RECORDING THE BEATLES > By Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan

Weighing in at more than 500 pages (and 11 lbs!), Recording The Beatles is no lightweight tome. The book explores every conceivable aspect of how the Fab Four recorded their classic albums; people, recording gear and even specific in-house pianos at Abbey Road are all profiled.

Label: CURVEBENDER
Rating: ★★★★★








Weighing in at more than 500 pages (and 11 lbs!), Recording The Beatles is no lightweight tome. The book explores every conceivable aspect of how the Fab Four recorded their classic albums; people, recording gear and even specific in-house pianos at Abbey Road are all profiled. Visually, it’s just as comprehensive: Ever wonder where each Beatle stood while tracking? There’s gorgeous drawings and photos to show where and copious text to explain why. Structured chronologically, the book hits a highpoint once the Beatles quit the road in 1966, showing how the band’s songwriting was affected by studio limitations-and how the group worked around those restrictions, becoming increasingly experimental as the ‘60s wore on. Explanations and insights from technical insiders abound, highlighting what a creative, community effort it was: One engineer’s tale of how he invented the chewy piano sound used in “Birthday” for John Lennon might be a highlight of another Beatle book, but here, it’s just another fun story in amongst dozens of them. Encased in over-the-top, deluxe packaging that really has to be seen to be believed, Recording The Beatles is one of those rare books that are as edifying as they are entertaining–a visually stunning, definitive work for Beatle fans and serious students of recording alike.