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Complete Beatles Recording Sessions: The Official Story of the Abbey Road Years 1962-1970 Hardcover – September 23, 1988
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One of the most important and successful rock 'n' roll books ever published is now available in paperback. This is the definitive guide to every recording session done by the Beatles at EMI's Abbey Road recording studio. 150 full-color, 100 duotone, and 100 black-and-white photographs. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Excellent as a stand-alone piece, it's also a superb companion work to Lewisohn's "Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years: Vol 1" and served as the basis for "All The Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release by Philippe Margotin, Jean-Michel Guesdon and Patti Smith.
I feel adding "Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles by Geoff Emerick and Howard Massey" and most importantly "Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties by Ian MacDonald" provide perspective to understanding the Beatles' extraordinary talent and drive.
John, Paul, George and Ringo were also quite fortunate to have George Martin as well as Norman Smith and Geoff Emerick contributing their creativity to the process. The synergy within the band and with the producer and engineers are all an integral part of phenomenon.
Update: July 2013.
Recently I was able to buy a brand new, soft cover copy of this book at a surprisingly low price. After reading about 1/2 of the book, I can now answer my own questions (from above).
This book gives a day-by-day description of each of the Beatles recording sessions, whether they were attended by all 4 of the members, or just some. It describes the number of takes, which take was the best, which one was overdubbed, how many hours it took, etc. etc. For many of the songs, the author mentions who sang lead, who sang backup, who added overdub vocals, etc. These are things that many of us knew already. As far as the playing of their instruments is concerned, we are seldom told "who played what". Yes, it's very easy to assume that Paul played bass, John played rhythm guitar, Ringo played drums, and George played lead guitar. But I know that this wasn't always the case. I was hoping that this book would say a little more in that regard. It would have been nice if the author had included a list such as this for each song:
Rhythm guitar: John
Guitar solo: George
Piano solo: George Martin
And, is it true that Paul would sometimes "re-do" something that George had done...because George hadn't done it quite right?
There are occasions where we are told that "George Martin added a piano solo", or that "Paul added overdub vocals". But, I was hoping for more details regarding the playing of the instruments...on every song. For someone who was familiar with the sessions, this type of information would have been very easy to have added to the book. The book did not include the information I was hoping to get. But, it's still a very interesting read and well organized. For this reason, I reluctantly give it 5 stars.
I would highly recommend this book for any hard core Beatles fan.
This book gives you a detailed look of how the Beatles worked throughout each album.
I personally like to know the dates and time of the recording sessions and all of the details that went into their sessions.
Oh....there is on e item I would like to share with you guys. I wish that they added what make of instrument that was featured in each session. There are b&W photo's which you can see what was used.
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