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All The Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release Hardcover – October 22, 2013
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[This] doorstop collects a galaxy of Beatles song data into impressively simple and digestible form. Beautifully illlustrated.
Since they burst onto the scene 50 years ago, millions of words have been written about every aspect of the Beatles' music and career, from books aimed at teenage female fans to scholarly works deconstructing "The White Album."
Now comes "All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release," an exhaustive tome that gives the inside scoop on every song on every album from their debut, "Please Please Me," to their swan song, "Abbey Road," as well as all the singles, EPs and B-sides they produced between 1963 and 1970.
The book, which is arranged chronologically, is a collaboration between French music writer Philippe Margotin, who has penned books on U2 and the Rolling Stones, and musician Jean-Michel Guesdon, who has spent 30 years collecting information about the Fab Four.
"All the Songs" is a trove of trivia for even the most ardent Beatles fan, featuring facts ranging from who played which instrument on each song to when and where each song was recorded. Margotin and Guesdon also include how many takes each song required as well as who was in the studio when the songs were recorded.
While many of the stories behind the songs will be familiar to Beatles fans ? the classic "Yesterday" originally was titled "Scambled Eggs," the title for "A Hard Day's Night" came from a Ringo Starr malapropism, Eric Clapton played the blistering guitar solo on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" ? there are plenty of others that are obscure enough to keep fans reading.
Among some of the more interesting revelations:
? Several of the songs on "Help!" ? "You're Going to Lose that Girl," "Ticket to Ride" and "Yesterday" ? required only two takes, while the band got "Another Girl" right on the very first one. In contrast, the album's title tune took 12 takes while the band's cover of the Buck Owens' "Act Naturally" needed 13.
? Paul McCartney wrote the ballad "Michelle" when he was a student at the Liverpool Institute of Art, inserting French phrases into the song as a ploy to attract women. ? Members of Pink Floyd, who were recording their first LP "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" at Abbey Road studios at the same time the Beatles were recording "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," sat in the control room while the Beatles mixed the song "Lovely Rita" in March 1967.
? There is a discernable burst of profanity at the 2:59 mark in the song "Hey Jude," although there is disagreement about whether it was uttered by John Lennon or McCartney.
? One of Lennon's favorite guitars was a 1958 Rickenbacker Capri, which he bought on a whim for about $150 when the Beatles were cutting their musical chops in Hamburg, Germany, in 1960. He played the guitar, which he had repainted black, on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and used it in the studio until 1965. His widow, Yoko Ono, said he also used it on "Double Fantasy," the last album Lennon recorded before his death in 1980.
In addition to the stories behind the songs, the book also contains hundreds of photos from all phases of the Beatles' career, many of them rarely seen.
Added together, "All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release" is an engaging journey through the band's canon that should easily satisfy both casual and die-hard fans.
A perfect giftt for the Fab-Four fanatic
Everybody has a Beatles fan in their life, and you'll make them very happy if you give them a copy of All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release
Fifty years ago, the Beatles released their debut album. So many commemorative books have appeared recently that it's hard to keep count, but if you're a fan and All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release (Black Dog & Leventhal, 672 pages, $50) makes it onto your coffee table, chances are that it'll be the one least likely to leave. Music historians Jean-Michel Guesdon and Philippe Margotin dissect, discuss and analyze every song, from 'Please Please Me' (1963) to 'The Long and Winding Road' (1970). There's a well-written 'Genesis' and 'Production' section for each song, as well as enough technical tables to please everyone's inner nerd, not to mention 600 photographs.
Fun facts about every one of the Fab Four's creations, with photos. Yeah yeah yeah."
Impossible not to like for Beatle-types
Top Customer Reviews
I'd really give this book 4-1/2 stars, but not 5, due to the fact that the previously published books (mentioned above) contained much of this info. What I WILL say, is that this will now by my main go-to source for the the Beatles studio session information. It also stands on its own and is well-written. It's now a matter of justifying the price, but I have no regrets purchasing this book.
This is a more of a coffee table book than anything else, ideal to dip into. It lists, comprehensively and with great detail all the album and single recording sessions – using UK releases as the basis for the book, but also mentioning American releases (often different, especially in the early years). This mammoth read takes us from Love Me Do to You Know My Name (Look Up the Number). Each release has copious details; for example the chapter on the album Help! lists when it was released, where it charted and for how long, singles taken from it, the background to the album, instruments used, the genesis of the work, production and technical details for each track. There are also lots of interesting snippets, such as songs that were discarded, singles released and even explanations for all sorts of tiny noises in the background and who made them.
Of course, any book on the Beatles recording sessions must contain information on both Abbey Road studios and George Martin, who did so much to translate the Beatles visions into recorded music. Nick Mason, of Pink Floyd, said, “every time the Beatles worked at Abbey Road, the atmosphere of the studios was transformed.Read more ›
Yes, there is lots of info here but it’s not in a dry “discographical” format. This book does borrow from other books but – as is pointed out by others – it puts it in one place and, honestly, there are folks – like me – who don’t have the other books. Oh yes, cost was mentioned. Though it has a list price of $50., Amazon is selling(as I write this) at $30. With shipping included. Priced Media rate shipping lately. Postage has to be nearly $5.00.
Next, the book has photos and illustrations – LOTS of them. This could be considered a colorful “Art” book or what many call a “coffee table book”. Now I will say that the publisher used heavy paper (and the print size is pretty large) so the book – at 641 pages – is heavier than I’d expect for a reference book this size. Quite a few of the pages are full-page photos.
There is an index in the rear (of titles of albums and songs) and a few – but not many footnotes. I do agree with another reviewer that I liked that, when the authors/compilers weren’t sure of something they admitted it.
So, if you are a casual Beatle fan – or know one who needs a gift – I can recommend this book. Yes, it can be a reference but it’s also “eye candy” for the casual record collector who has a lot of Beatles material and wants to know more.
I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just like a big, fat book of poetry that you can hum along with!Published 10 days ago by donna jones
Holy moly! This is 670+ pages of Beatles goodness!
First note: do not expect lyrics to the songs. This book does not contain them. Read more
great book for Beatles fans, excellent reference source, everything you could want to know about their songs and how they were written, and produced. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ben Harper
I don't care much for the design of the book-lots of white,little color, lots of ilrelevant photographs, no jacket covers. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John Bernhardt
The Kindle (I use the Android app) reader is great! If a person looks for the best reference book about the music, you find the treasure chest. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Norm
Tremendous details that all Beatles fans will love. Sone by sompng will album summaries as well. You wont be disappointed in the leastPublished 4 months ago by Randall P Dalton