Last Licks Live: The Rooftop Concert (Dr. Ebbett DBM-047)
1. Get Back (one) (Lennon/McCartney) 3:25 2. Get Back (two) (Lennon/McCartney) 3:21 3. Don’t Let Me Down (one) (Lennon/McCartney) 3:20 4. I’ve Got A Feeling (one) (Lennon-McCartney) 3:59 5. One After 909 (Lennon/McCartney) 3:05 6. Dig A Pony (Lennon/McCartney) 3:54 7. I’ve Got A Feeling (two) (Lennon-McCartney) 3:41 8. Don’t Let Me Down (two) (Lennon/McCartney) 3:21 9. Get Back (three) (Lennon/McCartney) 3:26
The above was first released by Dr. Ebbetts in 2005 [PMC 6901] in excellent mono: “I wanted a fantastic sounding version of the famed rooftop show, void of the lengthy in-between chatter, without the occasional sound anomalies (like volume fluctuations, for example), in a nice concise package. I believe this is it. It was sourced from several CDs in an attempt to create the best sounding collection. Its a nice companion to the “First Concert” and “Hollywood Bowl” CDs in the Ebbetts collection.”
DBM-047 is a smooth, defined and equalized transfer of The Rooftop Concert on 1-30-69 in London. We had not heard the Beatles live in concert since their 8-29-66 Candlestick Park concert in San Francisco. The Rooftop Concert is the Beatles raw, in your face with all their swagger, jamming and letting it out like they never did before and, sadly, would never do again.
Just a few comments about some of the tracks. “Get Back” (one) comes closest to paralleling the studio version and sounds great. “Get Back” (two) is faster and looser. “Don’t Let Me Down” (one) features immediate vocal harmonization with Preston’s distinctive keyboards. The bass on “I’ve Got A Feeling” (one) is a bit boomy sounding and reverberates. “One After 909” is a pleasure to hear and leaves a taste for more. “Dig A Pony” is crisp and clean. “I’ve Got A Feeling” (two) is the raucous version. “Get Back” (three) is also a bit boomy sounding on the low end. None of the above several listed imperfections, however, detract from the overall listening experience.
I’ve always considered the “Let It Be” album and “The Rooftop Concert” to offer a latter day sounding Beatles. They really let it out for many of these tracks with the music sounding different than anything they had put out in the past. The Beatles brought out the best in Preston who in turn brought out more of the Beatles.
Dr. Ebbetts was successful in achieving his goals for this release. DBM-047 is a well-crafted production that clocks in at a short 32:36 but is timeless and recommended without reservations!
Last Licks Live is an excellent way to get this show on one disc and to have such a vivid document of an interesting, but ultimately heartbreaking, recording.