Beatles – Get Back (Dr. Ebbett DBM-036)
Get Back (Unreleased UK Stereo) (Dr. Ebbett DBM-036)
1. The One After 909 (Lennon/McCartney) 3:06
2. Rocker (Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starkey) 0:46
3. Save The Last Dance For Me (Pomus/Shuman) 1:19
4. Don’t Let Me Down (Lennon/McCartney) 4:26
5. Dig A Pony (Lennon/McCartney) 3:45
6. I’ve Got A Feeling (Lennon/McCartney) 2:52
7. Get Back (Lennon/McCartney) 3:08
8. For You Blue (Harrison) 2:46
9. Teddy Boy (McCartney) 3:41
10. Two Of Us (Lennon/McCartney) 3:29
11. Maggie Mae (Trad. Arr Lennon/McCartneyHarrison/Starr) 0:41
12. Dig It (Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starkey) 4:21
13. Let It Be (Lennon/McCartney) 3:55
14. The Long And Winding Road (Lennon/McCartney) 3:40
15. Get Back Reprise (Lennon/McCartney) 0:42
Get Back has been referred to as the “lost” Beatles album which eventually was transformed into the officially released Let It Be album. The project began on January 2nd 1969 at Twickenham Film Studio with the concept for Get Back ever evolving. Glyn Johns put together an album out of the material recorded in January. The Kum Back bootleg was generated after some radio stations received promo copies of Get Back in mid-1969. I recall purchasing my copy for $5 on thick vinyl which represented my first bootleg purchase while knowing that the Let It Be release was rumored to be just around the corner.
DBM-036 is a flawless transfer. All 4 Beatles “share” credits on “Rocker”, “Maggie Mae” and “Dig It”. McCartney gets an unusual solo credit for “Teddy Boy” and it is nice to hear the “Beatles” demo version here. The Beatles sound loose and really jam and let it out on these tracks with verbal jabs intermixed throughout. Lennon pleads: “Do a nice beat…for me. Give me the courage to come screaming in” as they work on the beginning of “Don’t Let Me Down”. As the track develops further, Lennon asks Preston to: “Hit it Bill…Oh yeah”.
The cymbals float continuously and effortlessly in slow motion throughout “Dig A Pony”. The demo for “I’ve Got A Feeling” is the bluesy sounding version with Preston once again lending his chops to accentuate and make his mark on this track. Preston also gathers steam on “Get Back”. We hear ice being juggled in a glass just prior to the beginning of “For You Blue” with stark clarity and exquisite finger picking as the track closes. “Teddy Boy” is a pleasant work in progress as we hear McCartney saying: “So that one there for consideration” at the end of song. “Two Of Us” has a nice gentle fadeout especially evident with the mastering of DBM-036.
“Let It Be” is the organ demo driven version with softer harmonies. “The Long And Winding Road” has MCartney’s haunting piano lead and soulful vocals. “Get Back Reprise” is light-hearted and fitting.
This, my friends, is the way that Let It Be was meant to be heard sans the bombastic Phil Spector wall of sound produced debacle. This is one fine release that is a must own for Beatle fans that gives us a refreshing glimpse into what the Beatles really sounded like.