KUM BACK (S-1/S-2)
Matrix Number: S1/S2
Release Date: late January 1970
Country: USA (records were also circulating in the UK with blank white folder-type covers as opposed to standard covers that were the norm in the US)
1. GET BACK 2:30
2. THE WALK :51
3. count-in LET IT BE 3:48
4. ONE AFTER 909 dialogue 2:49
5. TEDDY BOY dialogue (incomplete) 5:39
6. TWO OF US 3:08
7. DON'T LET ME DOWN dialogue 3:30
8. I'VE GOT A FEELING dialogue 2:39
9. THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD 3:30
10. DIG IT (edited) 2:33
11. FOR YOU BLUE (incomplete) 1:42
12. count-in DIG A PONY (with false start) 3:31
13. GET BACK 2:28
Sound quality: EX-stereo
1,2 Apple studios– Jan 27.69
3,9,10 Apple studios, Jan 26.69 (mono)
4 Apple rooftop performance– Jan 30.69
5,6,8,12 Apple studios– Jan 24.69
7 Apple studios– Jan 22.69
11 Apple studios– Jan 25.69
13: Apple studios– Jan 23.69
Another appearance of the "Get back'' tape (see KUM BACK) in stereo, this time also including One after 909 and Dig it; songs are sequenced like in KUM BACK and For you blue is equally faded at the end; this could suggest that these two records were derived from the same tape; most of the chat, count-ins and riffs in-between the songs have been edited out. Sound quality has an excess of high frequencies, pressing is slightly noisy and mastering is too fast.
This version of Dig it, compared with the complete version available on various more recent CDs, starts at 1'56'', ends at 4'56'' and is edited from 2'18'' to 2'57''.
ISSUES FROM THE ORIGINAL MASTERS
1a. late January 1970 (photo below the title). Plain white untitled cover, often folder-type; white or black blank label of smaller size, 75 mm diameter (normal labels are 100 mm diameter).
1b. Same as 1a, with additional day-glo sticker titled KUM BACK, that anyway might have been realized by distributors or retailers to differentiate this record from all the others that were commercialized in a white blank sleeve, as it was typical of the time. Label is small white.
2. Early 1970. Same as 1a, with additional GET BACK stamp on cover, small black label. A rubber stamp probably placed by some record store or dealer to differentiate this record from other with blank cover and label.
3. 1970. Red label saying MAK and FAB FOUR (hence this issue was also reported with the title FAB FOUR). This LP was distributed in Europe on a b/w printed jacket (of comparatively thin cardboard) , depicting a crying girl and titled KUM BACK. One copy with labels of a Rolling Stones release, mistakenly used, was seen.
INTEREST. All these are very interesting and scarce release (*****/****).
LATER REISSUES FROM THE ORIGINAL MASTERS
After several years the original S-1 / S-2 masters resurfaced and new pressings were realized from newly cut stampers with the letters DAB (= Dig A Beatle) added at left of the original numbers.
1. late seventies. Blue Great Live Concerts label, written italics, cover derived from Renaissance Minstrels.
2. 1979. Insert reproducing one of the TMOQ inserts, with the TMOQ 71024 number, track listing and other notes; black Slipped Disc labels.
3. 1979. Same insert as #2, in reduced size, with the TMOQ references deleted and titles and track listing rewritten by hand. Labels for other records were used, placed on the disc on the reverse side.
4. 1980. New insert, partly folded over the back of the sleeve. Black Canyon labels.
5. 1981-1982. Same insert as #3, Raring Records labels in various colors, blue and yellow seen, black as well as colored vinyl.
INTEREST. These repressings have a limited collectible interest. **/*
Soon after the first release of the S-1 / S-2 record, copies were produced.
Early 1970. A mono copy was issued on a machine-carved matrix MG 202520 TI / MG 202521 TII, sleeve with rubber stamped cover titled LET IT BE, blank white label.
INTEREST. A rare record. ****
April 1970. Immaculate Conception Records copied the original S-1/S-2 LP on matrix VAR-101, with the title GET BACK. The slipsheet, which featured a photograph of a nude pregnant woman, was subsequently reproduced in the Rolling Stone magazine's review of LET IT BE in early June. The record has a blue label with titles printed in black. It has stereo channels reversed and is mastered slightly slower; tracks 5 and 8 have an early fade-out.
INTEREST. A very rare and quite interesting record. ****