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The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions: The Official Story Abbey Road 1962 - 1970 [Paperback]

Mark Lewisohn , Paul McCartney
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27 Jan 2014
One of the most important and successful rock 'n' roll books ever published is now available in paperback. This is the definitive guide to every recording session done by the Beatles at EMI's Abbey Road recording studio. 150 full-color, 100 duotone, and 100 black-and-white photographs.
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  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; Reprint edition (27 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1454910054
  • ISBN-13: 978-1454910053
  • Product Dimensions: 28.8 x 29.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Essential. Buy it now. 30 Jan 2007
I'm overjoyed to see this book back in print.

If you don't have it and you are a Beatles fan, buy it NOW before you finish reading this review.

It lists every recording session of every song throughout the Beatles recording career with session info, how they got the sounds they did, take information. It's a goldmine of information and the next best thing to having a Beatles album. I bought mine 2nd hand from a previous printing and it's very well thumbed.

Mark Lewisohn is a renowned expert on the Beatles and is very accurate and thorough so you are getting top notch reference material. If you've ever wondered how the Beatles being the best band in the known universe, buy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Beatles "encyplopedia" 13 May 2013
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This is a sensation to read! I have always been a huge fan, albeit lately I have taken a step further and taken a deep dive into the material available. This book contains all recording sessions the group has done and Mark Levinsohn has a good grip on the details. I espescially love reading about the "tape loops" which were made for "Tomorrow never knows", an innovative way of creating the sounds and sound they craved for.

I love listening to Beatles recordings while reading the book. The best book of The Beatles in my opinion!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Available again at last 14 Jun 2004
By Xtopher
This excellent guide to the Beatles recording sessions has been out of print for a while. It's a must-have for anyone with an interest in the Beatles, hence the high price for used copies.
The good news is that hamlyn have re-printed the book. Better yet Borders have it in stock at the incredible bargain price of 4.99!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Tone747
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This is the sort of book that you'd think only Beatle Nerds would want for their collection. But it is much more than that. It is a good general Beatle biographical book that won't send you off to sleep - well, you can hold it up in bed without getting cramp.

It is incredible to think of the time and effort they put into, in some cases, umpteen takes, overdubbing and speeding up recordings and slowing down recordings.

John and Paul's little forays into the instrument cupboard for temple blocks and other odd orchestral anachronisms shows how much they were keen on exploring sound. The facts about all the recording sessions are in this book, chronologically set out within the contemporaneous context of events affecting the band. So cocooned in their 'prison' of fame were they sometimes, as to be fooled by the likes of "Magic Alex", and so lost were they following the death of Brian Epstein. It's all in this book.

In those days good musicians who contributed significantly to some of the well known numbers did not get credited at the time, simply because of the policies record companies. And many, soon to be important, musical people 'cut their teeth with the Beatles. Alan Parsons joined Abbey Road as a teenage tape recordist in early '69 and pinched a bit of McCartney's musicality, or did it just rub off? Either way it paved the way for later success.

All the related Beatle history is in here and you can't help but be impressed by how professional the band was. Even when they flipped over from public performance to more or less recording artists only, and later when they started their break up, they always knew they were entertainers first - just like any other show biz act...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another piece of the Beatles Jigsaw 21 Feb 2014
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I thought I knew a lot about the Beatles - Got all their records. Then I got 800 pages of a book last Christmas (2013) - Mark Lewisons granular detailed history which sadly only took me up to 1962. I bought this book to quench my thirst for more and as Marks Vol 2 from 1962 - whenever wouldnt be out for years to come, this book plugged my gap.
It also re-informed in me the understanding that these 4 guys (with George Martin) re-wrote the recording manuals. All the tricks and skills now taken for granted weren't about then. You also notice that the 800 page described the Betales geographical closeness in Liverpool (popping round to each others houses to practice and have chip butties) wasn't possible in this next phase of their lives with Paul being able to 'pad round' from his house round the corner from Abbey Road but John needing to be driven in by chauffer from Weybridge.
Anyway I won't bore you with the detail but the techniques invented and used here are described in forensic detail but it really is a fascinating and enyoable read.
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