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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Beatles "Maxwell Silver Hammer" Rehearsal

Here's another look at The Beatles rehearsing, this time learning a song during the filming of their Let It Be movie. The film hasn't been available since the 80's, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr blocking its re-release due to the fact that it shows some of the dark sides of the band that they feel would hurt their image.

The film put The Beatles in uncomfortable conditions, as they relocated to the cold (literally) Twickenham Film Studios and worked at early movie hours, which didn't meet with their lifestyles at the time. During the filming, George Harrison quit the band, only to return when the band agreed to move the filming to their own Apple studio. As you can see from Monday's Get Back rehearsal, their mood was lifted immediately.

The song that you'll see here, Maxwell's Silver Hammer, would later appear complete on the Abbey Road album.

Things to look for:

1) After Paul teaches the band playing the bass, he then moves to piano. George then fills in the bottom on a Fender Bass VI baritone guitar.

2) Ringo's drums go back to a more traditional miking technique for the time, with a mic on the kick, snare, and overhead.

3) Even The Beatles have feedback problems.

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