Posters, Incense And Strobe Candles

The Beatles

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Label  Vigotone
Catalogue No. VT 70
Country of origin  
Release date 1993
Total time 46:11
Comments: Mauve Vinyl.
The Legendary "Get Back" radio broadcast on
WBCN FM Boston - 22nd September 1969

(Sleeve notes follow the tracklistings below)

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

Side 1

No Tracklisting Notes Time
1 WBCN Station ID DJ Announces station ID 0:05
2 Chess King Ad This store sells everything, even Posters, Incense And Strobe Candles ! 0:35
3 DJ Monologue "This is Get Back" 0:04
4 Let It Be 10/3/69, No vocal echo, no organ solo
(DDSI no. 26.74)
5 Don't Let Me Down Pre-chatter and count in, "Coochy-coo" version
(DDSI no. 22.60)
6 For You Blue False Start, and laughter
(DDSI no. 25.47)
7 Get Back John says "Picture the fingers" at start
(DDSI no. 27.63)
8 The Walk 27/1/69
(DDSI no. 27.83)
9 DJ Monologue Talks about radio stations getting tapes of new albums before release dates  2:09
10 Arlo Guthrie Concert Ad  As it says 0:25
11 DJ Monologue "Get Back, Buffalo had it first, not us" 0:15
12 Hey Jude Tap Harry Zonk tap dances "Hey Jude" 1:40
13 Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight  ONLY ... "Once there was a way" 0:04
14 DJ Monologue Talks about The Beatles rooftop concert 0:50

Side 2

No Tracklisting Notes Time
1 Get Back Honk Radio station's own odd "Get Back" version 0:35
2 Get Back False start, quite a different version
(DDSI no. 23.80)
3 I've Got A Feeling Fragment
(DDSI no. 23.81)
4 Teddy Boy 24/1/69 Unedited
(DDSI no. 24.33)
5 Two Of Us 10/3/69 "Goodbye version" with two false starts
(DDSI no. 24.69)
6 Dig A Pony John at start, "OK Glynis, we're off again"
and at end sings "Yes I do-o-o" in odd voice
(DDSI no. 22.70)
7 DJ Monologue Put Channel 7 on your television and watch The Beatles  0:50
8 I've Got A Feeling 10/3/69 John at end, "I cocked it up trying to get loud"
(DDSI no. 22.69)
9 Long And Winding Road 10/3/69
(DDSI no. 26.91)

Comments (from the rear sleeve) :
According to Beatle folklore, promotional copies of their unreleased 1968 Get Back LP were distributed to radio stations in the United States.
In fact, no promotional copies of the album were issued, although many radio stations aired tapes which were in circulation at the time. Some stations (such as WBKW in Buffalo, and WEBN in Cincinnati) aired an undocumented mix of Get Back (available only on an obscure bootleg entitled "O.P.D."), which mirrors the "final" track listing of the LP, as documented in The Beatles: Recording Sessions.
A second source for the Get Back material was a reference acetate prepared by Beatles producer Glyn Johns on March 10th 1969. This was also aired by a number of American stations, including WBAI in New York, KXOK AM in St.Louis, and WBCN in Boston (which is our source here).
This tape is significantly different than the "final" mix, which is widely available on various illicit records. It's noticeably less processed than the other both in terms of editing and the use of reverb. It also includes an extra performance of "Get Back" and a cover of Jimmy McCracklin's "The Walk".
What's notable here, though, is that this is far and away the best sounding tape of this material you're ever likely to hear. WBCN obtained a reel-to-reel tape of the actual reference acetates. Their broadcast of this was preserved on another high-quality reel, and a digital copy of that tape was used to master this LP. We've also elected to leave in some of the actual commercials and announcements from the WBCN DJ. This provides a charming framework, and sadly reminds us how much radio has changed.
This is an artifact of an era that won't come again. Enjoy it !
                                                                                          Ed Nein X

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