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Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust: Off the Record with the Beatles, Bowie, Elton & So Much More, Hardcover Book Hardcover – 6 Jun 2012


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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. (6 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739078585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739078587
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grand Krojen on 2 Sep 2013
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Fifty years after the Beatles took off in the U.K. with the start of a sensational sequence of hits in 1963, recording engineer Ken Scott adds his account of working with the four Mop-tops, as well as a cavalcade of other British stars who produced some of the most viscerally exciting rock of the 70's decade. Sir George Martin and Geoff Emerick, legends of EMI's Abbey Road recording studios, have both produced accounts of their work recording the Beatles and others in the past twenty years. Now Scott offers insights into his work on the Beatles later albums before he moved on to Trident studios to produce further legendary recordings with the likes of David Bowie. Often giving the feeling of offering a fly on the wall view of what it was like to see these brilliant works actually being created, Scott has plenty of anecdotes for those who love all the gossip and insight into these stars' creative processes. Even though he can be frustratingly off-hand or forgetful about some sessions, this is still a tale to fascinate any lover of the Beatles and British 70's rock.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 67Spit on 10 Feb 2014
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Loved this book. In sharp contrast to Geoff Emerick's, Ken Scott's book doesn't rely upon supposed conversations from 30+ years ago. The tone here is light and very self-effacing, Scott seems like a very nice chap! He's seems to be well-liked by all he's worked with - and what a list! Beatles, Bowie, Elton...........
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By grimtraveller on 28 Dec 2012
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It is a fascinating modern happening to read the words of people who were living through history in the making though they didn't know it at the time.There have been a few long awaited biogs for me recently and along with Pete Townshend's, Keith Richards' and Norman Smith's, this was right up there.
And it did not disappoint, not at all. Literally from page one I was engrossed as Ken Scott describes how he came to be interested in sound recording, ended up working at EMI, came up through the ranks and engineered on sessions by the Beatles. What's far more fascinating, however, are his other stories and believe me, there are plenty. I was fascinated just how many records I have that he was the engineer on that I hadn't known.
His work on the Bowie albums is covered in detail, especially LPs like "Hunky dory" and the not so well known ones.
He includes many technical and equipment details too, so if, like me, you're a lover of this kind of stuff, then you hopefully, won't be disappointed.
He also wisely steers clear of the controversy that arose when Geoff Emerick's book "Here, there and everywhere" {in itself a really good, if sometimes somewhat fanciful, read} came out. He doesn't mention it at all. Smart man.
All in all, this is most definitely a book worth reading and hanging onto. One day it will sell for ridiculous amounts.
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Ken Scott can't write for toffee. He more or less admits it. Yet he teams up here with another published ghost whose style has all the sophistication and finesse of a high school blogger. Go figure, as he is wont to exclaim.

Despite Scott's having been intimately involved in the making of so much classic music, he is the Mr Pooter of pop. His observations are banal and nondescript. He has no opinion on the artistic merits of his life's work. And he can't remember being around for most of it. His idea of an recording session anecdote is to list the technical specifications of the microphone set up.

Don't waste your money on this. Seek out Tony Visconti's much more interesting, and much better written, memoir.
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From his early years working on The Beatles White Album, through to pretty much the present day, Ken Scott has produced and mixed all manner of fine and historic recordings.

Unfortunately his skill with the mixing desk does not really translate to the word processor - this is a fairly dry and surprisingly emotionless review of the recording history he has been a part of, with more than a whiff of Charles Pooter about it at times.

It is not all bad by any manner of means. There's lots of interesting detail of how classic recordings were made, how effects were achieved in the pre-digital studio, and how wonders were worked within the limitations of 4, 8 and 16 track recording. Some of the classic albums he worked on are given more detailed descriptions than others, and more insight than others into the working personalities behind the public figures.

Given the length some people devote to their ordinary and uninteresting childhoods in their autobiographies it was also refreshing to have such tight focus on Scott's professional life, in that he is employed at Abbey Road by the end of Chapter One, and his wife only appears as a character when relevant to recordings (usually in terms of which famous musician she managed to upset next, so it's little surprise when the biggest personal section of the whole book is devoted to his eventual divorce).

However I'm sure I can't be the only reader surprised to find how quickly his work with the likes of Bowie and Elton John was dispatched, whilst the entire history of the comparatively obscure band 'Missing Persons' is detailed in quite frankly over-exhaustive detail.
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