|Mystery session photo from the Get Back book.|
|Page from the Get Back book|
|John at the mystery session.|
Studio documentation at Apple was non-existing, it was not like at Abbey Road where everything was written down and filed in the archives. People just had to guess what the Beatles were doing. Was it overdubs for the upcoming single release of "Don't Let Me Down" as B-side to "Get Back"? Again, it was Mark Lewisohn who finally make a breakthrough. In 2007 he uncovered a letter from Peter Brown, on Beatles business, dated 18 February 1969, which mentions that on the 20th "they will be recording at the Apple studio". It's likely that these photos were taken on that occasion, which was a Thursday. So, what did they record? Perhaps the aforementioned overdubs?
|A "mystery session" photo from the book that accompanied the stereo vinyl boxed set.|
At Trident Studios in London's Soho that Saturday, The Beatles recorded 35 takes of "I Want You (She's So Heavy)", which at this stage had the working title "I Want You". Glyn Johns was the producer, and Billy Preston played an organ on the recordings. John Lennon sang live vocals on each of the takes.
Mystery Session page on Beatlesource
Steve Hoffman Music Corner discussion
The Beatles Bible