The Get Back Journals II (Limited Edition)

The Beatles

Number

Year

Format

VIGO 138 - 145

1995

CD

This is an individually numbered limited edition of 100 unitsIt was made exclusively for the Japanese market and only sold in Japan.

  
Packaging:

This is an 8-disc set that comes packaged in film box (complete with straps).  It includes a copy of Doug Sulpy's book "Drugs, Divorce, and a Slipping Image".  It also includes the booklet from the regular release of this title.  A serial numbered sticker is on the box.

You also get four (identical) Toshiba-EMI booklets advertising the Beatles' legitimate releases in Japan.

The card from the box's cover.

The jewel cases and the four Toshiba-EMI booklets.

Note: the CDs included with the limited edition are identical to the ones released in the regular edition.

The Booklet:

The booklet included with this title features the following information:

- Introduction by the folks at Vigotone (reproduced below)
- Brief liner notes for each disc (reproduced below)

- The Twickenham Sessions: A Bootleg History (reproduced below)
- The Twickenham Sessions: An Overview of Available Material (not reproduced as it's no longer accurate)

 

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VIGO 138 & 139

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   VIGO 138 - 40 Tracks - Total Time: 73:38

   
   VIGO 139 - 21 Tracks - Total Time: 70:47

Tracks 1 - 24: Jan. 3, 1969 / Tracks 25 - 40: Jan. 6, 1969

All Tracks: Jan. 6, 1969

1. Sun King   (0:30) 1. Live Show Dialogue   (9:04)
2. (improvisation)   (0:26) 2. Don't Let Me Down   (14:53)
3. All Things Must Pass   (2:44) 3. Don't Let Me Down   (0:20)
4. All Things Must Pass   (1:24) 4. Don't Let Me Down   (3:37)
5. All Things Must Pass   (2:34) 5. Don't Let Me Down   (3:45)
6. All Things Must Pass   (4:07) 6. Don't Let Me Down   (3:08)
7. All Things Must Pass   (1:07) 7. Don't Let Me Down   (4:43)
8. (improvisation)   (0:25) 8. Don't Let Me Down   (1:03)
9. All Things Must Pass   (0:12) 9. Don't Let Me Down   (1:18)
10. All Things Must Pass   (1:51) 10. Don't Let Me Down   (0:21)
11. All Things Must Pass   (1:20) 11. Don't Let Me Down   (0:33)
12. All Things Must Pass   (2:04) 12. Don't Let Me Down   (6:09)
13. All Things Must Pass   (0:32) 13. Don't Let Me Down / Send Me Some Lovin'    (2:47)
14. (unknown) / Back In The U.S.S.R.   (1:04) 14. Don't Let Me Down   (0:13)
15. Every Little Thing   (0:33) 15. Don't Let Me Down   (0:40)
16. Piece Of My Heart   (2:07) 16. Two Of Us   (1:19)
17. Sabre Dance   (1:27) 17. Two Of Us   (1:48)
18. Piece Of My Heart   (1:27) 18. Two Of Us   (1:09)
19. "Over And Over Again"   (2:24) 19. Two Of Us   (9:18)
20. I've Been Good To You   (1:31) 20. Two Of Us   (1:32)
21. Maxwell's Silver Hammer   (0:40) 21. Two Of Us   (3:07)
22. I Want You   (1:21)
23. "I'm Gonna Pay For His Ride"   (3:42)
24. Don't Let Me Down   (1:21)
25. Oh! Darling   (10:16)
26. C'mon Marianne   (2:50)
27. I've Got A Feeling   (1:41)
28. I've Got A Feeling   (1:06)
29. High School Confidential   (0:27)
30. I've Got A Feeling   (0:49)
31. Hear Me Lord   (0:27)
32. Hear Me Lord   (2:20)
33. (improvisation)   (0:29)
34. Tracks Of My Tears   (0:34)
35. Dizzy Miss Lizzy   (3:09)
36. Money (That's What I Want)   (2:21)
37. Fools Like Me   (3:40)
38. Sure To Fall   (2:40)
39. Right String, Wrong Yo-Yo   (3:29)
40. I'm Talking About You   (0:27)

 

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VIGO 140 & 141

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   VIGO 140 - 28 Tracks - Total Time: 73:05

    
   VIGO 141 - 26 Tracks - Total Time: 70:58

Tracks 1 - 9: Jan. 6, 1969 / Tracks 10 - 31: Jan. 7, 1969

All Tracks: Jan. 7, 1969

1. Frere Jacques   (0:40) 1. I Shall Be Released   (3:50)
2. It Ain't Me Babe   (0:39) 2. To Kingdom Come   (2:02)
3. Two Of Us   (5:26) 3. For You Blue   (1:18)
4. Hear Me Lord   (0:18) 4. For You Blue   (1:10)
5. Hear Me Lord   (1:49) 5. (improvisation)   (3:12)
6. Let's Dance   (0:41) 6. Bo Diddley   (6:33)
7. All Things Must Pass   (2:25) 7. What the World Needs Now Is Love   (0:53)
8. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window   (2:20) 8. (instrumental)   (1:27)
9. Carry That Weight   (1:41) 9. First Call   (1:09)
10. The Long And Winding Road   (4:33) 10. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window   (0:27)
11. Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight   (3:46) 11. I've Got A Feeling   (1:05)
12. The Long And Winding Road   (1:33) 12. Oh! Darling   (3:56)
13. (instrumental)   (1:17) 13. The Long And Winding Road   (0:32)
14. (instrumental)   (0:18) 14. Maxwell's Silver Hammer   (2:05)
15. Lady Madonna   (2:20) 15. Maxwell's Silver Hammer   (1:03)
16. (instrumental)   (1:00) 16. Maxwell's Silver Hammer   (14:39)
17. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window   (1:04) 17. Maxwell's Silver Hammer   (0:30)
18. (improvisation)   (4:01) 18. Maxwell's Silver Hammer   (1:43)
19. (instrumental)   (1:26) 19. Maxwell's Silver Hammer   (1:07)
20. "Mr. Epstein Said it was White Gold"    (1:30) 20. Rule, Britannia   (0:14)
21. "Lowdown Blues Machine"   (1:56) 21. (improvisation)   (0:33)
22. What'd I Say / Carry That Weight / Shout!    (1:19) 22. (improvisation)   (0:16)
23. Get Back   (1:40) 23. Speak To Me   (0:42)
24. I've Got Rings On My Fingers   (0:26) 24. Oh! Darling   (3:06)
25. For You Blue   (1:49) 25. Maxwell's Silver Hammer   (3:51)
26. For You Blue   (8:51) 26. Maxwell's Silver Hammer   (13:35)
27. My Back Pages   (12:32)
28. I've Got A Feeling   (1:49)
29. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window   (1:27)
30. Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again   (0:58)
31. (improvisation)   (1:31)

 

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VIGO 142 & 143

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   VIGO 142 - 46 Tracks - Total Time: 70:36

    
   VIGO 143 - 44 Tracks - Total Time: 71:22

Tracks 1 - 40: Jan. 7, 1969 / Tracks 41 - 46: Jan. 8, 1969

Tracks 1 - 41: Jan. 8, 1969 / Tracks 42 - 44: Jan. 9, 1969

1. (improvisation)   (0:30) 1. Two Of Us   (3:13)
2. A Shot of Rhythm And Blues   (1:53) 2. You Got Me Going   (0:26)
3. (You're So Square) / Baby I Don't Care   (0:44) 3. Twist And Shout   (0:19)
4. Across The Universe   (0:32) 4. Don't Let Me Down   (3:00)
5. Across The Universe   (2:39) 5. I've Got A Feeling   (3:14)
6. Across The Universe   (1:56) 6. St. Louis Blues   (0:30)
7. Give Me Some Truth   (0:32) 7. One After 909   (3:20)
8. (improvisation)   (1:36) 8. Too Bad About Sorrows   (0:48)
9. Across The Universe   (4:40) 9. Just Fun   (0:26)
10. Across The Universe   (0:44) 10. She Said, She Said   (0:36)
11. (improvisation)   (0:17) 11. All Things Must Pass   (2:03)
12. Across The Universe   (4:06) 12. (improvisation)   (1:24)
13. A Case of The Blues   (0:36) 13. All Things Must Pass   (0:16)
14. "Cuddle Up" / Give Me Some Truth    (0:18) 14. All Things Must Pass   (1:10)
15. Across The Universe   (0:58) 15. All Things Must Pass   (1:10)
16. From Me To You   (0:49) 16. All Things Must Pass   (1:53)
17. Across The Universe   (2:54) 17. All Things Must Pass   (2:05)
18. Across The Universe   (0:45) 18. All Along The Watchtower   (0.42)
19. Rock And Roll Music   (2:02) 19. Mean Mr. Mustard   (3:21)
20. Lucille   (1:21) 20. Don't Let Me Down   (0:37)
21. Lotta Lovin' / Across The Universe   (3:30) 21. All Things Must Pass   (3:11)
22. Gone Gone Gone   (2:07) 22. Fools Like Me   (2:07)
23. Dig A Pony   (1:18) 23. You Win Again   (1:34)
24. One After 909   (0:51) 24. (improvisation)   (1:10)
25. One After 909   (1:18) 25. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window   (1:42)
26. One After 909   (1:13) 26. I Me Mine   (0:52)
27. One After 909   (0:43) 27. I Me Mine   (3:29)
28. What'd I Say   (0:18) 28. How Do You Think I Feel   (0:40)
29. One After 909   (2:43) 29. The Ballad of Bonnie And Clyde   (1:34)
30. (improvisation)   (1:08) 30. Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh!   (1:39)
31. Don't Let Me Down   (1:29) 31. I Me Mine   (1:06)
32. Don't Let Me Down   (0:58) 32. I Me Mine   (0:37)
33. Don't Let Me Down   (0:50) 33. I Me Mine   (1:58)
34. Don't Let Me Down   (4:24) 34. I Me Mine   (1:30)
35. Don't Let Me Down / Devil In Her Heart   (0:19) 35. Almost Grown   (1:24)
36. Devil In Her Heart   (1:09) 36. What Am I Livin' For?   (2:00)
37. Don't Let Me Down   (3:34) 37. Rock And Roll Music   (1:28)
38. School Day   (0:43) 38. I Me Mine   (0:55)
39. F.B.I.   (0:31) 39. I Me Mine   (1:05)
40. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window   (3:04) 40. I Me Mine   (0:48)
41. (improvisations) / Honey Hush   (3:49) 41. I Me Mine   (2:02)
42. Honey Hush   (0:18) 42. Another Day   (3:20)
43. Stand By Me   (2:21) 43. For You Blue   (1:32)
44. Hare Krishna Mantra   (1:06) 44. For You Blue   (3:06)
45. "Well, If You're Ready"   (0:21)
46. Hare Krishna Mantra   (0:40)

 

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VIGO 144 & 145

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   VIGO 144 - 42 Tracks - Total Time: 72:25

    
   VIGO 145 - 32 Tracks - Total Time: 72:10

All Tracks: Jan. 9, 1969

Tracks 1-17: 1/10;  18&19: 1/13;   20-30: 1/14;  31&32: 1/15
1. For You Blue   (4:53) 1. I'm Talking About You   (0:30)
2. (improvisation)   (2:38) 2. A Quick One Why He's Away   (1:28)
3. Two Of Us   (1:16) 3. A Quick One Why He's Away   (0:50)
4. Two Of Us   (2:19) 4. (improvisation)   (2:35)
5. Two Of Us   (0:19) 5. (improvisation)   (0:29)
6. Two Of Us   (3:13) 6. Till There Was You   (0:23)
7. Two Of Us   (0:11) 7. Maxwell's Silver Hammer / Mack The Knife   (0:27)
8. (unknown) / Two Of Us   (0:19) 8. Maxwell's Silver Hammer   (0:48)
9. I've Got A Feeling   (0:51) 9. Maxwell's Silver Hammer   (1:16)
10. One After 909   (0:23) 10. Don't Be Cruel   (2:26)
11. One After 909   (0:19) 11. "On A Sunny Island" / Brazil / Groovin' / I Got Stung    (3:35)
12. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window   (2:22) 12. Brazil   (0:26)
13. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window   (2:22) 13. It's Only Make Believe   (2:32)
14. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window   (0:24) 14. "Through a London Window"   (1:39)
15. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window   (2:55) 15. The Long And Winding Road   (3:52)
16. Right String, Wrong Yo-Yo   (0:17) 16. (instrumental)   (2:22)
17. Boogie Woogie   (0:10) 17. Martha My Dear   (6:41)
18. Baa, Baa, Blacksheep   (0:23) 18. Get Back   (2:49)
19. Mr. Bassman   (0:21) 19. (instrumental)   (2:10)
20. Get Back   (3:48) 20. The Back Seat of My Car   (0:54)
21. (instrumental)   (2:15) 21. (improvisation)   (0:19)
22. La Penina   (1:06) 22. "It's Just For You"   (2:34)
23. (instrumental)   (1:16) 23. "It's Just For You"   (3:25)
24. Across The Universe   (1:02) 24. "As Clear as a Bell Says La Scala, Milan"    (0:30)
25. Across The Universe   (1:04) 25. Hello Dolly   (1:27)
26. Across The Universe   (0:07) 26. Madman   (4:46)
27. Teddy Boy   (0:21) 27. Mean Mr. Mustard / Madman   (4:11)
28. Junk   (0:12) 28. "Watching Rainbows"   (4:23)
29. Across The Universe   (3:50) 29. (improvisation)   (1:23)
30. Across The Universe   (3:31) 30. (improvisation)   (6:15)
31. "Shakin' in the Sixties"   (0:40) 31. Oh! Darling   (3:55)
32. Move It   (0:52) 32. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da   (0:50)
33. Good Rockin' Tonight   (2:16)
34. Let It Be   (1:58)
35. Let It Be   (2:03)
36. Let It Be   (2:00)
37. That'll Be The Day   (2:55)
38. I've Got A Feeling   (0:21)
39. Jenny Jenny / Slippin' And Slidin'   (2:21)
40. Let It Be   (3:47)
41. Let It Be   (3:19)
42. Let It Be   (5:26)

Liner Notes:

The Get Back Journals II
(The Twickenham Sessions)
   

INTRODUCTION

From January 2nd to January 15th, 1969, The Beatles convened at Twickenham Studios in London to rehearse for their first live performance in over two years.  These rehearsals were extensively filmed and recorded, with nearly sixty hours of audio tapes resulting.  A mere twenty-three minutes were utilized in the film "Let It Be", and less than ten seconds appear on the album of the same name.  Over the past twenty years, portions of the unused recordings have showed up with varying regularity.  While showcasing some unique performances and candid dialog, these releases were most often haphazardly put together, with little regard to completeness or chronological order.

This set contains more than nine hours of Twickenham rehearsals (two of them previously unheard), presented in their original context and chronological order.   his booklet serves as a complete guide to all the available Twickenham performances and where they can be located.  Everything is cross-referenced to the identification numbers assigned in the book "Drugs, Divorce and a Slipping Image" (which serves as the ultimate authority on all the "Get Back" sessions, Twickenham as well as Apple).
  

WHAT THIS SET IS, AND WHAT IT ISN'T.

This set is a complement to Vigotone's 8 CD set "The Get Back Journals".  It seldom duplicated material found on that set, but has been designed to replace many of the "Get Back" session CDs out there, many of which are now out of print and hard to find.  In compiling this set, we have tried to keep this in mind, and have omitted material that is widely and currently available elsewhere (for example, on Yellow Dog's "Ultimate Collection" set).

What this set isn't is definitive.  All of the material logged in "Drugs, Divorce and a Slipping Image" is not available to us, and dozens of more hours exist beyond that.  Nor have we included every second of material we do have - for example, in keeping this to an 8 CD set we have had to trim dialogue here and there - we felt it was more important to include as much music as possible.  Another thing this set isn't is is Apple.  In other words, "Journals 2" only goes as far as the end of the Twickenham sessions on January 15th, 1969.  The Apple sessions will have to wait until "Journals 3".   Now let's take a closer look at what we have here, disc by disc:
  

DISC ONE (VIGO 138)
Disc One features a great deal of previously unheard "All Things Must Pass" rehearsal, which includes George's "you're so full of shit" comment to Paul (which is clearly not the "punky put on" that Beatle history has painted it to be).  Certainly the highlight of this disc is a lengthy oldies jam session from January 6th, featuring never-before-heard performances of "Sure To Fall" and "Right String, Wrong Yo-Yo".
  

DISC TWO (VIGO 139)
Disc Two features a great deal of historically important recordings.  First off are fragments of a lengthy conversation about the planned live performance which clearly illustrate how Yoko had usurped John's role in the decision making process of the group.  This is followed by an incredibly extensive look at the evolution of "Don't Let Me Down", with over forty minutes of rehearsal presented in their original context for the first time.  Capping off the disc is an unedited presentation of the "fight" between Paul and George, which was presented in a distorted manner in the film "Let It Be".
  

DISC THREE (VIGO 140)
Disc Three contains a number of interesting items, including a lengthy McCartney piano session.  The unquestionable highlight, though, is the earliest known performance of "Get Back", presented here for the very first time.  Much of the explosive dialog from January 7th is also here.
  

DISC FOUR (VIGO 141)
Disc Four completes the January 7th debate over the fate of the live performance and, in fact, The Beatles as a group, as George suggests that perhaps "a divorce" is in order.  The mood lightens as the group spends a great deal of time rehearsing "Maxwell's Silver Hammer".
  

DISC FIVE (VIGO 142)
Disc Five concludes a very extensive overview of the January 7th session contained on this set (nearly three hours worth).  John's attempts to lead the band through rehearsals of "Across The Universe" prove disastrous, and the group only comes to life when they perform oldies such as "Rock And Roll Music".
  

DISC SIX (VIGO 143)
Disc Six focuses primarily on the January 8th session, featuring the best group performance of "All Things Must Pass".  The two group performances of "I Me Mine" which were edited together in "Let It Be" are heard in their original form here.  Also of note is the earliest known performance of Paul's "Another Day".
  

DISC SEVEN (VIGO 144)
Disc Seven chronicles the January 9th session, including rehearsals of "Two Of Us", "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window", "Across The Universe" and "Let It Be".  Note Paul's sly comment about an "oriental influence" that which he wishes wasn't present.)
  

DISC EIGHT (VIGO 145)
Disc Eight begins with George's dramatic post-lunch departure from the group on January 10th, and the other Beatles surprising reaction (or virtual non-reaction) to it.  The remainder of the disc contains a number of George-less performances of varying degree of interest (if not musical quality).
  

 

The Twickenham Sessions - A Bootleg History:

For over 20 years the collecting public has been fed a continuing stream of bootlegs drawn from the Twickenham sessions.  These have usually been chopped up, placed out of sequence, and presented in inferior sound quality.

Of course, bootleggers can only work from material at their disposal, and in the beginning the only material available was the film "Let It Be".  The first Twickenham material to appear, then, came from the soundtrack of the film on a double album called "Cinelogue: Let It Be", which was released in February, 1974 by Contra Band Music. Of course, this was back in the days before home video, so fans were more than delighted to be able to enjoy the "Let It Be" soundtrack on record!

The release of the "Let It Be" videotape in 1982 provided a new audio source, and bootlegs produced after that date were mastered from the video soundtrack, rather than film.  The first of these was "In a Play Anyway", a 2 LP set on Circuit Records (matrix number TWK 2262).  A further reissue by Beeb Transcription Records (on a new plate TR-2170) was titled "The Last Blast".  It was released in 1988 and its sound quality is slightly inferior.  Of course, most of the film soundtrack from Twickenham is completely useless because longer source tapes have surfaced (and the few bits that you would still need can be found on this set and "Get Back Journals").

In late 1974 the first completely unreleased Twickenham outtakes surfaced on the legendary "Sweet Apple Trax" LPs. These were originally released as two two-LP sets by CBM using the Instant Analysis label (matrix numbers 4182-REV-2000 and 4181-STD-2002)This phenomenal series was among the most enjoyable vinyl bootlegs of its era, and many of us listened to it for hours on end, leading to a lifelong addiction to this stuffBy the way, these LPs were originally announced under the title "The Apple Treasure Chest Masters, Vol. 1 & 2".  When they finally appeared, they had "deluxe" printed sepia-toned jacketsA late '70's repress from the original plates came with blank white labels and black and white covers which were copies of the originals.

The "Sweet Apple Trax" LPs were copied almost immediately by Kornyphone, which combined the material onto a single double set called "Hahst Az Sun" (TAKRL-2950).  This prompted CBM to remaster their own release as a double album in order to compete.  It was distributed under the title "Hot As Sun" (matrix number 4216 REV 2000 / 4217 BLD 2002) on the Instant Analysis labelIn 1980, single LP repressings of "Hot As Sun" were distributed as "Sweet Apple Tracks Crate 1" and "Sweet Apple Tracks Crate 2".  It might be noted that the Kornyphone issue "Hahst Az Sun" rearranged the songs and omitted a few seconds here and thereThis set was copied many times and reissued on a variety of single LP bootlegs, and with a full color cover as "Sweet Apple Trax" on the Newsound Records label (matrix NR 909-1)The Newsound plates were also used for picture discs which came out under the titles "Sweet Apple Trax Vol. 1" and "Sweet Apple Trax Vol. 2".  The original source tapes were remastered by Audifon records for the first 2 records of the 3 LP set "The Beatles" (commonly known as "The Black Album" released in May, 1981)These plates were subsequently used for the first three albums of the original "Get Back Journals" vinyl boxed set.  More recently, an hour of the original tapes were released on CD in "Songs From The Past Vol. 3".  All of the material was included on the first "Get Back Journals" CD set.

The next batch of Twickenham outtakes to appear were on the EPs "Twickenham Jams", which popped up in February 1977 (matrix VC­4591) and "Watching Rainbows" (which appeared in May 1977),  This material soon appeared on bootleg albums of the same names.  "Watching Rainbows" (which had more material than the EP of the same name) came from Audifon in March of 1978, "Twickenham Jams" was a straight knock-off on the label Smilin' Ears (filling out the LP with non-"Get Back" sessions material).  Most of the "Watching Rainbows" performances showed up on "The Black Album" in better quality, and the few moments that didn't are included here on "Get Back Journals 2". It might be noted that a second edition of "Watching Rainbows" came out in July of 1978.  This upgraded the sound quality of the "Watching Rainbows"/"Madman"/"Mean Mr. Mustard" tape, cutting off some of the "Watching Rainbows" jam in the process (but don't worry, it was restored back on "Get Back Journals")Copies of the "Watching Rainbows" LP appeared on the 2 LP set "Behind Closed Doors" and the boxed set "So Much Younger Then".

Collectors had to wait a couple of years for the next batch of Twickenham outtakes to surface. Oddly enough, the first taste of a new tape came in the form of a sampler tape, reproduced at the end of a one-sided record from Tobe Milo called "Man of The Decade" which came out in early 1980.  This rather useless bootleg reproduced bits and pieces of various January 3rd performances which were unbootlegged up to that timeLater in the year the entire tape appeared on an album called "Vegemite".  This record was quite difficult for American collectors to find, and was the first product from a bootlegger who later went on to fame for his CD product under the "Goblin" label.  The 2 LPs of "Vegemite" (BT- 6896) gave us our first exposure to the January 2nd /3rd material, albeit in lousy sound qualityThe set was copied in 1981 by JM Records as 2 single LPs and retitled "The Dream is Over Vol. 1" (JPM1081) ard "The Dream is Over Vol. 2" (JPM280102) in slightly lesser sound quality.  These, in turn, were quickly copied by Sweet Sound Records as "Sweet Apple Trax Vol. III" (W-909) in even worse sound quality, and the Sweet Sound master (which was not even complete) was copied onto picture disc by another bootlegger (matrix SA-3909). Great Line Concerts copied it as a double album called "Apple Trax Vol.2" (15802), and Strawberry Records later copied this issue as part of its 6 LP compilation "Apple Trax", and single LP series "Applemania".

Knock-offs aside, all of the material here appears on the "Get Back Journals" CDs, as well as "Songs From The Past Vol.4" and "Songs From The Past Vol. 5" CDs - usually in much improved sound quality.

In May 1981 one of the classic bootlegs appeared or the Ruthless Rhymes label -"The Beatles" ("Black Album"). A parody of the legitimate "White Album" which could only have appeared during the late, lamented vinyl age. This bootleg included a wonderful "alternate" poster which neatly complimented the original. The first two LPs here were simply repressings of the TAKRL "Hahzt As Sun" plates, but the third album offered a significant upgrade in quality to the "Watching Rainbows" material, as well as adding 5 numbers which hadn't appeared up to this point.  This set was subsequently repressed by Box Top, and the stampers were used for the first 3 LPs of the vinyl "Get Back Journals" set.  A copy of the "Black Album" (from a different bootlegger) was issued or the EVA label or plate LP A/B/C/D/E/F. This omitted one of the versions of "One After 909".

At the end of '81 new "Get Back" session bootleg began to filter out of Europe (with both a black and white and full color cover).  This was called "Her Majesty" and featured a few new songs from Twickenham, plus a whole bunch of Apple stuff which hadn't been heard before. It was almost as awful in sound quality as "Vegemite", and is completely useless at this point, since all of its material has appeared in better quality on CD.  An American bootleg called "Wonderful Picture of You" copied the "Get Back" material on it from "Her Majesty".  This title has also been copied as part of the boxed set called "Apple Trax", and by Great Live Concerts as "Sweet Apple Trax Vol. 3" (15803).  Finally, someone had the bright idea of copying the entire LP onto CD - direct from vinyl.

In September 1983, "King Records" put out "I Had a Dream", a new bootleg of "Get Back" sessions which was entirely Apple. This was followed the next month by "Almost Grown" (MLK-002), an enjoyable hodge-podge of material from both Twickenham and Apple.  Many of the performances here were later included in the original "Get Back Journals" and "Songs From The Past Vol. 5" (CD) and by this time the entire LP is quite useless.

Almost a year later, in September 1984, King Records issued the last in their series of "Get Back" bootlegs, this one called "Singing The Blues" (MLK-003).  Only a couple of songs came from Twickenham, and these, too, are now found elsewhere in better sound quality.

In September of 1986 the most ambitious "Get Back" bootleg to date surfaced, called "The Get Back Journals".  This came two ways, in a deluxe film box, and in regular small boxes held together by a simple color wrap-around.  While the set had eleven discs, it was flawed by poor sound quality and ever worse pressing quality. It was reissued in 1993 on CD with a couple of hours of new material added, and a significant upgrade in the sound quality.  Needless to say, it contained much material unavailable to collectors up to that time (much of it from Apple).  The entire vinyl set was copied by SUMA records under a variety of names and having even worse sound quality.

In January 1988 Core Ltd. released "Code Name Russia" (BL 888-2), an excellent quality bootleg composed entirely of Twickenham outtakes.  Most of the performances here were entirely new, and quite enjoyable - and most of them were copied onto CD in September 1988 from the tape source as part of the "Songs From The Past" series (Volume 2 and a small part of Volume 1, to be precise).  "Songs From The Past" Vol. 1 and 2 have, in turn, been rendered obsolete by the two "Get Back Journals" CD sets (at least as far as Twickenham material is concerned).

At the end of '88 another "Get Back" session bootleg appeared on the Tiger Beat label (a subsidiary of the legendary Starlight Records company). This LP, "Bye Bye Love", was a knock-off of (most of) the soundtrack from a videotape of "Let It Be" outtakes which was in common circulation among collectors (more of the video soundtrack appears on Tiger Beat's "Classified Document Vol. 3" LP).  It's extraordinarily difficult to listen to, both because the performances are poor and choppy and the sound quality sucks. Needless to say, the "Get Back Journals" set will try to see to it that you never need go out of your way to find this hunk of vinyl.

In 1989 "Songs From The Past" Vol. 3-5 appeared. While Vol.3 offered us an hour of the "Sweet Apple Trax" mastertape, Vol. 4 and 5 gave us a significant upgrade of much of the material which had previously appeared on "Vegemite" (with some bits omitted here and there, and some bits added).  It's all academic at this point, since if you have both 'Journals" CD boxes you don't need the "Songs From The Past Vol.3-5" CDs at all.

1990 saw the rise of Yellow Dog Records. Throughout this decade they have issued a number of important releases featuring "Get Back" material.  The first two of these ("Unsurpassed Masters Vol. 5" and "Celluloid Rock") featured only material from Apple. The next two ("Get Back and 22 Other Songs" and "Complete Rooftop Concert") both centered on Apple also but featured some new and/or upgraded Twickenham performances as part of their "bonus" tracks. These were followed by the outstanding release "All Things Must Pass, Part l", which contained "Get Back" session performances featuring George on lead vocal.  This disc was split almost evenly between Apple and Twickenham, with many of the performances being previously unheard.  Needless to say, all the Twickenham material contained on the discs mentioned above can be found on the two "Get Back Journals" boxes.

Yellow Dog's next "Get Back" release was "WBCN Get Back Reference Acetate", which contained Apple material coupled with a 33+ minute "bonus" track of January 14th material (primarily dialogue, and painfully boring dialogue at that).  This material, drawn from the identical source tape, later appeared (along with more dull January 14th dialogue), on "Rockin' Movie Stars Volume 3".  This was the last Yellow Dog "Get Back" release for some time, and the void was filled by a company calling itself "Blue Kangaroo", which released three discs full of (mostly) new material. The first of the volumes of "'69 Rehearsals" contained only Apple material. The latter two featured much new Twickenham material (which is gathered on this set and returned to its original context).  Also released during this period was "Hail Hail Rock 'n' Roll", which featured a number of new Apple performances, but only four Twickeoham performances, and "Corn of the Apple", which is equally short on Twickenham.

Yellow Dog returned to the "Get Back" sessions with the 1994 release of "All Things Must Pass, Part 2", another excellent quality set of performances featuring George on vocal.  This was followed immediately by "The Auction Tapes, Volume 1:, which was a hodgepodge of Twickenham and Apple material, some of it previously unheard and all of it in great quality.  The Twickenham material from these two discs is of course found on the "Journals" boxes, and expect the Apple material to be found on a future release. Yellow Dog followed these with "Rock and Roll", an exceptional disc which featured more than 50 oldies performances from the sessions, a virtual encyclopedia of the group's roots. This disc is a necessary compliment to the "Journals" boxes because it upgrades the sound quality on some material on "The Get Back Journals".  Because you'll need it anyway for the "Journals 1" upgrade, we elected not to include the new Twickenham material on it here on "Journals 2".

1994 also saw the advent of Orange Records, a subsidiary of Yellow Dog, which released an eight volume set of "Get Back" material entitled "Rockin' Movie Stars".  While much of this material was previously unheard, the discs were haphazardly arranged, often duplicating each other and sometimes containing incomplete or inferior versions of things already issued. With the exception of the third volume (which contains a chronologically correct presentation of much of the horrid January 14th session), none of these discs feature Twickenham material not found on the "Journals" boxes.

Late in 1994,Yellow Dog issued the first of three boxed sets entitled "The Ultimate Collection". Each of these four CD sets feature one full disc of Twickenham material (the rest being non-"Get Back" session material).  Taken together, the three discs present ALL extant January 2nd tapes, as well as the first half hour of January 3rd. Since these releases cover this portion of the "Get Back" sessions so comprehensively, we have ignored that area completely on this boxed set.

So you're probably saying "thanks for the history lesson, guys, but what releases do I need to have all of Twickenham? :Well, thanks to this release, very few. To be precise, "Get Back Journals" (Vigotone VIGO101-108), "Get Back Journals 2" (this set), "Rock and Roll" (Yellow Dog YD054), "Rockin' Movie Stars Volume 3" (Orange 7) and the three "Ultimate Collection" boxes (Yellow Dog).  This will give you all of the Twickenham material currently available. So, until "Journals 3..."

     

    

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