"Dig It" (on Let it Be)

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  1. Arnold Grove

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    Sounds good. Let's meet back here in the year 2028 to discuss it again... ;)
     
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  2. mooseman

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    I have the Let It Be bootleg, I much prefer the long take of Dig it, it's much better then that little edit version. :righton:
     
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  3. Rfreeman

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    Yep. I thought it was Yoko the first time I heard it.
     
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  4. DTK

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    Well now you inspired me to make such a compilation...digging out the bo*tlegs :).
     
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  5. grandegi

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    This has become a great thread on the full LIB album (and film), in my opinion (going beyond the original topic).
    So please allow me a question that has been tormented me for a long time. Why didn't McCartney replace that horrible bass guitar track by Lennon in "Long and Winding Road"? If he did, maybe the need for a massive orchestra overdub would have been reduced at least (of course the bass part had to be an isolated track to do so and I don't know if that is the case). I agree that orchestra and choir are excessive on the spectorised version, but the naked version is unlistenable to me because of those out of tune bass notes.
     
  6. feinstei9415

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    Both Spector and Johns selected a rehearsal take of "Long and Winding Road" to include on their albums. This rehearsal take lacked Billy Preston and thus it was pretty "empty" in terms of orchestration. The version on Let It Be Naked was recorded at the same session as "Two Of Us" and "Let It Be" and was the "finished" take. Thus, you can't really compare the versions of "Long and Winding Road" on "Let It Be" and "Let It Be Naked"....
     
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  7. Arnold Grove

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    I think Billy Preston was on the Spector version, although Phil might have mixed his organ work very low (or it was overwhelmed by the orchestral overdubs)
     
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  8. grandegi

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    Ok I probably have in mind the Glyn Johns version, I need to re-listen to the naked version.
     
  9. Arnold Grove

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    My guess: Paul thought that he'd be able to do it at a later time. The Threetles recorded "I Me Mine" and overdubs for "Let It Be" in early January 1970 with George Martin. I think (and it is only a personal opinion) that Paul figured he'd touch up any other things --- like a new bass for "The Long and Winding Road" --- at some later date, once George Martin had finished off compiling a Let It Be soundtrack album. Of course, George Martin NEVER compiled a Let It Be album, the band officially broke up, and Spector was brought in. And Paul never got a chance to do anything else.

    Possible? Maybe...
     
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  10. feinstei9415

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    No... Spector and Johns both used the 26-January rehearsal take.
     
  11. Rfreeman

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    Billy is clearly on the Anthology version
     
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  12. Arnold Grove

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    And Billy was not there on the 26th also? The sources (like Ray S's book) that I just looked at say he was on the session from the 26th of January.
     
  13. feinstei9415

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    From what I gather from the Sulpy books, Billy didn't play on "The Long And Winding Road" take on the 26th -- in any event, his solo, played so magnificently on the 31st, was not present probably prompting Spector to put the strings in there to fill up the emptiness where Paul speaks his monologue.
     
  14. Arnold Grove

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    Lets see if @RayS chimes in.

    Calling Ray: Did Billy play on "The Long and Winding Road" on the version from the 26th?
     
  15. ShockControl

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    I've wondered how the album would play if the five rooftop songs and a longer edit of "Dig It" comprised one side of the LP - barebones, with no excessive monkeying - and the remainder comprised the other side, with orchestra, choir, and whatever else Spector wanted to throw on.
     
  16. muffmasterh

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    and i'll be drawing my pension by then too :goodie:
     
  17. muffmasterh

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    personally i'd keep one side the roof top and i like Dig it before LIB but that aside it still would make a better album that presently sequenced imho
     
  18. muffmasterh

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    again my thoughts too Arnie, it all got lost in the mess that was the period after Lennon quit , by that time they had bigger problems and were probably lucky to even get i me mine in the can. Personally i prefer the naked version of winding road, it has its problems but it is better than the spector take sans orchestration imho.
     
  19. vince

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    Heather Ono!
     
  20. idleracer

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    :kilroy: Essentially "Louie Louie" in ¾ time. What on earth is going on at 7:54?

     
  21. Arnold Grove

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    There seems to be some confusion even amongst the experts as to which versions of "The Long & Winding Road" were used by Spector and Johns. From my reading of Doug and Ray's book (or at least the edition that I have), it looks like the 26th of January version was NOT used by Spector/Johns. Their versions emanated from the 31st of January (although differing takes were used from that day). Lewisohn may also have gotten the dates wrong in his liner notes to Anthology 3. I'm now a bit confused about it too.

    Maybe someone can lay out the exact versions of "The Long and Winding Road" that were used on:
    Glyn Johns' Get Back LP
    Phil Spector's Let It Be LP
    The film version
    The Anthology 3 version
    The Let It Be Naked version
     
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  22. slane

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    Glyn Johns' Get Back LP - 26th
    Phil Spector's Let It Be LP - 26th + orchestral overdubs
    The film version - 31st
    The Anthology 3 version - 26th
    The Let It Be Naked version - 31st

    Billy plays electric piano on the 26th (with tremelo), but a different sound (organ?) on the 31st.
     
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  23. Arnold Grove

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    THANKS!! You are more up-to-date than the books that I have!!
     
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  24. Arnold Grove

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    Do you know if the film version and the Let It Be Naked version are the SAME take?
     
  25. slane

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    Because there's not much actually wrong with it (takes of 'Let It Be' were worse, and Paul overdubbed the master take of that). In fact, I like hearing the bass better on the A3 version. The 'awful' bass playing is largely an invention of Ian MacDonald...
     
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