28th 1969, with just the last two tracks being the morning dialogue of January 29th.
The recordings from 28th January on this disc start with some good run throughs of songs that they are clearly familiar with now and then it is clearly late in the day as the decent recordings peter out as people drift away for the night.
The 29th January recordings on the last two tracks are early morning dialogue with some very interesting comments in, some of which I have quoted below. John, Yoko and Ringo are present with some engineers and crew.

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. 15

No. Full Detail
(preceded by Start Time, ending with track timing)
Roll 1124b Slate 406 contd.
0:00 Don't Let Me Down (DDSI no. 28.48)
      End of take from previous reel.
      At end John says, "She'd better not after all that."
1:20 I've Got A Feeling (DDSI no. 28.49)
      Just starts when George Martin suggests a tune-up.
      Clearly John must play act a fight because Paul says, "Don't John, Don't."
      John, "I've had some wine you know, remember Bob Wooler. Peace on earth."
      George Martin, "Not you John, the others."
2:59 One After 909 (DDSI no. 28.50)
      A lively fun take of what is clearly a familiar song to them now.
      Glyn, "Paul, do the three."
      Paul, "No."
      John, "There's no point in trying to record them, the piano's out of tune."
      George, "Maybe they won't notice."
      John, "That was good enough, I don't want to scream Don't Let Me Down again,
             Let's do I've Got A Feeling cos I've just got my voice right now.
            If I do it over the top it's back to grassville."

      Glyn, "Well, I won't tape them then."
      John, "Well there's no point. We'll do I've Got A Feeling as I don't have to scream on that."
8:00 I've Got A Feeling (DDSI no. 28.51)
      Straightforward run through.
11:51 Improvisation
      During which "Slate 409" is heard.
      Paul, "Let's Do One After 909."
13:24 One After 909 (DDSI no. 28.52)
      John forgets the words as it gets to the tape running out.
Roll 1125b Slate 409
0:00 Dialogue/Tuning
      Mainly quiet with some guitar notes heard.
      About 3 minutes in George is clearly warming up on piano for Old Brown Shoe.
      John is heard discussing the chords for it.
4:51 Old Brown Shoe (DDSI no. 28.55)
      Initially 1:23 of practice, George singing and shouting some chords.
      This is followed by more practice etc.
      At 10:30 in George starts to discuss shoes (he's a size 8),
      George, "What's that groovy shoe shop in Bond Street ?"
      Mal, "Valley."
      George says he never has time to shop, and asks will someone go and
      get five boxes of size 8 shoes, slip-ons, plain black, for him to try on.
      This is followed by more practice runs to end of reel.
Roll 1126b Slate 409
0:00 Old Brown Shoe (DDSI no. 28.56)
      Pretty good run through that breaks down.
      George, "You see John, really Billy should play the piano."
4:06 Old Brown Shoe (DDSI no. 28.57)
      Poor version which breaks down.
      Followed by short guitar improvisation.
7:16 Old Brown Shoe (DDSI no. 28.58)
      With extra guitar licks, followed by a brief discussion on the tempo.
9:40 Old Brown Shoe (DDSI no. 28.59)
      Breaks down, followed by some piano and bass practice.
12:08 Old Brown Shoe (DDSI no. 28.60)
      John adds a guitar solo and extra guitar licks.
      "Slate 411"
15:17 Old Brown Shoe (DDSI no. 28.61)
      ... to end of reel
Roll 1127b Slate 411
0:00 Old Brown Shoe (DDSI no. 28.61 contd.)
      Continued from above.
      Followed by a discussion on format and some practice,
      and then at 7:52 ..... a Stylophone is heard !
7:52 The Stylophone (DDSI no. 28.62)
      Six minutes of playtime with Rolf !
      Much merriment as they try to get a tune out of one of those classic devices.
      Although, someone does manage a snatch of Old Brown Shoe.
      John, "A blind deaf pygmy could play one of those !"
14:21 Improvisation (DDSI no. 28.62 contd.)
      To end of reel.

C.D. 16

No. Full Detail
(preceded by Start Time, ending with track timing)
Roll 1128b Slate 411 contd.
0:00 Old Brown Shoe (DDSI no. 28.63)
      Some brief inconsequential practice guitar chords.
2:28 I Want You (She's So Heavy) (DDSI no. 28.64)
      George and Mal are chatting, then John starts playing
      over their conversation. Ringo joins in, and then some piano.
      There is a break at 6:06 when john says,
      "I never remember what I've done."
      Billy says, "It's a nice idea let's play around with it."
7:01 I Want You (She's So Heavy) (DDSI no. 28.65)
      Quite a reasonable loose bluesy free-form run through.
12:56 Unless He Has A Song (DDSI no. 28.66)
      Billy sings a slow bluesy soulful tune.
      "Slate 414"
Roll 1129b Slate 414
0:00 Sticks And Stones (DDSI no. 28.67)
      Billy singing a more upbeat jazz song, with jazzy piano.
2:45 Dialogue
      Discussion about the imminent roof performance, example quote;
      "I've ordered four radio telephones, which should work from roof to roof."
      The Stylophone is heard again, with someone tinkering on the piano,
      attempting to play "Fly Me To The Moon".
      at 6:00 the tape is clearly stopped.
6:03 Something (DDSI no. 28.68/69/70)
      Practice tinkerings, very loose meanderings.
13:31 Something (DDSI no. 28.71)
      More practice tinkerings to end of tape.

29th January 1969
Roll 1130b (No slate)
0:00 Dialogue
      First some comments about the Common Market.
      Ringo reads aloud an article about "Helter Skelter".
      John and Yoko talk about a book, then John mentions drink ...
      John, "Didn't 'arf drink a lot yesterday, woke up this morning with a hangover"
                "smashed me knee on something too."
      Clearly they are getting near the end of the purpose of these recordings;
      Ringo, "Should finish early tonight. Just go through the numbers
                 over and over again what we are going to do tomorrow.
                 There's only five or six numbers."

      John, "My fingers are sore, it's been three weeks."
      John (to crew man) "You've come in on the most difficult album ever.
                 People-wise. It hasn't been easy."

      About 6:35 into the track they discuss Alan Klein;
      Glyn, "He's a very clever con-man, he can convince anybody of anything.
                I could say this piano is black, but in five minutes
                he could have me believing it is green.
                He'll ask you a question and you can be half-way through answering it,
                and if he doesn't like the answer, not really what he wants to hear,
                he just changes the subject. Right in the middle of your sentence."

      Final discussions can be heard about "Ain't She Sweet" on Polydor,
      "Radio Play" and of course, the roof.
Roll 1131b (No slate)
0:00 Dialogue
      The roof, what happens if wind, or rain.
      "On Glyn's head rests an 8,000 pound operation."
      Discuss Haiti.
      Ringo is strumming on a guitar and John is teaching him some finger placements.
      Glyn, "When you were in Marakesh, did you go to Paul Getty's place ?"
      John, "Yes, his son was there, we had a big party."
      Glyn, "It's like a palace, an incredible place."
8:12 Singing The Blues (DDSI no. 29.1)
      John and Ringo are gently strumming and singing odd bits, with
      John still teaching Ringo chords and finger placements.
      This continues to the end of the tape.

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