Of the Complete Apple Trax CDs, this is probably the one I listen to the most lots of goofiness like John and Paul ruining "Help!" and "Please Please Me" within the same minute-long song, and some great bits with Paul running through material for the band which the band is clearly not interested in (a sweet little throwaway called "Eddie," a long version of "Her Majesty," and a good "Hot As Sun," which later ended up on McCartney).
There's lots of "Get Back," not my favorite song, but it's interesting hearing the band tighten it up at one point you faintly hear Paul discussing the characters in the song ("And then JoJo, because he's a loner, goes to California for grass"). Yeah, great story.
Lennon does "Gimme Some Truth," which I didn't know had been written that early (it ended up on John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band). A great alternate "Maggie Mae" with a cool harmony line from Paul. A half-assed "Stand By Me," also from Paul. John and Paul hamming it up on "I've Got a Feeling," parodying Martin Luther King, Jr. by continually shouting "I had a dream I had a dream this afternoon." John finally gets a bit pissed and shouts "SING, Paul!"
John sleepwalks through a couple country songs ("A Fool Like Me," "You Win Again"). Paul does a brief, otherwise forgotten song called "Woman." One of the funnest things about these discs is picturing Ringo, who dutifully drums through whatever incoherent shit John and Paul want. I doubt these tapes would bring back good memories for him, but I smile at the idea of him loyally trudging through no matter how bullshitty it all got.
Review by Bonnie Bronson