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Way Beyond Compare: The Beatles' Recorded Legacy, Volume One, 1957-1965 Paperback – December 9, 2008
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The Beatles Anthology, by The Beatles
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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
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.
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.
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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Winn's Beatles chronicle takes up were Lewisohn's left off. This is an excellently researched, compiled and presented companion to any serious Beatles fan. Read morePublished on May 3, 2012 by Joseph Rodgers
This meticulously researched book, the first volume of a two volume set, is geared primarily to people who just can't get enough of the Fab Four. Read morePublished on August 11, 2010 by R. A. Burke