Volume 1 - "My Bonnie"
through "Beatles For Sale"
1961-1964

The first book of the four-book series, The Beatles Recording Reference Manuals, "My Bonnie" through "Beatles For Sale" 1961-1964 tracks the evolution of the band from their earliest recordings and iniital hits, through Please Please Me, With The Beatles, A Hard Day's Night and Beatles For Sale.

Book Features

The Beatles Recording Reference Manuals are the ultimate companion for fans, Beatles scholars and musicians who want to learn how the greatest songs of all time were recorded.

Each book details a specific period in the recording history of The Beatles and contains the following major sections:

  • Commercial releases during the period (albums, singles and extended play (EP) discs)
  • Song-by-song narratives of work during the period in order of first recording (Each narration includes an introduction to the song, information on the technical team responsible for production and a description of the construction of the song from the first take to the final remix, detailing the entire recording process.).
  • An easy to follow diagram of the recording process.
  • A year-by-year overview of the recording studios used by the band, including the available equipment configurations.
  • A year-by-year overview of the instruments and amplifiers used by the band.
  • A session-by-session breakdown of every technical component used in the creation of the songs (listing the session date, location, work completed, technical staff, musicians, instruments used, amplifiers used, recording equipment, microphones and studio effects used).
  • A listing of mono and stereo master remixes, their dates of creation and their release versions (for UK release).
  • Tables outlining the use during the period of electric and acoustic guitars, basses, drums, percussion, keyboards and other instruments, amplifiers, EMI Studios outboard equipment and microphones.
  • An explanation of technical equipment in relation to The Beatles recording sessions
  • A glossary of terms
  • A complete bibliography

About The Series

The Beatles Recording Reference Manuals (1961-1970) are a multi-book series that tell the step-by-step process in which each of the band's recordings were created. The books reconstruct each song's creation as well as detailing the technical profile of each and every classic Beatles recording session from 1961 to 1970.

Through extensive, fully-documented research, these books fill an important gap left by all other Beatles books published to date and provide a unique view into the recordings of the most successful pop music act of all time.

The collection and analysis of hundreds of recordings (takes, outtakes, remixes and release versions), books, magazine articles, photos, film and video evidence, and interviews with key engineers who worked on the sessions filter out the noise of myth and conflicting fact to arrive at as accurate an accounting and application of facts surrounding the creation of these classic recordings as is currently possible.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jerry Hammack is an American musician, producer, recording engineer and author living in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 

Contact

Were you involved in The Beatles recording sessions? We'd love to hear from you! Do you have a comment or a question about the books? Want to get updates on upcoming book releases? Would you like to book Jerry for a Beatles event, lecuture, or book signing? Drop us a note.

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