Get Back sessions - January 26, 1969 - Day 15

Sunday, January 26, 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 Let It Be (Limited Edition) LP.
Studio:
Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London

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Jan 26: Work is done on Dig It and The Long And Winding Road, plus Harrison’s Isn’t It A Pity which will eventually appear on his 1970 triple album All Things Must Pass. During the day it is also decided that they will record a live performance on the roof of the Apple building.

Quoted in Classic Rock, May 2020

From Doug Sulpy:

For the first time in almost a year, The Beatles spent both days of a weekend
recording, inspired more by pragmatic than artistic reasons (Ringo’s work on “The Magic
Christian” would begin in eight days and only a handful of songs were up to par). Paul’s
girlfriend Linda Eastman and her six year old daughter Heather attend the session, and
Billy Preston rejoins the others after a few days absence.
On this lazy Sunday, their work is almost totally focused on the two McCartney ballads
“Let It Be” and “The Long And Winding Road.” This is fine with John, because, as on
the 23rd, he doesn’t really want to sing in order to save his voice.
In between rehearsals and the recording of these two songs, a number of energetic
oldies are recorded, as well as a unique pass at “Dig It.” While neither of two ballads is
finished, the day’s final pass at “The Long And Winding Road” is good enough to ultimately
make it onto the “Let It Be” album.

From 26 January 1969: Get Back/Let It Be sessions: day 15 (beatlesbible.com):

The 15th day of the Get Back/Let It Be sessions saw The Beatles focus mainly on two songs: ‘Let It Be’ and ‘The Long And Winding Road’.

This Sunday session marked the first time in almost a year that The Beatles had worked on both days of a weekend. They were joined in the studio by Linda McCartney and her daughter Heather.

George Harrison and Ringo Starr were the first to arrive, and the session began with Harrison performing some of his own songs alone on an acoustic guitar: ‘Isn’t It A Pity’‘Let It Down’ and the unreleased ‘Window, Window’. He also helped Starr with the composition of ‘Octopus’s Garden’, part of which was included in the Let It Be film.

Billy Preston was back in the studio, following an absence on the previous day, and helped to shape the song’s arrangement. ‘Let It Be’, in particular, benefited from Preston’s organ playing, and by the end of the day they almost had a version suitable for release.

The session closed with more than an hour spent on ‘The Long And Winding Road’, with Paul McCartney on piano and John Lennon playing bass guitar. Although the playing was often amateurish in the beginning, towards the end the arrangement came together, and by the end of the day they had a satisfactory take. This was included on Anthology 3, and was adorned with orchestral and choral overdubs by Phil Spector for the Let It Be album.

Also on that album was a snippet of ‘Dig It’, which was part of a 12-minute take recorded on this day, and cover versions of ‘Rip It Up’, ‘Shake, Rattle And Roll’ and ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ were issued as a medley on Anthology 3.

Of the other songs, ‘Suicide’ was written by McCartney as a teenager, and a snippet was later included on his debut album. ‘I Told You Before’ was an improvised jam led by Harrison and Preston, which The Beatles returned to on the following day.

There were also cover versions of ‘You Really Got A Hold On Me’ and ‘Kansas City’, the latter based on Wilbert Harrison’s 1959 arrangement rather than Little Richard’s. Versions of Jerry Lee Lewis’ ‘Great Balls Of Fire’ and ‘High School Confidential’ were marred by McCartney being unable to remember the lyrics.

From a moral to this song — January 26th, 1969: Paul arrives at the studio… (tumblr.com):

January 26th, 1969: Paul arrives at the studio accompanied by Linda and Heather just as George and Ringo are working out the melody for ‘Octopus’s Garden’ on the piano. John, who has been playing around on drums, chimes in none too discreetly with a question he’s been eager to ask Paul.

JOHN: Hey! Did you dream about me last night?

PAUL: [long pause] I can’t remember.

JOHN: Very strong dream. We both dreamt about it. It was amazing! Different dreams, you know, but I thought you must’ve been there. [inaudible] I was touching you. [inaudible]

PAUL: Nothing to worry about, though?

JOHN: Nothing to worry about, no.

From a moral to this song — January 26th, 1969 (Apple Studio): While Paul,… (tumblr.com):

January 26th, 1969 (Apple Studio): While Paul, George, and Ringo work on the arrangement for ‘Octopus’s Garden’, John teases Paul and Linda’s daughter Heather about her new pets.

HEATHER: We’ve got some baby kittens only about that big—

JOHN: Are you going to eat them?

HEATHER: No!

JOHN: Lots of people do, you know. I don’t, I mean.

HEATHER: Kittens that have just been born yesterday, or a few days—

PAUL: On toast? On toast?

JOHN: You put pastry around them, and then you have cat pie.

HEATHER: A few days they were just born, weren’t they?

JOHN: Oh, you’d better wait a week or two before you eat them.

HEATHER: No, I’m never going to eat them!

JOHN: Aren’t you? Well, that’s very good.

HEATHER: And then we took the grown-ups, and one of them’s beautiful, like this Daddy cat. It’s got a big black spot there—

JOHN: Oh, you don’t eat them if they have black spots.

HEATHER: The other one’s like a tiger.

JOHN: You don’t eat them if they’re like tigers, either. [laughter]

HEATHER: You don’t eat any cats! They don’t taste good. [general laughter] And anyway, I’m just a pussycat who was just born.

JOHN: Are you?

PAUL: Okay, pussycat.

JOHN: There’s a good dog. Puss. 

HEATHER: Stop keep – stop keep calling me “dog”, I’m a cat.

JOHN: Okay, cat.

From Facebook – 26 January 1969 Photo by Linda McCartney / Linda Enterprises Ltd. © Paul McCartney (https://www.lindamccartney.com/)
From Facebook – 26 January 1969 – Photo by Linda McCartney / Linda Enterprises Ltd. © Paul McCartney (https://www.lindamccartney.com/)
From Facebook – 26 January 1969 Photo by Ethan A. Russell © Apple Corps Ltd. (https://www.thebeatles.com/beatles-get-back-book)
From Facebook – 26 January 1969 Photo by Linda McCartney / Linda Enterprises Ltd. © Paul McCartney (https://www.lindamccartney.com/)

Last updated on January 26, 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.


2.

Isn't It A Pity

RecordingDDSI.26.02 2:34 • Jan.26 - D1-03 - Isn't It A Pity 26.01


3.

Windows, Windows

RecordingDDSI.26.03 2:26 • Jan.26 - D1-04 - Windows, Windows 26.02


4.

Let It Down

Written by George Harrison

RecordingDDSI.26.04 1:16 • Jan.26 - D1-05 - Let It Down 26.03


5.

Let It Down

Written by George Harrison

RecordingDDSI.26.05 0:47 • Jan.26 - D1-06 - Let It Down 26.04


6.

Octopus's Garden

Written by Ringo Starr

RecordingDDSI.26.06 10:07 • Jan.26 - D1-07 - Octopus's Garden 26.05


7.

Octopus's Garden

Written by Ringo Starr

RecordingDDSI.26.07 1:46 • Jan.26 - D1-08 - Octopus's Garden 26.06


8.

Octopus's Garden

Written by Ringo Starr

RecordingDDSI.26.08 0:59 • Jan.26 - D1-09 - Octopus's Garden 26.07


9.

Octopus's Garden

Written by Ringo Starr

RecordingDDSI.26.09 1:56 • Jan.26 - D1-10 - Octopus's Garden 26.08


10.

unknown

RecordingDDSI.26.10 0:37 • Jan.26 - D1-11 - unknown 26.09


11.

Octopus's Garden

Written by Ringo Starr

RecordingDDSI.26.11 4:03 • Jan.26 - D1-12 - Octopus's Garden 26.10


12.

Little Piece Of Leather

RecordingDDSI.26.12 0:31 • Jan.26 - D1-13 - Little Piece Of Leather 26.11


13.

Two Of Us

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.13 1:04 • Jan.26 - D1-14 - Two Of Us 26.12


14.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.14 0:34 • Jan.26 - D1-15 - Dig A Pony 26.13


15.

Octopus's Garden

Written by Ringo Starr

RecordingDDSI.26.15 1:16 • Jan.26 - D1-16 - Octopus's Garden 26.14


16.

Octopus's Garden

Written by Ringo Starr

RecordingDDSI.26.16 1:41 • Jan.26 - D1-17 - Octopus's Garden 26.15


17.

Octopus's Garden

Written by Ringo Starr

RecordingDDSI.26.17 9:00 • Jan.26 - D1-18 - Octopus's Garden 26.16


18.

Octopus's Garden

Written by Ringo Starr

RecordingDDSI.26.18 2:31 • Jan.26 - D1-19 - Octopus's Garden 26.1


19.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.19 3:46 • Jan.26 - D2-02 - Let It Be 26.18


20.

It Was So Blue

RecordingDDSI.26.20 0:41 • Jan.26 - D2-03 - It Was So Blue 26.19


21.

High School Confidential

RecordingDDSI.26.21 1:20 • Jan.26 - D2-04 - High School Confidential 26.20


22.

Great Balls Of Fire

RecordingDDSI.26.22 2:23 • Jan.26 - D2-05 - Great Balls Of Fire 26.21


23.

Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying

Written by Joe Greene

RecordingDDSI.26.23 2:41 • Jan.26 - D2-06 - Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying 26.22


24.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.24 0:20 • Jan.26 - D2-07 - Let It Be 26.23


25.

I Left My Home In The World

RecordingDDSI.26.25 0:30 • Jan.26 - D2-08 - I Left My Home In The World 26.24


26.

I Left My Home In The World

RecordingDDSI.26.26 1:18 • Jan.26 - D2-09 - I Left My Home In The World 26.25


27.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.27 13:37 • Jan.26 - D2-10 - Let It Be 26.26


28.

Improvisation

RecordingDDSI.26.28 0:30 • Jan.26 - D2-11 - Improvisation 26.27


29.

Suicide

Written by Paul McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.29 0:47 • Jan.26 - D2-12 - Suicide 26.28


30.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.30 0:58 • Jan.26 - D2-13 - Let It Be 26.29


31.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.31 2:26 • Jan.26 - D2-14 - Let It Be 26.30


32.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.32 1:12 • Jan.26 - D2-15 - Let It Be 26.31


33.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.33 2:03 • Jan.26 - D2-16 - Let It Be 26.32


34.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.34 1:42 • Jan.26 - D2-17 - Let It Be 26.33


35.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.35 3:27 • Jan.26 - D2-18 - Let It Be 26.34


36.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.36 2:35 • Jan.26 - D2-19 - Let It Be 26.35


37.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.37 1:49 • Jan.26 - D2-20 - Let It Be 26.36


38.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.38 4:32 • Jan.26 - D2-21 - Let It Be 26.37


39.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.39 4:11 • Jan.26 - D2-22 - Let It Be 26.38


40.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.40 1:33 • Jan.26 - D2-23 - Let It Be 26.39


41.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.41 1:23 • Jan.26 - D2-24 - Let It Be 26.40


42.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.42 4:33 • Jan.26 - D2-25 - Let It Be 26.41


43.

Improvisation

RecordingDDSI.26.43 1:04 • Jan.26 - D2-28 - Improvisation 26.42


44.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.44 1:06 • Jan.26 - D2-29 - Let It Be 26.43


45.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.45 3:59 • Jan.26 - D2-30 - Let It Be 26.44


46.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.46 1:56 • Jan.26 - D2-31 - Let It Be 26.45


47.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.47 1:40 • Jan.26 - D2-32 - Let It Be 26.46


48.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.49 1:20 • Jan.26 - D3-01 - Let It Be 26.47


49.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.50 2:40 • Jan.26 - D3-02 - Let It Be 26.48


50.

Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling

RecordingDDSI.26.51 1:23 • Jan.26 - D3-03 - Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling 26.49


51.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.52 0:54 • Jan.26 - D3-04 - Let It Be 26.50


52.

You Really Got A Hold On Me

Written by Smokey Robinson

RecordingDDSI.26.53 0:22 • Jan.26 - D3-05 - You Really Got A Hold On Me 26.51


53.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.54 0:09 • Jan.26 - D3-06 - Let It Be 26.52


54.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.55 3:55 • Jan.26 - D3-07 - Let It Be 26.53


55.

Like A Rolling Stone

RecordingDDSI.26.56 1:57 • Jan.26 - D3-08 - Like A Rolling Stone 26.54


56.

Twist and Shout

Written by Phil Medley, Bert Russell

RecordingDDSI.26.57 1:42 • Jan.26 - D3-09 - Twist And Shout 26.55


57.

Dig It

Written by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison

RecordingDDSI.26.58 11:58 • Jan.26 - D3-10 - Dig It 26.56


58.

Rip It Up

RecordingDDSI.26.59 2:47 • Jan.26 - D3-11 - Rip It Up 26.57


59.

Shake, Rattle And Roll

Written by Charles E. Calhoun

RecordingDDSI.26.60 1:45 • Jan.26 - D3-12 - Shake, Rattle And Roll 26.58


60.

Lawdy Miss Clawdy

Written by Lloyd Price

RecordingDDSI.26.61 4:08 • Jan.26 - D3-13 - Kansas City - Miss Ann - Lawdy Miss Clawdy 26.59


61.

Blue Suede Shoes

Written by Carl Perkins

RecordingDDSI.26.62 2:16 • Jan.26 - D3-14 - Blue Suede Shoes 26.60


62.

You Really Got A Hold On Me

Written by Smokey Robinson

RecordingDDSI.26.63 3:55 • Jan.26 - D3-15 - You Really Got A Hold On Me 26.61


63.

The Tracks Of My Tears

RecordingDDSI.26.64 2:40 • Jan.26 - D3-16 - The Tracks Of My Tears 26.62


64.

Agent Double-O-Soul

RecordingDDSI.26.65 2:23 • Jan.26 - D3-17 - Agent Double-O-Soul 26.63


65.

SOS

RecordingDDSI.26.66 1:54 • Jan.26 - D3-18 - S.O.S. 26.64


66.

Boogie

Written by Paul McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.67 0:38 • Jan.26 - D3-19 - Rockin Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu 26.65


67.

I'm Movin On

RecordingDDSI.26.68 2:48 • Jan.26 - D3-20 - I'm Movin On 26.66


68.

Improvisation

RecordingDDSI.26.69 1:21 • Jan.26 - D3-21 - Improvisation 26.67


69.

Improvisation

RecordingDDSI.26.70 16:48 • Jan.26 - D3-22 - Improvisation 26.68


70.

Improvisation

RecordingDDSI.26.71 3:52 • Jan.26 - D3-23 - Improvisation 26.69


71.

Improvisation

RecordingDDSI.26.72 3:44 • Jan.26 - D3-24 - Improvisation 26.70


72.

Dialogue and jamming

RecordingDDSI.26.73 1:42 • Jan.26 - D4-01 - Dialogue and jamming


73.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.74 1:13 • Jan.26 - D4-02 - Let It Be 26.71


74.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.75 4:01 • Jan.26 - D4-03 - Let It Be 26.72


75.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.76 5:38 • Jan.26 - D4-04 - Let It Be 26.73


76.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.77 2:20 • Jan.26 - D4-05 - Let It Be 26.74


77.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.78 4:13 • Jan.26 - D4-06 - Let It Be 26.75


78.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.79 0:22 • Jan.26 - D4-07 - Let It Be 26.76


79.

Little Pillow Pills

RecordingDDSI.26.80 3:29 • Jan.26 - D4-08 - Little Pillow Pills 26.77


80.

I Told You Before

RecordingDDSI.26.81 11:36 • Jan.26 - D4-10 - I Told You Before 26.78


81.

I Told You Before

RecordingDDSI.26.82 2:12 • Jan.26 - D4-11 - I Told You Before 26.79


82.

I Told You Before

RecordingDDSI.26.83 12:37 • Jan.26 - D4-12 - I Told You Before 26.80


83.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.84 10:26 • Jan.26 - D4-13 - The Long And Winding Road 26.81


84.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.85 0:09 • Jan.26 - D5-01 - The Long And Winding Road rehearsal


85.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.86 4:40 • Jan.26 - D5-02 - The Long And Winding Road 26.82


86.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.87 3:40 • Jan.26 - D5-03 - The Long And Winding Road 26.83


87.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.88 1:46 • Jan.26 - D5-04 - The Long And Winding Road 26.84


88.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.89 7:28 • Jan.26 - D5-05 - The Long And Winding Road 26.85


89.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.90 5:15 • Jan.26 - D5-06 - The Long And Winding Road 26.86a


90.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.91 2:37 • Jan.26 - D5-07 - The Long And Winding Road Cha-Cha 26.86b


91.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.92 5:13 • Jan.26 - D5-08 - The Long And Winding Road 26.87


92.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.93 4:16 • Jan.26 - D5-09 - The Long And Winding Road 26.88


93.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.94 20:16 • Jan.26 - D6-01 - The Long And Winding Road 26.89


94.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.95 9:02 • Jan.26 - D6-02 - The Long And Winding Road 26.90


95.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.96 11:02 • Jan.26 - D6-03 - The Long And Winding Road 26.91


96.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.26.97 4:46 • Jan.26 - D6-04 - The Long And Winding Road 26.92

Going further


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.

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