Mixing "Let It Be" album #4

Friday, March 27, 1970 • For The Beatles

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Let It Be (Limited Edition) LP.
Studio:
EMI Studios, Room 4, Abbey Road

Master release


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This was the fourth day of work for Phil Spector on the “Get Back” tapes recorded in January 1969. On this day, he worked on “Dig It” and added snippets of dialogue between songs.


For “Dig It“, Phil Spector chose the same take of the song as Glyn Johns for his “Get Back” LP (this take was recorded on January 26, 1969). From beatlesebooks.com:

[Phil Spector] selected the same January 26th rendition of the song as Glyn Johns had chosen but edited it down to the :49 “like a rolling stone…Matt Busby” section for inclusion on the album. Although vocalizations from Paul were heard during this segment of the performance, especially during the “like a rolling stone” lyrics, Phil Spector decided to pan this out of the mix entirely. Since McCartney was not involved in the mixing of the album and Lennon was instrumental in Phil Spector taking on this project, one can assume that Paul’s vocal contributions were omitted at John’s request. Phil Spector also chose the “…’Hark, The Angels Come’” announcement from January 24th to use as a segue to the song “Let It Be” as Glyn Johns originally proposed.


Phil Spector then dug into the “Get Back” tapes to find snippets of dialogue to use between songs. Aside from the piece of dialogue “That was ‘Can You Dig It’ by Georgie Wood, now we’d like to ‘Hark The Angels Come’” used between “Dig It” and “Let It Be“, two other snippets mixed on this day were used on the final mix of the album.

John Lennon’s spoken words “I Dig A Pygmy’ by Charles Hawtrey and the Deaf-Aids! Phase one, in which Doris gets her oats!” were added to the beginning of “Two Of Us“. John’s comments at the end of the rooftop show (“Thanks Mo“, “I hope we passed the audition“) were added at the end of “Get Back” and therefore at the end of the album.


Phil Spector continued his work on the “Get Back” tapes on March 30, 1970.

Last updated on January 5, 2022

Songs recorded


1.

Dig It

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

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 1

Album Officially released on Let It Be (Limited Edition)


2.

Dialogue and miscelleneous pieces

Mixing • Stereo mixing - Remix 1-8

Staff

Production staff

Phil Spector:
Producer
Peter Bown:
Engineer
Roger Ferris:
Second engineer

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