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Why were Let It Be songs left off Abbey Road?
13 September 2015
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When recording Abbey Road , why did the Beatles choose to ignore the great songs they had from the Get Back / Let It Be sessions?  Did they even consider re-recording Across The Universe , Two of Us, Long & Winding Road, etc (which were of course unreleased at the time) for Abbey Road ?

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Plans to release those tracks continued thru recording 'Abbey Road '. Glyn Johns compiled a handful of albums that were rejected by the Beatles for reasons such as it was too rough to release and 'Abbey Road ' being the new project. For 'Abbey Road ' they used tracks that either weren't finished during the 'Get Back ' sessions, hadn't yet been written, or they knew wouldnt be on the album as they hadnt been recorded to any satisfactory level.

You can read about the compilations here and they have all been bootlegged hundreds of times over the last 46 years.

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Welcome, Patrick.

They weren't in any mood to revisit too many things connected to bad memories + (and only the Beatles could do this, really) they already had a whole other batch of songs to work with!

What is equally remarkable is how a number of songs from the Get Back sessions leap-frogged not just Abbey Road , but the eventual Let It Be .

"Teddy Boy " shows up on McCartney's first solo album, Lennon's "Child Of Nature " jumps a few albums and lands as "Jealous Guy ," and McCartney's "Back Seat of My Car" lands on the back end of Ram .

 

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I didn't know that about Back Seat of My Car.......Thanks.

MeanMisterMustard and Polythene Pam I remember reading were around but skipped over the White Album .

 

As you say only the Beatles........

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Wigwam said
I didn't know that about Back Seat of My Car.......Thanks.

MeanMisterMustard and Polythene Pam I remember reading were around but skipped over the White Album .

 

As you say only the Beatles........

No, not only the Beatles. Neil Young has had some songs that I have bootlegs of from over 20 years ago that have shown up on recent albums. Some of them percolate around seemingly forever until they find the right form or the right home (if they ever do).

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Anything memorable?

 

Sorry never a fan of Mr Young.........Sounds too much like listening to Mickey Mouse.

 

But each to his own. 

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Anything memorable?

 

Sorry never a fan of Mr Young.........Sounds too much like listening to Mickey Mouse.

 

But each to his own. 

Yes - some very good songs (if you like Neil - I realise his voice can be as polarising as Bob's). Bruce Springsteen has also skipped entire albums worth of material if they didn't match the mood he was going for at the time.

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Actually, quite a few songs from the Get Back sessions were re recorded for Abbey Road , the most notable one being Maxwell's Silver Hammer .

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Actually, quite a few songs from the Get Back sessions were re recorded for Abbey Road , the most notable one being Maxwell's Silver Hammer .  

'Maxwell' was never seriously intended for the 'Get Back ' album, it was rehearsed at Twickenham until the 10th, not touched at Apple studios and only picked up again during the 'Abbey Road ' sessions. Nowhere was 'Maxwell' intended for what became 'Let It Be ', neither were 'Mean Mister Mustard', 'Something ', 'Oh! Darling ', 'She Came In Through Bathroom Window' etc as no suitable versions existed. The Beatles rehearsed a number of songs, some more so than others.

Not sure why 'Maxwell' is the most notable; ''Oh! Darling ' and 'She Came In Through Bathroom Window' are in the same position.

 

Glyn Johns was placed with the responsibility of getting together an album from the mess of the 'Get Back ' sessions and the various concoctions were mooted for release throughout 1969. The Beatles deliberately avoided those recording and went with other material that had no chance of being included.

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I said that Maxwell's Silver Hammer was the most notable because it's featured heavily in the Let It Be film, whereas all of the other songs are either not shown at all or are only shown briefly.

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Dark Overlord said
I said that Maxwell's Silver Hammer was the most notable because it's featured heavily in the Let It Be film, whereas all of the other songs are either not shown at all or are only shown briefly.  

Then you should have written that as well as it isn't written in what you posted

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Actually, quite a few songs from the Get Back sessions were re recorded for Abbey Road, the most notable one being Maxwell's Silver Hammer.

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Sorry about that, i wasn't thinking about it when i was writing the post.

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