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Get Back .....Beatles (you've prob not seen this)

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Here's a clip you likely have never seen.

The recording of 'Get Back' for the 'Let It Be' album.

In their early days, The Beatles played in clubs for hours most nights, but by 1967, they stopped touring. This single was advertised as "The Beatles as nature intended."

McCartney: "We were sitting in the studio and we made it up out of thin air... we started to write words there and then... when we finished it, we recorded it at Apple Studios and made it into a song to roller coast by."

The character 'JoJo' was based on Joseph Melville See Jr., Linda McCartney's first husband. He was from Tucson , Arizona , and killed himself there in 2000.

The missing verse from Get Back: "Meanwhile back at home there's nineteen Pakistanis, living in a council flat/Candidate for Labour tells them what the plan is/Then he tells them where its at". ("Council :doh: flat" is the British equivalent for "housing project"). Early versions include the line "I dig no Pakistanis." The song began as a commentary about immigration, telling people to "Get Back" to their own countries. It was meant to mock Britain 's anti-immigrant proponents. Paul McCartney thought better of it and made the lyrics more obscure.

Paul looked at Yoko in the studio when he sang the line "get back to where you once belong." John thought he was disrespecting her.

There was a rare quote by Paul that said "I don't take any notice of her. She's John's wife so I have to respect her for that, but I don't think she's the brightest of buttons.

She's said some particularly daft things in her time. Her life is dedicated to putting me down but I attempt very strongly not to put her down."

They eventually became friends even if it did have to be after John was murdered. Ringo was the only one who would accept Yoko in the beginning when she first came in the picture, both during and after The Beatles.

Billy Preston played piano and became the only guest artist to get a credit on a Beatles single - "The Beatles with Billy Preston." George Harrison had left the recording session one day and saw Preston in concert with Ray Charles. The Beatles had met Preston back in 1962 when they were both playing in Germany , but they hadn't seen each other since.. Harrison asked Preston to come by the studio the next day. Having him in the studio eased the tension and made it easier for The Beatles to put personal conflicts aside and record the album.

On the clip you can briefly see a young Mick Jagger & Charlie Watts from the Rolling Stones in the booth. Phil Spector was the guy with the glasses.











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I wondered at the time who JoJo was, though maybe NME readers knew. Probably as well that they left out the lines about Pakistanis. :):

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I really enjoyed watching that, thanks! The trivia was fascinating too - I'm a bigtime Beatles fan but didn't know what the song was about.

And how cool was Billy Preston's little jig! What a dude! :thumb:

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Jessica Rabbit wrote:Fab clip and so good to see you babe :squeeze: Where have you been? Missed you. Have Mrs H and little H made a full recovery after their accident?


Hiya Jess, Mrs H & 18yr old Little H doing fine, little H still getting treatment though, thanks for asking. Been under the weather myself but back in fine form now. Been battling with this new IE8 , bldy sh*te bit of kit. I use FF a lot but the new version of IE soooo slow.

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Fascinating stuff. The body language speaks volumes, and it's clear that all is not well by then.
Having been both lucky and privileged enough to go to school with two of them, and then later to watch their lunchtime and evening antics in the Cavern, it's actually quite sad to see that they're not enjoying themselves in the same way as they did in their early days.
Where did the story about the lyrics come from? At that time (1967) there were hardly any Pakistanis living in Liverpool, (there are relatively few even now), and not that many anywhere else, relatively speaking. Our school had 1000 kids in it, and there were only two Asians. I appreciate that the Beatles had moved out of Liverpool by then, but West Indian immigration was in the headlines at the time, so it seems strange that Paul would pick on Pakistanis. I also happen to remember that he was very racially tolerant, (as many Liverpudlians are), simply because it is a seaport city, and you grow up amongst immigrants. When I was at that school, the lad who sat on one side of me was Chinese, and the other was Afro-Caribbean (as we would call it today). This was in 1958!

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There were plenty of Pakistanis in the rest of Lancashire at that time, working as slave labour in textile mills. I think it was meant to be anti-racist, just as Alf Garnett was.

Makes me wonder what other lyrics were edited. Did "A Day in the Life" originally refer to "four thousand Poles in Blackburn Lancashire" ;) ;) :)

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diablo wrote:There were plenty of Pakistanis in the rest of Lancashire at that time, working as slave labour in textile mills. I think it was meant to be anti-racist, just as Alf Garnett was.

Makes me wonder what other lyrics were edited. Did "A Day in the Life" originally refer to "four thousand Poles in Blackburn Lancashire" ;) ;) :)


Now we know how many Poles it takes to fill the Albert Hall...... :D

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