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Joe Meek's Bold Techniques Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 6087 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: BookBaby; 2 edition (January 13, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 13, 2014
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JAI8H6M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ricard Wanderlof on May 18, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Having recently re-discovered "Telstar" (the song, not the movie) since my childhood days, I've been getting more and more intrigued by Joe Meek. Not having read John Repsch's biography, which is out of print anyway, I decided to give Barry Cleveland's 'Joe Meek's Bold Techniques' a go.

First of all, with the printed book, you get a CD with Meek's "I hear a new world", remastered by the author. I ordered the Kindle edition and wondered about the CD, obviously is was not going to be included in an electronic version. Quite simply, there are a bunch of MP3 links at the end of the book to the author's own site with the files, so yes, it is included in the electronic version too, a nice touch.

I found the book very interesting. Just as the title says, it focuses on the techniques and technologies that Meek used, in fact there's almost a bit too much focus on exactly which tape recorders etc he owned and used. In complement there is a substantial amount of biographical information too, as well as analyses of several of Meek's productions, including "I hear a new world" and "Telstar".

Being an amateur musician and sound tinkerer, as well as an electrical engineer by profession, I found it all very interesting. The book nicely balances the raison-d'etre of Meek, namely his producing and recording skills, with biographical background information to give a complete picture.

A final note: if you are planning to watch "Telstar - the movie", I'd suggest reading a biography such as Cleveland's first. There are lots of subtle references in the film that will pass you by otherwise, and on its own the film doesn't paint a pretty picture of a man who was indeed a genius.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By audioguy1 on January 14, 2013
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Barry Cleveland has done a superb job of exploring the technical ins and outs of the Joe Meek sound. The storied producer is more well-known for his eccentric (to say the least) personality and his tragic ending (he killed his landlady with a shotgun, then committed suicide) but many of his recording techniques were innovative and influential, even in this day and age, where computers rule. Some of the sounds he got on his records were so unique, a novice might have difficulty piecing together exactly how Meek wove his magic (one of his secrets was a heavy reliance on hand-built, hand-wired equipment, frequently of less-than-optimum quality) and that's where Cleveland's book is invaluable, as he painstakingly guides the reader through the techniques developed by this unsung pioneer in audio. If you're a recording student, or simply a fan of Meek's work, this book is a must-have!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Josh and what army? on February 6, 2013
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I purchased the print edition when it first came out in 2001 for its much ballyhooed technical information, hoping to gain some insight into Joe Meek's actual recording techniques.
To my utter disappointment, the vast majority of the content is biographical, and rehashes the same narrative we've all heard a million times. There is a little bit more focus than other Meek bios on the history of the devices he built (but precious little on their design or construction), the layout of his studio and major gear purchases such as tape machine upgrades, but that's about it; no major recording secrets are revealed, apart from the familiar (stomping on loose floorboards etc). This is unfortunately not a very useful read for those wishing to learn how to replicate Joe Meek's recorded sounds. Don't let the title fool you; this is very much a biography. Overrated.
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