In Here, There, and Everywhere, Emerick tells his story for the first time, taking the listener through the hallowed (though somewhat dingy) corridors of Abbey Road Studios to give rare insights into the Beatles' unique creative processes and personalities and provide a behind-the-scenes look at how the greatest band of all time made their greatest records. As Emerick describes the Beatles' transformation from wide-eyed Liverpool teenagers into tour-savvy professionals, he provides a startling picture of the Fab Four.
Fascinating and moving, Here, There, and Everywhere illuminates the creative tensions within the band that fueled their early success, but would ultimately lead them to record in separate studios while the partnership was disintegrating.
©2006 Emerick SoftPaw Productions, Inc. and Howard Massey; (P)2006 Penguin Audio, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
"The book packs its share of surprises and will delight Beatle fans curious about how the band's groundbreaking records were made." (Publishers Weekly)
This book was absolutely riveting. While I was listening to this book, I was simultaneously reading "Lennon" by Cynthia Lennon, John Lennon's first wife. I found that her accounts of what was going on at home were matching up perfectly with Emmerick's accounts of what was happening in the studio, which for me lent quite a bit of credibility to the book.
Not only do you get really interesting detail about the creation of iconic songs we all know by heart, but you get an interesting look at the Beatles from a totally different perspective than what we have gotten in the past. Other biographies deal with aspects of their careers and personal lives that have pretty much become legend; we've heard it all before,and some of it is mere conjecture. But this is stuff we've never heard before. Emmerick was in the studio with them every day, working with them as they recorded their albums, witnessing their interaction...it's like being a fly on the wall during their recording sessions. I found I had to keep running to the computer, putting on the headphones, and listening to the songs I had just read about - now saying "wow, yes, I can hear that effect!"
The British narrator does a supurb job, and I had to remind myself that this was not the author speaking, such was his authentic reading. Even if you are not an avid Beatles fan, this is a fascinating book.
I thought I had head or read everytrhing about the Beatles. This book gives some insight to how the minds of Lennon & McCartney worked. I really enjoy listening the pulling out the old recordings and listen for the little things that are talked about in this book. Really enjoyed this book!
Here is how you should listen to this book, so that it merits 4 stars. Rip as many Beatles songs as you can, since you cannot buy them on iTunes, and put them on your iPod. Then, after he tells the story of each song, (there may be a list, but I don't have it) play the song, and then go back to the story. Actually, two iPods is more efficient. My wife and I did this on a long drive, with me as sound engineer, and it was great fun. It really is a damn shame that they apparently could not get the rights to the songs discussed to make this a real pleasure. In any case, "A Day in the Life" will never be the same after you hear the story of how it was made. Best Beatles song; best anecdote.
Tell us about yourself!
It may not be for general audience. But for anyone who has done some recording this is a mind blowing book!
A fascinating perspective and account of the Beatles. Full of great stories behind the songs & deeply revealing of the personalities between the band members over time. Emerick's descriptions of the techniques he employed to achieve different effects and/or sounds are priceless. The reader's imitations of the Beatles voices were quite good. This book exceeded my expectations and made me appreciate the Beatles' music on a deeper level, even after all these years.
I listened to this book and loved it. I listened to this audiobook while in my car during long commutes and sometimes stayed in my car after I arrived to listen to the rest of a passage. My only wish about this book is for a way to jump easily to the song Geoff was talking about. Instead, I had to switch to iTunes and look for the song in my iTunes library.
The making of A Day in the Life.
He uses English accents.
The Beatles Inside Story
Looking for another Beatles book to listen.
There are insights in this book to the Beatles characters that I haven't heard anywhere else.This guy was there production/ sound guy so he was there but the one story omitted was the " note " , the final cord played at the end of " A day in the life " which was allowed to fad out for ever. I heard it was done by bringing in a dozen pianos and at a given signal each person played an " E cord" . It's a great story but no mention of it in this book!!!! How could the greatest note played in rock and roll be overlooked?
My only regret with this book was that it couldn't be paired with the actual Beatles' songs that it referred to - but I totally fixed that problem by keeping all my music on my iPhone. Each time I learned more about a song, I listened to it several times, trying to catch the new details that were so amazing to understand.
I lived through this era as a young teen and will never forget the magic of The Beatles. Thank you for providing such amazing insight in such an entertaining fashion! Well done!
I strongly recommend this book to serious Beatle fans, epsecially if you're interested in the recoding session.
As a recording engineer for the Beatles, Geoff Emerick was in a unique and gifted position to provide a first hand account of the Beatles in the studio.
A unique insider account of the Beatles in the studio.
This book is absolutely fascinating and well told. The narration is excellent.
This book is especially exciting for folks like myself, since The Beatles have always been my favorite band and I'm a recording engineer and singer/songwriter. I was engrossed in the tales of how Emerick and his coworkers recorded certain songs, and I learned many unexpected things about the personalities and abilities of the members of the group. Many in the music world worship not only the songwriting and musicianship of the band, but also the sound quality and innovation of their recordings. So learning more about the recording sessions firsthand is a real pleasure. The narrator was quite good... though I found his Liverpool accents a bit cartoonish, and he made all the Beatles sound the same. I tend to prefer narrators who don't try to imitate people's voices (unless they have a profound talent for it).
Emerick seems to be a great admirer of McCartney, and they have apparently been friends since the band's breakup. I'm not sure if this made him biased, but he clearly portrays Paul as the nicest person and most musically gifted and dedicated in the group. This didn't bother me, since Paul has always been my favorite Beatle and his talents were sometimes overshadowed by the dynamic personality and tragic death of Lennon. I appreciated his candor when discussing the strengths and weaknesses of the band members.
A great companion book for recording geeks is Recording the Beatles, though that is not available as an audiobook and is far more technical in nature.
There are no listener reviews for this title yet.
Report Inappropriate Content