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Solid State

By: Kenneth Womack,Alan Parsons - foreword
Narrated by: William Hughes
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In Solid State, Kenneth Womack offers the most definitive account of the conception, recording, mixing, and reception of Abbey Road

In February 1969, the Beatles began working on what became their final album together. Abbey Road introduced a number of new techniques and technologies to the Beatles' sound and included "Come Together", "Something", and "Here Comes the Sun", which all emerged as classics. 

Womack's colorful retelling of how this landmark album was written and recorded is a treat for fans of the Beatles. Solid State takes listeners back to 1969 and into EMI's Abbey Road Studios, which boasted an advanced solid state transistor mixing desk. Womack focuses on the dynamics between John, Paul, George, and Ringo and producer George Martin and his team of engineers, who for the most part set aside the tensions and conflicts that had arisen on previous albums to create a work with an innovative (and among some fans and critics, controversial) studio-bound sound that prominently included the new Moog synthesizer, among other novelties. 

As Womack shows, Abbey Road was the culmination of the instrumental skills, recording equipment, and artistic vision that the band and George Martin had developed since their early days in the same studio seven years before. A testament to the group's creativity and their producer's ingenuity, Solid State is required listening for all fans of the Beatles and the rock 'n' roll.

©2019 Kenneth Womack (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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It's all about the recording studios

This book is not about The Beatles relationship, music or songs. Focuses 8n unneccessary details about the recording studios and other small details about the recordings. Nothing really about the group.

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For real Beatle fans

This book is for the fanatic Beatle fan not your everyday Beatle fan. A lot of technical info. A lot of insight I haven’t heard before. If you’re not a study of the Beatles may be a bit boring. I loved it became I am a fanatic. Just make it through the first chapter and it’s all good after that.

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A detailed look at an AMAZING album!!!

For some reason most books and documentaries about the Beatles tend to gloss over the recording of Abbey Road. Probably because it was recorded last, but released before the horribly Phil Spector produced "Let It Be" album and it doesn't flow into the narrative the way they want. Well this book bucks the trend and goes into great detail about the band and great technical detail about the actual recording process. It shows us how the Beatles really were at the time for better or worse

John: Paul you are too bossy and use all the time in the studio to do your songs!
Paul: We had to record my stuff because you didn't write anything due to you and Yoko spending your time doing heroin!!!

I'm paraphrasing and being cheeky of course. You need to read and learn from the actual book and not my overly simplistic recreation. You will also enjoy hearing about a solid state mixing board, and that is no small feat. Bravo Kenneth Womack for a great book! Also William Hughes provides solid narration.
A must buy for Beatle fans!!!!

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American accent for a British writer???

Why?? I don’t get it. Can’t imagine what went through the producers mind.impossible to suspend disbelief.

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Fascinating Book About Abbey Road LP and Studio

This does have a lot of technical stuff in it, but I really enjoyed it. I understood more than I thought I would. Really good acct on how the Beatles ended up quitting their group. Some nice insights as well. As a lifelong Beatles fan I'm glad I found it!

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Very Satisfying

To any Beatles fan ( about 90% of us ) a very satisfying audible listen. There are a lot of details on the recording of the iconic Abby Road.
Solid State is also the story of the final days of the Beatles, and the initial days of their solo careers.

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Good book, nice and detailed.

A fascinating look at the Beatles' last great work. Especially great for sound engineers like myself as it also touches on the technical side of the sessions. Also it's something to hold us Beatle fanatics over until the rest of Lewnson's opus comes :)

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Bet. Youll Luv it

You Read? Love Abbey Road? Have a real interest in creating music and learning howbits done? All you need is thia book

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A great telling the creation of a great album and the end of the greatest band 

I enjoyed the detail and explanation of the creation of the Abbey Road album. I also appreciated that the story did not end with the album, but helped it also explain how the let it be, and the end of the Beatles tied in with the creation of the Abbey Road album.

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Still Fabulous

Can you imagine those creative years? It makes you wonder after the breakup, had they had Digital Recording, would Paul have toured as the Beatles doing their music and his own without Wings? Something to think about.

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