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About the Author

Alistair Lawrence is a music enthusiast and critic for BBC Music and Kerrang! magazine.

Sir George Martin is a record producer, composer, arranger, and conductor. He has produced thirty number-one hit singles in the UK and twenty-three in the U.S. Martin is perhaps most famed for his association with the Beatles, whom he signed to their first recording contract in 1962, auditioning them in studio three at Abbey Road.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608199991
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608199990
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 1.4 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #523,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David H. Vallee on November 12, 2012
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If you are a Beatles fan or recording enthusiast you must get this book. Just back from England and standing in front of Abbey Road Studios, this book was a must for me. Just the photos in the book are incredible. Now this book is not about The Beatles, but obviously they are included as well as other 60's groups within it's own chapter. Also, this book was a perfect table book. I can't believe this is the first review. Get it now......................
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hans Castorp VINE VOICE on March 28, 2013
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Sure, the big-4 had an album named "Abbey Road". But this studio is a LOT more than just one album, one foursome! Great photos and text breeze along this large coffee table book! Starting with basic recording techniques, then winding thru Edward Elgar recording his classical/ classic big "Hits" of the 30's, amazing shots of great orchestras recording with the info as well, Big Bands during WW2, many Brits not too well known here in the USA; then of course the real Invasion with songstresses and singers/ bands like C. Richard, Pete and Gordon, the Shadows, the Dakotas, Pacemakers, and then swinging in to the last 35 years or so, with sound tracks, and tons more! (Obviously, this review cannot do this book justice at all!) Do your self a favor and order this book, perfect of any music afficionado; great to browse thru with family and friends!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Asked & Answered on January 16, 2013
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A great book chronicling the history of Abbey Road. It's informative and has great photos that I've never seen before. If you have "Recording The Beatles" by Kevin Ryan and Brian Kehew then you need to buy this as well. It's a great companion piece for "Recording The Beatles" and similar in it's look and in-depth coverage. But not just fro Beatle fans, it starts at the beginning in 1933 and has a great cross section of music; jazz, classical, comedy and rock. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By F. A. Lage Filho on September 21, 2013
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Great stuff about the early days of the studio, richly illustrated with pictures. However, based on the text promoting the book, I thought I'd find lots of stuff about the recordings of pop\rock artists in the 60's onwards. What I did find was just a bit of trivia and pictures; even the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Bowie and other great artists were underrepresented in this book about the studio they all came out to world's fame and acclaim. In two words:disappointing book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By henrik af ugglas on May 14, 2013
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A wonderfull book about the Abbbey Road one of the most exiting studios in the world.
A lot of picture among them; the Beatles; George Martin and so on

If you are interested of music studios the book is the best you can bay.

The picture give you nowledge how you should align microfones; etc etc
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric M. VanWagner on June 10, 2014
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I bought this book as part of academic research and found it very informative. It explains the rich history the studio has - even without the Beatles it would have been a historic gem! The Beatles are not mentioned very much - but that makes sense: what else is there to say? The "Recording the Beatles" book is a great companion work and covers everything you'd want to know. Meanwhile, by limiting the Beatles in this book they made room for other wonderful information.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Shakinovsky on September 22, 2013
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Awesome photographs and documentation of the history of this wonderful Studio. Highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in recordings, music and the artists who have recorded in this historic place. From Sir Edward Elgar to the Beatles... and more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Hooks on June 6, 2013
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My son-in-law had this book on his Christmas list. So happy to find it on Amazon. Saved myself a lot compared to the link I was sent to purchase it. Great for the serious sound recording music person! Makes a great coffee table book!
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