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Beatles: An Illustrated Record Hardcover – Nov 1984

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Grab it if You Can ! 13 Nov. 2001
By paperbackriter - Published on Amazon.com
A really cool Beatle book originally released in the mid-70's. Lots of beautiful glossy photos (color and B&W) with opinionated reviews of all the original (British) LPs, EPs, singles and solo releases through 1975. The authors genuinely love the Beatles. The tone of their text, while occasionally harsh, is overwhelmingly objective and accurate. (They reserve their most brutal criticisim for solo LPs such as Paul's "Ram" and George's "All Things Must Pass". I'd be willing to bet they've changed their opinions with a quarter century of hindsight). Whether or not you agree with Carr and Tyler's views, you'll undoubtedly find them to be witty and almost always amusing. Also included is a rudimentary review of the Liverpool/Hamburg years, a great photo montage of the legendary Shea Stadium show (August 15, 1965) and a summary of popular Beatle bootlegs. Overall, "The Beatles: An Illustrated Record" stands out because of its magnificient array of photos and the authors' brief, but well-written text. This book's long out of print, so snatch it up if you find a used copy.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Get Back 22 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This book should be updated and put back into print. Lavish and interesting.
One Of The Best Critiques Of The Beatles 17 Mar. 2013
By JohnJ - Published on Amazon.com
Although it was last updated over 20 years ago it's still one of the best book about The Beatles music . The authors clearly have great respect for the musicianship , creativity , songwriting and vocal abilities of the Beatles . At the same time , they fortunately refuse to take them too seriously either . Overall their' summing up of The Beatles career is excellent , although I don't agree with all their views . They are surprisingly dismissive of"Beatles For Sale " and "Help " one of the best movie soundtracks ever made .Also , they are to harsh in their review of Harrisons ' "All Things Must Pass " . But the book is an excellent tribute to the greatest phenomenon in popular music .Don't miss the authors equally good tributes to David Bowie , Presley and The Rolling Stones .
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Two English Rock Critics View the Beatles' Work and Lives 28 Feb. 2002
By M. L. Lawler - Published on Amazon.com
This book started me listening to the Beatles again, with more appreciation than ever. Each of the group's recordings (and films) is reviewed, accompenied by contemporary biographical info and photographs. The authors' inside knowledge of the English rock scene--and the Beatles' place in it--is invaluble. A "US Disography" is provided to help American fans relate the jumbled US releases to the originals. The book could have been much longer. I wanted more factoids such as Lennon's amusing reply to the circa-1963 query, how long would the Beatles last?--"About five years."
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Essential 18 May 2008
By Space Trucking - Published on Amazon.com
There are perhaps numerous books that devote itself to this subject but not many explore material by the Beatles via critical analysis. That's odd when you consider the most important aspect of this band despite all the hype was the quality of its work. However- "The Beatles An Illustrated Record" by two well respected pop music journalists by the names of Carr and Tyler does so. Both critique each album, extended play, and/or single by Harrison, Lennon, McCartney, and Starr then relay to those of us who read such reviews the artistic value this entity possessed. Biographies- rather they be authorized or otherwise- are all good and well but what matters most is what the Beatles were most revered for. This book argues the relevance of this quartet in its almost exclusive discussion of the musical legacy they left behind.
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