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So you think you know it all?,
This review is from: "Beatles" Gear: All the Fab Four's Instruments from Stage to Studio (Hardcover)
When I first saw this book I wondered "Do I really need another Beatles book, and one which is so narrow and focussed?"
Well yes, I am really pleased to say, this is an exceptionally good book, well researched and well written. It is not only a coverage of the instrumentation, it retells the Beatles story from a different angle from the very start and details the instruments,techniques and effects used at every stage of their career. In most cases we are even told the source of each instrument, how it was acquired, cost, who's hands it passed through before and after The Beatles and where it is now. It is very thorough.
The constant repeating of the instrumentation used sometimes gets a bit repetitive and annoying but that is a small complaint given the purpose of the book and the thoroughness of it's approach. The photographs,layout and printing are superb, it is a joy to look at page after page although at times the relative photograph does not appear until a few pages after the wording but considering how much is crammed in here that is a small complaint too. After they stopped playing live the book's tone seems to change and it is not written in exactly the same style somehow. I guess that after that point photographic evidence of instrumentation was not so readily available as it had been in the live days.
In all a fabulous book, highly recommended.