Get Back sessions - January 31, 1969 - Day 20

Friday, January 31, 1969 • For The Beatles

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Let It Be LP.
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Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London

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From 31 January 1969: Get Back/Let It Be sessions: day 20 (beatlesbible.com):

This was the 20th and final day of the Get Back/Let It Be sessions, and saw The Beatles perform the songs which had been judged unsuitable for the previous day’s rooftop concert.

The main purpose was to allow the film crew to capture satisfactory versions of the songs. Primary among them were ‘Let It Be’, ‘The Long And Winding Road’ and ‘Two Of Us’.

A performance of ‘Two Of Us’ was included as the opening track on the Let It Be album. The Beatles completed the song early on in the session, leaving them with time to mess around in the studio. Among the performances were numerous golden oldies, and a version of ‘Step Inside Love’, which Paul McCartney had given to Cilla Black the year before.

Various other songs were also performed during the day, including a version of ‘Lady Madonna’ featuring the lines “Lord and lady docker, in your private yacht/All the people wonder why you have such a lot”. McCartney also sang on ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)’, which The Beatles had played earlier in week and were clearly keen to work on further.

Most of the takes of ‘The Long And Winding Road’ were recorded after a lunchtime break. Among them was the version included on the 2003 album Let It Be… Naked. The song ‘Let It Be’ proved slightly more troublesome, with The Beatles recording a total of 22 takes, beginning with a skiffle-style one with John Lennon on lead vocals, singing the words to a different melody.

Patience began to wear thin during this part of the session, with Lennon audibly bored and interjecting mischievous lines such as “And in my hour of darkness she is standing left in front of me, squeaking turds of whisky over me”. McCartney, too, changed some of the lyrics, including a reference to “Brother Malcolm” (presumably Mal Evans), and changing “times of trouble” to “times of heartache”.

The group did eventually record a take which – with overdubs recorded at a later date – was used on both the single and album. This was the penultimate take of the day; an edit of this and the final take was used in the Let It Be film.

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From Facebook – 31 January 1969 – Photo by Ethan A. Russell © Apple Corps Ltd.(http://www.thebeatles.com/)
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Songs recorded


1.

Two Of Us

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D1-02 - Two Of Us 31.01


2.

Wild And Pretty maid

Recording • Jan.31 - D1-03 - Unknown 31.02


3.

Hey Good Lookin'

Written by Hank Williams

Recording • Jan.31 - D1-04 - Hey Good Lookin' 31.03


4.

Take This Hammer

Written by Traditional

Recording • Medley with "Lost John","Five Feet High and Rising","Bear Cat Mama","Black Dog","Right String, Wrong Yo-Yo","Run For Your Life"


5.

Lost John

Written by Traditional

Recording • Medley with "Take This Hammer","Five Feet High and Rising","Bear Cat Mama","Black Dog","Right String, Wrong Yo-Yo","Run For Your Life"


6.

Five Feet High and Rising

Written by Johnny Cash

Recording • Medley with "Take This Hammer","Lost John","Bear Cat Mama","Black Dog","Right String, Wrong Yo-Yo","Run For Your Life"


7.

Bear Cat Mama

Written by Jimmie Davis

Recording • Medley with "Take This Hammer","Lost John","Five Feet High and Rising","Black Dog","Right String, Wrong Yo-Yo","Run For Your Life"


8.

Black Dog

Written by Traditional

Recording • Medley with "Take This Hammer","Lost John","Five Feet High and Rising","Bear Cat Mama","Right String, Wrong Yo-Yo","Run For Your Life"


9.

Right String, Wrong Yo-Yo

Written by Carl Perkins

Recording • Medley with "Take This Hammer","Lost John","Five Feet High and Rising","Bear Cat Mama","Black Dog","Run For Your Life"


10.

Run For Your Life

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Medley with "Take This Hammer","Lost John","Five Feet High and Rising","Bear Cat Mama","Black Dog","Right String, Wrong Yo-Yo"


11.

Two Of Us

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D1-06 - Two Of Us (10A) 31.05


12.

Two Of Us

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D1-07 - Two Of Us (10B) 31.06


13.

Two Of Us

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D1-08 - Two Of Us 31.07


14.

Two Of Us

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D1-09 - Two Of Us 31.08


15.

Two Of Us

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D1-10 - Two Of Us 31.09


16.

Step Inside Love

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D1-11 - Step Inside Love 31.10


17.

Friendship

Written by Cole Porter

Recording • Jan.31 - D1-12 - Friendship 31.11


18.

Tales Of Frankie Rabbit

Written by Keith Drewett, Peter Dymond

Recording • Jan.31 - D1-13 - Tales Of Frankie Rabbit 31.12


19.

Two Of Us

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D1-14 - Two Of Us (11) 31.13


20.

Deed I Do

Written by Fred Rose, Walter Hirsch

Recording • Medley with "In The Middle Of An Island","All Together Now"


21.

In The Middle Of An Island

Written by Nick Acquaviva, Ted Varnick

Recording • Medley with "Deed I Do","All Together Now"


22.

All Together Now

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Medley with "Deed I Do","In The Middle Of An Island"


23.

Two Of Us

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D1-16 - Two Of Us (12) 31.15


24.

I Got Stung

Written by Aaron Schroeder, David Hill

Recording • Jan.31 - D1-17 - I Got Stung 31.16


25.

Step Inside Love

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D1-18 - Step Inside Love 31.17


26.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D1-19 - Let It Be 31.18


27.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D1-20 - Let It Be 31.19


28.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D1-21 - The Long And Winding Road 31.20


29.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D1-22 - Let It Be 31.21


30.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D1-23 - The Long And Winding Road 31.22


31.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D1-24 - The Long And Winding Road (13A) 31.23


32.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D1-25 - The Long And Winding Road (13B) 31.24


33.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D1-26 - The Long And Winding Road 31.25


34.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D1-27 - The Long And Winding Road (14) 31.26


35.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D1-28 - The Long And Winding Road (15A) 31.27


36.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D1-29 - The Long And Winding Road (15B) 31.28


37.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D2-01 - The Long And Winding Road 31.29


38.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D2-02 - The Long And Winding Road (16A) 31.30


39.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D2-03 - The Long And Winding Road (16B) 31.31


40.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D2-04 - The Long And Winding Road (16C) 31.32


41.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D2-05 - The Long And Winding Road (16D) 31.33


42.

Lady Madonna

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D2-06 - Lady Madonna 31.34


43.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D2-07 - The Long And Winding Road 31.35


44.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D2-08 - The Long And Winding Road (17A) 31.36


45.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D2-09 - The Long And Winding Road (17B) 31.37


46.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D2-10 - The Long And Winding Road 31.38


47.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D2-11 - The Long And Winding Road (18) 31.39


48.

The Long And Winding Road

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D2-12 - The Long And Winding Road (19) 31.40


49.

I Want You (She's So Heavy)

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D2-13 - I Want You (She's So Heavy) 31.41


50.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D2-14 - Let It Be 31.42


51.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D2-15 - Let It Be (20A) 31.43


52.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D2-16 - Let It Be (20B) 31.44


53.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D2-17 - Let It Be (20C) 31.45


54.

Build Me Up Buttercup

Written by Mike d'Abo, Tony Macaulay

Recording • Jan.31 - D2-18 - Build Me Up Buttercup 31.46


55.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D2-19 - Let It Be 31.47


56.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D2-20 - Let It Be (21) 31.48


57.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D2-21 - Let It Be (22) 31.49


58.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D2-22 - Let It Be (23) 31.50


59.

Party

Written by Jessie Mae Robinson

Recording • Jan.31 - D2-23 - Let's Have A Party 31.51a


60.

Party

Written by Jessie Mae Robinson

Recording • Jan.31 - D2-24 - Let's Have A Party 31.51b


61.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D2-25 - Let It Be 31.49P


62.

Instrumental

Recording • Jan.31 - D3-02 - Instrumental 31.52


63.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D3-03 - Let It Be 31.53


64.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D3-04 - Let It Be 31.54


65.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D3-06 - Let It Be 31.55


66.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D3-07 - Let It Be 31.56


67.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D3-08 - Let It Be 31.57


68.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D3-09 - Let It Be - 12th Street Rag 31.58


69.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D3-10 - Let It Be 31.59


70.

Oh! Darling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D3-11 - Oh! Darling 31.60


71.

Oh! Darling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D3-12 - Oh! Darling 31.61a


72.

Oh! Darling

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D3-13 - Oh! Darling 31.61b


73.

Unknown

Recording • Jan.31 - D3-14 - Unknown 31.62


74.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D3-15 - Let It Be 31.63


75.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D3-16 - Let It Be (27A) 31.64


76.

Let It Be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Jan.31 - D3-17 - Let It Be (27B) 31.65

Album Officially released on Let It Be (50th anniversary boxset)

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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