Get Back Camera B Rolls - Vol. 12

The Beatles
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Label Unicorn
Catalogue No. UC S023/S024
Matrix No.'s C.D. 1 - 3207027
C.D. 2 - 3207028
Country Of Origin   England
Release Date 2002
Total Time C.D. 1 - 64:11
C.D. 2 - 64:11
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 12 all being from the final sessions of January 31st 1969.
The first disc in this final volume (Disc 23) concentrates on The Long And Winding Road.
The final disc (24) is devoted to Let It Be, although there is some nice Oh Darling within it.

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. 23

No. Full Detail
(preceded by Start Time, ending with track timing)
Roll 1152b Slate 501
0:00 The Long And Winding Road (DDSI no. 31.29 contd.)
      Continued from previous reel.
      Paul, "O.K., do it again."
      Followed by some practice sequences.
3:10 The Long And Winding Road (DDSI no. 31.30)
      Take 14
      Paul sings a bum note and cuts the take short.
      Paul, "Have you got a screwdriver for this mike ?"
6:22 The Long And Winding Road (DDSI no. 31.31)
      Take 15
      Breaks down.
      Paul, "Don't syncopate, just come straight in."
6:41 The Long And Winding Road (DDSI no. 31.31 contd.)
      Followed by more chord discussions.
13:02 The Long And Winding Road (DDSI no. 31.32)
      Take 16
      False start and break down.
13:46 The Long And Winding Road (DDSI no. 31.32 contd.)
      Paul, "Do it again. Can we keep going ?"
17:23 The Long And Winding Road (DDSI no. 31.33)
      Paul, "There were a couple of cock-ups in that, weren't there ?"
      "Break for lunch, be back at a quarter to 4."
22:08 Lady Madonna (DDSI no. 31.34)
      Loose outtake jam (probably warming up after lunch ?).
      Paul changes words, plus there is a pause about 1:32 in.
25:53 The Long And Winding Road (DDSI no. 31.35/36/37)
      Some apres-lunch practice run throughs.
28:12 The Long And Winding Road (DDSI no. 31.38)
      Take 17
      Breaks down after Billy's organ solo.
      Paul, "OK, start again."
31:33 The Long And Winding Road (DDSI no. 31.39)
      Take 18
      Tape reel runs out just as this take starts.
Roll 1153b Slate 501
0:00 The Long And Winding Road (DDSI no. 31.39 contd.)
      Take 18 continued from previous reel.
      Glyn, "We're going to need one more actually,
                 Paul, you were 'popping' a bit."
4:51 The Long And Winding Road (DDSI no. 31.40)
      Take 19
      They all agree that's enough, that's the one.
And they are right, this was the take used in the Let It Be film.
9:09 I Want You (She's So Heavy) (DDSI no. 31.41)
      John leaps in with a very loud strident opening and they all follow in nicely.
      Few lyrics, but a nice jazzy jam. Paul on vocal.
14:36 Let It Be (DDSI no. 31.42/43)
      Practice and discussion.
      After four minutes of practice Paul says, "Shall we do it ?"
21:35 Let It Be (DDSI no. 31.44)
      Take 20
      Breaks down, some whistling.
      John, "What the f*ck's going on ?"
      Glyn, "You're popping" (to Paul)
      John, "I'll never get Maggie Mae done if you go on like this."
22:51 Let It Be (DDSI no. 31.45)
      Paul hesitates on some lyrics and stumbles.
      John shouts in the break, "F*cked it".
27:24 Improvisation (Instrumental)
      Paul had said, "Ready to go ?" but the others go into this improv.
      During it Paul sings one line of "Build Me Up Buttercup". (DDSI no. 31.46)
      Paul gets back to Let It Be to which John makes up some rude words. (DDSI no. 31.47)
      John, "Daddy wants wee-wees."
29:57 Let It Be (DDSI no. 31.48)
      Take 21
      To end of reel.

C.D. 24

No. Full Detail
(preceded by Start Time, ending with track timing)
Roll 1154b Slate 502
0:00 Let It Be (DDSI no. 31.48 contd.)
      Take 21 continued from previous reel.
      But, breaks down almost straight away.
      Paul sings in a heavy loud scouse accent.
      John shouts, "Get off your bum."
1:21 Let It Be (DDSI no. 31.49)
      Take 22
      During guitar solo Paul says, "Let it be."
      After this take John sings, "There once was a woman who loved a moondog."
      They then discuss perhaps just getting the backing down.
      Apparently John still hasn't 'been', "Daddy wants to wee-wee" he says.
      As they prepare for the next take, John says,
      "Are we supposed to giggle in the solo ?"
      Paul, "Yeah".
6:48 Let It Be (DDSI no. 31.50)
      Take 23
      During guitar solo Paul sings, "There will be an answer Let It Be."
      John (in posh voice), "I lost a bass note somewhere, but I don't think it mattered
      if that was it, I suddenly found myself letting it be."
10:56 Let's Have A Party (DDSI no. 31.51)
      John starts then Paul sings a bit too.
      The tape drops out during this.
12:50 Dialogue
      Nothing discernible for quite some time (about 7 minutes - John having his wee break !).
      A playback of Let It Be can be heard faintly. (DDSI no. 31.49P)
      It sounds like maybe cameras are being set-up.
      Michael, "Listen, which ones are we going to do today ?"
      Paul, "Let's get Let It Be now."
      Michael, "How close are we to Let It Be ?"
      Glyn, "We've got so many takes, there's got to be a good one."
      Glyn, "OK, one more take, with John's bass line corrected."
      Michael, "What would you like to do next ?"
      He then lists all yesterdays tracks, ending with "Teddy Boy maybe ?".
      Paul, "Teddy Boy is actually as far as it's going to get."
      They then discuss getting Let It Be filmed as a take.
      George, "It's 25 to 6, so what one are we going to do now ?"
      George, "Play a song, or you going to pack up ?"
      They then discuss the newspapers reports on the rooftop concert.
24:20 Instrumental (DDSI no. 31.52)
      They return to the studio proper and start warming up again.
28:33 Let It Be (DDSI no. 31.54)
      Take 24
      George fluffs his solo, Paul sings "Let It Be yeah" during it.
      The verse after the solo, Paul completely messes up just as the reel ends.
      John, "Keep the first half, Glyn."
(29 seconds of a chorus from this performance was edited into 31.65 for the film version)
Roll 1155b Slate 502
0:00 Let It Be (DDSI no. 31.55)
      Take 25
      Breaks down at first chorus, John is not happy.
      John, "What the sh1tting hell is going on here ?"
      Paul and John then lark about with a bit of mock German followed by a German count-in ...
1:31 Let It Be (DDSI no. 31.56)
      Terrible guitar solo again. No quote from Paul during it.
      John, "I think that was rather grand, I'd take one home with me."
      Glyn, "Yeah, that was fine."
      John, "Don't kid us Glyn, give it to us straight."
      John, "Let's hear it." (He wants a playback)
      Paul, "Let's do one more to cover ourselves."
      John, "We've got so many of the bastards."
      George, "One last one then."
7:33 Let It Be (DDSI no. 31.59)
      Take 26
      Paul breaks down in the verse after the solo.
      Paul, "Shall we do something else for a while, then come back or leave it ?"
      John, "Snakes and ladders ?"
      Paul, "OK"
      John, "What else is there ?"
11:59 Oh Darling (DDSI no. 31.60)
      Paul starts into this as the others are discussing what to do.
      Second verse the others gradually join in, by third verse John is singing too.
15:13 Oh Darling (DDSI no. 31.61)
      Restarts immediately.
      Some interesting bass from John, but all through it's a tremendous vocal from Paul.
      After a brief bossa-nova version John shouts, "OK, WHAT SHALL WE DO ?"
18:52 Instrumental Jam (DDSI no. 31.62)
      John, "Come on then, who's got one ?"
      "Slate 503"
      Paul, "Let's do Let It Be again."
      Paul then practices some Let It Be, trying some different words. (DDSI no. 31.63)
27:24 Let It Be (DDSI no. 31.64)
      Take 27 - "Sync to second clap please"
This excellent performance was used as the single after they overdubbed a different guitar solo in April.
And after further overdubs in January 1970 this was the album version.

      After a fine performance Paul says, "One more time, very fair, one more."
      Paul, "Second clap" .... this makes George laugh ....
31:29 Let It Be (DDSI no. 31.65)
      George laughs over the start.
      The final reel of this terrific box set runs out, so that's ...


Which is a shame as this version was the film version with 29 seconds edited in from 31.54.

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