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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: 5554053564
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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By A Customer on 19 Nov. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Although George Martin will forever be best known for his Beatles productions, his career in the studio began more than fifty years ago and he has worked with a stunning array of artists. It is only by listening to this boxed-set that one can appreciate the source of the sheer breadth of styles and ideas that he came to bring to the Beatles' productions. One also realises just how many songs that one heard in the 1950s and 1960s were George Martin productions, without this being known. (In those days, producer names were not given on labels and sleeves.) The vocal music is often weird and wonderful, the comedy - all the great British comedy recording artists were produced by George Martin - is still hilarious, the film and TV music is great, and so on, and of course there's lots of great pop, the Beatles and everyone else too. What is more, this boxed-set is a stunning production in itself: a full-colour booklet packed with rare photos and both a major essay and track-by-track annotation by its compiler, Mark Lewisohn, whose scholarship and attention to detail is up to his usual standard. This is a must for anyone interested in following the development of popular music since 1950. It is also simply great to listen to, with loads of pleasant surprises.
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The spread of George Martin's musical experience is truly remarkable and this set of CDs is a great tribute to the many, many hours he has spent in recording studios. The way that each of the discs has a general 'theme' is nice and the following comments are really just concerned with the selection of certain tunes and the production of the booklet:-
The chosen version of 'Theme 1' is missing the wonderful 'walking down the road, opening the cathedral door, closing the door and sitting down at the organ console' noises. These effects (present on the LP version of the track) really add to the anticipation of the opening notes and the cathedral door is best experienced with a powerful sub-woofer.
The 'Gerry' tracks on disc 3 are neither mono nor stereo but George's celebrated 'instruments on one track and vocals on the other' premixes, intended to be tightened to mono with compression. Listen especially to Gerry's voice on 'Never Walk' coming dry from the right with the echo return leaping out of the left!
The Dudley Moore track that is mentioned in the text (complete with picture) seems to have been dropped from disc 1.
The picture that should be Humphrey Lyttleton is of Johnny Dankworth (and the same JD picture appears three pages later on an album cover)!
Don't be put off with these niggles, however, its a great box set.
Ray Liffen
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The tracks here are very hard to find elsewhere and are truly an awesome collection from Abbey Road studios.Truly showcasing some amazing recorded tracks from Eve Boswell to Celine Dion. Delighted to find the opening track 'Saturday Jump' by Humphrey Lyttleton, this was the BBC popular radio show from the early sixties featuring the best Pop hits and acts of the decade (interesting to note it was recorded as well by Tony Osborne-very hard to scource!). many many tracks are in true stereo and a pleasure to listen to. My advice would be own it if you can!!
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The packaging of this set is truly amazing. All six discs have been printed with the various different Parlophone labels which were issued over the years and this alone took my breath away even before I had listened to a single track.

There are many highlights and very few duff tracks; overall, a complete joy to listen to and absorb.

I especially liked the Ray Cathode track which was not only a glimpse into George's sense of humour but it also harked back to when we used to watch 'Interludes' such as The Potter's Wheel. This track, we are informed by the accompanying booklet, was an uptempo track associated with an Interlude.

Well worth buying.
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