Sunday, December 26, 2010

Come On, Baby, Don't Be Cold As Ice

The next song on the Apple LP/CD "Let It Be" was an oldie that was written jointly by Lennon/McCartney entitled "One After 909". This was actually a second attempt at recording and performing this song for commercial release. The first attempt was back in March 1963 when "One After 909" was recorded but abandoned and not released until much later after the band had split up ( see my blog entry on October 07 2009 for details).

This new attempt for the "Get Back/Let It Be" project had the Beatles playing thier usual instruments (with the addition of Billy Preston on electric piano for the recording). The song was a little faster and more upbeat than the previous attempt.

The song was rehearsed at Twickenham Studios on January 03 1969 and was the most complete song at this time due to the fact that it was an older composition. The suggestion that the song be added to the live show for the conclusion of the movie was undertaken on January 07 1969 also at Twickenham Studios. The Beatles continued to rehearse the song on January 08 and 09 1969 ( an excerpt of the rehearsal from the 9th can be seen in the "Let It Be" film).

On January 28 1969 at Apple Studios in London, The Beatles recorded three takes of "One After 909" which remained unissued. The Beatles also rehearsed the song once again the following day on January 29 1969 once again at the same location: Apple Studios.

On January 30 1969, The Beatles performed "One After 909" live recorded on the roof of the Apple headquarters building (3 Savile Row). This performance (1 take) was included in not only the "Let It Be" film, but also the "Get Back" LP and the Apple LP/CD "Let It Be". John Lennon sang a line from "Danny Boy" at the end of the track.

A stereo mix of "One After 909" was attempted on February 05 1969 at Olympic Studios by Glyn Johns for the "Get Back" LP. This mix was added to the two versions for the latter.

Almost a year later on March 23 1970, Phil Spector remixed "One After 909" for stereo in three attempts with the last mix being used for the commercial release on the Apple LP/CD "Let It Be".

"One After 909" is available on the Apple LP/CD "Let It Be". The same take with a slightly different stereo mix is available on "Let It Be....Naked" without the "Danny Boy" line at the end of the track.

"One After 909" was performed live by Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello in April 1995 from St. James Palace in London. The song was also performed live on December 13 2010 by Paul once again from the Apollo Theater in New York City.

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