By Jean-Michel Guesdon
Every album and each track ever published via the Beatles—from "Please Please Me" (U.S. 1963) to "The lengthy and Winding street" (U.S. 1970)—is dissected, mentioned, and analyzed via song historians during this vigorous and completely illustrated work.
All the Songs delves deep into the heritage and origins of the Beatles and their song. This first-of-its-kind publication attracts upon many years of study, as song historians Margotin and Guesdon recount the situations that resulted in the composition of each track, the recording approach, and the tools used.
Here, we study that one in all John Lennon's favourite guitars was once a 1958 Rickenbacker 325 Capri, which he obtained for £100 in 1960 in Hamburg, Germany. We additionally study that "Love Me Do," recorded in Abbey highway Studios in September 1962, took 18 takes to get correct, although it used to be one of many first songs John and Paul ever wrote jointly. And the authors show that after the Beatles played "I are looking to carry Your Hand" on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, John's microphone wasn't grew to become on, so audience heard in simple terms Paul singing.
The countless numbers of photos through the publication contain infrequent black-and-white exposure stills, pictures of Beatles tools, and interesting pictures of the musicians in-studio.
All the Songs is the must-have Beatles booklet for the any actual Beatles fan.
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In this second version, which was kept for the record, Paul was on bass and lead vocal, and John was in charge of vocal harmonies and harmonica. It seems that he did not play guitar in this piece. Only George Harrison performed on his acoustic guitar, apparently the Gibson J-160 E. Finally, Andy White, a session drummer hired by Martin to make sure it was a hit, was on drums to replace poor Ringo, who was relegated to tambourine. He was the only musician who ever replaced one of the Beatles in the studio!
You can hear the shakiness in Paul’s voice. Finally, at the end of the recording session, Martin spoke to the group to find out their impression of the session. ”1 Everyone cracked up! This broke the ice, including for George Martin. A connection was made. At the end of the two-hour session, Martin was impressed enough to offer them a one-year contract with four further options of a year each. Although only moderately impressed by their performance, he guessed they had extraordinary charisma and told himself that he had nothing to lose.
6 On November 30, without the presence of the Beatles, Martin and Smith produced one mono and one stereo mix. “Please Please Me” / “Ask Me Why,” their second single in Great Britain and their first in the United States, came out on January 11 and February 25, 1963, respectively. In the land of Her Majesty, it was number 2 in the Record Retailer, but number 1 on all other charts. After its British release, Dick James, their new publisher, moved heaven and earth to promote his new artists. On January 19, he landed their first significant television show, Thank Your Lucky Stars, which was very popular with British teenagers.
All The Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release by Jean-Michel Guesdon