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Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles Paperback – February 15, 2007
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Some people are lucky enough to realize their "calling" early in life - and Geoff Emerick was one of those lucky few. An early love of music caused a natural fascination with the mechanics behind recording. His experiments with tape recording and his persistence led him to a job at EMI! While Geoff Emerick wasn't the Beatles recording engineer during their early years at EMI (he started as an assistant engineer), his employment there did grant him occasional views of The Beatles at work during the time of 1962-1966 when Norman Smith was their engineer. However, when Smith left to become a producer (going on to produce Pink Floyd's first two albums at EMI) it was Emerick who was promoted to the position of Beatles' engineer. So, Emerick was there during the true renaissance of the Beatles studio years: Revolver, Sgt. Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour, (part of) The White Album, and Abbey Road.
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Beginning as an extremely young boy, Emerick learns the ropes of recording according to EMI policies, which he shows are anti-intunitive and throttling. Using their financial clout, the Beatles override all sense about the technology, allowing Emerick to experiment in various dire ways, trying (and mostly suceeding) to please the Princes of Pop. He is plainspoken about the musical deficiencies of the band, showing Paul McCartney to be the consummate music within the group. The rise of George Harrison from the fumbling guitarist who had his solos rerecorded by the ever more invented McCartney, to the writer of his later hits is one of the more interesting pieces of the book. Happily, Emerick is light on the Lennon/Ono debacle, although perforce by his observation of the recording studio during the White Album and Abbey Road session, we see how Lennon's new obsession ruined the band. Interestingly, the only verge into rancor is directed towards Ringo, who unforgivingly to Emerick, ruined the new Apple recording studios. Et tu, Rings?
Having now read many many books on the Beatles, I can say that Emerick's memoir is among the best. Compare this book, if you will, with George Martin's two slight memoirs, and you may find yourself agreeing with me, especially if you want to know about the music, as opposed to the mayhem.
Though Emerick was a Beatles insider, he wasn't the 'Fifth Beatle' and makes no claim to that title in this book. Rather he was a young, impressionable teenager who worked with the Beatles for thousands of hours and occasionally helped them in realizing the musical vision they heard in their heads.
What was most enjoyable about Emerick's book was his recounting of the group's musical development, the friendship and chemistry between John, Paul, George and Ringo and especially those magical moments when a song came together. Later on, when the group started to self-destruct, the magical moments were much fewer but even then, as for instance when recording 'Abbey Road,' making the music would melt away the animosity.
Emerick was never a confidant or even a friend of any of the Beatles. He was an employee working in the control booth and the Beatles were down in the studio and the twain didn't meet that much. Some may object to his opinions about the four but, given his vantage point, those opinions are perfectly valid. Having read lots of Beatle books, I didn't come across any smoking guns in Emerick's book. Could John be short-tempered and nasty? Sure. Could he be a wonderfully funny and compassionate man? Yup. Was Paul the most approachable Beatle? Well, duh! And on and on.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing book that takes Beatle biographies (as well as Geoff Emerick's own story) a step beyond the "usual" bios. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Truebeliever
This book feels much like peeking behind the curtain. In some ways, it's almost disappointing on the surface; diehard fans of the Beatles would prefer to think of every last... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Matthew Buckley
I really didn't want this book to end. I am an audio engineer and was having a wonderful time reading what Geoff and his co-workers accomplished. Read morePublished 26 days ago by William Lund
Awesome book of the beatles, learned a lot of things I didn't know about them. Highly recommend for a great read.Published 29 days ago by JG
A great book for rock fans (and possibly others interest in the arts.)
An amazing insight into the studio with the Beatles during their height.
Geoff Emerick lived a dream and helped The Beatles create the music that continues to resound... Very interesting and well-crafted read... Read morePublished 1 month ago by L. J. Gregory
Very interesting wasn't mean but did reveal they were great but still humanPublished 2 months ago by Beth A.