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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Non Basic Stock Line; Reprint edition (15 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592402690
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592402694
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a fascinating memoir featuring never-before-told stories from the Beatles' recording engineer. The first biography from industry legend Geoff Emerick tells the story of his life as the Beatles' recording engineer. As a man who helped make history by working on the group's groundbreaking sound, including such albums as Sgt Pepper, Revolver and Abbey Road, this a story that all music fans have been waiting for. Joining forces with the Beatles for the recording of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, hailed by Rolling Stone as the greatest album ever made, Geoff Emerick has been at the creation of music history for much of his career. In conjunction with the Beatles' constant quest for experimentation and new sounds, Emerick developed a slew of innovative recording techniques, many of which are still in use today. In "Here, There and Everywhere", Emerick tells his story for the first time, taking the reader through the hallowed corridors of Abbey Road Studios to give rare insights into the Beatles' unique creative processes and personalities and provides a behind-the-scenes look at how the greatest band of all time made their greatest records.

Emerick provides a startling picture of the Fab Four. Fascinating and moving, "Here, There and Everywhere" also illuminates the creative tensions within the band that fuelled their early success, but would ultimately lead them to record in separate studios while the partnership was disintegrating. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By J. John Foyle on 4 Feb. 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is book is a enjoyable read. Geoff (with Howard Massey) tell the much-told Beatle tale with few surprises but much incidental detail. A good deal is made of how the inter-departmental structures within EMI affected the initial recording sessions but were then subverted by the Fabs . Witty depictions of some of more colourful management types are succeeded later in the text by passing references to them as the sessions progress , thus saving us from copious bio notes to break the flow of the story.
A recent Blog reference tells of Elvis Costello spinning this book as an account of how little Geoff was credited during his time with the Beatles. In the book this is less emotively treated. We are told of how this was more or less the industry standard at the time. We are repeatedly told of George Martin passing on Geoff's opinons, from the control box, to the musicians without attribution. This , surely, could be explained by the producer merely exercising his role of incorporating all elements of his work and condensing for clarity.
We do get oodles of details about technical effects. Geoff is rarely shy about telling us how blinking marvellous he was in doing all kinds of ground-breaking technical things . It helps , I suppose , that the comments are entirely justified. Later in the book we hear about how Geoff and George went through the entire EMI/Beatle archive for the Anthologies project , a exercise which , perhaps , refreshed his memory. I did cross-reference some of the depictions with the Lewisohn/McDonald accounts , finding , in most cases , agreement. The account of the recording of The End ( from Abbey Road) is most interesting. McDonald queries aspects of the finish of the track - Geoff explains it as if responding to that account.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Coert Visser on 24 July 2006
Format: Hardcover
The story behind this group remains fascinating. It will be retold again and again, each time from a different perspective. This book by Geoff Emerick is great because it offers a candid and detailed insider's perspective. Reading the book is the next best thing to watching a movie of the making of all those legendary albums. You can almost see and hear how they were recorded and you can sense the chemistry of the people involved in bad and good times.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PETER XUEREB on 14 April 2008
Format: Hardcover
I found this particular book quite enjoyable to read. I felt envious of Geoff as he discovered at an early age what he really wanted to do and to his credit he set out and achieved a career path that many of us can envy, more so because he is a person who is actually doing what he loves for a living. His development over time is apparent mostly due to his "open musical mind" which allowed him to broaden his skills to a level that made him a much requested recording engineer by so many musical luminaries.
I had read reviews of the book before I bought and read it and will admit to being a little put off about certain aspects. However having read the book I feel more informed. Yeah Geoff does make certain "negative" observations about the various musical talents of The Beatles. However I guess there are many of us fans out there that don't want to read that their idols are less than they are perceived in our own minds. What is apparent is that the Beatles DID develop into better musicians as time wore on. Geoff's criticism of both George Harrison & Ringo Starr's playing at times should be taken in perspective particularly as much praise is lauded upon George especially, later in the book. Remember George Harrison wasn't a "Clapton/Hendrix calibre" guitar player but his guitar style became very distinctive later in his career. I'm also grateful for the fact that Mr. Emerick refrained from commenting about things that he didn't observe. Therefore after his departure during the "White Album" there is a gap to Abbey Road with a slight reference to the "Let It Be" sessions. He does offer some opinions but he prefaces those with "maybe this happened..." type provisos.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Gadget Man on 22 Jan. 2008
Format: Paperback
It is difficult to take much of this book seriously. I say this because Ken Scott was an engineer at Abbey Road at the time and he believes much of this book is fabricated and has many (i.e. over 100 'errors'. He actually says "Since copies of his book leaked out, there has been a movement from fans and EMI employees past and present; all are shocked at what Geoff is purported to say in this book, as SO much of it is untrue. There are long lists of factual errors being compiled around the world to be released when this book is published. (The last list I saw was well over 100 errors, and climbing as more people read the book)."

He adds "I cannot bring this missive to an end without mentioning the book's relentless tirade against George Harrison. As a second engineer I was on more Beatles sessions than Geoff and saw none of the problems talked about constantly, and as an engineer, the same. Sadly, George is not in a position to defend himself today. I think I know what his reaction would have been anyway... Mine is utter disgust.
This book is NOT accurate, it is not "the truth" and does not deserve to be supported. It is very damaging to the good reputations of such people as George Harrison, George Martin, John Lennon, Chris Thomas, Ringo Starr, Phil McDonald and the list goes on. The only one who is rarely mentioned negatively is Paul McCartney, the only one to have employed Geoff after the Beatles."

So enjoy this book if you are a fan of the Beatles but remember it is seriously flawed!
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