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4.8 out of 5 stars
The Unreleased Beatles
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on 10 July 2007
Did we really need another Beatles book? Yes!

This tome makes an excellent companion to the Mark Lewisohn book about The Beatles's recordings, whose name escapes me but was something like 'Complete Recording Sessions'. The book takes a chronological approach to recordings, films and even has a section on bootlegs. It discusses every song, as well as songs they either gave away to other artists or didn't record.

The writing and layout are very good, the amount of information incredible, and the interest quotient high throughout. There are quite a few unreleased photos and new (to me, anyway) anecdotes to keep your interest as you make your way through the book. It's a great read.

I can't find any glaring errors or glitches, although that may not be saying much. One of the dozen or so essential books about the best band and songwriters of the past 50 years.

A must for the Beatles fanatic.
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on 24 June 2015
Excellent purchase!
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on 16 April 2008
This is a very well researched book, which is a great joy to read; even if you're a long-term Beatles fan (like me) who's probably heard most of these recordings. The author writes in a very intelligent, well-informed and level-headed way. He is humerous without being flippant, exhaustive without being obsessive, a fan without being sycophantic, and critical without being arrogant. I can go on ...

This publication gives a complete chronological overview of everything outside the 'official' Beatles canon (in the narrowest sense of the word, if you like), and discusses its aesthetical values and historical significance. It also adds quite a few very informative chapters on the history of Beatles bootlegs (in general) and how the Beatles legacy has been dealt with by Apple.
On several occasions the author points out to those tending that legacy what material is definitely worth of release. It should be a reference work for their future release schedule.
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on 3 September 2008
This is an excellent review of what is essentially the Beatles' recordings only available on bootlegs. I have several books on the subject, each with a diffent approach. The reviewer who wanted to see a "best source" for each track should look for the author Doug Sulpy. Here, though, we have a detailed look at the songs in a mature and scholarly fashion. It's not just a dry list of "what is available". Nor is it a list of "it exists so I must have it even if it's dreadful". Each track or session is reviewed on its merits. There are details of how certain recordings differ from their EMI counterparts, which versions of BBC recordings have good (or bad) guitar solos, and which concerts are listenable or truly dire. Reading the book made me want to hear the versions of the songs I was reading about. I approached them with fresh ears and noticed things previously unheard. There were some nice side trips too, in the form of quick reference tables (songs performed at the BBC/Get back sessions, a list of alternate mixes, and a short and essential list of live recordings). Also, at the end of the book, is a list of the songs the Beatles gave away. This is a less well documented area of Beatledom, and a welcome addition to our knowledge of the subject. In addition, the author dispels some myths along the way by discounting rumours of the existance of certain songs. He also documents some rumours that have yet to be refuted, leaving Beatle fans salivating for more! All in all, a well laid out and researched book. This hasn't reached my bookshelf yet as I keep it close to hand for repeated reference.
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on 22 February 2007
A great scholarly work of painstaking accuracy. This joins Mark Lewisohn's Complete Recording Sessions, Ian MacDonald's Revolution In The Head and Anthology among the list of essential Beatles books.
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on 1 December 2006
This book is a bonus deluxe treat; it is a cornucopia of Beatles' music information. The Beatles' unrealed songs are covered in this book; from studio outtakes; rehearsals; live shows; Christmas fun and banter among the boys themselves are included in this treasure. The Beatle Literati are delighted with this book. It rates a hearty "yeah, yeah, yeah!"

Luckily, this author does an excellent job of providing a time line for the Beatles' otherwise "unknown" the the main population works. Each work is listed chronologically; each work is described in full.

Readers get to travel down the Long & Winding Road that the Beatles paved by listening to obscure BBC recordings from 1962-1965 and unreleased work from the Anthology collection. Rare pictures from films that had yet to see the light of day are included in this book.

Inveterate Beatle fans will want this book. It appeals to the Beatle scholar as well as those who are interested in the World's Greatest Band and want to acquire more information about the Beatles. Regardless of where on the Beatle spectrum you are, this book is for you.
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on 6 January 2016
An excellent reference book for Beatles' fans who need to know which recordings have not yet been released officially - and hope that they will eventually surface as official Apple/Universal cd's and/or dvd's . since the release of this book, there have been other Beatles' releases including the Beatles 1 de lux box set and Live On Air(BBC recordings Volume 2), Also, the Ron Howard film (2016 release ?) may unearth some surprises, so author Richie (Unterburger) how about a Second Edition ? Rating 5 stars without doubt, as I only found one probable error: ie George's Rishikesh song "Dehra Dun" was (according to several Beatles' sources), completed & recorded in Trident Studios in 1969, as an addendum to Harrison's involvement in producing the Radha Krishna hit single the "Hare Krishna Mantra." However, Richie only refers to an out-take version of Dehra Dun having been recorded in 1970 as part of the "All Things <Must Pass" album.
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on 29 May 2009
Richie Unterberger did an amazing job in detailing so much of the unreleased Beatle related material. It really is a must buy for every serious fan of the Fab Four.
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on 6 March 2015
This is a valuable addition to related books such as Mark Lewisohn's Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, Ian MacDonald's Revolution in the head and Geoff Emerick's Here, there and everywhere. Since this book focuses on the recordings that were made but never officialy released, it is not a run through the whole history of Beatles' recordings and live performances from a new perspective, just the part you could get your hands on, if you search the internet long enough. Unterberger is very thorough in describing every take and every snippet that's out there, and sometimes that doesn't make for the easiest read. But then again, that's the whole point of the book, isn't it. And it is very well written as well. So, if you own the aforementioned titles (and enjoyed reading them), and you don't mind a monster of a paperback in your lap, you're enough of an aficionado to add this book to your collection.
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on 24 December 2012
Just another Beatles book. Not This. If you're interested in where all the out takes are or were recorded this is a very interesting read. Almost as essential as Mark Lewisham's Chronicle or Ian MacDonald.
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