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JOHN C. WINN was born one year after the Beatles disbanded. He has dedicated most of his life to collecting, studying, and enjoying their music. His second volume, That Magic Feeling: The Beatles’ Recorded Legacy, Volume Two, 1966–1970, is forthcoming from Three Rivers Press.
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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (December 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307451577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307451576
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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By J. Donnelly on December 9, 2008
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There are so many Beatles books out there. Yet there are very few authors who can chronicle the band's recording history with accuracy, authority and style. Mark Lewisohn certainly can. John Winn demonstrates once again that he can as well. Winn earned the absolute trust of the international cadre of rabid Beatles enthusiasts with his first release of Way Beyond Compare. This second edition includes more than a hundred new entries that detail The Beatles' recordings, interviews, concerts, and appearances. His book captures and skillfully details the entire known visual and audio record of the band through 1965. Winn also identifies the release histories and best sources for all these sound recordings and videos. His work deserves a broader audience. Buy it for yourself or give it to the Beatles lovers you know.
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I write essential because I mean it. To start: A foreword from Mark Lewisohn!! But John Winn deserves it and Lewisohn hits the nail on the head in the opening pages. This book is a wonderfully massive undertaking detailing the fascinating story behind each and every television, radio appearance, press conference, studio recording etc (and where you can find them!). I am biased because i'm a huge Beatles fan, but to me it is still a wonder after reading so many books on or about The Beatles that you can be knocked off your feet by a new book that is as fun, fascinating, and historically accurate as one could imagine. In my opinion there are essential Beatles books you should own if you're a hard core fan or casual fan alike:

The Beatles Anthology, by The Beatles
Shout, by Phillip Norman
Many Years From Now, by Barry Miles
The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, by Mark Lewisohn
and...Way Beyond Compare, by John Winn

I can only hope that volume 2 is as comprehensive and thoroughly enjoyable. Well done! Five Stars
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This book is an essential addition for any Beatles fan. The title is a bit misleading. The title implies the recording sessions for their various records and songs. It contains much more.

This book does not simply give the data about their recording sessions. This book also consists of a compilation of the information about the interviews, press conferences and press stories the Beatles gave during their career.

For example, February 11, 1964, was a very busy day for the group. On that afternoon, documentary filming was made by the Maysles crew on a train from New York to Washington; a newsreel filmed in Union Station, D.C.; a press conference recorded at the Washington Coliseum, a TV interview recorded at the Washington Coliseum; then, radio interviews for WWDC-AM, WCAO-AM, WMUC-AM, and WINS-AM, all recorded at the Washington Coliseum, a radio interview done at the Washington Coliseum. The Beatles then played a concert at, you guessed it, the Washington Coliseum. After that, the Beatles were at the British Embassy, where they gave a TV and radio interview. (Oh, the life of a rock star!)

For every interview, every press conference, every recording session, the authors give the date, time, and location of the encounter, the length of the interview or recording session, for studio recording sessions, what songs were recorded, and the titles of the unauthorized CDs or DVDs where the recording may be found.

This information is given for every year before the break-up of the Beatles.

The first volume comprises the years of 1957 through 1965.

The second volume consists of the years 1966 through 1970.

These books are highly recommended.
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Way Beyond Compare is a very thorough description and analysis of all the recordings by and of the Beatles. It includes not only their studio work, but also deals with recordings made for broadcasting and of live performances, interviews, press conferences and even home demo tapes.
If it is "out there", it's in John Winn's book.
For Beatle-collectors, this is an essential read. But, because it is not only very well researched but also nicely written, I can recommend it to the more casual fan as well.
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"The Way Beyond Compare" is the definitive, most accurate, thorough, helpful, and authoritative document study of The Beatles' complete output, including official releases, outtakes, live performances, broadcasts, compositional drafts and much more.
It is also the ONLY credible source on spoken-word recordings such as press conferences, interviews, skits and unscripted banter.
John Winn's two-volume set (the other being "That Magic Feeling") is indispensible for any collector of Beatle recordings.
It is highly recommended for anyone wishing to learn more about what the Beatles played, sang and said, and the release history footnotes tells where the material first appeared.
The book is also very entertaining and easily read, and it is as important as books like "The Complete Beatles Chronicle" and "The Beatles Recording Sessions" by Mark Lewisohn.
If you're into collecting Beatles this is a book you cannot do without!
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