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The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions: The Official Story of the Abbey Road Years 1962-1970 Hardcover – October 1, 2013
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This book was originally a project for John Barrett, an Abbey Road audio engineer who fell ill in the early 1980s and needed something to take his mind off things, and was commissioned to go through the Beatles tapes and catalogue them all. He died, sadly, and Mark Lewisohn (the writer of the liner notes for the Beatles "Past Masters" CDs) was asked to come in and write up Barrett's research. Together, they've put together a pretty thorough book. It lists how each song was recorded, credits for session men (where possible), and reflective comments from producer George Martin, engineers Geoff Emerick, Norman Smith, Glyn Johns and Alan Parsons, among others. There's also occaisonal bits of Beatle banter from the sessions (which is always great to hear/read), and a Paul McCartney/Mark Lewisohn interview as an introduction.
After reading it I think I know the Beatles a bit better now. In particular, I definitely understand why they broke up. Their schedule was pretty hectic, recording and re-recording everything, looking at the same four walls of the Abbey Road studios. It was exhausting just reading their 1967 sessions (where they did "Sargeant Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band", then straight after "Magical Mystery Tour", the first, high-pressure live broadcast "All You Need is Love" and the tracks especially for the "Yellow Submarine" film). It's amazing they handled it all so well for so long.Read more ›
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Great book for any Beatles fan. Basically a log of all the recoding sessions. Well done with many pictures and documentation.Published 1 month ago by J. Long
For the diehard fan-- which includes me. great detail and photos of every recording session, no more, no less.Published 2 months ago by Richie Jingles
Details of the book are covered well by other reviewers. I'd like to say that using this book as a companion to the Anthology CD's is g8! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lee R. Toman
Extensive history of the Beatles recording sessions. A must for every serious Beatles fan.Published 4 months ago by Jeffrey Reynold Burstin
My husband just LOVES this book! The best in his collection of many rock legends books.Published 4 months ago by michgillman & katlady
leaning so many things from this book. Did you know Ringo only made a mistake 3 times over the Beatles whole recording career? Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jeffrey S. Kulas