...and in the end ("The Threetles"?)

Goodbye (demo)
- recorded in February 1969
- this is a demo acetate for Mary Hopkin
- taken from "Acetates"

Something (demo take 1)
- recorded 25 February 1969
- it's likely this was a demo acetate for Joe Cocker
- taken from "Acetates"
This performance appears from an earlier mix on "Anthology 3". However, the acetate features subsequent piano overdubs not heard on "Anthology 3".
In addition, the acetate is missing some vocalizing that is heard on "Anthology 3".

I Me Mine #1
- recorded 3 January 1970
- taken fom "Get Back : John Barrett's Reel"
- this is the same recording as heard on "Acetates" but this features no noise reduction

I Me Mine #2
- recorded 3 January 1970
- taken fom "Get Back : John Barrett's Reel" (this is NOT an acetate)
This is some alternate, undocumented mix that has only recently come to light. It is the original length but is not the Glyn Johns mix heard on the second "Get Back" compilation. Perhaps Doug Sulpy's forthcoming guide will shed some light on it.

As most folks know, "I Me Mine" was the last real Beatles recording session for a new song. Present were Paul, George and Ringo. See the session reel E91742 - here. John had not been in the studio for a Beatles session since 20 August 1969 which was to oversee the master tape compilation for "Abbey Road".

Some final overdub sessions occurred on...
4 January 1970 (Let It Be) see the session reel E91745 - here
8 January 1970 (For You Blue)
1 April 1970 (The Long And Winding Road, I Me Mine, Across The Universe)
This was THE last session for a new Beatles record. See the session reel E97257 - here

Let It Be (take 30 RS2?) acetate with 30 April 1969 lead
- basic tracks recorded 31 January 1969 with additional overdubs done 30 April 1969 and 4 January 1970
- taken from "Acetates Collection"
The track is mono but is likely a folded mix of RS2 (the single mix)

The Long And Winding Road (take 18 reduction RS10/13 edit) acetate
- basic tracks recorded 26 January 1969 with additional overdubs 1 April 1970
- taken from "Acetates Collection"
This includes the Phil Spector orchestral overdubs mixed 2 April 1970. The track is mono but is likely a folded mix of the RS10/13 edit which is featured on the "Let It Be" album. Since John had nothing to do with The Beatles' sessions after 20 August 1969, this is the only track here that he is featured on. This track includes his original bass track.


I Want You (She's So Heavy)
-taken from "The Abbey Road Companion"

This is the recording which is alledged to be an alternate take with a McCartney vocal. Personally, I always believed it was real but, since common opinion is suggesting otherwise, I must admit I am (reluctantly) beginning to be persuaded that it is not The Beatles.

This recording first surfaced in 1981 on the old vinyl bootleg titled "Rough Notes"and, subsequently, appeared on a variety of vinyl and CD bootlegs (all probably copied from "Rough Notes" and not the actual acetate). The track is often accompanied by another 1:42 track titled "I Need You" (not the George Harrison song) which is supposed to be from the same acetate. "I Need You" is alledged to be The Beatles with John singing. Whoever devoloped the theory or rumor certainly insulted The Beatles. The song and performance are horrible (in my humble opinion). On the other hand, "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" is quite good.
Whoever it is.

In "Recording Session", Lewisohn states that "one experimental take was sung by Paul". However, in "Chronicle", he has removed that statement. It has become speculative that Lewisohn made the initial reference based on this recording.

Doug Sulpy states "...while it's always sounded like The Beatles to me, I'm now willing to concede that it's probably some other group - perhaps White Trash". John Winn's opinion is "...while it's a decent vocal impression, the instrumental performance is less convincing".

For an interesting opinion see "The Beatles Black Album" website - here.