Beatles Recording Sessions Hardcover – 17 Jan 2005
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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.
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...Read more ›
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.
I love listening to Beatles recordings while reading the book. The best book of The Beatles in my opinion!
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This is a thorough guide to the recording sessions of the Beatles. From the earliest professional recordings - taking place in June 1962 - through to the break-up of the band... Read morePublished 23 days ago by S P Mead
Fab, gear. Top gear. Pick of the pop goes the Beatles. Guaranteed thrills for Beatle nerds like me. Yeah, yeah, yeah.Published 17 months ago by J
Excellent! so in formative I was a teenager when all this happenedPublished 17 months ago by JohnnyWilliam