All the Songs

All the Songs

The Story Behind Every Beatles Release

Book - 2013
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Musical historians Phillippe Margotin and Jean-Michel Guesdon delve deep into the history and musical origins of every Beatles album, recounting the circumstances that led to the composition of each song, the recording process and the instruments used.
Publisher: New York : Black Dog & Leventhal : Distributed by Workman Pub. Co., c2013.
ISBN: 9781579129521
1579129528
Characteristics: 671 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm.

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Nov 12, 2019

the book is good on technical details of the recordings of these songs, and tends to sort out the differing details published in different books. i couldn't call it authoritative, however, as it tends to take sides with one or more of the beatles, and their recording team: the first part of the book is highly informed on the accomplishments of norman 'hurricane' smith, who was an engineer with them, until 1965. this might be because he was interviewed by the authors, and gave his previously unknown account of proceedings. he claims here to have instructed ringo on drums for a track. also, the authors speculate that a small part of one of these songs which was previously credited, to 'unknown,' was, indeed, performed by norman./ The thing which really got under my skin, was that, as the career of the beatles unrolls, as accounted for, by the authors of ALL THE SONGS, their establishment bias, i.e., for George Martin, and for Paul McCartney, becomes quite evident. Thus they use words like 'spewed' to describe a previously unheard recorded moment of John Lennon's, and much of the like of what has become familiar these past three years, to those exposed to the non-journalism of so-called objective newspeople in the United States. The methods are the same. The hate this kind of Beatles fan feels for Yoko Ono is the same hate that is felt for Trump, here, these days.

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