Get Back sessions - January 22, 1969 - Day 11

Wednesday, January 22, 1969 • For The Beatles

Part of


The "Get Back / Let It Be" sessions

January 1969 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Let It Be (Limited Edition)

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Anthology 3 Official album.
Timeline More from year 1969
Studio:
Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London

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About

This was the eleventh day of rehearsals for the “Get Back” project and the second one at Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row.

On this day, Billy Preston joined those sessions, having been invited by George Harrison. Billy had met with The Beatles in Hamburg in the early 1960s and was in London playing with Ray Charles.

I was on tour with Ray Charles and we were in London. George was at the concert and thought: “Hey, that looks like Billy Preston.” So he called around and found out that it was me. He called me at the hotel and invited me over to see the guys. Before I got there, Mal Evans had told me that they had been going through a lot of depression, and that he was glad that I came around because it gave them a lot of life. It made them happy a little bit.

Billy Preston – Quoted in Classic Rock, May 2020

When I got there, they were filming Let It Be and recording and all. We started reminiscing and playing old rock’n’roll songs. They said: “Sit in. You want to stay and help us finish the album? Take a solo…” They just made me a member of the band.

Billy Preston – Quoted in Classic Rock, May 2020

It was still very strained, the atmosphere, and then Billy Preston walked into the office. I just grabbed him and brought him down to the studio, and said, ‘How would you like to play piano?’ And it put everything more at ease, because, having a fifth person there, it sort of off-set the vibes.

George Harrison – From “The Beatles: Off the Record” by Keith Badman

I pulled in Billy Preston. It helped because the others would have to control themselves a bit more. John and Paul mainly, because they had to, you know, act more handsomely. It’s interesting to see how people behave nicely when you bring a guest in because they don’t want everyone to know that they’re so bitchy.”

George Harrison – From “Recording The Beatles” by Ryan and Kehew

It’s interesting to see how people behave nicely when you bring a guest in, because they don’t really want everybody to know they’re so bitchy… Suddenly everybody’s on their best behaviour.

George Harrison – Quoted in Classic Rock, May 2020

Billy was really special to the band at that time. I think George was very wise for bringing him in, because Billy was a calming effect. They were all really big fans of Billy. He was really important to the whole thing. When they were in the studio, they would play something and Billy would look over at me with his eyes just as big as saucers and go: “Wow, did you hear that?” And they’d turn to Billy and say: “Hey, why don’t you do this here?” and Billy would go: “Wow, that’s great.”

Ken Mansfield, US manager at Apple Records – Quoted in Classic Rock, May 2020

On this day, they focused on “Don’t Let Me Down“, “I’ve Got A Feeling” and “Dig A Pony“.

From 22 January 1969: Get Back/Let It Be sessions: day 11 (beatlesbible.com):

This version of ‘I’ve Got A Feeling’, plus different ones of ‘Dig A Pony’ and ‘Don’t Let Me Down’, were selected for Glyn Johns’ Get Back album, which was rejected for release by The Beatles. Also included in Johns’ second, third, and fourth iterations were cover versions of ‘I’m Ready’ by Fats Domino – sometimes known as ‘Rocker’ – and The Drifters’ ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’Get Back was released in October 2021 as part of the super deluxe 50th anniversary reissue of Let It Be.

The only other notable attempt at a cover version from this day was ‘A Taste Of Honey’, first recorded by The Beatles in early 1963 for the Please Please Me album. On this day, however, the performance broke down almost before it even got going.

I’m Ready (Rocker) / Save The Last Dance For Me, included in Glyn John’s compilation

From Facebook – 22 January 1969 Photo by Ethan A. Russell © Apple Corps Ltd. (https://www.thebeatles.com/)
From Facebook – 22 January 1969 Photo by Ethan A. Russell © Apple Corps Ltd. (https://www.thebeatles.com/)
From Facebook – 22 January 1969 Photo by Ethan A. Russell © Apple Corps Ltd. (https://www.thebeatles.com/)
From Facebook – 22 January 1969 Photo by Ethan A. Russell © Apple Corps Ltd. (https://www.thebeatles.com/)

Last updated on January 1, 2022

Songs recorded

The performances are sequentially numbered using the nomenclature from the book "Drugs, Divorce and a Slipping Image" by Doug Sulpy. DDSI 2.01 is, for example, the first performance from January 2nd, while DDSI 31.65 is the sixty-fifth performance from January 31st. This numbering is at times different from the DDSI numbers used on the bootleg collection "A/B Road Complete Get Back Sessions", likely because "Drugs, Divorce and a Slipping Image" was updated since the release of this collection.



1.

I Shall Be Released

RecordingDDSI.22.01 2:14


2.

Improvisation

RecordingDDSI.22.02 4:49


3.

Drum solo

RecordingDDSI.22.03 2:01


4.

Let It Down

Written by George Harrison

RecordingDDSI.22.04 3:40


5.

Unknown

RecordingDDSI.22.05 1:58


6.

Some Other Guy

RecordingDDSI.22.06 1:13


7.

Unknown

RecordingDDSI.22.07 1:25


8.

Johnny B Goode

RecordingDDSI.22.08 2:48


9.

Don't Let Me Down

RecordingDDSI.22.09 4:21


10.

I Shall Be Released

RecordingDDSI.22.10 3:37


11.

Improvisation

RecordingDDSI.22.11 1:29


12.

Improvisation

RecordingDDSI.22.12 1:55


13.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.13 0:22


14.

Don't Let Me Down

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.14 2:34


15.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.15 4:41


16.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.16 0:04


17.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.17 3:59


18.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.18 1:38


19.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.19 3:14


20.

Going Up the Country

Written by Alan Wilson

RecordingDDSI.22.20 1:58


21.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.21 5:06


22.

Improvisation

RecordingDDSI.22.22 0:22


23.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.23 5:34


24.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.24 2:04


25.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.25 2:35


26.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.26 2:15


27.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.27 0:37


28.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.28 2:56


29.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.29 4:04


30.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.30 3:47


31.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.31 5:05


32.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.32 4:49


33.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.33 4:35


34.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.34 4:03


35.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.35 2:46


36.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.36 1:37


37.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.37 1:03


38.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.38 0:22


39.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.39 1:42


40.

Improvisation

RecordingDDSI.22.40 1:03


41.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.41 3:00


42.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.42 0:09


43.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.43 6:47


44.

Don't Let Me Down

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.44 4:13


45.

Don't Let Me Down

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.45 2:05


46.

Don't Let Me Down

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.46 1:27


47.

Don't Let Me Down

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.47 5:48


48.

Don't Let Me Down

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.48 5:54


49.

A Taste of Honey

RecordingDDSI.22.49 0:14


50.

Improvisation

RecordingDDSI.22.50 1:05


51.

Oh! Darling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.51 1:46


52.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.52 0:10


53.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.53 0:13


54.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.54 3:12


55.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.55 2:53


56.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.56 1:32


57.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.57 1:56


58.


59.

Don't Let Me Down

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.59 1:16 • Medley with "Save The Last Dance"


60.

Save the Last Dance for Me

Written by Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman

RecordingDDSI.22.59 1:16 • Medley with "Don't Let Me Down"


61.

Don't Let Me Down

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.60 4:05


62.

Improvisation

RecordingDDSI.22.61 1:58


63.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.62 1:09


64.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.63 0:42


65.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.64 4:23


66.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.65 2:34


67.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.66 1:11


68.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.67 3:44


69.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.68 4:07


70.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.69 3:27


71.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.70 4:39


72.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.71 0:50


73.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.72 0:30


74.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.73 8:05


75.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.74 4:39


76.

Carol

RecordingDDSI.22.75 0:27


77.

Don't Let Me Down

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.76 1:03


78.

Don't Let Me Down

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.77 3:45


79.

Don't Let Me Down

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.78 0:15


80.

Don't Let Me Down

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.79 0:22


81.

Don't Let Me Down

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.80 1:27


82.

Don't Let Me Down

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.81 0:22


83.

Don't Let Me Down

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.82 0:07


84.

Don't Let Me Down

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.83 0:11


85.

Don't Let Me Down

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.84 0:32


86.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.85 0:19


87.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.86 3:45


88.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.87 1:20


89.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.88 5:23


90.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.89 1:56


91.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.90 3:29


92.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.91 0:37


93.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.92 5:14


94.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.22.93 3:54


95.

Improvisation

RecordingDDSI.22.94 2:28

Drugs, Divorce and a Slipping Image - The Complete, Unauthorized Story of The Beatles' 'Get Back' Sessions

The definitive guide to the Get Back sessions, released in 1994 and updated in 2007. In the author's own words:

New, completely revised edition! This new volume isn t just a compilation of material from the 1994 book Drugs, Divorce and a Slipping Image (also later published as 'Get Back') and 'The 910's Guide To The Beatles Outtakes Part Two: The Complete Get Back Sessions' (2001). I've re-listened to the entire canon of available Get Back session tapes, come up with a bunch of new conclusions (and even a handful of new identifications!), and pretty much re-written half the book from scratch. In addition, great effort has been made to improve readability of the book. Songs have now been put into groups (generally by Nagra reel, or series of them), rather than describing each performance separately, as was done in the original. In every way, this is the book we wished we could have written in 1994.

As the paperback version is out of print, you can buy a PDF version on the author's website

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