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Recording the Beatles : The Studio Equipment and Techniques Used to Create Their Classic Albums Hardcover – Box set, 2006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 537 pages
  • Publisher: Curvebender Publishing; First Edition edition (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978520009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978520007
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.9 x 3.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By J Monnagal on October 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
In my opinion, this is one of THE top three Beatles books ever written (along with Mark Lewisohn's "Recording Sessions" and the Anthology book). The amount of information in this book is simply jaw-dropping. (Do not confuse this book with Geoff Emerick's similarly titled book. While Geoff's is a good read, it has some accuracy issues and isn't nearly as detailed as this book.)

Recording The Beatles is definitely aimed at technically curious readers and contains everything you'd want to know about how they recorded at Abbey Road - all the equipment, microphones, mixers, outboard equipment, etc. It tells how they created ADT and flanging and echo chambers, etc. It's basically like a textbook for a college level class about recording at Abbey Road in the 1960's. But the last half of the book would easily be enjoyed by fans that aren't technical at all. It talks about how specific songs were recorded and makes you listen to them in a completely different way. You will hear things you never heard before. I believe this is a must-have book for any serious Beatles fan. The quality of the book is beyond belief, and it comes with a bunch of little extras (a "tape box" slipcover that looks like an old EMI tape box, a poster of the mixer controls, the handwritten lyrics for "A Day In the Life". etc...) Amazing.

I will say - the price that is being asked on this site seems a bit excessive, considering the book is still in print and available for half that price from the publisher's site.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Cramudgguenn on December 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book isn't an account of how recording sessions went, in and about the lads themselves. It's a highly technical, and an extremely involved look at the equipment and processes that went into the making of the beatles records. Fans who are looking for stories about that time John took LSD and wandered up to the roof should read "here there and everywhere" by Geoff Emerick.

This book includes many wonderful pictures and like I said, extremely detailed views of equipment, and let me tell you brother, there is nary a stone that remains unturned. Everything, EVERYTHING that I've ever wanted to know about Abby Road (and for that matter all of the other studios that they ever worked at), and it's contents and personnel is presented in complete detail.

Some of the equipment includes but is not limited to: Ambiophony, the Curvebender, REDD desks, Fairchild and Altec compressors, and Automatic double tracking. Examples of how and when these components are used is given to the exact second that they appear in the song.

The list of Mics is again, obsessive, and far more than enough to make any gear head drool.

Reading this book isn't something that one does all in a row, and if you're a recording buff, there's a plenty to learn.

Another book that complements this that hasn't been mentioned in the previous reviews is entitled Beatles Gear by Andy Babiuk. Another great, if obsessive book that I continue to enjoy immensely.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By bscepter on April 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
you simply have to experience this book for yourself. weighing in at 11 pounds, it is by far the most extensive tome written on the beatles recording process. curvebender is currently (april '09)shipping the deluxe edition for $100, so don't pay any more than that. they also claim they're coming out with a paperback version that'll be much less expensive. but the the quality of the "deluxe" printing, in my opinion, makes it well worth the price.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Dennis on December 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is not intended for the typical Beatles fan. It's more intended for the musician Beatles fan who has a serious lust for Studio Equipment. If you're just a fan, but wouldn't know, nor care, what a Fairchild limiter is, then just find a friend who has it, peruse it, or wait for a newer version that will be paired down.
But for serious gear lovers, it's a blast. Although it won't get into how many valves are in each piece of gear, it does give not only what was used and how, but pretty often on what. You'll feel like you've been in the studio back in the 60's wearing a lab coat yourself.
It's a huge book. Not easy to carry around or read in the car. It's a couch reader.
What I particularly found cool was where the Beatles were placed, baffles and all, for particular recordings. As to the person who said this is the top 3, I'd say top 6. Don't forget Beatles Gear, Paul's super revealing autobiography Many Years From Now(drugs, sex, and writing with John, does reading get better?) and the well know collectors 910 book.
Last item, not only will there be a newer paired down version, the book is still (12/2008) available online. It goes for about a hundred bucks. Don't pay 5 times that.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John S. Colton on February 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I checked the book out of my university library, rather than purchasing it. In the end, although I looked at all of the pictures, I probably only read 40% of the text. That's because there were many sections that I skipped because of lack of interest, some that I skipped because of lack of time, and many that I just skimmed. I basically just flipped through the book until I hit a section that looked interesting, then stopped to read that part. So, while that's a disclaimer of my review, it's also praise: it really was a strength of the book that I could pick and choose what sections to read.

This book really is mammoth. There is an incredible amount of detail, more than I possibly suspected when I decided to check it out. Basically, every single technical element of the Beatles' recording history is described in great detail, photographed, placed in its historical context, and frequently discussed with amusing anecdotes. I was really astounded by the book.

Probably because I'm a physicist, my own favorite parts were probably the descriptions of the analog equipment. Heck, there are even frequency response curves of the equalizer settings! I thought it was fascinating that just about all of the digital tricks we know today (compression, reverb, pitch shifting, putting down two nearly identical copies of a person's voice, etc) had their analog equivalent. I had no idea! And effects weren't only from the analog electronics--I thought it was hilarious that they would add reverb by actually playing the sound through a speaker in an echo chamber and immediately re-recording it on a microphone as it played!

I also thought it was fascinating to learn how fast the field was changing in that period of time--for example, going from 2 track, to 4 track, to 8 track recording.
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