I decided to dig out some of my Beatles albums, still to this day, this band have never made the leap to digital/MP3 distribution of their music (you can only get their music on vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks, or CD).
I haven't written about bootlegs in a while, I think my last few were Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stone and The Smiths. Anyway, I found this interesting Beatles bootleg called The Rooftop Concert from their final public concert appearance together as a band on January 30th, 1969. Their final album, Abbey Road, was recorded later that year and by September, John Lennon announced his departure from the band.
What made this concert so special, besides from all the various bootlegs that exists and their last appearance, was that it was filmed and made available Let It Be (film). Unfortunately, not everyone was ecstatic about The Beatles, and by the end of the film, the police arrived and shut the concert down.
According to the 2005 bootleg by "Doc E" (Dr. Ebbetts):
The audio is excellent, as a result of several other bootleg CDs!
I wanted a fantastic sounding version of the famed rooftop show, void of the lengthy in-between chatter, without the occasional sound anomalies (like volume fluctuations, for example), in a nice concise package. I believe this is it. It was sourced from several CDs in an attempt to create the best sounding collection. It’s a nice companion to the “First Concert” and “Hollywood Bowl” CDs in the Ebbetts collection.
Trivia: On the last track, their third performance of "Get Back", Paul McCartney can be heard saying "Thanks, Mo!", acknowledging Ringo Starr's then-wife Maureen Starkey ... which I didn't hear on this bootleg.
Trivia 2: A recent Vox's Question of the Day "You May Say I'm a Dreamer" is taken from Lennon's "Imagine" song.
Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 8:13 PM
Thanks for sharing. Did you get a chance to see this? Sir Paul on Letterman 7/15/09