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- Print Length: 144 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1446184897
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- Language: English
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The Beatles In Mono Kindle Edition
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I mostly listen to songs on headphones and am prejudiced to the sound being different in each to keep me diverted, so my instinctive preference is stereo. But I also wanted to hear what the Mono mixes that were often meant to be the 'important' ones sounded like, and this book is a great companion and champion for them to challenge my prejudices. Mr Hickey thinks mono is best and eloquently says why for most tracks, and I like a point of view that's not mine to make me appreciate them more! As well as the music, though, he's funny. He has a witty turn of phrase ("being grumpy in minor chords" made me laugh even about a song I like) and also loves the Beatles songs that are wittier than lots of people notice, pointing out the jokes. He even made me listen to some Wagner to compare famous chords... But the music is his big thing, and it's worth buying just for his enthusiasm about the Ringo-Paul drum'n'bass combo, where you think, yeah, they really did have an amazing groove. Fascinating choice of favourite Paul song as well - I'd not have thought of it, but I can see why. It's not perfect, obviously, because he has opinions and there's something in it for everyone to disagree with, but few actual mistakes (the only one I can think of is saying 'Eight Days A Week' is the Beatles' only fade-in intro, forgetting George's fab 'I Want To Tell You'). But overall it's a great read that I keep coming back to because it makes me find interesting, new sides to songs I love. What could be a better recommendation for a music book than that?
It contains much in the way of the author's opinion but very little in established fact, which makes it a fairly useless addition to the existing canon of Beatles writings.
Most of the facts presented here have been dis-credited/ are rendered irrelevant, by thorough research - for example: does the author know 'why' the lead and backing vocals on the mono version of the Help! single are different from the stereo, or 'why' the mono sound is murkier than the stereo?
The answer is too complex to relate here but it would have been refreshing to have come across it in this book as it is one of the major events in the Beatles' mono/stereo story.
-Or how about the final guitar riff at the end of What Goes On?
-Or why the separation on those early stereo mixes is so wide?
For a more factual based approach (and a more worthwhile one), I would suggest that the author, and any potential reader, track down a copy of Mark Lewisohn's 'Complete Beatles Recording Sessions' or 'The Complete Beatles Chronicle'.
In addition, 'Recording The Beatles' by Kevin Ryan and Brian Kehew is a fascinating read, (and will tell you the answer to the Help! question too).
The reason I mention these books is that they contain between them about as much knowledge on The Beatles' recording sessions as is known. (Unfortunately the prices of these books can be quite high).
To finish, this is really only worth the bother if you're paying the Kindle price (and even then it should be no more than £1). Otherwise you'd be better off sitting down and listening out for the differences yourself.
If you've come this far looking for a book about The Beatles in mono, I heartily recommend that you seek out the books mentioned above.
Under £3 for the Kindle edition is I guess a realistic price for this.
However, in printed form RRP £14 is a bit of a dream.
The printed book comes across as a web page/school home work that has been printed out.
The font is really large to pad it out to over 140 pages and has lots of blank leading pages (another school assignment trick).
I appreciate for a Kindle book pictures aren't a great benefit but this book has one public domain/copyright free picture on the cover and that is your lot.
My copy was "Printed in the UK by Amazon.co.uk"
Jeff Russell's well established Beatles Album File and Discography, gets a bit of a rough deal on Amazon reviews but even he was differentiating between the mono and stereo mixes back in 1982.
I'll stick to Mark Lewisohn in the future.
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