10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
With the unexpected success of his original printing, and subsequent reprints, author John Blaney has found a novel and welcome way to breathe new life into his original labour of love by issuing a lavish colour edition that covers Paul McCartney's most fruitful post Beatles period.
A book that really is a McCartney record collectors dream with many detailed pictures of singles from around the world, and their assorted sleeves and labels[ i had to do a double take as i was sure that the picture sleeve of "Listen to What the Man Said" had been printed twice, until i noticed that the U.S.Version had curved edges ,DOH!].The acquisition, and producion of the many pictures would drive most to distraction, but the obvious love of the subject means that no task is too small for the author, and in many ways this is where the fun is in reading the book, as variations on labels, and pictures on sleeves all take on a life of their own, whilst the obvious love of the subject can only be that of the committed fan,[ you would have to be to produce 2 full pages of labels for the excellent single, Juniors Farm / Sally G].
Blaney is not completely the blind fan that the above may suggest, and he is prepared to criticise the records he believes were below parr,( Red Rose Speedway and London Town in particular get singled out], and also praise lesser albums like Back to the Egg.
This is a fun book, that is deliberately targeted at a niche market. It is a fans labour of love, and makes no apologies for being so. Not everyone's cup of tea, but a welcome reference book to the many Beatles,and McCartney fans that still trowell the nations record fairs searching for missing pieces in their collections
on 28 December 2013
This is the first volume in a series of four great books about Paul McCartney. And the best thing about it? It's all about the MUSIC. Where did he get the inspiration for a certain song? How did he arrange and record it? Who's playing what and where and when was it recorded? It's all in here. But it's also a very detailed discography for the discerning trainspotter, with loads and loads of sleeve and label scans, chart placings, catalogue numbers and credits. Every song ever offcially put out by McCartney is analysed, even classics such as "Mumbo Link" (although much briefer than, say "Maybe I'm Amazed").
It's like a set of expanded and highly in-depth liner notes and make for excellent reading as you're listening to the music.
BTW, in case they are hard to find here, all of the four volumes are also available directly from the author if you look around. And, no, I'm not affiliated with the author in any way. I just think these excellent books deserve a much wider audience.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 2010
Blaney's books about the Beatles are getting thinner and thinner ...
This one is a bit of a let down for me, in that it contains barely more than a watered down version of Bruce Spizer's 'The Beatles Solo On Apple' book (http://www.amazon.com/Beatles-Solo-Apple-Records/dp/0966264959) (admittedly continuing beyond that book's cut-off date, i.e. the end of Apple Records) mixed with a small amount of commonly known background, together with a pinch of Blaney's personal interpretations.
Just as with his 'John Lennon: Listen To This Book' (http://www.amazon.com/John-Lennon-Listen-This-Book/dp/095445281X/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1287405595&sr=1-8), you get the feeling that Blaney is once more re-writing the same information found to the best effect in his 'Lennon and McCartney: Together Alone: A Critical Discography of the Solo Work' (http://www.amazon.com/Lennon-McCartney-Together-Critical-Discography/dp/1906002029/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1287405595&sr=1-1)
I haven't put these books side by side, but reading 'The Songs He Was Singing' I can't seem to shake off a copy/paste-from-previous-publications feeling.