The Beatles playing Bob Dylan songs during the January 1969 Get Back/Let It Be sessions

George Harrison visited Bob Dylan in Woodstock late November 1968. They probably listened to and played a lot of songs together. He most certainly heard a new composition I Threw It All Away (Dylan recorded this one in February 1969 for “Nashville Skyline”).




I got back to England for Christmas and then, on January first, we were to start on the thing, which turned into Let It Be. And straight away again, it was just weird vibes. You know, I found I was starting to be able to enjoy being a musician, but the moment I got back with The Beatles, it was just too difficult. There were just too many limitations based upon our being together for so long. Everybody was sort of pigeonholed. It was frustrating.
–George Harrison (from Mystical One: George Harrison: After the Breakup of the Beatles, Elliot J. Huntley, 2004)

The Beatles had 20 recording sessions in January 1969, nine at Twickenham Film Studios and eleven at Apple Studios.
Most of the songs are fragments, but this is still a wonderful collection.

January 2

  • 0:00I Shall Be Released #1 (Basement Tapes – recorded 1967)
  • 2:02 – I’ve Got A Feeling / The Mighty Quinn (Basement Tapes – recorded 1967)

January 3

  • 3:08Please Mrs. Henry (Basement Tapes – recorded 1967)
  • 4:43 – Three Cool Cats (ending) / Blowin’ In The Wind (The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – 1963)
  • 5:32All Along The Watchtower (John Wesley Harding – 1967)

January 6

  • 6:19I Want You (Blonde On Blonde – 1966)
  • 10:16Maureen (George Harrison is heard on tape claiming Dylan wrote this one…)
  • 12:40 – Frere Jacques (traditional song) / It Ain’t Me Babe (Another Side of Bob Dylan – 1964)

January 7

  • 13:45My Back Pages (part of dialogue) (Another Side of Bob Dylan – 1964)
  • 13:58Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again (Blonde On Blonde – 1966)
  • 14:51I Shall Be Released #2

January 8

  • 16:20Get Your Rocks Off (Basement Tapes – recorded 1967)

January 9

  • 17:01I Threw It All Away (Nashville Skyline – 1969) / Mama, You’ve Been on My Mind (outtake from Another Side of Bob Dylan – 1964)

January 22
Billy Preston joins in (invited by George Harrison)

  • 21:20 – Dialogue / I Shall Be Released #3
  • 24:22I Shall Be Released #4

January 26
w/Billy Preston

  • 28:19Like A Rolling Stone (Highway 61 Revisited – 1965) / Twist and Shout 

January 28

  • 31:58 – I’ve Got A Feeling / Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (Blonde On Blonde – 1966)
  • 34:10Positively 4th Street (#1 & #2) (Single 1965)

Songs

 

Song Album / Recorded by Dylan
Blowin’ In The Wind
The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – recorded july 1962
It Ain’t Me Babe Another Side of Bob Dylan – recorded June 1964
My Back Pages Another Side of Bob Dylan – recorded June 1964
Mama, You’ve Been on My Mind Another Side of Bob Dylan (outtake) – recorded June 1964
Like A Rolling Stone
Highway 61 Revisited – recorded June 1965
Positively 4th Street Single – recorded July 1965
Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again Blonde On Blonde – recorded February 1966
I Want You Blonde On Blonde – recorded March 1966
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 Blonde On Blonde – recorded March 1966
I Shall Be Released (4 times) Basement Tapes – recorded mid 1967
The Mighty Quinn Basement Tapes – recorded mid 1967
Please Mrs. Henry Basement Tapes – recorded mid 1967
Get Your Rocks Off Basement Tapes – recorded mid 1967
All Along The Watchtower  John Wesley Harding – recorded November 1967
I Threw It All Away Nashville Skyline – recorded February 1969

We couldn’t get into it. It was just a dreadful, dreadful feeling at Twickenham Studio. You couldn’t make music at eight in the morning, in a strange place with people filming you, and coloured lights … I was stoned all the time and I just didn’t give a shit.
-John Lennon about the Twickenham sessions (Rollingstone interview 1971)

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