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All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release

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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.

Hardcover: 672 pages
Author: Philippe Margotin
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal; 1st edition (October 22، 2013)
Language: English
Dimensions: 8.8 x 2.2 x 11 inches

About the Author
Philippe Margotin has written numerous books on music، including biographies of U2، Radiohead، and the Rolling Stones.Jean-Michel Guesdon is a producer and musician. Over the past 30 years he has been compiling an exceptional collection of information and documentation about the Beatles. His talents as a musician، composer، and sound engineer allow him to have a realistic and precise approach to their work. He lives in Paris.Scott Freiman combines his career as a composer، producer، and educator with his in-depth knowledge of the Beatles to create Deconstructing the Beatles، a series of multimedia presentations about the composition and production techniques of the Fab Four. Freiman presents his lectures to sold-out audiences throughout North America and at colleges and universities. He lives in Irvington، New York.


Editorial Reviews
From Booklist
*Starred Review* This hefty gem of a book catalogs every recording released by the Beatles، in chronological order of album release. The Beatles were early adopters of available technology and were known for using innovative techniques، and this book admirably captures the recording process of their English catalog، including all the singles and studio albums. Each song gets a minimum two-page spread، featuring the credits for the recording، a section on the genesis of the song، a narrative on the production، and a paragraph on technical details. While the bulk of the material is not new information، Guesdon and Margotin have done extensive research. They know their stuff (Guesdon is a musician; Margotin، a music critic)، and it shows—especially in the Production and Technical Details sections، where the type of equipment is named and described، recording speeds are discussed، and there is much talk of the number of takes each song required and why. Footnotes are found in each entry. Side boxes of trivia (For Beatles Fanatics) are posted throughout، letting readers in on such trivia as If you listen carefully، you can make out an extra voice in the solo part at exactly 1:32 on Any Time at All. Large-scale black-and-white photos abound، with color shots popping up as well. A short glossary of technical and musical terms، an index of albums and songs، a list of release dates، and a general index round out the work.Comprehensive and entertaining، this is a good reference source of music trivia and a must for the circulating collections of most public and academic libraries. Beatles fans will be clamoring for this one. --Rebecca Vnuk

"Fun facts about every one of the Fab Four's creations، with photos. Yeah yeah yeah."―People

"Fifty years ago، the Beatles released their debut album.... if you're a fan and All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release makes it onto your coffee table، chances are that it'll be the one least likely to leave. Music historians Jean-Michel Guesdon and Philippe Margotin dissect، discuss and analyze every song، from 'Please Please Me' (1963) to 'The Long and Winding Road' (1970). There's a well- written 'Genesis' and 'Production' section for each song، as well as enough technical tables to please everyone's inner nerd، not to mention 600 photographs.―Wall Street Journal

"Everybody has a Beatles fan in their life، and you'll make them very happy if you give them a copy of All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release."―Newsday

"A perfect giftt for the Fab-Four fanatic."―New York Post

"This is rock-solid stuff.... Yields all sorts of surprises، even for the initiated.... Essential for Beatles fans and a pleasure to read."
―Kirkus Reviews

"Beautiful layout and plenty of photos throughout.... And if that isn't enough، Patti Smith wrote the book's preface."―A.V. Club، 'Our Favorite Books of the Year

"Impossible not to like for Beatle-types."―The Nation

Edited by: Yara Sameh

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