Tuesday, 21 January 2014

The Beatles: End Of The Road (The Complete Rooftop Concert '69)

End Of The Road is a silverpressed bootleg of The Beatles final live performance on the roof of the Apple Studios building, Savile Row, London (30/01/69) plus outtakes from the Let It Be recording sessions.

CD Booklet Notes :

 The Beatles were going to make a documentary film of themselves producing a TV show and writing a bunch of new songs for their next album, which was to be a return to their roots of the rocking days. This was probably inspired by the emergence of The Band, straightforward, downhome and everyone's favourite name to drop at the time.

 With a working title of "Get Back" rehearsals began at Twickenham studios on January the 2nd, 1969. The project quickly ran into trouble, George Harrison walked out after eight days complaining of continual criticism from Paul McCartney. However, he returned a week later. The TV show idea had to be dumped because they couldn't find a suitable location. They thought about hiring an ocean liner, but somewhere along the line that idea was also shelved, along with a number of other exotic suggestions. But it was John Lennon's suggestion to record a selection of songs in the controlled atmosphere of a studio.
At this time, plans were made to turn the roof at No 3 Saville Row, the Apple Corps HQ, into a tranquil roof garden, and so Ringo Starr and Michael Lindsay-Hogg decided to take a look. It seemed ideal for what they had in mind.

 The Beatles last ever public concert took place around mid-day on Thursday January the 30th and lasted a full 42 minutes, and may well have gone on longer had it not been for the complaints of the neighbour, Stanley Davis. The wool merchant next door was not a Beatles fan so it seemed. He was quoted as saying "I want this bloody noise stopped. It's an absolute disgrace". But the banker, Alan Pulverness, at the end of the street was kinder, he said "Some people just can't appreciate good music".
The film won an Oscar for best musical score and it was presented to Paul McCartney by non-other than John Wayne, Big Leggy. But by the time it was premiered on May the 13th, 1970, The Beatles had split. The dream was over..."I'd like to say 'Thankyou' on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we passed the audition".


Rooftop Concert
01 - Get Back (Rehearsal)
02 - Get Back
03 - Don't Let Me Down
04 - I've Got A Feeling
05 - One After 909
06 - Dig A Pony
07 - I've Got A Feeling
08 - Don't Let Me Down
09 - Get Back

10 - The Walk
11 - Oh! Darling
12 - Maxwells Silver Hammer
13 - Across The Universe
14 - Gone, Gone, Gone
15 - Wake Up In The Morning
16 - She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
17 - Sausages And French Fries / Early In The Morning / Hi Ho Silver
18 - Stand By Me
19 - Harry Pinsker
20 - Two Of Us
21 - For You Blue
22 - The Long And Winding Road

The excellent Bootleg "Transcending Time" by The Godfather Records contains more outtakes from the Let It Be sessions and is available from Viva Les Bootlegs blogspot