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The Beatles In Mono [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Hickey
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Book Description

In The Beatles In Mono, Andrew Hickey examines, track by track, the Beatles' work as it was originally created, in mono.

Going through the 2009 The Beatles In Mono box set, he looks at the band's influences, their musical techniques, and the progression of their career from Love Me Do through to Get Back.

As a bonus, this edition also contains appendices giving brief overviews of the stereo-only material the band recorded, as well as 'non-canon' albums like the Anthology series, Live At The BBC and Liverpool Sound Collage.

A splendid time is guaranteed for all!

This book is also available as a paperback.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 478 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #139,892 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

I write. I write two very different types of books, though mostly they're non-fiction. The first type (like my books on the Beatles and the Beach Boys) are in-depth musical analyses of pop music.

The other books I write (like Sci-Ence! Justice Leak!, Four Stories About The Singularity and my upcoming examination of Grant Morrison's Seven Soldiers) are about the playful exploration of ideas. They're often using criticism of comics, books or TV as a starting point, but the books are as much about the nature of consciousness, or cybernetics, or Liberal politics as they are about Batman or Doctor Who.

I recently published a very short chapbook, on Kindle only, for 99 cents, Four Stories About The Singularity. This is my first published work of fiction, and contains four short-short science fiction stories.

I'm also a member of the band The National Pep, whose two EPs can be bought from Amazon in MP3 form.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-Provoking, Informative and Funny 11 Sept. 2013
'The Beatles In Mono' is probably the Beatles book I dip into most often. There are others written by insiders with access to which other musician played exactly which trombone, but that doesn't excite me so much as someone who can make me hear something different in songs I've heard a hundred times. And Andrew Hickey's book does that. Each time I open it up there's something to listen to again and go 'Wow': the reverb on the mono 'Paperback Writer'; the Beatles versus Beatles play-off in the stereo 'Think For Yourself'; the swearing in 'Hey Jude'...! Some people don't like that Andrew's opinionated. He is, but he also loves all four of the Beatles as well as being critical of some aspects of each of their work. I just don't believe reviews that say 'Every single thing is equally brilliant!' That's not a review. That's a total surrender of all critical faculties. I like his reasons for raving about some songs and his occasional putting the boot into one, so I can go 'He's wrong!' or less often, 'Oh dear. He's probably right'. Either way it makes for a much more interesting read, and he's unnecessarily self-deprecating about it too. Oh, and he covers the stereo-only LPs to for completism, just in less detail.

I mostly listen to songs on headphones and am prejudiced to the sound being different in each to keep me diverted, so my instinctive preference is stereo. But I also wanted to hear what the Mono mixes that were often meant to be the 'important' ones sounded like, and this book is a great companion and champion for them to challenge my prejudices. Mr Hickey thinks mono is best and eloquently says why for most tracks, and I like a point of view that's not mine to make me appreciate them more! As well as the music, though, he's funny.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. 4 Sept. 2012
By jackg
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Having been a Beatles fan since the very beginning the mono versions of their earlier records were all I knew. Many of the stereo versions that eventually came out were a bit of a disappointment. After reading The Beatles in Mono it confirms that I wasn't just being nostalgic in preferring the mono versions. This book brings back the initial feelings of excitement when hearing the records for the first time. I've read many many books on The Fabs and, believe me, this is one of the best. Better than 'Revolution in the Head' and easier to absorb than 'Tell me Why.' Well balanced, intelligent and extremely well written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read. 29 Jan. 2014
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Good in letting you know the differance in mono and stereo tracks, also when listening to songs in mono i did notice the points the author made which was good ,it made me appreciate the mono albums that bit more.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rotten book. Crazy price! 18 Aug. 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I made the mistake of buying this five days before MaxiMoog's accurate review and having been mislead by the reviews - were they referring to the same book? MaxiMoog rightly criticises this terrible pile of tripe and I want to highlight that it is very poorly written including blithely dismissing many tracks. That is useless in a book of this nature, it turns it into a selective review rather than a 'track by track' analysis as described. I'm embarrassed to admit that I wasted so much money on this garbage, please save youselves from the same!
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