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5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Chronicle, 16 Oct 1999
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It's really the Best book about the Beatles recordings. Many other authors have made great jobs. Most of them worked on available bootlegs, but EMI allowed Mark Lewisohn to listen to the Abbey Road masters and mixes. Therefore, his work is no guess.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ballad Of John, Paul, George and Ringo, 30 Mar 2000
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This is the most exhaustive and detailed account of The Beatles' career available. Everything that has anything to do with their professional lives is included. Concerts, promotional appearances and recording sessions are accounted for on a day-by-day basis. Each chapter incorporates a period of time (usually a year) which is neatly summarized before delving into their daily activities. It contains many rare photographs and promotional material. This book combines all the information contained in Mr. Lewisohn's previous efforts, and is an indispensible guide to The Beatles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lewisohn's Life Work!, 29 Sep 2006
Lewisohn first came to attention as Philip Norman's researcher on the acclaimed Beatles' biography Shout!, then went on to become the definitive chronicler of their work in his own right. This chronicle is a must for any serious student of Beatles' history and a mine of information for fans or those with a reasonably strong interest in the group's professional work. It incoporates details of their live work (which Lewisohn previously documented in the groundbreaking and now rare 'The Beatles Live!') plus all the gist on their radio/tv appearances and, most importantly, recording sessions. The memorabilia scattered throughout makes for fascinating reading but what impresses most is the accuracy of detail, gleaned from countless exclusive interviews, memos, obscure clippings and so much else. Even the notes at the rear are a revelation. Who else but Lewisohn would throw in chart positions in every music paper in the UK and US, for instance? Brilliantly annotated and expertly laid out, this must be the ultimate Fab Four reference book and crucially, it's one you can completely trust. Applause!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beatle-Brained Extravaganza!, 6 Jun 2002
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This is the most comprehensive book dealing with all aspects of The Beatles' legendary career; on stage and in the recording studio, as well as on TV, radio and the big screen. Everything is documented here, assembled in fascinating and meticulous fashion by the world's leading Beatle Brain, and the result is -- as John Lennon would have described it -- woodwork to perform. An absolutely marvelous book, not least for some fascinating quotes by Fab Four producer George Martin that are indicative of sublime expertise on the part of the interviewer...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars encyclopaedic, but not dull, 26 May 2000
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If anyone wants to know the Beatles story, they should read this tremendous monument to the group. Granted, there is no real detail about the artistry of each song (for that, look to Ian MacDonald's marvellous "Revolution in the Head"), nor is there much biographical and psychological detail about the four individual members (Hunter Davies' or Philip Norman's biographies of the band are a safe bet here). However, Lewisohn's weighty tome gives such a detailed chronicle of the band's entire career, that it is easy to feel as if you are reliving it and experiencing it for yourself.
Certainly, it explodes the myths somewhat, and the reader is left under no illusions that the group's countless wonderful songs simply floated from the ether, fully-formed.
It would have been nice to have had more information about how and when the songs were written, and a bit of biography would have been a bonus (for instance, Brian Epstein's homosexuality is only mentioned once, rather gauchely, when this was clearly central to the personality of a man who so shaped and influenced the band). Sometimes Lewisohn can be somewhat over-polite, and may fail occasionally to capture the fact that really, the Beatles were much rougher than their image often suggests.
However, all of this is minor quibbles when one realises just how much Lewisohn has achieved here - as a comprehensive record of the group's studio and concert career, it could hardly be bettered, and as a chronicle of the group's Liverpool and Hamburg days, it is highly impressive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE HOLY GRAIL OF BEATLES BOOKS, 29 Feb 2008
This review is from: The Complete Beatles Chronicle (Paperback)
This is THE final word on the Beatles complete recording output. From pre - hit days until the last recording session for I Me Mine this is all the Fab Four you'll ever need. If you want to know who played what, when and how on each and every track then look no further. Mark Lewisohm disects the writing and recording of some of the greatest music of the 20th century with an enthusiasm and attention to detail that leaves most other Beatles books in the shade (Revolution In The Head being the exception)and it's a totally fascinating and addictive read.
Concert dates, personal appearances and major landmarks in the lives of John, Paul, George & Ringo are also added to bring colour and context to the music.
The Beatles Chronicles is a landmark book. If you are a Beatles fan then this is essential. It looks great, it's full of wonderful rarely seen pictures and it even covers the 'new' recordings from the mid - 90's.

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