Get Back sessions - January 28, 1969 - Day 17

Tuesday, January 28, 1969 • For The Beatles

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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 Get Back / Don't Let Me Down (UK - Mono) 7" Single.
Timeline More from year 1969
Studio:
Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London

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Overview

In the evening, The Beatles met American businessman Allen Klein. John and Yoko Ono had met him the previous day and John had made him his personal adviser.

From Doug Sulpy:

In spite of the greater-than-usual number of songs rehearsed, this was basically an
unproductive day. Most of their works-in-progress have now been perfected, and with so
little time remaining in the sessions, they don’t want to tackle any new numbers.
The morning is not without success, as they record what will ultimately be the
released version of “Don’t Let Me Down,” but their rehearsals of the other new numbers
offer little progress.
In spite of their lethargy, three numbers are given their session premieres
– George’s new composition “Old Brown Shoe” (which is extensively rehearsed),
“Something,” and John’s “I Want You” (which evidently grows out of an improvisation).
The band is even desperate enough for something to do that in the afternoon they
return to “All Things Must Pass,” “On The Road To Marrakesh” and “Teddy Boy” – all
songs that were performed earlier in the sessions, which had evidently been abandoned.

From 28 January 1969: Get Back/Let It Be sessions: day 17 (beatlesbible.com):

The 17th day of the Get Back/Let It Be sessions saw The Beatles further refine most of the songs which would end up on the Let It Be album.

The first song to receive significant attention was ‘I’ve Got A Feeling’, one take of which featured a three-chord coda lasting a full 15 minutes, and others which had John Lennon on lead vocals.

The single version of ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ was recorded on this day, although further backing vocals were later added at Abbey Road prior to its release. Also taped during this session were seven versions of ‘Get Back’, the coda from one of which was used on the single.

George Harrison had introduced ‘Old Brown Shoe’ during the previous day’s session. It had further work on this day, and after one of the takes The Beatles and Preston began experimenting with a stylophone. This is The Beatles’ only known use of the instrument popularised by Rolf Harris.

Another Harrisong, the future chart-topping single ‘Something’, made its debut during this session. Five versions were taped of the song, which still lacked some lyrics and final chords, and Harrison can be heard on the tapes asking for help finishing it off. “Just say what comes into your head each time,” Lennon tells him. “‘Attracts me like a cauliflower’. Until you get the word.”

Although Lennon and Paul McCartney seemed willing to help Harrison with the song, there was less enthusiasm for ‘All Things Must Pass’, which had last been played on 8 January. The Beatles performed it one more time the following day, before giving up on it completely.

John Lennon introduced a new song, ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)’, which would eventually be recorded for Abbey Road. The first of four versions from this day was instrumental, and featured the main guitar riffs that made it to the final recording, although it was little more than a jam at this stage.

Two versions of ‘Teddy Boy’ were performed, one of which was combined with a take from 24 January and released on 1996’s Anthology 3. Similarly, Lennon revived ‘Child Of Nature’ – here known as ‘On The Road To Marrakesh’ – although it was clear that the song wasn’t working for The Beatles.

The group also delved back into their old songbooks, with mixed results. A version of ‘The Inner Light’ lasted for less than a minute, while a slow arrangement of ‘Love Me Do’ failed to ignite any sparks. More successful was ‘One After 909’, which was performed on the Apple rooftop on 30 January.

From Facebook – 28 January 1969 Photo by Linda McCartney / Linda Enterprises Ltd. © Paul McCartney (https://www.lindamccartney.com/)

Last updated on December 21, 2021

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.

Shazam!

Written by Duane Eddy, Lee Hazlewood

RecordingDDSI.28.01 2:23


2.

Improvision

RecordingDDSI.28.02 0:32


3.

The River Rhine

RecordingDDSI.28.03 5:21


4.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.25 5:21


5.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.04 17:00


6.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.05 3:20


7.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.06 19:41


8.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.07 7:27


9.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.08 4:48


10.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.09 3:22


11.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.10 2:19


12.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.11 1:46


13.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.12 1:19


14.

Rainy Day Women #’s 12 & 35

RecordingDDSI.28.13 1:13


15.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.14 13:43


16.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.15 2:31


17.

The Inner Light

RecordingDDSI.28.16 0:35


18.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.17 9:42


19.

Blue Yodel No 1 (T for Texas)

RecordingDDSI.28.18 0:16


20.

Tea For Two

RecordingDDSI.28.19 0:24


21.

Dig It

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

RecordingDDSI.28.20 8:14


22.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.21 5:38


23.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.22 1:55


24.

On The Road To Marrakesh

RecordingDDSI.28.23 3:51


25.

On The Road To Marrakesh

RecordingDDSI.28.24 2:54


26.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.25 2:21


27.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.26 3:56


28.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.27 3:32


29.

I Will Always Look For You

Written by Paul McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.28 2:57


30.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.29 5:02


31.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.30 0:37


32.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.31 2:49


33.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.32 6:21


34.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.33 0:49


35.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.34 2:39


36.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.35 2:44


37.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.36 0:40


38.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.37 4:03


39.

Get Back

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.38 5:25


40.

Get Back

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.39 0:59


41.

Love Me Do

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.40 2:42


42.

Dig A Pony

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.41 0:16


43.

Teddy Boy

Written by Paul McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.42 0:52


44.

Get Back

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.43 4:25


45.

Don't Let Me Down

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.44 2:06


46.

Don't Let Me Down

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.45 3:45


47.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.46 4:09


48.

Don't Let Me Down

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.47 3:01


49.

Don't Let Me Down

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.48 3:45


50.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.49 1:33


51.

One After 909

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.50 4:48


52.

I've Got A Feeling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.51 4:07


53.

One After 909

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.52 1:35


54.

One After 909

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.53 3:18


55.

One After 909

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.54 2:27


56.

Old Brown Shoe

Written by George Harrison

RecordingDDSI.28.55 9:47


57.

Old Brown Shoe

Written by George Harrison

RecordingDDSI.28.56 4:31


58.

Old Brown Shoe

Written by George Harrison

RecordingDDSI.28.57 3:58


59.

Old Brown Shoe

Written by George Harrison

RecordingDDSI.28.58 2:52


60.

Old Brown Shoe

Written by George Harrison

RecordingDDSI.28.59 2:48


61.

Old Brown Shoe

Written by George Harrison

RecordingDDSI.28.60 16:41


62.

Old Brown Shoe

Written by George Harrison

RecordingDDSI.28.61 5:03


63.

Improvisation

RecordingDDSI.28.62 3:11


64.

Old Brown Shoe

Written by George Harrison

RecordingDDSI.28.63 2:19


65.

I Want You (She's So Heavy)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.64 3:52


66.

I Want You (She's So Heavy)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.65 5:54


67.

Unless He Has A Song

RecordingDDSI.28.66 3:51


68.

Sticks And Stones

RecordingDDSI.28.67 2:33


69.

Something

Written by George Harrison

RecordingDDSI.28.68 0:52


70.

Something

Written by George Harrison

RecordingDDSI.28.69 3:27


71.

Something

Written by George Harrison

RecordingDDSI.28.70 15:33


72.

Something

Written by George Harrison

RecordingDDSI.28.71 4:19


73.

Something

Written by George Harrison

RecordingDDSI.28.72 9:15


74.

Get Back

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.73 3:13


75.

Get Back

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.74 1:28


76.

Get Back

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.75 2:06


77.

Get Back

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.76 1:19


78.

Bo Diddley

RecordingDDSI.28.77 2:20


79.

Two Of Us

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.78 2:38


80.

Two Of Us

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.79 4:07


81.

Two Of Us

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.80 4:33


82.

Two Of Us

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.81 2:12


83.

Two Of Us

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.82 3:53


84.

Teddy Boy

Written by Paul McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.83 9:21


85.

All Things Must Pass

Written by George Harrison

RecordingDDSI.28.84 1:00


86.

All Things Must Pass

Written by George Harrison

RecordingDDSI.28.85 1:54


87.

All Things Must Pass

Written by George Harrison

RecordingDDSI.28.86 4:30


88.

All Things Must Pass

Written by George Harrison

RecordingDDSI.28.87 5:06


89.

How Do You Tell Someone

RecordingDDSI.28.88 2:19


90.

Greasepaint On Your Face

RecordingDDSI.28.89 1:36


91.

Positively 4th Street

RecordingDDSI.28.90 0:08


92.

Positively 4th Street

RecordingDDSI.28.91 1:51


93.

I Want You (She's So Heavy)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.92 14:21


94.

I Want You (She's So Heavy)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

RecordingDDSI.28.93 9:07

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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ivan 1 years ago

Possible setlist for this day:
Shazam (Duane Eddy)
‘The Long And Winding Road’
‘I’ve Got A Feeling’ (17 versions)
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (Bob Dylan)
‘The Inner Light’
Blue Yodel No. 1 (T For Texas) (Jimmie Rodgers)
Tea For Two Cha-Cha (Tommy Dorsey)
‘Dig It’
‘Child Of Nature’ (Lennon; two versions)
‘Dig A Pony’ (12 versions)
‘Get Back’ (seven versions)
‘Love Me Do’
‘Teddy Boy’ (McCartney; two versions)
‘Don’t Let Me Down’ (four versions)
‘One After 909’ (four versions)


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