The beatles Albums- Get Back


The Beatles – Get Back – Original Studio Version

The Beatles – Get Back – Rooftop Quality Restored!!!

The Beatles – Get Back (Rooftop Concert, 1969) W-I-D-E

The beatles get back 1969-Roof Top Take 2


Song Lyrics:

Get Back


Jojo was a man who thought he was a loner
But he knew it couldn’t last.
Jojo left his home in Tucson, Arizonabeatles-rooftop-Get Back
For some California grass.
Get back, get back.
Get back to where you once belonged
Get back, get back.
Get back to where you once belonged.
Get back Jojo, go home
Get back, get back.
Get back to where you once belonged
Get back, get back.
Back to where you once belonged.
Get back Jo.

Sweet Loretta Martin thought she was a woman
But she was another man
All the girls around her say she’s got it coming
But she gets it while she can
Get back, get back.
Get back to where you once belonged
Get back, get back.
Get back to where you once belonged.
Get back Loretta

Your mother’s waiting for you
Wearing her high-heel shoes
And her low-neck sweater
Get back Loretta,
Get back, get back to where you once belonged
Get back, get back.
Get back to where you once belonged.
Get back, get back.
Get back to where you once belonged.
Get back, get back.
Get back to where you once belonged.

[thanks, Mo!… on behalf of the group I hope we passed the audition.]

Get Back

Written by: Paul McCartney (100%) (credited as Lennon-McCartney)
Recorded: January 27-28, 1969 (Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London, England)
Mixed: February 5, March 26, April 4, 7, 1969; March 26, 1970
Length: 3:09
Takes: 9
Musicians: John Lennon: harmony vocals, rhythm guitar (1965 Epiphone E230TD(V) Casino)
Paul McCartney: lead vocals, bass guitar (1961 Hofner 500/1)
George Harrison: lead guitar (1968 Fender Rosewood Telecaster)
Ringo Starr: drums (1968 Ludwig Hollywood Maple)
Billy Preston: electric piano (1968 Fender Rhodes)
First released: April 11, 1969 (UK: Apple R5777), May 5, 1969 (US: Apple 2490)
Available on: (CDs in bold)

  • Let It Be, (US: Apple AR 34001, UK: Apple PX1, Apple PCS 7096, Parlophone CDP 7 46447 2)
  • The Beatles 1967-1970 (UK: Apple PCSP 718, US: Apple SKBO 3404, Apple CDP 0777 7 97039 2 0)
  • Past Masters Volume Two, (Parlophone CDP 7 90044 2)
  • The Beatles 1 (Apple CDP 7243 5 299702 2)

Highest chart position: US: 1 (five weeks beginning May 24, 1969); UK: 1 (six weeks beginning April 23, 1969)  about.com


Tidbits culled from various internet sources:

Early versions include the line “I dig no Pakistanis.” The song began as a commentary about immigration, telling people to “Get Back” to their own countries. It was meant to mock Britain’s anti-immigrant proponents. Paul McCartney thought better of it and made the lyrics more obscure.

Get Back” was going to be the title of the album. The concept was The Beatles “getting back” to their roots and playing new songs for a live audience without any studio tricks. This song came closest to capturing that spirit, but the album became something completely different when they decided to scrap the idea of a live album. Glyn Johns, who engineered the sessions was asked to put the album together from what were really rehearsal tapes. After he put the album together, it sat around while the Let It Be Movie was being edited from the film footage of The Beatles rehearsing in the studio and playing on the rooftop. During this time, The Beatles made the Abbey Road album, released it, and broke up. John Lennon had Phil Spector produce his solo song “Instant Karma,” which Harrison played on. They liked Spector’s work and asked him to produce the Get Back album, which was re-titled Let It Be. Spector took the tapes and added orchestrations using his “Wall Of Sound” technique, and the album that was supposed to be the raw sound of The Beatles returning to their roots was released as a highly-produced final album after they had broken up.

At the beginning of the album version, Lennon sang, “Sweet Loretta fat she thought she was a cleaner, but she was a frying pan.” He was making fun of the first line in the song.

At the end of the album version, Paul says “thanks Mo” in response to Ringo’s wife, Maureen, who was clapping.

The press release to promote the single contained this quote from McCartney: “We were sitting in the studio and we made it up out of thin air… we started to write words there and then… when we finished it, we recorded it at Apple Studios and made it into a song to roller coast by.”
Lennon claimed this was basically a rewrite of their 1968 song “Lady Madonna.”
The single version is longer than the album version. Usually it is the other way around.
Paul looked at Yoko in the studio when he sang the line “get back to where you once belong.” John thought he was disrespecting her.
McCartney got the idea for this from the line, “Get back to where you should be,” which came from a song Harrison wrote called “Sour Milk Sea,” which was eventually recorded by Jackie Lomax. McCartney changed the line to, “Get back to where you once belonged.”
There was speculation that the character “JoJo” was based on Joseph Melville See Jr., Linda McCartney’s first husband, who was from Tucson, Arizona. McCartney denied this, explaining in his 1988 autobiography Many Years From Now, that he and Linda were on good terms with See, who used the first name Melville, and that “JoJo” was “an imaginary character, half-man and half-woman.” See never remarried, and in 2000 he killed himself in Tucson.
Billy Preston played piano and became the only guest artist to get a credit on a Beatles single when this was credited to “The Beatles with Billy Preston.” After George Harrison left the sessions, he saw Preston in concert with Ray Charles. The Beatles met Preston in 1962 when they were both playing in Germany, but they hadn’t seen each other since. Harrison asked Preston to come by the studio the next day, where he played on this and “Don’t Let Me Down.” Having him in the studio eased the tension and made it easier for The Beatles to put personal conflicts aside and record the album.
The last version of the song, which can be heard in the widely bootlegged “rooftop sessions,” finds McCartney mocking the police as they shut down the rooftop concert. You can hear him ad-lib the lines “You been out too long, Loretta! You’ve been playing on the roofs again! That’s no good! You know your mommy doesn’t like that! Oh, she’s getting angry… she’ll have you arrested! Get back!”

The Beatles’ 19th single in Britain — “Get Back,” backed with “Don’t Let Me Down” — was released April 11, 1969, so the song was already well known when the Let It Be album was released a year later.

However, the single version (available on Past Masters) was recorded January 28, 1969 (as was “Don’t Let Me Down”), while the album version was recorded the previous day — and it shows. The single version is more powerful, and the band attacks it with a bit more confidence, perhaps the result of giving the tune an extra night to sink in.

Other differences are the result of mixing; the single version (3:11), which benefits from a healthy dose of reverb, starts off cold and features nothing but pure Beatles-style R&B, fading out after some extended jamming and riffing by Paul McCartney (“Your mama’s waiting for ya, wearing her high-heel shoes and her low-neck sweater”).

The album version opens with some January 27 studio chatter (including John Lennon’s “Sweet Loretta Fart, she thought she was a cleaner, but she was a frying pan” parody) and ends with a snippet of the January 30 rooftop performance, with Lennon hoping the band had “passed the audition.”

Both versions feature Lennon playing lead guitar, getting a pleasing P90 tone out of his sanded-down Epiphone Casino; George Harrison on his custom-built rosewood Telecaster and McCartney on a Hofner 500/1, most likely his 1963 model. Both versions also feature brilliant playing by longtime Beatle friend Billy Preston, a recent Apple Records signing and true professional who melded quickly with his new, albeit temporary, band mates.

The song’s chorus was initially inspired by the plight of Kenyan Asian refugees who were bound for Britain; the phrase “get back” wasn’t meant in earnest, however; it was McCartney’s satirical comment on the resulting racism brewing in Britain.

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