I have identified three different versions based on colors, the one shown above, then an all blue one:
And a black & white one with a tan label:
All of these images used on the back cover were shot by celebrated English portrait and fashion photographer Norman Parkinson while the Beatles recorded “Hold Me Tight” and “Don’t Bother Me” on the 12th of September 1963. Many of them were compiled into a magazine for the US Beatles fans, which was reissued in a smaller format in the second half of the ’70’s.
USA: Late 1978
Eddie from Melvin Records likely assumed that very few Beatles collectors outside of South Carolina owned the early Melvin Records title, as many were reused for their sixth release. Although, would you not anticipate that many in your target group owned the Deccagone 45’s and “it-was-news-seven-years-ago” BBC tracks?
- Three Cool Cats (Decca Audition, 01 January ’62. Previously included on MM04 ‘When It Says Beatles Beatles Beatles On The Label Label Label You Will Love It On Your Turntable Turntable Turntable’
- How Do You Do It – taken from Joe Pope’s 45 first released in 1976 for the Boston Beatles convention. Although difficult to impossible to do, I love to trace back how a recording may have been ‘leaked’. As stated before on this blog, the theory that this track was played on RKO radio that year or prior and taped is incorrect, as the series in question – From Liverpool To Legend – was only broadcast in 1977. Another theory has John Lennon trade an acetate for (Contraband’s) Sweden 1963 LP. I doubt even John would give away his only hard copy for something even he knew to be a mass produced item but the final word on this is the fact that the source for the bootleg single was clearly not an acetate.
- Like Dreamers Do – another Joe Pope Deccagone 45 copied by Melvin
- Lucille – Eddie & Fred really seem to have taken to the BBC recording of this Little Richard number as this is the third time they have included one of the two available performances on a Melvin album.
- Glad All Over – continuing with the original ’21’ (MM02) focus on BBC recordings, this track from Pop Go The Beatles # 10 (rec. 16 July ’63) makes its Melvin debut but had been available since TMOQ’s Yellow Matter Custard, which was heavily mined by Melvin.
- Hello Little Girl – B-side of Deccagone single “Three Cool Cats”, already used on MM04.
- Nothin’ Shakin (But The Leaves On The Trees) – Recorded for Pop Go The Beatles # 6 on 10 July ’63 and previously out on – you guessed it – Yellow Matter Custard.
- Lonesome Tears In My Eyes – ditto
- The Honeymoon Song – ditto, except taped for episode # 8 and the date was 16 July ’63
- Spiritual Regeneration – see MM04, side 1, track 3
- “The Abduction” – This is the music played over the end credits of their second movie Help!. Although Mozart wrote a piece with that title this is actually the overture form Rossini’s “Barber of Seville” with the Beatles hamming it up vocally but not adding any instruments.
- Watching Rainbows – the Fab Four as a trio after George had walked out at Twickenham studios. John on electric piano and Paul on lead guitar, trying out a couple of John’s new compositions and this improvisation on 14 January, 1969. Available in poor quality since the summer of 1977 on Dragonfly’s Indian Rope Trick and then the multi-color EP of that same name.
- Mama You’ve Been On My Mind – unreleased Dylan composition, recorded 9 January ’69 at Twickenham during the Get Back sessions and brought to you first by Contraband on Sweet Apple Trax
- “I’m ready” aka “Rocker” – (listed as Ready, Willing And Able (Instrumental) ) and
- Save The Last Dance For Me- both recorded 22 January ’69 at Saville Row in their basement studios
and only available on the multi-track tape shown here:
Glyn John’s third compilation attempt from May of ’69 created the definite version of the Get Back album and was slated for release no less than three times. It made use of this multi-track reel shown here. Both “I’m ready” and “Save The Last Dance For me” are very short.This third version had the same track listing as the second one but there are a few instances of different dialog and, more importantly, different edits of “Get Back” (now lacking the coda) and “Dig It” (cut by a minute). In addition, the third version was never broadcast on the radio.
“Although it was not broadcast like the first two compilations, this compilation surfaced in the 1970s from both an acetate and, according to Doug Sulpy, a tape source. While the acetate and the tape source are the same compilation, there are two minor differences between the two. For reasons unknown, the tape source is missing the first second or two of “One After 909” and the chat heard at the end of “For You Blue”. This appears to be a banding oddity and not an actual compilation variant. I have been unable to determine exactly when the two individual sources first surfaced but this compilation has been a mainstay in The Beatles’ bootleg canon since it first appeared in the 1970s.” [source: http://www.beatlesource.com/bs/mains/audio/GetBack/comp3/comp3.html%5D
Now, where this was first released is where it gets complicated. The beatlesource website claims this was in 1974 on TMOQ’s Get Back Sessions and shows the mid-70’s reissue with the S-2xx added annotation on the insert. However, this album was first released in September of 1971 (matrix: BGB 111 A-R1 / BGB 111B-R1).
Back to the third compilation, it can also be found in slightly edited form with “One After 909” shifted to the end of side 1, likely done by the bootleggers who must have felt it flowed better this way (on Wizardo’s WRMB 315 versions, ca. late ’75/early ’76):
Plus also on the 2LP version of this confusing Wizardo release:
The auction text for this 2 LP version read:
“Beatles Get Back Sessions, WIZARDO 2 LP, WRMB 320
The Beatles, Get Back Sessions, Studio Out-takes.
Believed circa 1975 Wizardo double LP set, both LPs on black vinyl. One LP has a red label with deep groove similar to that used on early USA Blue Note and UK Decca pressings. The other LP has a blue label and features a much less indented groove in the same area.
Dead wax/run-off markings red label: WRMB 352 A / WRMB 352 B; blue label: WRMB 315 A / WRMB 315 B. These are all etched and not stamped.
Note that the numbers on the LP differ from that on the cover slick, although both LPs appear to contain the tracks from the Get Back/Let It Be sessions, and so this set is possibly a repackage or coupling of two earlier separate LPs.”
For the single LP copies, we have the following confirmation: “# wrmb 320, vinyl matrix #352” and a different set list:
Side A: One after 909 / The walk / Don’t let me down / Dig a pony / I’ve got a feeling / Get back
Side B: For you blue / Teddy boy / Two of us / Dig it / Let it be
Apparently, the quality is rather poor.
Several months later, this reappeared on no less than three of Ken’s labels. ZAP 7866:
the surprisingly hard to find TKRWM 1995 – according to beatlesource.com, sourced directly from the acetate:
plus also as one LP of the double set Renaissance on Toasted Records (# 2S911).
- Shake, Rattle And Roll – recorded 26 January ’69, as the band broke up rehearsing “Let it be”over and over and slide into an inspired medley of rock’n roll 50’s & 60’s standards. Part of this was used in the Let It Be film (taken from the Nagra reels) and first appeared on bootleg on Contraband’s Peace Of Mind (CBM 3670) in the late spring of 1973 and in the following year again as part of their first volume of the Cinelogue series (CBM 4020).
A 24 minute one sided acetate containing much of the medley and sourced from Glyn John’s multi-track compilation numbered E69742 has appeared and been sold at auction but I doubt any bootlegger had access to this:
I’ve Got A Feeling
Shake Rattle and Roll
Kansas City,Miss Ann, Lawdy Miss Clawdy
Blue Suede Shoes
You Really Got A Hold On Me
Many of us looking for Beatles bootlegs in the 1980’s also remember this song from the File Under bootleg, which, despite the mediocre sound was a real “greater than the sum of its parts” experience.
- The Walk – recorded 27 January ’69. Sandwiched between takes of “I’ve Got a Feeling”, they launched into this song originally written and recorded by Jimmy McCracklin in 1957:
51 seconds of the Beatles’ version of “The Walk” ended up being selected for the reference mixes Glyn Johns compiled starting on January 27th with acetates cut on January 30th.
Tape copies of these acetates were played on US radio stations in the summer and fall of 1969, leading to the first ever Beatles bootleg appearing in January of 1970:
- “Commonwealth” – recorded at Twickenham on 9 January ’69 and first heard on Contraband’s Sweet Apple Trax volumes
- “Enoch Powell” / “Get Off” (listed here as “Whitepower Promenade (Parts 1 And 2)”) – ditto
- Honey Hush (Joe Turner) – ditto
- Youngblood (Leiber / Stoller, originally recorded by the Coasters in 1957) – MM06 ends with another BBC recording. The Beatles’ only recording from 1st of June 1963 had just made its debut in 1978 on the Audifön bootleg of the same name, unfortunately, incomplete and sounding poor. It probably did not sound any better on Melvin.
I must admit, I did not expect the Melvin label to be so tough going but there is a lot to look up for all these different sources! This title may just be the most work intensive one ever or at least in the top 3. On top of that, my ISP cut my line last week – not because I hadn’t paid the bill but because of left hand/right hand, and I only had emergency internet for five solid days.