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Let's Put the Beatles Back Together Again 1970-2010: How to Assemble & Appreciate the 2nd Half of the Beatles' Legacy Perfect Paperback – 1 Dec 2010


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  • Perfect Paperback: 543 pages
  • Publisher: SomethingNow Publications; first edition (1 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986708003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986708008
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 611,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“[I]t’s a pleasure to welcome [a Beatles book] that doesn’t tread in the footsteps of what’s gone before...and what Walker is proposing...works well...He is both a good writer and a good researcher...[As for Walker’s ‘Beatles Releasing Collective sets’,] I’ve listened to the lot. I have heard all the solo albums, but the way [Walker]  has put them together is really imaginative. I can’t thank [him] enough for all this.” --BBC Radio Merseyside's Spencer Leigh

“This is the most oddly compelling music book I have read in years, and if you have even a small interest in the Beatles or music from 1970 on, you owe it to yourself to get it. If you are a fan, run, don’t walk. It’s that interesting.
    The author conducts a nearly 500-page thought experiment: he imagines an alternative history after 1969 in which the Beatles didn’t stay together, but didn’t exactly split up either. They agreed to release the best of their solo efforts under the Beatles banner. So what he does, essentially, is kill off the weak stuff and the material that just wasn’t very ‘Beatle-y’ and turns what’s left into a series of Beatles albums.
    He makes a compelling argument for why a) this isn’t such a stretch b) doing it his way restores the post-breakup material to a place of honor.
    I got the book late yesterday and stayed up way too late reading.
    [Y]ou can do everything he does yourself, provided you have the music in your library. What I like best about it, so far, is that he finishes the Beatles story as it should have been finished--and even though his conceit is fanciful, his approach is solidly grounded in reality.
    Highly, highly recommended.” --
New York State’s WWNY-TV news director Scott Atkinson

“[A Beatles 1970-2010] is what Walker has created, and I agree with him, that you’ll rarely listen to the individual solo albums again. I have a full set of his suggested compilations and they are superb. I suggest that you follow this train of thought, get into the background of each solo track, album and songwriter, and then make your own ‘Beatles’ albums. It’s well worth it. Go on, dig out your back catalogues and Put the Beatles Back Together Again.” -- British Beatles Fan Club Magazine (David Bedford, author of Liddypool)

"Very interesting new concept based on...the treasure trove of music from the solo Beatles." --'The Fest for Beatles Fans' Mark Lapidos

"The author makes the Beatles breakup a way to revise their catalogue...He puts a new spin on [the breakup]...The premise of the book is to replace Allen Klein (which will get the book fans for that reason alone)...Walker's logic behind the [resulting] new albums makes for a 'what if' scenario that creates, at the least, something to consider." --'Beatles Examiner's Steve Marinucci

“Wow, I’m really impressed. It’s so big and smart and well written...a very great unadulterated pleasure...[Walker’s] really done it.” -- ‘Toronto Today Magazine’ editor-in-chief Eric McMillan

About the Author

Jeff Walker is a Canadian pop-culture analyst. His prior book was 'The Ayn Rand Cult' (Chicago: Open Court, 1999), which received favourable reviews in Canada, the U.S., and Europe. He lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with his spouse and two children. He is currently writing quasi-sequels to both books.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John P. Daly on 14 Aug. 2011
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Imagine. How many millions of words have been written about John and Paul and George and Ringo? Many millions. I am a musician and like many musicians I can tell you I play because when I was a kid I sat in front of a television set and watched The Beatle's take the stage on the Ed Sullivan show and then take the world by storm.

I've studied the band and I've read most of the acclaimed biographies as well as the autobiographies of Paul McCartney and George Harrison. I would not have thought it possible for someone to put forward a unique perspective about the work of these four men. But Jeff Walker has done exactly that...

Because Walker has such a deep and abiding respect for the individuals in histories most notorious rock and roll band and because he is possessed of his own colourful imagination, he has posited an idea that I think even Harrison and Lennon might well have found worth considering had they survived time and their own fates. Walker suggests that the Beatles may have grown as individual musicians AND maintained their unmatched collective creative treasure by doing both things as they carried on after the Apple rooftop concert (their final performance as a quartet) in 1970.

Jeff Walker has put together a brand new set of Beatle's "albums"; virtually organized to present the best of the lads and the best of the boys as a group. This is not a read for those who do not truly love what the Beatles left the world in terms of their fantastic legacy of sounds. It is thoroughly researched and impeccably presented. It will change the way you think about the Beatle's story!
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By stefan on 9 Nov. 2012
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I think this is a great book for the more than casual fan. Sure, the main focus of the book (the BRC) contains of lot of 'could have, would have and should haves'. But I agree with Jeff Walker that new management would have been the key element in this alternative history. However, I think George Martin should have been shouldered with the burden of deciding which material would make the final cut (even though he's mostly a 'Paul' guy). The BRC concept is rooted in the idea of the way the White Album came to be. But that might not be your favourite album. Still, even if you're unable to wrap your mind around the premise of this book, it holds more than enough to make it worth your while.
For starters, Jeff Walker does a great job at reassessing the whole Get Back project. I don't know if his upbeat take on it is enough to swing the general opinion regarding Get Back, but it made me feel a lot better about it.
Jeff Walker knows his Beatles. His opinion is sometimes quite strong, but he backs it up with great knowledge. He has clearly done his homework, which is an absolute necessity if a writer wanders down this long and winding road.
I also like his choice in reference books and insider accounts, although there are some good books around that don't support all of his points of view. In a way this book also picks up where 'Revolution in the Head' left off, because of the well written background stories to the solo material. You get far more out of this book than just a prefab mixtape. Thumbs up.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Bedford on 9 Nov. 2011
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When I first heard about this book, I wasn't too sure. But then I read it, and couldn't stop myself thinking: is this fiction, fact, a mixture. Jeff has spent so many years researching and developing this book as a project, and it shows. His knowledge of The Beatles is extraordinary, and the detail he has gone into for each track, each album, the background to each etc makes it a great reference book for a start.
BUT, this is no reference book alone. It is possibly one of the most original Beatles books I have ever read, which sends your mind racing: if I was creating a Beatles album from their solo work, what would I keep, what would I reject, and what would the finished album be like? Jeff has challenged the reader to make their own compilations if we don't agree with him, though for most of the time I agree with his choices too: but not every time! But that is the point. I love the fact that he has taken into account one of my favourite albums which is The Beatles at the BBC which is a great rock 'n' roll album.

Buy the book, and lose yourself in the utopia of the Beatles never breaking up, but continuing to release albums of their best individual/ collaborative work.

As an author who spent 9 years researching and writing my own book on The Beatles, "Liddypool: Birthplace of The Beatles", then I admire the historical research that he has gone into.

Great book, unique concept, original idea, well written.
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By falconcat on 19 Dec. 2012
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Can't deny the author's enthusiasm and love of his subject, but, in my humble opinion, this misses the mark. Straight off, he seeks to change the contents of pre-split Beatles releases. Why? Leave a good thing be, please! Another big rubbing point for me is in seemingly wanting to squeeze in just about every solo recording released by the fabs, when (thought) the whole point is to gather up the gems and discard the rest. There are other points that I just don't get but hey it is a work of the imagination, and Mr Walker is, of course, entitled to dream up and write what he likes. Beyond that, his commentary on the individual songs is enlightening and worth reading, and if it does nothing but prompt you to compile your own post-split goodies list, then so be it!
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