Mixing "Get Back", "Don't Let Me Down"

Thursday, April 3, 1969 • For The Beatles

Part of


Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Get Back / Don't Let Me Down (UK - Mono) 7" Single.
Studio:
Olympic Sound Studios, London

Master release


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The Beatles or EMI were keen to release a new single (their last one was “Hey Jude / Revolution” released in August 1968). On March 26, 1969, some mono mixes of “Get Back” had been made.

Why did we spring “Get Back” on the public so suddenly? Well, we’d been talking about it since we recorded it, and we kept saying “that’s a single”. Eventually we got so fed up talking about it, we suddenly said: “O.K. That’s it. Get it out tomorrow”.

John Lennon – From New Musical Express, March 3, 1969

On this day, Glyn Johns worked on a new mono mix of “Get Back“, as well as a mono mix of “Don’t Let Me Down“, which would be released as the B-Side of “Get Back“. He also worked on stereo mixes of the two songs (for the stereo release on the US market).

In “The Complete Beatles Chronicle“, Mark Lewisohn indicates that those mixes were done on April 4, 1969. But Kevin Howlett, in the “Let It Be (50th anniversary boxset)“, indicates: “As Paul’s diary confirms, both sides of the single were mixed at Olympic Sound Studio on 3 April 1969“.

However, the mono mix of “Get Back” would be reworked on April 7, 1969.

Last updated on December 10, 2021

Songs recorded


1.

Get Back

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mix


2.

Don't Let Me Down

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Mono mix

Album Officially released on Get Back / Don't Let Me Down (UK - Mono)


3.

Get Back

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mix

Album Officially released on Get Back / Don't Let Me Down (US - Stereo)


4.

Don't Let Me Down

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Mixing • Stereo mix

Album Officially released on Get Back / Don't Let Me Down (US - Stereo)

Staff

Production staff

Glyn Johns:
Producer, Engineer

Going further


The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions • Mark Lewisohn

The definitive guide for every Beatles recording sessions from 1962 to 1970.

We owe a lot to Mark Lewisohn for the creation of those session pages, but you really have to buy this book to get all the details - the number of takes for each song, who contributed what, a description of the context and how each session went, various photographies... And an introductory interview with Paul McCartney!

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