Produced by George Martin [Blu-ray]
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Over 50 minutes of additional interviews not included in the TV broadcast version including contributions from Rick Rubin, T Bone Burnett, Howard Goodall, Jimmy Webb and Ken Scott.
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If you are coming to this film to learn about Martin's work with the Beatles, you will find plenty here but you will need to wait till the 38-minute mark (on your DVD counter) for that info. That's because the classically-trained 81 year-old Martin started his career at EMI in the early 1950s (producing orchestral records and comedy records - mostly with Peter Sellers and The Goons) and, by 1955, was head of EMI's Parlophone label. We hear (a few times) in the film that, before Martin, record producers "reproduced sounds" while Martin was the first to "paint with them". He was a true pioneer.
There is a large section on those British comedy records and many of these artists will be unfamiliar to Amerucan viewers (remember this was made for the BBC), but they only add to the depth of Martin's career.
As noted above, we soon get to the Beatles and Martin relates how they worked in the studio and what part each of the Beatles took in the recordings. What's great is that Martin is still alive and the film is loaded with interviews with Martin and the likes of McCartney, Starr, Michael Palin (Monty Python), Jimmy Webb in which the musicians ask Martin questions. Both McCartney and Starr discuss World War II in a non-music-related section.
The interviewer who gets the most screen time is Martin's son, Giles, who is also a record producer (and CO-produced the Cirque du Soliel soundtrack for "LOVE"). The father-son dialogue is fascinating.Read more ›
Martin is profiled in this engaging and beautifully crafted 2011 BBC documentary. The film traces his career from the early 50s to present day. His early days at EMI are particularly fascinating; a generous portion of the film focuses on his work there producing classical and comedy recordings (including priceless footage of Peter Sellers from his Goon Show days). Disparate as Martin's early work appears to be from the rock'n'roll milieu, I think it prepped him for his future collaboration with the Fabs, on a personal and professional level. His experience with comedians likely helped the relatively reserved producer acclimate to the Beatles' irreverent sense of humor, and Martin's classical training and gift for arrangement certainly helped to guide their creativity to a higher level of sophistication.
The film is a bit of a family affair as well. You get a good sense of the close and loving relationship Martin has with his wife Judy (who he met while working for EMI) and son Giles (who is following in his dad's footsteps; they collaborated on the remixes of Beatle songs for the LOVE soundtrack album). At 81, Martin is still spry, full of great anecdotes and a class act all the way.Read more ›
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Interesting and surprising. Some of the footage is old, but it is a good story. How much of the Beatles success is due to George Martin cannot be over estimated. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Ramblin' Rex
So glad I got this. I love The Beatles and George Martin was so very special. Miss himPublished 28 days ago by Cindy Brumback
Hard to hear. Lousy sound system plus English accent did not help.Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very interesting documentary of an excellent producer. You see Martin not as a God but as a human being who loved what he was doing and worked very hard to create the results that... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful life story! I love that George Martin himself was at the helm of this story-telling! It tells the story of this amazing man's WHOLE life and there is SO much to tell... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Diane in Wisconsin
It was great to hear how the Beatles music was produced. Interesting story!Published 3 months ago by Hans Rigelman
A great insight into the career of one of the biggest influences of pop music. George wasn't just about his work with The Beatles. Read morePublished 3 months ago by AusMossy