- Hardcover: 204 pages
- Publisher: Sterling; First Edition edition (January 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1435149335
- ISBN-13: 978-1435149335
- ASIN: 0753725452
- Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 0.8 x 11.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 133 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions: The Official Story of the Abbey Road Years 1962-1970 by Lewisohn, Mark (2013) Hardcover – January 1, 2013
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After years out of print, a new edition of this hotly sought-after classic is available again! Mark Lewisohn's definitive guide covers every recording session done by the Beatles at EMI's famed Abbey Road recording studio. It includes the number of takes for each song; who contributed what; previously unpublished studio documents and interviews with many of the key recording personnel; and facsimile reproductions of Abbey Road recording sheets, tape boxes, album sleeve roughs, memos, contracts, press releases and more. Lavishly illustrated with over 350 photographs (rare images by Linda McCartney among them), this must-have volume also features an exclusive introductory interview with Paul McCartney.
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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.
If you don't have the original and want a copy, I recommend this version, as it is much thinner, lighter, and less expensive than the original, but still has the same content.
Finally, you REALLY have to be a Beatles geek to get into it, because you can't easily just find out, say, how many takes did it require to complete Eleanor Rigby. It goes in date chronology, not by song.