"Dig It" (on Let it Be)

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  1. Black Thumb

    Black Thumb Active Member

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    Can't imagine the album without it.

    The first time I heard a bootleg of Heather's "vocal", I went from being gobsmacked to annoyed to laughing uncontrollably by the time someone (Paul?) cut her off.

    Is it just me or does anyone else detect mild hints of "Get Off My Cloud" in John's vocal and the Rascals' "Good Lovin" in Billy's organ?
     
  2. cublowell

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    The edit works well, not letting a repetitive joke overstay its welcome. I like the longer edit that Glynn Johns did too, but it's pretty rough in parts. Why get rid of one of the few fun moments from those sessions?
     
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  3. Brian Kelly

    Brian Kelly Forum Resident

    Cutting this off of LET IT BE NAKED was puzzling. If anything I would have liked to have the long version added to the 2nd CD (along with a bunch of other stuff like Suzy Parker) instead of the "fly On The Wall".
     
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  4. kaztor

    kaztor Forum Resident

    The 4-minute version is interesting, but it just works a lot better as a segue to LIB.
    Four minutes is a bit much. Not much of a song there, to be honest.
     
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  5. boyfromnowhere

    boyfromnowhere Well-Known Member

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    Both "Dig It" and "Maggie Mae" are favorites of mine.
     
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  6. kaztor

    kaztor Forum Resident

    I think both LIB and LIB Naked have their virtues. To me, they sound like two different albums compiled by different people with a different approach on each. So I think Dig It really belongs on LIB and yet I don't miss it at all on Naked.

    It's a bit odd that Macca -of all people- preferred a more sanitized tracklist. His first solo/Wings-albums were littered with those kind of detours.
     
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  7. kaztor

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    The album is a lot more fun.

    Hoo-boy... I mean, if the movie isn't a sour document of a rockband going through the motions I don't know what else is...
    All what I learned from it is that the split happened at the right time.
     
  8. Dig it is awful. A piece of crap that the band improvised something that wasn't their strong suit.
     
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  9. qwerty

    qwerty Forum Resident

    And a significant aspect which is often forgotten to the filming "about a band trying to make a new album" is that they were trying to compose and rehearse an album in a very cold cavernous film studio with a film crew buzzing around. Even if you put aside their personal and business stressors, that's not a very positive creative environment.
     
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  10. Worthless track. It lacks the goofy charm of Maggie May and does not compensate with anything interesting. Fortunately they edited it to a merciful length.
     
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  11. Seltarb

    Seltarb Active Member

    Well, it's officially credited to the four of them. Let's share the merit :D
     
  12. grandegi

    grandegi Forum Resident

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    Well thank you very much!
     
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  13. gkmacca

    gkmacca Forum Resident

    I don't think 'goofy charm' has been associated with that song and its lyrics before.
     
  14. grandegi

    grandegi Forum Resident

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    Correct!
     
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  15. grandegi

    grandegi Forum Resident

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    I agree, that is the point I was trying to make.
     
  16. kaztor

    kaztor Forum Resident

    Yeah, it's quite weird...
    Like trying to make a documentary about aquatic life in a swimming pool.
    It doesn't make sense at all. What's more of a hassle; moving a film crew into a recording studio or trying to recreate a recording studio inside of a film studio?
     
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  17. Yay! I'm breaking new ground!
     
  18. ShockControl

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    Has a longer edit of this track every been released? As far as I'm concerned, the only thing wrong with Let it Be is that it did not include "Don't Let Me Down" and a longer edit of "Dig It."
     
  19. john lennonist

    john lennonist There ONCE was a NOTE, PURE and EASY...


    I agree 100%.

    I love the full version of "Dig It" as it appears in the film.

    Some kind SHF soul sent me that edit on a CD-R many moons ago. :love:


    And why they didn't include "Don't Let Me Down", which is better than most, if not all of the songs on the album, is beyond me.

    .
     
  20. slane

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    That's edited - there's a longer version.
     
  21. john lennonist

    john lennonist There ONCE was a NOTE, PURE and EASY...


    Thanks for the info :wave: -- I have a bootleg LP of (one of) the Glyn Johns mixes, maybe that has the full version.

    I'll check it out.

    .
     
  22. noahjld

    noahjld Forum Resident

    Sounds as though they were having fun.
     
  23. slane

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    I believe this is the longest circulating mix of the 'master' take:
    DIG IT (long version) - The Beatles - Dailymotion動画 »
     
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  24. mando_dan

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    Love me my Let It Be...Naked for this reason among others and I was a big fan of the original.
     
  25. gkmacca

    gkmacca Forum Resident

    In other words: you ARE digging it.
     
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  26. Mal

    Mal Phorum Physicist

    A little nod to the real 5th Beatle - Doris :righton:

     
  27. EddieMann

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    All of us who are clamoring for Dig It's removal from the Let it Be album would be the same ones who would be demanding its uncut version be included on the next release of the lp.
     
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  28. milankey

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    Back when Let It Be album came out in 1970 there were no Beatles outtakes available, no sound bytes of The Beatles just fooling around informally and having fun. Dig It and Maggie Mae weren't good songs but we were happy to hear them on a record. Of course now almost 50 years later they seem unnecessary.
    Besides right on the back of the album cover they say Let It Be is a "new phase Beatles album". Its supposed to be like a documentary of the band in the studio during the making of a record.
     
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  29. john hp

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  30. Mal

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  31. Culpa

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    I never realized all the Doris Day connections: there's the "Doris gets her oats" in the LP opening, then the "Doris Day" shout out in Dig It. Then Paul and Ringo record Que Sera Sera with Mary Hopkin. Then Paul releases Another Day. Wow!
     
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  32. tkl7

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    I like Dig It, can't imagine the album without it leading into Let It Be.
     
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  33. pool_of_tears

    pool_of_tears Music Appreciator

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    Well said.

    I'd also say Let It Be is a post-mortem look at a band slowly decaying, but still capable of great moments when they wanted to be. I enjoy it for what it is.
     
  34. Mal

    Mal Phorum Physicist

    I like to pretend that everything they did was inspired by Doris - "When I'm 64":

     
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