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All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release

Philippe Margotin & Jean-Michel Guesdon.
Publisher Black Dog & Leventhal  
Format hardcover
ISBN 9781579129521
Pages/Publication Date 672/2013
Daedalus Item Code 38841
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You may think you know a lot about the Beatles, but music journalist Philippe Margotin and music producer Jean-Michel Guesdon unearth an astounding wealth of information in this entertaining album-by-album account of the genesis, production, and technical details for every Beatle song from "Please Please Me" to "The Long and Winding Road." We learn that one of John Lennon's favorite guitars was a 1958 Rickenbacker 325 Capri, which he bought on a whim in Hamburg in 1960; "Love Me Do," recorded in Abbey Road Studios in September 1962, took 18 takes to get right; and when the Beatles performed "I Want to Hold Your Hand" on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, John's microphone wasn't turned on. Photos and trivia sidebars appear throughout.

"Quick: What's the last cover the Beatles ever recorded? If you answered 'Maggie Mae,' from Let It Be, then you're likely to inhabit the same geeky, completist universe as French Beatleologists Margotin and Guesdon. Their thoroughness, not to say obsessiveness, yields all sorts of surprises, even for the initiated. Consider, for instance, that Please Please Me, the group's first official album, was recorded in a single day, February 11, 1963—well, many readers may know that. But who knew that the band took three hours to record two songs, then broke for 1 1/2 hours, then recorded three songs and overdubbed three more, then took another 1 1/2-hour break, then recorded six songs between 7:30 and 10:45? Well, now you do. And who knew that Eddy Thornton, Ian Hamer and Les Condon played trumpet in the 1966 session that yielded the canonical cut of 'Got to Get You Into My Life'? (Thornton, by the way, was a member of Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames, while the other two were in-demand jazz players.) There's all sorts of spinoff trivia in these wonderfully well-illustrated pages, from the fact that Humble Pie copped the sound of 'Paperback Writer' to the circumstances surrounding John Lennon's 'Ballad of John & Yoko' and the eventual tensions that tore the band apart.... This is rock-solid stuff. Essential for Beatles fans and a pleasure to read."—Kirkus Reviews

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