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The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions: The Official Story of the Abbey Road years 1962-1970 [Hardcover]

Mark Lewisohn
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5 Aug 2013

Researched from hundreds of unreleased Abbey Road archive tapes, featuring thousands of previously unpublished studio documents and interviews with many of the key recording personnel.

Over 350 colour and black-and-white photographs and illustrations, including rare photos by Linda McCartney and the first facsimile reproductions of Abbey Road recording sheets, tape boxes, album sleeve roughs, memos, contracts, press releases and much more.

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  • Hardcover: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Bounty (5 Aug 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0753725452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753725450
  • Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 28.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the most important documentaries on rock music ever published, this is EMI Records' official diary-format history of every Beatles recording session.

About the Author

Author Mark Lewisohn has long been recognized as the leading authority on the Beatles, his books on the Fab Four include the definitive Complete Beatles Chronicle. Based in Hertfordshire, England, he also writes in a freelance capacity for a number of magazine publications.

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Originally published way back in 1988, Mark Lewisohn's THE COMPLETE BEATLES RECORDING SESSIONS makes a thoroughly welcome return to our bookshelves. Having been somewhat superseded by his own THE COMPLETE BEATLES CHRONICLE (a work detailing virtually every working day of The Beatles' career), it is nevertheless very pleasing to see a book which gets to the knub of what The Beatles were all about - the music - being made available once again.

Mark Lewisohn has long since established himself as a prime authority on the Fab Four and his research here has given fans an exhaustive yet thoroughly readable account of the band's time at EMI's Abbey Road studios. The most intricate details of how The Beatles' classic albums were recorded and ultimately put together as finished packages are all laid bare here and it makes for fascinating reading. It also goes to show that, no matter how much musicians - The Beatles included - may have mocked EMI's what was then notorious by-the-book, men-in-white-coats approach to the running of the studios, EMI's stringent policy regarding day-to-day record keeping has been duly vindicated by providing a supremely comprehensive archive of material upon which Lewisohn could base his work. (Incidentally, The Beatles worked at various other London studios during their career together and it's worth noting that other sessions which took place, such as the 'Hey Jude' recordings at Trident and the GET BACK/LET IT BE sessions at Apple, are also detailed herein.)

For this particular fan, THE COMPLETE BEATLES RECORDING SESSIONS is possibly the best Beatles book ever compiled, for it side-steps all of the latter-day bickering, the bruised egos and the business squabbles to instead tell the story of four musicians - not forgetting, of course, producer George Martin - knuckling down to create a body of work which continues to enthrall music-lovers the world over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you only own one book on the Beatles... 11 Jun 2014
By Timothy Sommer - Published on Amazon.com
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...this is the one. Rather than deal in myth, hyperbole, and deification, this book tells the detailed story of how and when every moment of music was made, and who made it. Seriously, I am very familiar with the Beatles literary catalog, and this is literally THE ONLY Beatles book I would call "essential," not just for lovers of the Beatles but for anyone even remotely interested in the process of creating and recording music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The BEATLES Recordings UPCLOSE and PERSONAL 30 May 2014
By W. T. Hoffman - Published on Amazon.com
For fans of the Beatles, as well as any musicians or producers who inhabit recording studios, this book should be required reading. For starters, its a wealth of information on just went on in the recording studios where musical history was made. Additionally, the book is filled with rare photos, studio memos, EP and LP artwork, newspaper clippings, you name it. However, the real reason to buy, study, peruse, and ponder the book, is that you will gain a clear understanding on just HOW each song was recorded. Not just the songs they released, but ALL the studio work, which means the unreleased takes, mixes, and unused songs. I wouldn't go so far as to say that it lets you in on the complete story behind all the Beatles music, that we know from their bootlegs. These are the recording sessions, not the BBC radio shows, the live shows, or the Twickenham Film studio recordings. (The book picks up on the LET IT BE recordings on January 22 1969, when they moved back to the studio from the film stage.) Also if you need information on the recording of solo work, or their various demos, including the incredible White Album demos recorded at George's house in 1968, you wont find that here either. The COMPLEATE BEATLES RECORDING SESSIONS provides a day by day overview of everything the Beatles did IN THE STUDIO, along with recollections by the band members, George Martin, studio session players, guests, or the recording engineers. Mark Lewisohn wrote another book, THE COMPLETE BEATLES CHRONICLE, which is similar in layout. "Chronicles" provides a day by day overview of the Beatles work in the studios, as well as TV appearances, their film work, live shows. Its a more thorough overview of their career, tho far less specific concerning their studio recordings. If you aren't as interested in their studio work, as you are by their whole output (Radio, TV, Film, stage shows, etc), then I'd recommend buying Lewisohn's COMPLETE BEATLES CHRONICLES, instead of the Recording Sessions book.

A typical entry in RECORDING SESSIONS can be found on WEDNESDAY 1 JUNE 1966, when they were working on YELLOW SUBMARINE. On May 26, the Beatles began work on the number by recording 4 takes of the song, until they laid down a suitable rhythm track. Ringo recorded his vocal, and the song sat til the first of June. That's the day Mal Evans wore a marching band bass drum, and marched around the studio leading Brian Jones, Marianne Faithful, Neil Aspinall and the Beatles girlfriends, while singing the chorus. (So you see, Beatle girlfriends were IN THE STUDIO, and ON THE RECORDINGS, years before Yoko was around.) This day also saw the recording of all the ship sound effects, marching feet, and Ringo's spoken intro, which was never used. Lewisohn had complete access to the multitracks to write the book, as well as the Abbey Road session notes, and on this particular day, recollection by the engineer Geoff Emerick. Sessions like this don't often happen in rock music, and when they do, we should be grateful to have documentation on how this magic happened. All the fun, the silliness, as well as the ingenuity and the genius that went into the best of the BEATLES recordings is on display on this June 1st entry. If knowing about this helps you understand and appreciate the BEATLES' recordings better, then you'll definitely enjoy this book. In contrast, Lewisohn's COMPLETE BEATLES CHRONICLES also talks about this day in the recording studio, altho edited down to just a couple paragraphs, omitting juicy info like Mal Evan's star studded parade. Personally, I'm so enthralled by the Beatle's work, that I want to know everything worth knowing, about the recording of these songs. So I own Lewisohn's BEATLES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS. IF I had to pick between the two, that's the one I'd recommend. However, most fans buy Lewisohn's other book, COMPLETE BEATLES CHRONICLES, at some point as well. Both books are incredibly informative about the Beatles, without getting bogged down in biographical information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beatles Recording Sessions 21 Mar 2014
By Peter D. Stark - Published on Amazon.com
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Great insight and detail on all aspects on Beatles recording sessions at the famous Abbey Road studios. Photos, recording sessions costs and detailed record sheets from the dates, and particular songs played and recorded from the inclusive years '62-'70. A must for all musicians and Beatle fans wanting to know about these recordings, takes, songs ideas, producer input, etc. surrounding the songs themselves!!
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