Recording the Beatles: The Ultimate Guide to Their Classic Albums
If you are a fan of the Beatles, you might have wondered how they created their iconic sound and what kind of equipment and techniques they used in the studio. Well, wonder no more, because there is a book that answers all your questions and more: Recording the Beatles: The Studio Equipment and Techniques Used to Create Their Classic Albums by Kevin Ryan and Brian Kehew.
This book is not just a collection of anecdotes and trivia, but a comprehensive and authoritative guide to the technical side of the Beatles' sessions. It covers every piece of studio gear used at Abbey Road Studios during the Beatles' sessions, from microphones and mixing consoles to tape machines and effects. It also explains how the equipment was implemented and how it influenced the sound and style of the Beatles' music.
The book is divided into three main sections: Equipment, Effects, and Production. The Equipment section details all the hardware used by the Beatles and their engineers, with hundreds of full-color photos, charts, drawings, and illustrations. The Effects section reveals how the Beatles achieved their distinctive effects, such as ADT, flanging, phasing, compression, EQ, and more. The Production section chronicles the evolution of the Beatles' recording processes from their first audition in 1962 to their final session in 1970, with rare and unseen photos of the Beatles in the studio.
The book is based on years of research and extensive interviews with many of the group's former engineers and technicians, such as Geoff Emerick, Ken Scott, Norman Smith, Alan Parsons, Richard Lush, John Kurlander, Phil McDonald, Ken Townsend, Jerry Boys, Chris Thomas, Barry Sheffield, Eddie Kramer, Glyn Johns, Jeff Jarratt, John Leckie, Peter Vince, Malcolm Davies, Brian Gibson, Mike Stone, Nick Webb, Jon Jacobs, John Timperley, Richard Langham, Ken Scott (tape-op), Richard Hewson (arranger), George Martin (producer), and many others.
The book has been highly praised by critics and fans alike for its massive scope, accuracy, clarity, and presentation. It has been endorsed by Mark Lewisohn (the foremost Beatles historian), Yoko Ono (John Lennon's widow), Mojo magazine (which gave it 5 stars), The New York Times (which called it \"a definitive historical document\"), and many other individuals directly involved with the Beatles' work.
The book is available in hardcover format with 537 pages. It comes in a deluxe edition that is housed in a replica EMI multi-track tape-box with bonus items such as reproductions of never-seen photos of the Beatles. The book is currently in its fourth printing and can be ordered online from various sources.
If you want to learn more about how the Beatles recorded their classic albums and what kind of equipment and techniques they used in the studio, you should definitely get a copy of Recording the Beatles: The Studio Equipment and Techniques Used to Create Their Classic Albums by Kevin Ryan and Brian Kehew. It is a must-have for any Beatles fan or recording engineer. aa16f39245