Label: Lemon Records
Matrix Number: X-10069 S-2131 / X-10069 S-2132
Release Date: February 1970
1. ONE AFTER 909 2:55
2. THE WALK :51
3. DON'T LET ME DOWN dialogue 3:33
4. dialogue/count-in DIG A PONY (with false start) 3:3¸
5. I'VE GOT A FEELING dialogue 2:40
6. GET BACK 2:32
7. dialogue FOR YOU BLUE (with false start, fades out) 2:25
8. TEDDY BOY dialogue 5:52
9. TWO OF US (with two false starts) 3:13
10. DIG IT (edited) 2:26
11. count-in LET IT BE 3:52
12. THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD 3:37
13. ACROSS THE UNIVERSE 3:27
Sound Quality: EX-stereo
1: Apple rooftop performance– January 30, 1969 (mono)
2, 6: Apple Studios– January 27, 1969
3: Apple Studios– January 22, 1969
4, 5 – 8, 9: Apple Studios– January 24, 1969
7: Apple Studios– January 25, 1969
10: Apple Studios– January 26, 1969 (mono)
11, 12: Apple Studios– January 26, 1969
13: officially released version (WWF version)
An attempt to recreate the GET BACK promo LP. The songs of this version derive from KUM BACK (S-1/ S-2), while the intros/outros and chat in-between songs (missing from that record) were taken from the same source of GET BACK TO TORONTO. The track line-up was derived from a review of the promo LP published in the July 1969 issue of "The Beatles Book''. The bootleggers confused track 2 with the so-called Link Track mentioned in the review (i.e. I'm ready/Jam) and had to do without Save the last dance for me, which wasn’t part of the tapes which were making the round at the time. It is mastered a little slow (particularly on side B) but has a good equalization and a good pressing; stereo channels are reversed.
THE ORIGINAL STEREO RELEASES
1. February 1970 (photo below the title). Blue insert reproducing a January 30, 1969 rooftop shot; yellow Lemon label featuring twice the indication "33 1/3 rpm".
2. 1970. Same label, new insert titled GET BACK SESSION reproducing a drawing of a phonograph printed in red with the track listing of GET BACK TO TORONTO.
3. Late 1970 or early 1971. Same insert as 2, printed b/w and possibly also in red color; new Lemon label with side indication on left and "33 1/3 rpm" on right.
4. May 1971. Same insert as 2, Pine Tree labels.
5. spring 1972. Rubber stamped cover saying GET BACK, Dittolino labels.
6. late 1972 to 1973. Same insert as 2, Dittolino label or generic labels with small or big 1/2 numbers.
7. late 1972 to 1973. A furter release had a curious insert titled LIVE AFTER 909. This version had the same Dittolino labels as #2.
INTEREST. An interesting release, the repressing on rubber-stamped cover and LIVE AFTER 909 are the rarest (****), those on the Lemon label were pressed in a large number of copies and are relatively common. ***/**
EARLY COPIES AND COUNTERFEITS
The stereo record was soon counterfeited by other manufacturers.
Fake Lemon records. This record was released on matrix LRS-123. It is stereo (with reversed channels), low channel separation and much decreased sound quality. The records have track separation and were reportedly pressed in Holland. We saw the following issues:
1. late 1970. Printed sleeve in poor quality, counterfeiting the insert of the original Lemon release 1; yellow or orange label counterfeiting the original Lemon label.
Matrix of the conterfeited Lemon Records
2. Printed cover featuring a poor reproduction of George playing guitar, titled GET BACK and, on back, the drawing of a Lemon and track listing; same label as 1 or blank label.
INTEREST. Mainly interesting because it's a very early, uncommon bootleg and it is generally scarce, particularly the version counterfeiting the original Lemon LP. ***
1971. The two versions of the conterfeited Lemon records were in turn counterfeited by another company, who even cared to reproduce the LRS-123 matrix number. These versions had blank label and printed covers reproducing the LRS-123 records. The record has no track separation and a lower quality.
Matrix of the counterfeited LRS-123 record
INTEREST. A counterfeit of a counterfeited copy of the Lemon Record... But historically important and rare. ***
1970. A fake Lemon LP, on matrix SIDE A / SIDE B, had a rubber-stamped cover titled GET BACK, and poorly counterfeited yellow Lemon labels. This record was realized by the same company who produced GB / GET BACK on YOOW label. It was pressed from a stereo master, matrix SIDE A / SIDE B, quality comparable to the original.
INTEREST. This is a rare rubber-stamped record, quite interesting for collectors. ****
The record rubber-stamped GET BACK by Yoow Record is a different release, and has its own entry.