THE BEATLES
GET BACK
Oldies Compilation



Throughout the entire January 1969 sessions, The Beatles would play old favorites while warming up or out
of boredom. While at Apple, some of the "oldies" jams were recorded on the 8-tracks. For whatever reason,
Glyn saw fit to mix some of the jams. The mixes were probably anticipated as "filler" on the Get Back album. Perhaps The Beatles liked them and requested that Glyn make some mixes. Whatever the case, very few actually made it onto the Get Back or Let It Be albums.

Later in 1969, it was rumored that a second album containing these rock & roll oldies was being considered. This album was even supposed to feature a "revamped" "Love Me Do". Truth or not, the album never
materialized which is no surprise because none of the jams were worthy of official release.

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WHEN WERE THESE RECORDINGS MIXED AND COMPILED?

In his book, That Magic Feeling, John Winn states that, on 27 January 1969, Glyn started reel E69742 with
"I've Got A Feeling"
[27.84]. He, later, goes on to say that Glyn finished the reel on 30 January by adding "Dig
It (version 2)"
[26.55] and the rock oldies [26.56-59]. But there are certain problems with that theory. The two previous reels (E69740 and E69741) both contain performances recorded 31 January. The earliest they could have been mixed was the evening of 31 January. Thus, why would the next numerically sequenced reel
(E69742) have been mixed the day before (or started four days before)?

Also, Lewisohn states that the recording of "Dig It (version 2)" is 12:25. It can be assumed he is referring to the original multi-track tape (E90495). The playback heard on 27 January (Nagra reels 502-3A) is identical in length (8:25) to the available multi-track mix. If Glyn was playing back the original multi-track tape, it seems unlikely that he would fade in and out, coincidently, at the exact points as the available 8:25 mix.

Reel E69742, which contains all the tracks in question here, could be regarded as a compilation reel. Like all the previous compilations, there are no master mix tapes. This seems to indicate that the mix tapes were actually cut, sequenced and spliced together on a single compilation reel. It seems plausible that, at the end
of an undocumented session (sometime 31 January or later), Glyn had some odds and ends mixes lying
around and assembled them on a single reel (E69742). Possibly the 5 February 1969 session?

John Barrett lists reel E69742 as:
11 March 1969
I've Got A Feeling
Dig It
Rave Up
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Mark Lewisohn (in Recording Sessions) lists these songs for 13 March 1969:
(it seems logical that this is E69742)
I've Got A Feeling
Dig It (version 1) including "Ark the angels"
Dig It (version 2)
Maggie Mae
Shake, Rattle and Roll
Kansas City/Miss Ann/Lawdy Miss Clawdy
Blue Suede Shoes
You Really Got A Hold On Me
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I'm convinced that Glyn mixed...
I've Got A Feeling on 27 January following his mix of "The Walk"
Dig It (version 1) on 24 January at the same session he mixed E69738
Dig It (version 2) on 26 January along with the oldies jams
Maggie Mae on 24 January at the same session he mixed E69738
Rip It Up (end excerpt not noted by Barrett or Lewisohn) all oldies on 26 January
Shake, Rattle and Roll
Kansas City/Miss Ann/Lawdy Miss Clawdy
Blue Suede Shoes
You Really Got A Hold On Me

Then, at the earliest, on 31 January, after mixing reels E69740 and E69740, Glyn had those extra bits of tape and assembled them as E69742. It also seems logical that he would put original Beatles' compositions at the start of the reel with the oldies, including "Maggie Mae" at the end of the reel.

Strange too, is the fact that Barrett does not list "Dig It (version 1") and "Maggie Mae" on reel E69742.
Perhaps Lewisohn is referencing studio documentation and not the actual reel and... perhaps, Glyn cut those two tracks out for use on compilations 2 - 4. In addition, those two tracks do not appear on any of the available copies of E69742.

Likewise, at least one acetate (shown above) exists that contains all the tracks except "Dig It (version 1)" and "Maggie Mae". See that acetate - here.

Recently a new copy of these recordings began to circulate. Following "I've Got A Feeling" is Ringo's comment, "Glyn, what does that sound like?" which is followed by a 3 second snippet of "Dig It (version 2)". This snippet begins exactly as the obscure edit found on compilation 2. That edit begins with several repeats of the line "Can you dig it". Is it possible that Lewisohn was mistaken about "Dig It (version 1)" following "I've Got A Feeling"? Is it possible that, instead, there are (were) two mixes of "version 2" on the reel?

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Notable too, is that all available multi-track sources of "You Really Got A Hold On Me" end early. Is that a condition of the available tape or are the masters like that? Nagra reel 488A contains the complete original performance, however, even the 27 January playback heard on Nagra 503A is incomplete.

Until recently, all available versions simply faded out early (starting around 2:40). Then an extended copy of
the available tape (promoted as from John Barrett's tapes) began to circulate. The new tape adds about 10 seconds by fading back in to full volume for about 3 seconds then, abruptly stops. Close examination reveals that the sound doesn't completely fade out. There is no way to tell if this is the actual end of the tape. The aborted playback heard on Nagra 503A might indicate that Glyn, knowing the track was incomplete, stopped
the playback.

All this could lead us to believe that the complete performance didn't make it to tape. However, Lewisohn
notes that "Tracks Of My Tears" was also recorded. Barrett doesn't note the song at all. On Nagra reel 488A,
it's evident that "Tracks Of My Tears" almost immediately followed "You Really Got A Hold On Me". If "Tracks
Of My Tears" was also recorded onto reel E90495, why is "You Really Got A Hold On Me" always mixed incomplete? It seems that John Barrett, who made his own cassette mixes of the oldies jam, chose not to mix "You Really Got A Hold On Me". Did he skip it because it's incomplete? Is it possible that the fade is a defect
in the master and that's why it isn't mixed complete?

A possible theory is that "Tracks Of My Tears" is actually caught at the begining of the next reel, E90496 and "You Really Got A Hold On Me" is actually incomplete on E90495. Possibly, having run out of tape during the oldies jam (obviously liking them), Glyn might have hurried, threaded up and started E90496, thus capturing a
bit of "Tracks Of My Tears", only to find that the oldies jams were over.

In That Magic Feeling, John Winn states that "Tracks Of My Tears" is also on E90496 but provides no further details. I suspect that his upcoming Lifting Latches might reveal his evidence.

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Various mixes of these performances have surfaced over the years. The performances were first evident in
1970 in the Let It Be movie with the audio taken from the Nagra reels. On 21 April 1976, the oldies jams (sans "You Really got A Hold On Me") were mixed in stereo and, in 1983, first appeared on File Under: Beatles from
a mono off-line recording known as "The Boardroom Tape". In 2002, "The Boardroom Tape" appeared on the
CD As It Happened, Baby! In 1996, a severely edited bit of the oldies was featured on Anthology 3. Finally, in 1999, the oldies jams (again, sans "You Really got A Hold On Me"), mixed by John Barrett in stereo in the
early 1980s, appeared on Turn Me On Dead Man: The John Barrett Tapes. Of course, the entire original performances can be heard on Nagra reels 487A and 488A. All those mixes are different to the mixes in question here.

Oddly, the mixes here are all mono. It's not clear why this is. It seems as though Glyn would have made the original mixes in stereo. But who really knows? A more plausible theory is that, somewhere down the line, someone made a mono copy and that's what circulates today.

Other material from compilation 1 typically accompanies these oldies mixes and is also mono. However, we know that compilation 1 was mixed in stereo. These mono mixes feature both sides of the stereo image so, surely, they are not just one channel of the stereo. Again, someone probably folded the stereo channels into
a single mono mix.

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DOWNLOADS

I've Got A Feeling/Dig It
Dig It
Rip It Up/Shake Rattle And Roll
Kansas City/Miss Ann/Lawdy Miss Clawdy
Blue Suede Shoes
You Really Got A Hold On Me

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All these recordings first surfaced in 1984 on Singing The Blues (King Records) except "Dig It" which appeared in 1986 on Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (Thames Records).


1991 saw the first CD release of this material on Celluloid Rock and appeared to be from the same source
as the earlier vinyl releases. In the early 2000s, these recordings appeared again on the CD Get Back: John Barrett's Reel. That release features the longer intros and outros noted above. It's not clear if this is actually
from a Barrett tape. The known Barrett mixes are stereo. These are mono.

Doug Sulpy, in The 910's Guide To The Beatles' Outtakes, states the CD releases are sourced from an
acetate. However, I cannot hear any disc surface noise on either of the CDs. If they are, indeed, from an
acetate, it's a very clean acetate or the recording was well cleaned up. John Winn notes them as a tape
source. I'm inclined to go with Mr. Winn's theory.

Both of the CD releases feature the additional "Get Back Session" material from Glyn's first compilation.
See details about the additional material - here.


All the downloads here are taken from Get Back: John Barrett's Reel except "Dig It" which is taken from Celluloid Rock.

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Sunday, 26 January 1969