GET BACK

Label: Lemon Records

Matrix Number: X-10069 ­ S-2131 / X-10069 ­ S-2132

Release Date: February 1970

Country: USA

 

SIDE A

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

 

SIDE B

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

 

Source 

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)

 

 

COMMENTS

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 compared to "Kum Back".

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 #5.

 

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. ***/**

THE DUTCH GET BACK RECORDS

The stereo record was counterfeited in Holland in November 1970. There are two versions, from two different masters, both with matrix number LRS 123 A / LRS 123 B. The first version has song separation, and the matrix numbers have hyphens between LRS, 123 and A/B (LRS-123-A / LRS-123-B). The second version has no song separation and the matrix numbers have only the hyphen between 123 and A/B (LRS 123-A / LRS 123-B) .

 

First version, November 1970. The records were distributed in a sleeve with the reproduction of the original insert, printed on the front, and a drawing of a lemon printed on the back. Some copies had the photo of the cover also printed on the back. The disc had an orange label counterfeiting the original Lemon label and the pressing mark is a ring at 12 mm from the spindle hole. The stereo has the channels reversed compared to the original Lemon record.

 

Matrix of the first version. This record has song separation.

Second version. This version has no song separation and the stereo channels are the same as in the original american Lemon record. The sound is more crispy compared to the first Dutch version. All the records had white blank labels and were distributed with two different printed jackets. One has the same reproduction of the rooftop photographs printed on the front, and the lemon on the back. The disc has a ring at 12 mm from the spindle hole, so the pressing plant was probably the same of the first version. The other jacket has a poorly detailed photograph of George playing guitar on the front and the track listing on the back, above the lemon. The pressing marks are an inner ring at 12 mm and an outer ring at 36 mm from the spindle hole (photo here below). These pressing marks are the same as those of other Dutch records released before May 1971 (see illustrations in the book "Little White Wonder"  by Charles Beterams), among which a Beatles pirate LP featuring the Christmas flexy, titled CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM LIVERPOOL. So this last is a 1971 repressing, evidently produced at the same pressing plants. Also the presence of the track listing on the back, above the lemon drawing, indicates that this cover was made after the cover lacking the track listing.

Occasionally, the jacket with George playing guitar was used for other records, namely the European KUM BACK S-1 / S-2 with small label, but this may have been done by distributors who had copies of the jacket available and different discs with the "Get Back" material.

Matrix of the second version. Disc here below.

INTEREST. All these Dutch records are historically important and relatively rare. ****/***

OTHER COPIES

1970. A fake Lemon LP, on stereo matrix  SIDE A / SIDE B of quality comparable with the original, 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.

INTEREST. This is a rare rubber-stamped record, quite interesting for collectors. ****

 

NOTES. A reproduction of the original Lemon Record insert (release 1) was used for late seventies reissues of THE "GET BACK" SESSIONS by TMOQ. and Wizardo Records.

The record rubber-stamped GET BACK by Yoow Record is a different record, and has its own entry.

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