The Beatles In Mono

The Beatles In Mono

by Andrew Hickey

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In The Beatles In Mono, Andrew Hickey examines, track by track, the Beatles' work as it was originally created, in mono. Going through the 2009 The Beatles In Mono box set, he looks at the band's influences, their musical techniques, and the progression of their career from Love Me Do through to Get Back. As a bonus, this edition also contains appendices giving brief overviews of the stereo-only material the band recorded, as well as 'non-canon' albums like the Anthology series, Live At The BBC and Liverpool Sound Collage. A splendid time is guaranteed for all!

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BN ID: 2940011259425
Publisher: Andrew Hickey
Publication date: 04/08/2011
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 817,532
File size: 474 KB

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Writer of books on (so far) music, comics and science. Also available in hardcopy from Lulu.

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The Beatles In Mono 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I expected some insight into the differences/similarites in the mono mixes vs stereo mixes of the Beatles catalog. I got through the first two chapters regarding the Past Masters albums, realizing early on this is simply opinions on Beatles tracks from someone who is quite obviously NOT a musical expert, nor a Beatles expert. His knowledge base on the Beatles seems to stem from watching the Anthology and reading Allan Pollocks disertation from the internet. I will give the author credit for letting the reader know as much in his forward, but some pearls of wisdom are inexcusable (ie referring to an obvious "pun" in Lady Madonna being the line " did you think that money was heaven sent/cent" The Beatles are British, they think in pounds and shillings, not dollars and cents. Or mentioning that Hey Jude was Lennons favorite McCartney track. A well versed Beatles fan knows John has mentioned several tracks as his "favorite" McCartney track, depending on his mood at the time. He was also very much a fan of Here There and Everywhere and called it his fave in several interviews) The point is, so many books have been written about The Beatles, there are many better options by more informed writers to chose from. A novice fan may enjoy this book, but will be mislead, in some respects, by opinions rather than facts. An obsessive fan like myself will not get through thd first couple chapters before regarding it as rubbish and deleting it from their nook or kindle, or burning a hard copy in thr fireplace. Hate to be harsh, but this book does no justice for the greatest rock band in history. Save your five bucks and find "The Beatles: Off the Record" which is fantastic.
ST2442 More than 1 year ago
I'm through Rubber Soul and I don't know when I'll get to the end. The author must be a Stones fan. I can't imagine that someone who loves the music of the big guys can possibly find so much to criticize. I've read dozens of Beatle books and lots of them were not love fests, but I can only do a few pages at a time of this work before I need a break (I will finish eventually by reading on days I'm already in a bad mood or my bunion is throbbing). To use the author's favorite word, he must have gotten an extra $100 everytime he put it in the text, it's "astonishing" that George Martin has the reputation he has considering how many mistakes and poor decisions he made during the production of almost every song. If only Mr. Martin had had the foresight to include the author in each session, the Beatle catalogue might, in time, have become something special. I will say, however, that $5 is not a bad price to pay to get a remarkably different take on the music and aren't different viewpoints more fun?
Andrew_Hickey More than 1 year ago
I don't normally respond to reviews, good or bad, of my work, but one line in the one-star review by "Anonymous" below needed response (hence me giving this an average star rating - I don't want to inflate my rating, and I would have posted this as a comment if I had the option.) Anonymous says that my knowledge of the Beatles stretches no further than the Anthology series and Pollack's essays, and that I admit as much. This is nothing more than outright libel. If nothing else, I mention even in the foreword that I referred to Lewisohn's and Ian MacDonald's books. I also referred to, among other works, the book-length interviews of Lennon by Andy Peebles, Jann Wenner and David Sheff, Miles' Many Years From Now, and copies of sheet music or tablature for most of the songs. Those are only the books which I directly referred to during the writing of the book - I've read many more, and can lecture at tedious length about the inaccuracies in, say, Alastair Taylor's book Yesterday or Brian Epstein's autobiography. My book is obviously not to Anonymous' taste, and that's fine - s/he clearly doesn't want a book of this type, which is a critical analysis of the music. Though quite why s/he would spend money on it after reading the free sample which lays out quite clearly what kind of book it is, I don't know. And I'd be fine with the one-star review if it didn't actually lie about the level of research I put into this book. Incidentally, if I, as a British person, can see the "heaven sent/cent" pun in the lyric, I'm sure that McCartney, as another British person, and one who liked to play with words, could also have come up with it. (Feel free to delete this review, moderators, if and when the review to which it's referring is deleted)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont like"not worth 5 bucks"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago