About this Weblog

Blogger’s note: This post was originally written at this site’s launch, in January 2012. My views of things have evolved a bit since then, as explained in my 1st and 2nd blogoversary posts as well as the interviews and podcast appearances I’ve done discussing the January 1969 sessions . But the general idea remains the same. 

I lay out much of the raison d’être of this blog in the introductory post.

I began this site a Beatles fan near the final frontier of their music. The history of the sessions as told and retold was almost too grim to believe given the fruits of their labor, and I considered there could have been little to discover — the music was recorded a half-century ago and bootlegs of the material have existed nearly that long. Only with the advent of the internet, big hard drives, high-speed broadband  — and the surfacing of incredible quality, well, stolen tapes — did it become reasonable to actually sit through the Get Back sessions and dig in and dig it myself.

When I first downloaded A/B Road (as described below), I poked around from random song to random song, and it was relatively revelatory. There’s so much  more to uncover, explore and understand.

As much as I’d like to embed all kinds of clips here, I’m just not going to go quite there — at least as far as uploading fresh content. But wherever things are available on YouTube and the like, I’ll by all means link away for context.

My source material is the A/B Road bootleg from the Purple Chick label. A background of the set can be found here. I bet if you Google for that set, you’ll be able to find a torrent or two so you can follow along.

I tweet at @theymaybeparted and Facebook at fb.com/theymaybeparted. If you’d like to drop me a line, I’m at theymaybeparted AT gmail.com.

Thanks for joining me!

January 2012 and January 2020

11 responses to “About this Weblog

  1. Joanie

    Can you please explain the difference between Thirty Days and Nagra tapes? Is one music and one conversation?


    • Joanie! Really sorry for the very slow reply. So the short answer is that one is a subset of the other.

      The longer answer: The entirety of the Get Back sessions were recorded on audio by the filmmakers on Nagra sound recorders (Nagra being the brand-name of the recorder itself). So anything that was recorded was technically “on the Nagra tapes,” whether it’s them recording songs, talking about their lunch, anything. When you watch the Get Back docuseries, or Let It Be for that matter, you’re listening to audio derived from the Nagras. Anything that happened at Twickenham that you hear on a record (like the version of Gimme Some Truth on the official Let It Be Deluxe that came out last year) was from a Nagra tape.

      Thirty Days is one of the many bootlegs that came out over the years sourced by the Nagras. I think Thirty Days is just the complete songs (I don’t actually own it, but from what I have read), spread out over what would be 17 CDs. I use the A/B Road bootleg, which is pretty much everything that was bootlegged from the original Nagras — conversations, songs, everything. If you burned it to CD, it would fit on 83 of them. So a lot bigger.

      I hope that all makes sense !


  2. PaulS

    One key point from “Get Back” is when Paul says he can’t do Beatles part time. That’s huge! The others don’t have an issue with “part time.” Look what happened with Wings vs. the other three on their own and not in a real band. I did not know that Paul’s issue, needing the Beatles full time, was part of the reason for the breakup.


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  4. Joe Reaves

    Interesting. About two/three years ago I came into possession of “Thirty Days”. A 17 CD account of the “Get Back” Sessions. Very detailed and aside from a few beeps and the voice of Lindsey-Hogg in the background on some of it, mainly camera direction, it is very good. It also includes the Glyn Johns mix for the “Get Back” album and complete rooftop performance.


  5. Anonymous

    DId you see Glenn Tillbrook at the Grog Shop in 97?


  6. Ed Eagle

    Great stuff, Dan!


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  8. Anonymous

    I love your blog. I didn’t know about the Nagra Reels until I learned about your blog on Hey Dullblog. Please don’t stop – keep it coming!


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