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A far better sound engineer than author
on 23 May 2014
From his early years working on The Beatles White Album, through to pretty much the present day, Ken Scott has produced and mixed all manner of fine and historic recordings.
Unfortunately his skill with the mixing desk does not really translate to the word processor - this is a fairly dry and surprisingly emotionless review of the recording history he has been a part of, with more than a whiff of Charles Pooter about it at times.
It is not all bad by any manner of means. There's lots of interesting detail of how classic recordings were made, how effects were achieved in the pre-digital studio, and how wonders were worked within the limitations of 4, 8 and 16 track recording. Some of the classic albums he worked on are given more detailed descriptions than others, and more insight than others into the working personalities behind the public figures.
Given the length some people devote to their ordinary and uninteresting childhoods in their autobiographies it was also refreshing to have such tight focus on Scott's professional life, in that he is employed at Abbey Road by the end of Chapter One, and his wife only appears as a character when relevant to recordings (usually in terms of which famous musician she managed to upset next, so it's little surprise when the biggest personal section of the whole book is devoted to his eventual divorce).
However I'm sure I can't be the only reader surprised to find how quickly his work with the likes of Bowie and Elton John was dispatched, whilst the entire history of the comparatively obscure band 'Missing Persons' is detailed in quite frankly over-exhaustive detail. Also given that the book is trailed on ' oh-so-honest tales', it's a little disappointing when some of that honesty turns out to be 'I don't remember too much detail of such-and-such an incident'.
One further star has been deducted for the layout of the Kindle edition, which renders the technical details (presumably side-bars in the printed volume) as text written in a default font so small it might be part of an unscrupulous recording contract.
A decent read, but could have been better.