March 2, 2012 – 11:17 am

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Untouched - Off Elektra Acetate [Idol Mind Production IMP-N-036, 2CD]

Outtakes, unreleased mixes.

This set just surfaced and it’s already being shared on the internet. These are the uploader’s notes:

This is an upgraded source of Glyn Johns’ early mix acetate which contains the session performed in January 1969. The bootlegger says it is an extremely rare audio source directly ripped from the Elektra Records acetate disc named “UNTOUCHED”, which the producer of Let It Be (Phil Spector ?) had as a referential material. Disc 1 contains 18 tracks which are completely raw. Disc 2 has the same tracks de-clicked and de-noised.

Thanks to ThePetSounds for sharing the tracks on Demonoid.

This is what music collector Philip Cohen commented:

These acetates are in fairly poor condition. With the exception of the very brief snippets, these tracks are on other bootlegs, but with better quality. Some of them appear on several Vigotone titles, including “Get Back: The Glyn Johns Final Compilation”.

While the de-clicked and de-noised Disc 2 does sound better, not surprisingly, within a week of the release of the Untouched discs, there were already two upgrades.

a) The Beatles Untouched (Revision A), from ThePetSounds Productions:

I used the raw source on Disc 1 of… Untouched, released by IMP in Japan. Disc 1 contains 15 tracks which were de-clicked, phase-corrected, and speed-corrected. Disc 2 has the same tracks de-noised (used noise reduction), and the three missing parts in them have been patched up from other sources: The beginning of Track 1 “Get Back” was patched with a source from “Celluloid Rock” released by Yellow Dog, and the end of Track 9, “I’ve Got A Feeling,” and the beginning of Track 10, “The Long And Winding Road,” were done with a source from “Posters, Incense And Strobe Candles” released by Vigotone.

However, ThePetSounds does not allow these tracks to be shared as MP3s.
Click here if you want to download the tracks. You will need to register with Demonoid, and registration slots can be hard to come by.

b) The Beatles - Get Back: The Elektra Acetate, from Helter Skelter Records:

[The Elektra] acetate features the same stereo mixes that were famously broadcast on US Radio in 1969, this later leading to the bootlegs ‘WBCN Get Back Reference Acetate’ (Yellow Dog) and ‘Posters, Incense and Strobe Candle’ (Vigotone). Both of these discs had their problems, noise reduction for one, seriously damaging the high frequencies, and also some pretty bad low frequency hum. But this new source blows the others out of the water. The problem with this new Elektra Acetate, however, is that it is noisy, very noisy, suffering all of the problems you would expect from a 50-year-old acetate.

For this release, unlike others floating around, I have not used any noise reduction, but instead painstakingly de-clicked, de-popped, and de-crackled each track one-by-one, putting the integrity of the music above anything else - leaving what should be a very enjoyable listen, of what is a very important historical recording. I have also added all of the stereo elements that were missing from this acetate from the Yellow Dog disc (only a section of dialogue), some tracks are available in longer form in mono with extra studio chat, but I did not want to mix stereo and mono here, this is simply stereo only. I also took the liberty of pitch, phase and level correcting this disc, as well as un-doing the peak limiting applied to the original disc.
Click here if you want to download the tracks.

For serious Beatles fans and collectors, here is the Untouched set that started it all.

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

Please Do Not Hammer The Links. Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. The tracks should still be around. Please try again later. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files.

Disc 1
Track 101. Get Back (False Start) (148k)
Track 102. Get Back (4.1MB)
Track 103. I’ve Got A Feeling (False Start) (202k)
Track 104. Help (Jam) (124k)
Track 105. Teddy Boy (9.4MB)
Track 106. Two Of Us (False Start 1) (286k)
Track 107. Two Of Us (False Start 2) (318k)
Track 108. Two Of Us (5.6MB)
Track 109. Dig A Pony (False Start) (601k)
Track 110. Dig A Pony (5.9MB)
Track 111. I’ve Got A Feeling (4.3MB)
112. The Long And Winding Road - Omitted*
Track 113. Let It Be (6.5MB)
Track 114. Don’t Let Me Down (6.1MB)
Track 115. For You Blue (False Start) (625k)
Track 116. For You Blue (4.2MB)
Track 117. Get Back (4.6MB)
Track 118. The Walk (1.5MB)

Disc 2 (de-clicked, de-noised)
Track 201. Get Back (False Start) (148k)
Track 202. Get Back (4.1MB)
Track 203. I’ve Got A Feeling (False Start) (202k)
Track 204. Help (Jam) (124k)
Track 205. Teddy Boy (9.4MB)
Track 206. Two Of Us (False Start 1) (286k)
Track 207. Two Of Us (False Start 2) (318k)
Track 208. Two Of Us (5.6MB)
Track 209. Dig A Pony (False Start) (601k)
Track 210. Dig A Pony (5.9MB)
Track 211. I’ve Got A Feeling (4.3MB)
212. The Long And Winding Road - Omitted*
Track 213. Let It Be (6.5MB)
Track 214. Don’t Let Me Down (6.1MB)
Track 215. For You Blue (False Start) (625k)
Track 216. For You Blue (4.2MB)
Track 217. Get Back (4.6MB)
Track 218. The Walk (1.5MB)

* Available on Anthology 3.

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  2. URGENT:

    the helter skelter records link is resulting in a fake app malware trying to finger computers.

    that windows security 2012 thing is MALWARE, do not fall for it

    By tony on Mar 2, 2012

  3. Hello tony

    Thanks for your feedback. No problem with the links - they go direct to the respective Demonoid pages. Wondering if other readers had the same problem.

    By bigozine2 on Mar 2, 2012

  4. I just can never tire of hearing any Beatles recordings from a different angle than we are all used to.Knowing from watching the Let It Be film that it was sometimes very difficult for them at the time,they were still doing great stuff and this disc is great because it represents what Glyn was working with at the time,what the band was striving for and it is utterly facinating.Big O comes through with another home run…thx guys !!!

    By couz on Mar 2, 2012

  5. Thank you very much. The second disk is very good, especially considering the source was an acetate kicking around for a half-century. I can imagine John Lennon, if he were still alive, would be saying something like: “What the heck are they messing around with that stuff for? It was crap! They ought to be getting together, forming their own bands, having fun with their own songs. Write something effn new! Let it go! To coin a phrase, let it be!”

    Fortunately or unfortunately, we fans are for the most part, not musicians or singers. But—we love you Beatles, yes we do…and we still do.

    By 3yrsnojob on Mar 2, 2012

  6. sorry for this, but as an aside - I finally revisited for the first time since I lost my job the company I used to work for. Not much has changed, except a very nice lady, a friend, got sick and died. “You can’t go back home, and you can’t go back to work.” You can read that both ways.

    By 3yrsnojob on Mar 2, 2012

  7. Many, many THANKS Philip for sharing this latest release!!!!!!!! A very historical set of recordings that should have a place in every Beatles fan’s collection!!!!!! Keep this stuff coming!!!!!!!!

    By Jeff on Mar 3, 2012

  8. Thank you very much for sharing!!

    By Paul on Mar 3, 2012

  9. This is a great addition to my Beatles collection. It is nothing new as far as material, but in this form it is worthy. Thanks for posting. Cool cover art, by the way.

    By Belmo on Mar 3, 2012

  10. For all you completists out there, you can find track 212 on youtube. search on ‘Long and winding road anthology’.

    By Creatist on Mar 3, 2012

  11. My older brother had a bootleg 8-track of this that we would listen to in his old Bisquane Chevrolet sedan. But, as I seem to recall, that was in 1968??? Not ‘69. A little hazy, so maybe I am incorrect about the year. Also, this is similar in “FEEL” to the boot L.P. “Get Back” released on Lemon Records.

    By Timmy on Mar 3, 2012

  12. Thanks, Big O. You bring a lot of joy to a lot of ears. I just turned a friend on to your site today. I’m sure he’ll appreciate the music as much as I do.

    By Jim Shelley on Mar 4, 2012

  13. Thanks for another great post, Big O. I’m continually amazed and the great stuff you post. What a collection!! Many, many thanks always

    By Chris on Mar 10, 2012

  14. I’m only echoing the sentiment shared, for the most part, here that we are ALL INDEBITED to Phil Cohen and The Big O!!!! Thanks to both of you-

    By John McNea on Mar 21, 2012

  15. Thanks for sharing this one with us. Sounds interesting from what I heard so far.

    By Matt on Apr 5, 2012

  16. Who the hell are thse guys ?

    By Tronald Dump on Mar 1, 2017

  17. See how cordial and respectful commentors were just five years ago ! No Moron no Mancini or Carlos or Smashmouth with their dumb offensive vulgar bullshit No stupid theories on how many usernames trolls have and other bullshit , When did it all change and become a sespool for trolls ?

    By Tom on Mar 7, 2017

  18. When did it all change and become a sespool for trolls ?

    By Tom on Mar 7, 2017

    Since this dick is dancing in your mouth and those nuts are bouncing on your chin

    By Tom Moron on Mar 7, 2017

  19. @ Tom Moron says, “Since this dick is dancing in your mouth and those nuts are bouncing on your chin”

    Keep trying troll-boi, clever doesn’t suit you.

    By leesa on May 1, 2018

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