GET BACK TO TORONTO
Label : I.P.F. (International Peace Festival)
Matrix Number : IPF-1-A ST S-2142 / IPF-1-B S-2143
Release date: February 1970
1. PEACE MESSAGE 5:26
2. GET BACK 2:58
3. TEDDY BOY dialogue 5:48
4. TWO OF US (w/2 false starts) dialogue 3:18
5. dialogue/count-in DIG A PONY (w/false start) 3:38
6. I'VE GOT A FEELING dialogue 2:38
7. count-in LET IT BE 3:51
8. dialogue/count-in DON'T LET ME DOWN dialogue 3:38
9. dialogue. FOR YOU BLUE (w/ 2 false starts, incomplete) dialogue. 2:21
10. dialogue/ count-in GET BACK 2:38
11. guitar riffs THE WALK :53
12. CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE AGAIN! (incomplete) 6:04
sound quality: EX-stereo (surface noise)
1 John and Yoko– Toronto– Dec 17.69, from radio broadcast (VG-mono)
2 officially released version – single version
3 to 6 Apple studios– Jan 24.69
7 Apple studios– Jan 26.69
8 Apple studios– Jan 22.69
9 Apple studios– Jan 25.69
10,11 Apple studios– Jan 27.69
12 Xmas Fan Club-only flexi-disc 1967 (mono)
Together with KUM BACK and GET BACK SESSION, this is one of the most famous Beatles bootlegs originated by the radio broadcast of the "Get back'' tape. It was mastered slightly slow, has a better stereo separation and the pressing is slightly noisy. Get back has been replaced with the officially released single version.
THE ORIGINAL STEREO ISSUES
The original I.P.F. (which stands for International Peace Festival) record has a yellow label with song titles and manufacturer indication. There are several different variations of the reseases, particularly for those that had a rubber-stamped sleeve. following releases were produced, all with records using the same labels.
1. February 1970 (photo below the title). Rubber-stamped cover saying THE BEATLES GET BACK TO TORONTO and another rubber stamp saying HIGH QUALITY STEREO. The stamps are in a red-pinkish ink.
2. Late 1970. Same as #1, but the "STEREO" indication was joined to the GET BACK TO TORONTO rubber stamp, so the producers only had one rubber stamp to impress on the sleeve. The stamp is in blue or red ink. The records with the red rubber stamp are froma different pressing plant, and have a wide pressing ring.
3. 1970. A reissue on a blank sleeve with simply THE BEATLES as a rubber stamp was seen.
4. late 1970-1971. Insert cover reproducing the St. Louis arch and the peace symbol in three colors (blue and black with purplish arch) or two colors (also the arch is blue).
INTEREST. An important early Beatles bootleg. The first issue is relatively common, more than #2 and #3 (***), the repressings with the archwere distributed in thousand copies and are therefore quite common. **.
OTHER EARLY ISSUES
The I.P.F. stereo version of GET BACK TO TORONTO was immediately copied by B/C Records on matrix V-36766-1 / V-367661-2. This had a printed black and white cover including title and track listing. It had a yellow label similar to that of I.P.F., with B/C Records replacing I.P.F. On this stereo version, track 2 has an early fade-out, leaving out 42", and track 6 skips at 20".
INTEREST. A relatively common record. **
THE JAPANESE WHISKEY RECORDS
The entire GET BACK TO TORONTO appears on the japanese LP WHISKEY RECORDS 3, released in 1971. This record had a white blank untitled jacket, and the labels was yellow, with title and track listing. Matrix number: WH XX 1Y / WH XX 2Y
INTEREST. An extremely rare record, also in Japan. *****
Another japanese release, produced by the same manufacturer in 1971, was titled WHISKEY RECORDS 2; it had plain white cover or rubber-stamped cover saying WHISKEY, on matrix WH-X1 / WH-X2. It was reportedly pressed in a limited edition of 200 copies, on yellowish or pink labels with track listing; it features on side A the complete side B of GET BACK TO TORONTO and on side B the last three tracks from side A of GET BACK TO TORONTO plus Instant Karma and You know my name, officially released versions.
INTEREST. An extremely rare record, also in Japan. *****
WHISKEY RECORDS 2 was copied from a U.S. record released in March-April 1970 by Underground Sounds and titled LET IT BE; this album had a mono matrix us-101-a m Δ14734 / us-101-b Δ14734-X m, black labels with titles and green/black «deluxe» printed cover. Two versions of this LP exist, differing in Lennon’s glasses, black or silver, on the printed cover.
INTEREST. A rare very early bootleg. ****
A further japanese copy of GET BACK TO TORONTO appeared in 1975 and was produced by JL Records, matrix JL-517 A / JL-517 B
INTEREST. A useless copy of a common record, only interesting for the japanese market and for completists. **
THE WCF VERSION
Matrix Number RP 23-A / RP 23-B; later reissues had side A from matrix LP 23-A
A mono version of GET BACK TO TORONTO, in much decreased sound quality, was produced from 1971 by WCF. The following issues were seen:
1. early 1971. Insert reproducing the I.P.F. "arch" slipsheet; yellow labels similar to the I.P.F. labels. Side B of the record was mispressed and the inner grooves of the last song run straight into the label area.
2. early 1971. Same as #1, but side B had a smaller label, so that the record could be regularly played.
3. late 1971 or early 1972. The people at WCF tried to correct the pressing error of side B, but they cut a new master for side A instead, numbered LP 23 A. Same insert as #1 or ocra monochromatic insert, blue-green labels, of normal side on side B, so again grooves running into the label.
4. late 1972-1973. Insert smaller and of reduced quality. New dark purple-blue labels saying Toronto records. On side B the company used the stamper 723-B, but these is the stamper of a Jimi Hendrix record, Goodbye Jimi...
5. 1973. Some copies of reissue #4 have an insert saying "Jimi Hendrix takes on the Beatles". No doubt to try and sell their pressing error.
6. 1974. This is again on matrix LP 23-A / 723-B, blank labels, folder-type cover with brownish insert as #1 or with the same drawing directly printed on front and another drawing printed on back.
INTEREST. All these WCF releases have a very low quality, no musical interest and a limited collectible value. **/*
THE CBM RELEASES
Matrix Number 3519 A / 3519 B
CBM released its own mono copy of GET BACK TO TORONTO from August 1972. The following releases of the CBM version have been examined.
1. August 1972. Yellow labels counterfeiting the I.P.F. labels; b/w insert reproducing the original I.P.F. slipsheet.
September 1972. Red printed insert, identical to the previous one but with the indication I.P.F. deleted.
January-February 1973. Same insert printed red or brown, generic A / B labels in various combination
Summer 1973. Yellow insert with CBM "disc" logo added, printed blue on yellowish paper, blank labels with 1" bar in various colors.
Late 1973. Same insert with the CBM disc logo, generic A / B labels. After October, 1973, when the producer moved from Virginia to Minnesota, the new pressing plant with the inner ring at 12 mm from the hole was used.
1974. White sleeve with rubber-printed title, various labels depending on the period: white labels with pirate (January), blank labels and sleeve with J. Fish drawing printed on back cover (spring); yellow labels with pirate and J. Fish drawing (summer), blank labels, white sleeve without the J. Fish drawing on back cover (late).
1975 (late?). Printed b/w cover with the indication "Plastic Ono Band", blank labels.
1975. Insert with King-Kong logo & track listing; yellow labels with small Godzilla or blank labels.
early 1976. Pink insert in reduced size, without the CBM "disc" logo; red labels with black pirate.
INTEREST. The first pressings have a certain collectible value, that decreases in the later reissues. ***/* The reissues with the rubber stamped cover are interesting for collectors, since very seldom CBM used rubber-stamped covers (***).
The WCF issue #1 was the source of an album, very likely issued in early 1971, with cover rubber-stamped GET BACK TO TORONTO, yellow labels derived from the WCF counterfeited IPF label with number LO-1/LO-2, matrix LOEB – SIDE 1 / LOEB – SIDE 2, with “LOEB” erased. Two versions exist, one with black rubber stamp, the other with purple rubber stamp.
INTEREST. Even though it has no musical interest, this is a very rare record, of high collectible value. ***
A further mono counterfeit of GET BACK TO TORONTO was derived from the CBM release. This was pressed in 1983 in Europe. It even reproduces the J. Fish cartoon on the red printed back cover and has blue/yellow printed front cover reproducing the CBM insert, but numbered BS-3519 below the disk logo; labels are blank, matrix is 3519 A / 3519 B and there are no pressing rings on the label area.
INTEREST. A useless counterfeit. *
The last known version appeared in Japan in 1986, as part of a series of repressings of old records. This has a deluxe laminated cover and is copied from the original stereo LP on matrix S-2143 1/2YI 830.
INTEREST. Useless record. *