|It was 50 years ago today: The Beatles' final concert.|
This was one of four "new" songs the Beatles performed January 30, 1969 - fifty years ago today - on the roof of their Apple Records headquarters, in what turned out to be their final public performance. It was meant to be the triumphant conclusion of a film which documented the Beatles at work in the studio creating the album that was at first going to be called "Get Back" but ended up shelved for a year and then retitled "Let it Be". Upon release, the Beatles had effectively broken up and were pursuing their separate solo careers.
|An audience with The Beatles: Some of the lucky people who were on the rooftop that day.|
|It was actually quite crowded on the rooftop during the concert.|
|Inspecting the roof the Saturday before. Photo: © Apple Corps Ltd.|
- "Get Back" (take one)
- "Get Back" (take two)
- "Don't Let Me Down" (take one)
- "I've Got a Feeling" (take one)
- "One After 909"
- "Dig a Pony"
- "I've Got a Feeling" (take two)
- "Don't Let Me Down" (take two)
- "Get Back" (take three)
Rooftop versions on official records
From the rooftop gig, the first performance of "I've Got a Feeling" and the recordings of "One After 909" and "Dig a Pony" were later used on the album "Let It Be". Also, dialogue from the rooftop was used between tracks to create a live atmosphere on the album, and John Lennon's famous "I hope we passed the audition" speech was tacked on to a studio version of the song "Get Back".
In 1996, a live version of "Get Back" from the rooftop was included on the album "Anthology 3".
Then in 2003, an edit of the two takes of "Don't Let Me Down" from the rooftop concert was included on the revisionist album "Let It Be... Naked".
Yesterday, Fab Four Archivist uploaded part 1 of a 2-part special about the rooftop concert. Here's part 1:
I'm sure part 2 is imminent. Meanwhile:
The New York Post has a new interview with the director of "Let It Be", Michael Lindsay-Hogg on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the rooftop concert.
Also, a big announcement is expected later today. Stay tuned in!