- Paperback: 335 pages
- Publisher: 910; 3rd edition (December 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0964386917
- ISBN-13: 978-0964386914
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,259,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The 910's Guide to the Beatles Outtakes Paperback – December, 1995
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Quite *who* the "far more knowledgeable authorities" and "far better volumes" that Ms. Mitchell describes is unknown: she does not provide any names or details. I defy her to provide a book (*any* book) that provides more information and detail on the availability of unreleased Beatles tapes than this one. I'm waiting, Ms. Mitchell.
Another (quite legitimate) gripe that Ms. Mitchell has with this book is that it presents information that "hardly...anyone needs" and that "few...care a fig about this material." Granted, not every Beatles fan in the world wants to sit through hours and hours of unreleased material. But then *why* is Ms. Mitchell reading a book called "A Guide to Beatles Outtakes" if she doesn't care? This book is exactly what it says it is: a reference tool for the serious Beatles collector. If that's not your bag, fine...but don't condemn the best and most scholarly example of literature on this subject simply because you don't like it.
And by the way, Betty, the official "Anthology" albums *are* included in this book. Sort of makes me think you didn't even read it...did you??
If you are a Beatles collector, and found that "Anthology" only whetted your appetite for more, please do *not* hesitate to pick up this amazing volume (and the companion volume on the solo years). For the serious bootleg fan, it is an indispensible guide, hardly the "shoddy," "sloppy" and "shabby" tome that Ms. Mitchell would have you believe it is. Methinks her review has more to do with a vindictive attitude towards the author or towards bootlegs than with the merits (negative or otherwise) of a fine book.
The Beatles were the first group in the history of popular music whose every outtake was preserved in the studio vaults. They were not preserved so that we could listen to their false starts and mistakes, but rather so that we could follow the creative give and take between these brilliant musicians and their producer George Martin as every song took shape in studio rehearsals and recording sessions. Mark Lewisohn's Guide to the Beatles Recording Sessions chronicles the sessions themselves, but Sulpy's book helps the fan find the best recordings of the sessions, as well as to identify "mystery" recordings.
Highly recommended if you want a reliable guide to the underwater part of the iceberg!
So, what is it? It is the first (well, only!), comprehensive, exhaustively researched guide to the Beatles' unreleased recordings for serious collectors. It tells you exactly how many versions of each song exist, what albums (released or bootleg) have them in the best quality, and often how to tell the versions apart. Doug Sulpy has listened to every one of the 2700 or so versions and writes in a clear and witty style.
This is not to say that this book is perfect. There are a number of typos (which really hurts in a book full of reference numbers and cross-indices). A list of "next-best" sources would be appreciated, since bootlegs can be hard to find. There are several references to non-existent footnotes. The information for outtakes of the Get Back sessions are minimalist, although the author's "Get Back - The Unauthorized Chronicle of the Beatles' Let It Be Disaster" covers that period in excruciating detail.
Despite these quibbles, I still give this book five stars because there is no other book even close to it. I would let go of any or all of my other two dozen Beatles books before I would let this one go. But then, I guess I'm a "serious collector".