More Than Just Another Fantasy Beatle Book by P. Stergakos A.K.A. DK Pete,
This review is from: Let's Put the Beatles Back Together Again 1970-2010: How to Assemble & Appreciate the 2nd Half of the Beatles' Legacy (Perfect Paperback)I have to admit that upon first hearing of this book I thought, "what's gonna make this any different from any of the fan-fantasy compilations made by countless Beatle nuts (like myself)the world over".
The answer is quite simple. Walker does not make any attempts to re-write history. Nothing in this book implicates the non-existence of any events or true life characters in The Beatles Story. Yoko, Allen Klein, the Eastmans, John's heroin addiction and, hence, apathy, the various "walkouts" by at least two Beatles...it's all there.
Still, Walker strongly feels, that by simply ADDING an ingredient or two to "the story"-in other words, adding a plausible reality TO the reality-he makes a very strong case for the at-one-time possibility of the continuation of Beatles projects. I call them "projects' because Walker's versions of The Beatles' albums beyond Abbey Road were all multi disc epics rather than single or even double albums.
Walker, as it was in reality, does not make a case for the four members of the band creating music into the seventies jointly. The songs on Ram were recorded by Paul, Linda and their session people; the disjointed indugences of what came be collectively known in reality as Some Time In NYC were recorded by John, Yoko and Elephants' Memory; the brilliant music of the "reality" album All Things Must Pass was still recorded by George and a host of friends, and Ringo's stuff was made with a multitude of musician friends including Ringo's three fellow Beatles. In other words, the reality we've all been familiar with through the ages remains totally intact (execpt, of course, the actual solo albums did not exist as we know them).
What the author very cleverly does is simply add the ingredient of a "new phase" visionary manager/representative of sorts who convinces The Beatles that they need not be a cohesive, studio band to continue putting out "Beatles Albums". They can record what they each want (as they did), with whom they want (as they did)with whoever they pleased including one another on occasion (as they did...albeit a fellow Beatle not appearing on a McCartney record till the eighties).
The idea would have been to take the very best of this separately created material and continue assembling Beatle albums. To support the plausibility of this, Walker goes to great (and quite convincing length)to explain that a "Beatle Record" need not incorporate all four Beatles; he uses The White Album as the prime example of this.
This is a book which approaches the story of The Beatles like no other I have ever read. It's highly enjoyable not to mention constructive by helping us appreciate the music of the solo Beatles in a context never really examined before. Any avid reader of books relating to The Beatles has to commend Jeff Walker for saying something that's been fantasized about ad nauseum but finally examining it from an angle where it could have truly been a reality.
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