Saturday

The Beatles

Get Back (Final Glyn Johns Mix) - 1969

With the mountains of praise heaped upon the fab four, is it actually possible for one of their greatest innovations to go largely unnoticed? Amazingly, yes. Linking off-the-cuff performances with studio dialog, in-jokes and count-ins to emulate the effect of the album being produced in one live-in-studio setting, the Beatles' Get Back album was intended to strip the band of studio sheen it had accumulated over the past few years, and return it to its bare-bones, Cavern Club glory. But alas, the Beatles split, the Get Back concept gathered dust and Phil Spector poured over the remaining studio tapes to produce Let It Be - an odd and oddly fitting epitaph. Thanks to the passing of time and the ingenuity of the vast Beatles bootleg empire, these original Glyn Johns Get Back mixes have slowly been unearthed to illustrate how great the band's swan song could have truly been. For years I've been privy to the most widely bootlegged of the bunch, Johns' infamous 3rd mix (included on The Beatles As Nature Intended, which was posted ages ago here at the Heat Warps), however the recently discovered 4th and "final" mix trumps them all. The edits are tighter, the mix is more refined, and the flow and feel are honed to perfection here to create a document that mirrors the tone of the accompanying Let It Be film, as well as an album that breaks the myth and pulls the curtain nearly as effectively as the last hurrah of Abbey Road.

These files come courtesy of the magnificent Beatles page, The Source. They've got an overwhelming array of aural delights, information and literature, but a relatively small server to store it all on, so be gentle with their bandwidth and do the ol' Right Click + Save As.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've found this impossible to download, by any route. Any chance of uploading it yourself? Preferably not (only) Megaupload? Many thanks!!!

JR Heat Warp said...

Thanks for the heads up on this one. Re-upped using a different host. Enjoy.

Anonymous said...

Many thanks for this - keeping me entertained at work right this minute. Keep up the great work - it's greatly appreciated!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the heads-up re-up! I've never understood the sour attitude toward *any* of the Let It Be variants (and there have been a few ...). I've always enjoyed listening to them, always found room for them. I prefer this period to the Abbey Road period (heresy, I know). Better songs, for one. The sound of a real rock band keeping it together while it's falling apart, for another.

Anonymous said...

It's me again. I've listened to this twice, giving it my (unusually) undivided attention, and I have to say it's the best version I ever heard, quite possibly the definitive edit, and definitely the version "they" should have released instead of the interesting-but-strangely-lifeless "Naked".
Forget "Smile" - *this* is the Great Lost Album. The verbal asides are absolutely integral to the music, which is (apart from Dig It, which I still don't) woefully underestimated, both in terms of composition and performance. I often wonder if we didn't *know* the band was tearing apart at the seams, would we be able to tell from what's on the tape? I don't think so. A major piece of work from a major group, and big thanks for making this fantastic version available. What a shame I can't buy it in a thick Clarifoil-laminated sleeve, with a beautiful Parlophone label!

Cacu said...

Really great!The Best edition in my opinion. Thanks

j. said...

this was fun.

Mark P said...

This is the only version I'll ever listen to again. What a revelation.

taro nombei said...

By the way, thanks for this -- I snaffled it up a while ago but only now got around to getting back to you.
Great to hear this stuff with fresh ears.
Brilliant and much appreciated.
TN

Anonymous said...

hey can you reup this . it wont download.

JR Heat Warp said...

Sorry, folks. To keep us on the up and up, everything's available here for a limited time, so reups aren't really our game. Lucky for you, this one is still available for download from the original source at..."The Source" http://www.beatlesource.com/bs/mains/audio/GetBack/gb2intro.html

Anonymous said...

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Thad said...

Just had to stop back in and say that after a year of listening to this, I don't want to hear "LIB" or "Nekkid" ever again. Great find, and thanks for the link!