“[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.