Get Back - Going to Watch?

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by drmilktruck, Nov 11, 2021.

  1. Sabato

    Sabato Country Gent

    Mar 22, 2019
    Massachusetts
    Watched it, liked it a lot. Interesting to know how the songs ended up while seeing them being created.
     
  2. [insert walrus photo here]
     
    mrfixitmi and drmilktruck like this.
  3. gretschbigsby

    gretschbigsby Gretschie

    163
    Nov 21, 2009
    chicago
    Me too. Inside view of how musical genius works.

    Looking forward to the next episode.

    Another takeaway: Love the tone of Lennon's Casino. Hoping a Gretsch appears at some point....
     
    mrfixitmi and drmilktruck like this.
  4. Gretschtim1

    Gretschtim1 Country Gent

    Dec 4, 2012
    Dundalk, Md
    I think by 1969 The Beatles had retired their Gretsch guitars and Vox amps at least for a little while. They were using Gibson, Fender and Epiphone electric guitars and Fender amps at that point.
     
    mrfixitmi and drmilktruck like this.
  5. Highroller

    Highroller Country Gent

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    Think I even saw a Jazzmaster in there at one point! That's not a guitar you usually associate with the Beatles.

    No doubt I'll continue watching tonight and tomorrow.

    Let It Be's never been my favorite Beatles album, but I've got a lot of songs from it in my Beatles repertoire. So that’s part of the reason it's working for me. I’ve been playing some of these songs for a very long time! Seeing these "rough edits" is giving me fresh ideas on how I could approach them.

    I was also concerned Jackson might turn it into some weird slapstick comedy. Thankfully, he hasn’t done that, at least so far. It still keeps something pretty close to the “fly on the wall” approach of Lindsay-Hogg’s original. It's still four guys sitting around making music. Granted, it’s the rough, embryonic stages of future classics, but anybody that’s ever been to a band practice should be able to totally identify with what’s going on.

    I'm assuming the rest of it will follow with the continuing evolution of the songs until they get to the arrangements that appeared in the original film. There’s a lot we haven’t seen yet.
     
    mrfixitmi, drmilktruck and Sabato like this.
  6. Gretschtim1

    Gretschtim1 Country Gent

    Dec 4, 2012
    Dundalk, Md
    That might have been the Bass VI which they used a lot back in the late 60s.
    Both George and John played them. I don't know if this movie footage shows it but John and George also played 4 string bass during the period from Sgt Pepper through Let It Be.
    It's been reported that John played bass on Oh Darling and Helter Skelter and George played bass on Let It Be and Old Brown Shoe.
    They all played lots of different instruments during their careers with and without The Beatles. Even Ringo played guitar and keyboards on some songs...:).
    They were just a great group of talents guys who just played what they thought the song needed. They were working with limited tracks so they all had to add various parts on the same track. I even remember seeing a picture of John and Ringo sitting at a piano together striking the final chord for A Day In The Life.
     
    mrfixitmi, drmilktruck and Highroller like this.
  7. Highroller

    Highroller Country Gent

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    Ah... a Bass VI. That's probably what it was. It was on screen for such a short amount of time, definitely an offset Fender, looked like a baritone Jazzmaster. I was asking myself - Is there such a thing? LoL! A Bass VI makes total sense.

    Thanks!
     
    mrfixitmi and drmilktruck like this.
  8. mrfixitmi

    mrfixitmi Country Gent

    Mar 20, 2010
    Michigan
    I saw it, and parts were phenomenal. As mentioned before, the way the songs came together was very interesting. When you saw John, Paul, George and Ringo play numerous instruments from the Bass to the piano, you could appreciate the musical genius in all of them, and it did validate that they were incredible.

    The only downer for me was to see how George's music was shunned, and did not make it on the albums. When they played All things must Pass, the look on George's face told the repeated story of how George's talent was unappreciated. Ringo was kind of neutral, but when George wrote Photograph for Ringo, it ended up being one of Ringo's greatest hits.
     
    MrWookiee and Sabato like this.
  9. MrWookiee

    MrWookiee Country Gent

    Jun 17, 2020
    SoCal, USA
    In their defense, George did write the detestable (though profitable) "Got My Mind Set On You" decades later. Maybe because they broke his spirit early on. :D
     
    mrfixitmi likes this.
  10. toddfan

    toddfan Country Gent

    Mar 12, 2012
    Kansas
    WOW...there sure is a lot of vitriol in this thread. :(
     
  11. MrWookiee

    MrWookiee Country Gent

    Jun 17, 2020
    SoCal, USA
    I only kidding. It is more than fair to stipulate that George got a raw deal from his bandmates - at least early on - and that his skill and talent (not to mention success) as a musician and songwriter were orders of magnitude superior to my own.
     
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2021
    mrfixitmi likes this.
  12. Highroller

    Highroller Country Gent

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    It's a cover actually. Written by Rudy Clark and a hit for James Ray in 1963. Just saying ... Not every Harrison tune is a gem, but you can't blame that one on him! LoL!
     
  13. MrWookiee

    MrWookiee Country Gent

    Jun 17, 2020
    SoCal, USA
    I stand corrected. :oops:
     
    mrfixitmi likes this.
  14. Sabato

    Sabato Country Gent

    Mar 22, 2019
    Massachusetts
    This is funnier than George's:
     
    mrfixitmi, drmilktruck and MrWookiee like this.
  15. MrWookiee

    MrWookiee Country Gent

    Jun 17, 2020
    SoCal, USA
    This has long been one of my faves.
     
    section2, mrfixitmi and Sabato like this.
  16. gretschbigsby

    gretschbigsby Gretschie

    163
    Nov 21, 2009
    chicago
    Second installment dropped today. Two observations

    1. If Billy Preston couldn't keep the band together, nothing could.
    2. George's Tele sounded great
     
  17. Highroller

    Highroller Country Gent

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    Yeah, things seemed to start really falling in place once Billy arrived. The songs started to sound like the classics we know today. I hadn't really appreciated how much he impacted that album, but can see now that he did.

    Otherwise, Part 2 was a bit of a slog. Paul's description of their time with the Maharishi - pretty clear George was the only one that took it seriously, and he was fuming as Paul yapped away. And then there's all the time spent on pointless banter, especially from John. I get it, they were bored. But jeeez, not much fun to watch.

    I dunno, looking forward to a lot more music in Part 3.
     
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2021
    mrfixitmi and drmilktruck like this.
  18. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Age:
    56
    Oct 18, 2015
    Germany
    Spent last night with this docu.
    I really like it.
    As a musician it is always interesting to watch how others create their stuff.
    And I really think that the way these men did it is very remarkable.
    Especially when considering that there was so much distraction around them.
    I could never work with that Hare-Krishnas sitting in the studio-corner, all the women and that bunch of corporates around me making unqualified and un-asked suggestions.
    I was surprised about the very heterogenous characters in the band. Recognizing that McCartney was such a musically brilliant but annoyingly dominant Person was interesting, too.
    I was shocked that the remaining three showed very little empathy when George wanted to quit.
    Really un-inspiring guitar-tones, though.
    Loved to watch the red Les Paul nearly getting destroyed several times. Kind of a running-gag.
     
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2021
  19. Highroller

    Highroller Country Gent

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    Melodies just fall out of that guy's head like water out of a faucet. I frequently don't like what he comes up with lyrically (and pretty much ignore his entire Wings era output) but you can't deny that he has amazing talent.
     
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2021
  20. rake_ether

    rake_ether Gretschie

    419
    Aug 24, 2019
    Athens, GA USA
    The saddest moment in episode one was when Paul and George were talking and George said, "I'll play whatever you want, or nothing at all".
     
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.