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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 2013
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!

Regards
Karl
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2014
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... Although they did come up with an enormous number of great songs that will be rediscovered by successive generations.

Here's a test: ask 1,000 people to name as many Rolling Stones, or the Who, or Led Zeppelin songs as they can in one minute. Then ask 1,000 people to come up with as many Beatles songs. Put your results here [.............] and be scientific about it won't you. If you are, your results will (probably!) show why this book is something much more mainstream than and not just your average nerd.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 February 2014
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 December 2014
The lax circumstances that allowed Mark Lewisohn to put this book together when he did gave him the chance of a lifetime. Long before Anthology was released, the reader was able to at least imagine what was contained on these most valuable of archive recordings. And Lewisohn has proved himself in the ensuing years as deserving of his status as THE official band biographer. So, in amongst his descriptions of what happened where on what day, with whom, etc. are some myth-busting facts, some fascinating new ones (again, new at the time) and comments from the all-important men behind the scenes. To date, Carnival of Light and the ultra-long Helter Skelter remain under lock and key, but Mark does a good job of describing all he is hearing, for both the musician and the layman. There's only one thing missing really - the audio! But that was impossible, both legally and in its sheer scope. It's a compliment that this book is still as interesting to read as it was before the vaults were opened for public consumption. It's difficult to go much beyond, "John sang, Paul played bass, George on guitar and Ringo played drums" to give you a feel of the session, but other than when they were clearly having an off-day anyway, the landmark moments are all recorded here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 December 2014
An amazingly detailed chronicle of The Beatles' day by day recording sessions at Abbey Road. Essential for Beatles' fans throughout the English speaking world. My only adverse comment is that as a reissue, Mark Lewisohn could have updated the Chronicles book to explain where songs which he correctly states were recorded in the studio at Abbey Road during the 1960's, but not issued at that time, were subsequently released as part of the 3 excellent Beatles Anthology albums released during the 1990's. These include "What's The New Mary Jane", "Not Guilty", "That Means A Lot", "If You've Got Trouble", and "Leave My Kitten Alone", plus the wonderful original/acoustic version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps".
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 14 June 2004
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
on 7 May 2013
A superbly researched book that covers the Beatles recordings.A 'must have' for die-hard fans of the fab four.Absorbing and educational.
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on 5 December 2013
I've got quite a number of books in my Beatles' collection, but surprisingly this wasn't one of them. However, I'm extremely glad I bought it, as the information revealed is incredible. If you're a fellow fan of The Beatles, I honestly recommend this.
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on 12 February 2015
Fab, gear. Top gear. Pick of the pop goes the Beatles. Guaranteed thrills for Beatle nerds like me. Yeah, yeah, yeah.
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