All the Songs

All the Songs

The Story Behind Every Beatles Release

Book - 2013
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Every album and every song ever released by the Beatles - from "Please Please Me" (U.S. 1963) to "The Long and Winding Road" (U.S. 1970) - is dissected, discussed, and analyzed by two music historians in this lively, fully illustrated work.

All the Songs delves deep into the history and origins of the Beatles and their music. This first-of-its-kind book draws upon decades of research, as music historians Margotin and Guesdon recount the circumstances that led to the composition of every song, the recording process, and the instruments used. Here, we learn that one of John Lennon's favorite guitars was a 1958 Rickenbacker 325 Capri, which he bought for £100 in 1960 in Hamburg, Germany. We also learn that "Love Me Do," recorded in Abbey Road Studios in September 1962, took 18 takes to get right, even though it was one of the first songs John and Paul ever wrote together. And the authors reveal that when the Beatles performed "I Want to Hold Your Hand" on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, John's microphone wasn't turned on, so viewers heard only Paul singing. The hundreds of photographs throughout the book include rare black-and-white publicity stills, images of Beatles instruments, and engaging shots of the musicians in-studio. All the Songs is the must-have book for the any true Beatles fan.

Publisher: New York : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781579129521
Branch Call Number: 782.421660922 Beatl-G
Characteristics: 671 pages : illustrations, portraits (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Margotin, Philippe
Freiman, Scott


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Oct 06, 2018

A must for Beatles fans, this huge book gives the stories behind each of their songs broken down by album and singles. The only thing that doesn't appear are the anthology albums. A lot of fun for both skimming and deep reading.

" The guitar solo was, in all likelihood, played by John and not by George--in fact, on the CD LIVE AT THE BBC we can hear Ringo start the solo with a friendly ' All right, John!' The solo was doubled, as was Ringo's vocal ( which he struggled with.)" " Following the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was not an easy task for John." " Ken Scott used an RCA 44-BX mic to record John's vocals, a microphone generally used for percussion." "The opening lines were inspired by Smokey Robinson's song I'VE BEEN GOOD TO YOU, which begins, LOOK WHAT YOU'VE DONE/ YOU MADE A FOOL OUT OF SOMEONE. John's opening lines were SEXY SADIE, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?/ YOU MADE A FOOL OF EVERYONE." "SEXY SADIE was a great Beatles masterpiece, probably underestimated, but strikingly original." " In 1968, Geoff Emerick received a Grammy Award for Sgt. Pepper. He left the group a few months later, after recording CRY BABY CRY." " DON'T LET ME DOWN (side B of GET BACK) Single released, Great Britain, April 11, 1969/ #1 on April 23, 1969, for 6 weeks...United States: May5, 1969/ #1 on May 24, 1969, for 5 weeks." " Billy Preston is the only artist credited on a single along with the Beatles." "Spector finalized the stereo mix ( there was no mono ) of the album version on March 26, 1970.the end-foto is entitled: 'The Beatles in Hyde Park in London in May 1967' "The Shirelles' performance was better, with richer harmonies, and the arrangements of the Fab Four hardly matched those of Bacharach." " The stereo mix was on May 20 and the mono for REVOLVER on June6, with an edit of mixes 9and 10 done on June 8. Despite the opinion of the composer, it was an excellent song that made the guitars sound great." Found something on YOUTUBE: something really, really far out: a recording/ video of TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS, slowed down 800%. This must be what John wanted the song to sound like.

Dec 29, 2014

This book is an absolute must for all Beatles' fans (like me). It gives the history and information about the recording of every Beatles' song. I think I may have to buy it!

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