English musician George Harrison of the Beatles at the Apple Corps Headquarters, . ‘The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions,’ by Mark Lewisohn Reading Recording Sessions, you practically find yourself sitting in the. The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions by Mark Lewisohn, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. I still go back and revisit this from time to time and envy Lewisohn so much for having had the privilege of listening to all those recordings.
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Still my favorite Beatles book. If you want the Beatles as a story, then Shout! I tend to like the oral history approach– Anthology is reocrding but unwieldy, so I prefer Beatles Off the Recordhowever unreliable. For pictures and side issues, Mojo magazine did a great Beatles book published by DK. And then there’s Yesterday: This book, howeve Still my favorite Beatles book. This book, however, concentrates on the music to an obsessive degree, which so do I.
I think you get a fantastic sense of the creativity and vitality and humanity of sessionw Beatles by seeing how the records get made, how they worked with the engineers and other musicians, how they got along and didn’t, and all the minutiae.
I could wish that sometimes who plays what when was better delineated Paul played a number of the best guitar solosbut I’m obsessive, as I mentioned. Just the story of the invention of “flanging” makes me happy. This is a day by day diary of what the fabs did in the studio at Abbey Road. I would redirect you to a very different book, “Revoluntion in the Head” by Ian MacDonald – that one is absolutely essential. View all 3 comments. Jun 08, Geoff Sheehan rated it it was amazing. A really valuable resource of a book if you are interested in The Beatles.
An absolute must for any serious Beatles fan.
Also a must for anyone interested in the creation of recorded music, and how one band changed the methodology for recording within the course of fewer than eight years. Lewisohn takes you behind the scenes and meticulously describes each step of the multitrack recording sessions that created some of the most enduring rock music of the twentieth century. He also tells some wonderful anecdotes along the way.
The primary sources are informative and enter An absolute must for any serious Beatles fan. The primary sources are informative and entertaining. Sep 22, Kirk Kiefer rated it it was amazing Shelves: Paul McCartney has referred to this as “The Bible”, and that about sums it up. Lewisohn was given every Beatle-maniacs dream job: Taking a day by day approach, Lewisohn details what was record when, who mixed what, how many takes of each song occurred, etc.
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It’s fascinating and indespensible as a reference tool. Aug 31, Randy rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is definitely one of my “desert island” books. It analyzes — not too technically — every recording session the Beatles ever did at Abbey Road Studios, which accounted for about Every read reveals another nuance or another story.
Sep 26, Nick rated it it was amazing Shelves: Man, I used to pore over this book when I was in high school, reading entry after entry for hours and loving it. Not just for Beatles nerds, it’s an immensely inspiring read for any artist or person! I still take out my copy fairly regularly and jump around between entries marveling at these brilliant bastards. I also like to use the anecdotes I learned from it to impress my wary and patient dau Man, I used to pore over this book when I was in high school, reading entry after entry for hours and loving it.
I also like to use the anecdotes I learned from it to impress my wary and patient daughters when a song comes on the radio. Oct 12, John M.
This book is a must read for die-hard Beatles fans and musicians. To get the best experience, I recommend the following while reading this book: The Beatles Anthology CD set includes a lot of the early takes and mixes that the author refers t This book is a must read for die-hard Beatles fans and musicians. The Beatles Anthology CD set includes a lot of the early takes and mixes that the author refers to that were not publicly available at the time of writing.
They really changed the way music was created and recorded, and inspired a lot of new techniques flanging, double-double-tracking vocals, distortion to name a few. This is a great addition to the library for musicians, music producers, engineers, and devoted fans. Oct lfwisohn, Clint rated it it was amazing.
The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions: The Official Story of the Abbey Road Years 1962-1970
Based on the picture of the cover listed here, I think I have a slightly newer or slightly older edition of this book. It doesn’t really matter, though. This is an invaluable book for Beatlemaniacs like myself who are also interested in things like which band members sang or played instruments on a certain song; what recording techniques were used The Beatles practically invented some of the more modern recording techniques and studio practices ; or what other musicians they had play with them Based on the picture of the cover listed here, I think I have a slightly newer or slightly older edition of this book.
This is an invaluable book for Beatlemaniacs like myself who are also interested in things like which band members sang or played instruments on a certain song; what recording techniques were used The Beatles practically invented some of the more modern recording techniques and studio practices ; or what other musicians they had play with them two examples: It’s written by a guy who followed the band extensively while they were together, and who essentially became the Beatles’ de facto historian.
The book can be read cover to cover, but given that it’s a reference book, it’s probably best read in chunks according to what the reader wants to know about a particular subject.
The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions
Either way, it’s fascinating read. Jul 29, Glenn rated it it was amazing. An amazing achievement, and a must for serious Beatles fans with a bent toward learning just how each album was made. This is not an easy read; it is arranged, quite logically, in journal fashion, with each day in the studio receiving its own unique entry. A good decision, but it felt like a bit of a slog at times, depending on what was going on. But I digress – this is an invaluable resource for music historians, which, ha An amazing achievement, and a must for serious Beatles fans with a bent toward learning just how each album was made.
But I digress – this is an invaluable resource for music historians, which, happily, I leaisohn the author has continued to build upon. For me, the most invaluable thing was the insights I got into how the Beatles did what they did; talent, preparation, a fiendish determination to experiment and a willingness to embrace happy accidents, and most of all, just plain hard, hard work. All in all, a triumph. Chris Thomas producer, filling in for George Martin: But the minute the four of them are there that is when the inexplicable charismatic thing happens, the special magic no one has been able to explain.
It will be very friendl Content, Writing, Presentation: This marvelous book helps you understand why. Jul 04, Tom Menner rated it really liked it. For Beatles fans I highly recommend this book.
While it gets exhaustively tedious as Lewisohn meticulously documents every Abbey Road recording record he can findthe anecdotes and background information are fascinating. To this day I still get chills reading about the entry of the single day the Beatles recorded the “Please Please Me” album and how they did “Twist and Shout” literally at the end of a long day of recording; the famous version you always hear is a first take, their attempt to For Beatles fans I highly recommend this book.
To this day I still get chills reading about the entry of the single day the Beatles recorded the “Please Please Me” album and how they did “Twist and Shout” literally at the end of a long day of recording; the famous version you always hear is a first take, their attempt to try to do one last recording before calling it a day – and in so doing recording arguably one of the great rock and roll songs set to record. It’s little tidbits like this that make this book such a guilty pleasure.
Jun 18, Mike rated it it was amazing Shelves: I can’t believe I’ve had this book for so long and not read it much until now. Nearly every other page contains some great story or detail that’s funny or interesting, with lots of details about the studio experimentation that went on to make the Beatles’ recordings sound as they did. Unfortunately it makes me want to spend more time and money acquiring all the non-album takes that I haven’t heard but that this book makes out to be quite something to hear as well.
After reading Geoff Emer I can’t believe I’ve had this book for so long and not read it much until now. Aug 26, KennyO rated it it was amazing Shelves: Leave this home if you’re going to the beach or the doctor’s office. You won’t be reading it straight through since it’s pretty much a reference book with annotation. As such, though, it’s a real prize for those of us who savor the music of the Beatles and are interested in how it came together an unintended pun, but I’m proud of it just the same.
It could have been dry if it had been only a listing of the recording sessions but the annotation and photos flesh it out nicely. It’ll help to have Leave this home if you’re going to the beach or the doctor’s office. It’ll help to have the album tracks fresh in your mind when reading. Aug 28, Kevin A. More of a reference shelf item than a book to read per se, unless you’re an unreconstructed Beatles nut, like me and quite a few other people I know.
Twenty-four years on it’s easy to overlook what an incredible eye-opener this was, crushing old myths and rumored outtakesshedding detailed light on where the Beatles did their best work, and how they went about it. It’s still the essential reference for their recording career. Feb 25, Brian Andersen rated it it was amazing Shelves: I managed to find a used reissue on Amazon for a few dollars but original prints of this book can go for a hundred dollars or more.
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