“Dig It” is a Beatles’ song which is on their 1970 album,”Let It Be”.
Recorded: 24th, 26th, 28th, 29th January, 1969
Studio: Apple Studios
Track Duration: 0:51 (Let It Be version), 4:24 (Get Back mix), 8:20 (Full version), 15:05 (Jam)
Record Label: Apple, EMI
Producer: Phil Spector
John Lennon: lead vocals, six-string bass – Fender Bass VI
Paul McCartney: vocals in full version, piano
George Harrison: vocals in full version, lead guitar – Fender Telecaster
Ringo Starr: drums
George Martin: maracas
Billy Preston: Hammond organ
Heather McCartney ( Linda’s daughter): vocals in full version only
To begin with, this is one of only a few Beatles’ songs which gives credit to all The Beatles – Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starkey. The last time all the band composed together was on the “Magical Mystery Tour” project in 1967. Then, it was the instrumental on the album, “Flying“.
Due to the way they performed the original jamming session, they included a lot of improvisation. Therefore, the lyrics were haphazard at the time. Nonetheless, they made something of the jam and it became part of the original release of the 1970 album, “Let It Be”. However, that track was only 51 seconds in length. Furthermore, it doesn’t feature at all on the 2003 album, “Let It Be… Naked“. They also dropped “Maggie Mae” for that release too.
The Beatles humour shows on the album track when Lennon speaks at the end of it in a falsetto: “That was ‘Can You Dig It?’ by Georgie Wood, and now we’d like to do ‘Hark, the Angels Come’.”
Also, Linda Eastman’s six-year-old daughter, Heather, gets in on the act with an impromptu vocal part. However, her contribution is only available on the full version. Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman in March this year as well as adopting Heather later.
There are four versions of “Dig It” available with variations of them coming from the following days “Get Back/Let It Be” recording sessions, 24th, 26th, 28th, 29th January, 1969 :
Firstly, there is the “Let It Be” album version at 51 seconds long.
Secondly, there is a Get Back mix running at 4 minutes and 24 seconds long.
Thirdly, the “full version” lasts 8 minutes and 20 seconds.
Then there is a full jam session lasting for 15 minutes and 5 seconds.