Today — Jan. 2, 2013 — marks the 44th anniversary of the beginning of what would ultimately be known as the Get Back (or Let it Be) sessions. And for me, it’s exactly one year since I began this labor of love.
So with another year over and a new one just begun, I wanted to quickly look back at a year of posts and share a little bit of what I’ve discovered through 40 posts that have covered 14 hours of music and conversation thus far.
- Wait — Just 14 hours in?! That’s it? I’m amazed, too (maybe). When I started this blog, I didn’t think after a year’s worth of posts I’d still be on January 6, the third day of the sessions with another 83 hours of tapes (nearly three-and-half-days’ worth) remaining. Beyond the fact that life indeed is what happens when you’re busy making other plans, I found my interest in what I was listening to increase with every post. I started out planning on a couple of posts per session day, but I’ve eventually found myself writing multiple posts about a single song or even a conversation.
- And about those conversations… So far, I’m finding them more interesting than the song rehearsals. Not that it should surprise anyone that two-plus hours of “Don’t Let Me Down” (in just these 14 hours) gets a bit old . But the decades-old bootlegs that first exposed me (and I’m sure many of you) to the sessions really only featured the band’s wacky covers and oddball originals (in addition to the more definitive and unique takes of the songs to eventually surface on the record and in the movie). Getting to hear George tell Paul he’ll play if he wants him to play is great. But being able to get the entirety of the context plus the rest of the conversation is gold (that specific example is subject of my next original post, in fact). The discussion they had about Cream plus the lengthy discussion about the potential live show just fascinated me (and, hopefully, you!).
- Run from, not for, cover: Maybe it’s just because they’re old news by now. But the covers they “play” (so far there haven’t been too many full run-throughs) aren’t all that compelling. Maybe it’s personal taste, but I just don’t care all that much. Although at times they clearly enjoyed performing those more than their originals when it’s the entire band actually playing together. But for something that has long defined these sessions, I’m eager to just get through them.
I’ve just seen a face. I don’t pay too much attention to site stats, since the blog is purely for fun, not profit. But in a very inexact study of search terms people use to find the blog, people just love searching for Paul’s beard. And I’m happy to oblige.
I have plenty of more observations, but I’ll leave them to this next year’s posts themselves. I do seem to have a tendency to ramble.
So with this blog entering its second year, I simply want to thank you all so much for reading. This is just so much fun to be able to have the chance to virtually talk about such a specific thing with so many knowledgeable people as enthusiastic as I am. Can’t wait for another year of Beatle posts/tweets/chatter.
As we enter the first few days of January, I’ll be unearthing links to my posts about those days in 1969 on the tapes, starting below with Jan. 2. After we’re caught up with my posts through Jan. 6, I’ll pick up where I left off on the timeline (that same Jan. 6) with a look at “Two of Us” and the iconic George-Paul argument that happened within.
Posts about Jan. 2, 1969:
- Different Feelings: On the first day of the sessions, the band runs down a few different new numbers, with Paul taking charge
- Revelation 1: Exploring the shared origins of “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Sun King”
- Hair, there and everywhere: Paul’s beard gets noticed
- Tell me why: In their rush to begin recording at Twickenham, nobody seems to have an exit strategy.
A little disclaimer. I’m in the process of a little bit of cleanup. Anywhere that I change content of any substance, or fix a fact, I’ll make that clear. But I won’t waste anyone’s time denoting when I found better video clip or replaced a dead link, etc.
11 responses to “TMBP Extra: Everybody had a good year — 1st Blogoversary”
This is an amazing blog!! Am curious about the edits Jackson made to suggest slightly different take on events. On this day, I noticed that on the Nagra tapes, while they are eating their dry buns, George calls the server back and whistles for him, but in Peter Jackson’s Get Back, the scene mutes the whistling.
I agree with you about the tapes. You can’t half-listen. Or I can’t, at least. Not really listen. Not listen right. I think of it as akin to going underwater or something. I wonder if anyone else first started listening to the nagras post-Get Back? Anyway, I imagine it’s waaaay better for me in this post-Get Back world. I know what everyone was wearing, probably where they were sitting or standing, who else was there but quiet — like Mal or Tony in the mornings — generally even what’s in their cup. The only place I can’t picture is the cafeteria. Several times I week I think how much better I have it than those who came before me because even if I can’t see every moment I am listening with the benefit of a deep, deep visual context.
My guess is that playing the old covers allowed the band to get their chops up (both individually and as a band) without burning themselves out on the new material.
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thanks for your editing of this no rambling posts much appreciated
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Ditto on the congrats. Every post is so well written – every post features a perspective I had not considered. (And I bought my first Get Back bootleg 30+ years ago.) Great job!
CW, thanks so much! This truly means a lot to me. More fun in the new year!
Congrats. You’re running a great blog that is endlessly interesting. Keep up the great work. Can’t wait for your: “I’ll play it however you want me to play it. Or I won’t play it at all. Whatever it is that will please you.” post!
Thanks a lot, Craig. Really appreciated your comments all year!