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4.13 | 29 ratings | 1 reviews | 38% 5 stars

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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 1969

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Get Back (3:14)
2. Don't Let Me Down (3:34)

Total Time 6:48

Line-up / Musicians

- John Lennon / guitar, vocals
- George Harrison / guitar, vocals
- Paul McCartney / bass, vocals
- Ringo Starr / drums, vocals

Releases information

Label Apple
Catalogue No. R 5777
Country of Origin England
Recording Details The infamous Let It Be sessions produced many Takes of this song.
Started around the 7th January 1969, these takes and rehearsals continue through January, with the version that made it onto the single probably being recorded on the 28th January.
To read about them all, read Doug Sulpy's Get Back (shown in my Books section).
Release Date 11th April 1969
U.K. Chart Detail :
Entry Date : 23rd April 1969
Highest Position : 1 ... for 6 weeks from 23rd April
Weeks in Chart : 17 Weeks

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THE BEATLES Get Back ratings distribution

(29 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(38%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(52%)
Good, but non-essential (3%)
Collectors/fans only (7%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Matti
4 stars Paul McCartney wrote and The Beatles recorded 'Get Back' in January 1969. It was released as a single in April 1969, and another version of the song appeared on Let It Be (1970). The single was a No. 1 hit and sold over two million copies. 'Get Back' is a simple, back-to-basics rock'n'roll song, slightly similar to 'Lady Madonna' (1968) which had marked a stop to the band's more experimental psychedelic phase. Although John Lennon later described 'Get Back' as a better version of 'Lady Madonna', I find the earlier song more charming. Ringo's drumming rarely gets as central, but overall 'Get Back' is rather half-baked as a composition.

Paul's original lyrics were a parody of the anti-immigrant views of Enoch Powell, a member of parliament, whose racist speeches had recently gained media attention. Because the song would have been too easy to misinterpret as racist, Paul re-wrote all the lyrics apart from the chorus. Now the song deals with two persons from Tucson, Arizona, and the story is not developed further.

On the B side there's a non-album John Lennon song 'Don't Let Me Down', which I unpredictably like a lot, for all its bluesy and soulful rawness. John notoriously was afraid of being emotionally hurt and let down by the loved ones (think of his earlier songs such as 'Help' and 'If I Fell'). Naturally Yoko Ono was the muse for this passionate and lyrically very bare song, which also has a certain humorous or ironic feel to it, especially on John's vocal expression ("ooh she done me / she done me good"). Billy Preston's keyboards were an essential part of the song's delicious groove.

The prog aspect completely taken aside from the rating, I think this is among the most interesting singles by The Beatles in their later years (despite 'Get Back' being a bit too monotonous), and my four stars are also in line with given ratings here.

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