Room four, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: Phil Spector
Engineer: Mike Sheady
Phil Spector’s fourth day spent fashioning a usable long-player out of the myriad January 1969 session tapes found him working on ‘Dig It’ and assembling snippets of dialogue to be used in between songs.
Two versions of ‘Dig It’ – a largely improvised song led by John Lennon – were recorded, on 24 and 26 January 1969. A segment lasting just 49 seconds was extracted from the second of these.
A slightly longer version appearing in the Let It Be film. The full version, however, lasted for more than 12 minutes and featured Billy Preston on organ and George Martin on shaker. The brief section used by Spector was from 8’52” to 9’41”.
After he had finished work on ‘Dig It’, Spector trawled through the Apple Studios tapes for dialogue to intersperse between the songs. One of these, Lennon saying “That was ‘Can You Dig It’ by Georgie Wood…”, was appended to the end of ‘Dig It’, and provided an apt introduction to ‘Let It Be’.
Although eight snippets of dialogue were mixed on this day, only two others were used: “I Dig A Pygmy by Charles Hawtrey and the Deaf Aids…”, which began the album ahead of ‘Two Of Us’; and the “Thanks Mo”/”I hope we passed the audition” remarks, giving the effect that that the version of ‘Get Back’ used was from the rooftop performance rather than the studio.
Also on this day...
- 2012: US DVD/Blu-ray release for Scorsese’s George Harrison documentary
- 1981: UK single release: Watching The Wheels by John Lennon
- 1978: US album release: London Town by Wings
- 1970: UK album release: Sentimental Journey by Ringo Starr
- 1963: Live: ABC Cinema, Northampton
- 1961: Travel: Liverpool to Hamburg
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