The first Apple single release for the year 1969 by the Beatles was an original Lennon/McCartney composition entitled "Get Back" written mainly by Paul.
For all intents and purposes and despite rehearsals at Twickenham during the early days of January 1969, "Get Back" was properly recorded starting on Thursday January 23 1969 at Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London with ten takes (of which none were used). The line up was Paul on vocals and bass, John Lennon on guitar including the lead solo, George Harrison on guitar and Ringo on drums. The addition of Billy Preston on electric piano was also featured on this song.
The next attempt at proper recordings for "Get Back" occured on January 27 1969 once again at Apple Studios. According to Mark Lewisohn's book, 14 attempts were tried and a successful take was used on the "Let It Be" LP version of the song (which will be discussed in a later post).
The single 45 version of "Get Back" was recorded the next day on January 29 1969 once again at Apple Studios and this was the version released as the single (take unknown).
There were four attempts at a mono mix for "Get Back" conducted on March 26 1969 at EMI studios although the studio number is not known. None of these attempts were used on the commercial version of the single.
On April 07 1969 at Olympic Sound Studios in Barnes, London - there was a final attempt at a mono mix for the single version of "Get Back". The song was also mixed for stereo on the same day and the single was released on April 11 1969 in the UK and May 05 1969 in North America.
The single did not carry a producer's credit on the Apple label due to the fact that both George Martin and Glyn Johns had worked on it jointly.
The North American version of the single was in stereo while the UK version was in mono. Also, the credits for "Get Back" on the Apple label
The artists' credit on the Apple label included the following: "The Beatles with Billy Preston".
"Get Back" is available as a single and this version also appears on the Apple 2-LP/2-CD "The Beatles 1967-1970" as well as the Capitol 2-LP compilation "Rock And Roll Music". It also appears on the Capitol/EMI LP "20 Greatest Hits" and the 2-LP/CD "Past Masters Volume 2" and the Apple/EMI LP-CD "1" and finally on the Apple/EMI 2-CD "Past Masters" from the stereo box set.
"Get Back" has been performed live by Paul McCartney for most of the last tours and a performance of the song can be heard on the Capitol/EMI 3-LP/2-CD "Tripping The Light Fantastic".