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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,435 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Geoff Emerick Narrator: Martin Jarvis Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2006 ISBN:
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Geoff Emerick was only 15 years old when he began working with the Beatles as assistant engineer for their early classics I Want to Hold Your Hand and She Loves You. Incredibly, at the age of 19, he was promoted to full engineer, taking the helm for the group's groundbreaking album Revolver. Ten months later, he joined forces with the Beatles for the recording of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, hailed by Rolling Stone as the greatest album ever made. In their constant quest for experimentation and new sounds, and despite the technical limitations of the pre-digital age, Emerick developed a slew of innovative recording techniques, many of which are still in use today.

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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 2/9/2014

    " From the guy behind the guy(s), his miking techniques revoltionized the modern studio recording process. Also, he helped create sample-based music by enabling the Beatles to do "Tomorrow Never Knows" Also, he thought Magic Alex was bunk long before he drove the Beatles away from Maharishi. Still waiting on that stereo wallpaper, man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Place | 2/6/2014

    " I really liked this. Cool insights into the Beatles in the recording studio. How they and their team worked the magic! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Johnson | 2/4/2014

    " A great look into the technical and personal side of recording The Beatles. A must-read for any Beatles fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donald Gallinger | 1/22/2014

    " Geoff Emerick was the recording engineer behind such seminal works as Revolver and Sgt. Pepper. He was also privy to most of the inner workings of the Beatles' recording sessions even if he wasn't the chief engineer on all their albums. Through careful observations of the Beatles' compositional styles and perceptive insights into the dynamics of their personalities, Emerick brings a welcome clarity to the subject of how the Beatles worked in the studio and how their vision of rock evolved. The early days are evoked with particular charm, especially the memories of recording "She Loves You" at the same time that frantic fans were invading EMI studios. Emerick's comments on the raw energy of "She Loves You" versus the more contained power of "I Want to Hold Your Hand," are more than worth the price for any serious Beatles historian. Interesting, detailed, and very readable. A gem in the ongoing treatises upon Beatle-ology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay | 1/22/2014

    " Different perspective on recording of the Beatles. Definitely makes you want to break out the headphone to find some of the little things he talks about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxanne / RoMoSquare | 1/21/2014

    " The writing of this book sometimes suffered from a little too much technical jargon, and the writing itself had some repetitive tendencies, but overall, I really enjoyed this behind the scenes book. I'm obviously a Beatles fan (or I wouldn't have read this!), and my previous delvings into Beatles history have always been the very official line like the "Anthology" documentary. Emerick really was there from day one and was able to offer what I believe to be a more valid and honest depiction of musical genius tempered by drug use and repurcussions of fame. Pretty fascinating stuff! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jpe | 1/16/2014

    " Great stuff if you're into the Beatles "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anton | 12/28/2013

    " Priceless treasure trove of Beatles engineering, musical, psychological, and gossipy tidbits, written by the greatest engineer of pop music, who was instrumental in creating Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's, and Abbey Road. Also a great window into the Abbey Road recording culture of the 60s and recording history in general. He comes off as an amiable guy with excellent ears, good will, and a great memory. None of the Beatles escape quite unscathed, but it's nice to see them described as normal moody human beings, and besides, Emerick clearly is bursting with admiration for them.. really brings the music back to life no matter how many times you've heard it, and makes you feel the excitement that was in the studio as they made music history -- especially the chapters on Sgt. Pepper's, which I still adamantly argue (against the 'Revolverist' revisionists) was the Beatles' creative peak--and probably the peak pop album of all time, yes, which sadly puts me in agreement with the totally annoying boomer bible, Rolling Stone. Good companion books: The Beatles Recording Sessions (I think it's called that, by Lewisohn & Emerick), and that huge fat catalog of all the Beatles recording gear and how it was used. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Small | 12/2/2013

    " Great book that gives you an inside look at the Beatles music and lives written by their long time music producer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jordan | 8/30/2013

    " A tale of the greatest party on earth told from the squarest guy in the room. There are probably a hundred better books on the Beatles, but if you're into audio production, there are a few gems in here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/14/2013

    " Great so far- I'm as excited as Geoff was when he got to Tag along with the assistant engineer on the Beatles' very first recording session for EMI! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margar Ramone | 6/13/2013

    " Its maninly about the guy who recored music FOR the beatles. but it talks alot about them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake | 6/4/2013

    " For Sgt. Pepper and/or Paul fans, and since I'm both, I loved it. John comes off as a real turd. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 keith koenigsberg | 12/2/2012

    " Excellent book, mostly concerned with the recording of the Beatles, and their music. Thus not much about their personal lives and loves. This book is for the music fan, not those inquisitive to the Beatles soap-opera lives. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian O'sullivan | 9/11/2011

    " Excellent inside info on some of the Beatles' recording magic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clint Priest | 7/5/2011

    " Neat insight from The Beatles chief sound engineer in the studio. Again, this is for The Beatles nerd and most readers will be disinterested. Great notes on tricks that were used to make iconic, cavalier sounds on many of the group's records. Dig it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 6/24/2011

    " An enjoyable read about a part of The Beatles we don't ever really hear about, the sound mixing aspect. I wish Geoff Emerick had gotten a little more in depth about sound mixing but I guess I can't complain. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alesh Houdek | 6/17/2011

    " Nothing earth-shattering, but this book kind of pulled me along. I skipped about the first and last 10%. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kent Hayden | 5/8/2011

    " Great technical book about how the Beatles were recorded. Geoff keeps the gossip way down and doesn't indulge in what's already been covered many times already. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 4/2/2011

    " An enjoyable read about a part of The Beatles we don't ever really hear about, the sound mixing aspect. I wish Geoff Emerick had gotten a little more in depth about sound mixing but I guess I can't complain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alan | 12/7/2010

    " Like being a fly on the wall in The Beatle's recording sessions. VERY interesting read, especially for fans of the Fab Four. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonia | 9/8/2010

    " Just when I thought I couldn't be more obsessed with the music of The Beatles than I already am... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bernie | 7/21/2010

    " Great book by the recroding engineer of the Beatles. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roman | 6/16/2010

    " He's not the greatest writer and is biased toward Paul for the entire book, however the stories about Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's, the White Album and their later, more tumultuous sessions are pretty engrossing. Once he starts covering his later career and working for Wings, it gets pretty sleepy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jordan | 3/18/2010

    " A tale of the greatest party on earth told from the squarest guy in the room. There are probably a hundred better books on the Beatles, but if you're into audio production, there are a few gems in here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alondra | 2/21/2010

    " Uhh, too many technical tangents and biased opinions on Paul. As a John lover, I must simply abhor this book! I don't, thought, and that's only because this book is a must-have for any Beatles lover (60% of the world).Peace! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 jeremy | 1/29/2010

    " Good book... nice to hear an honest opinion about what the Beatles were really like (instead of just the ususal kissing their arses for everything they do). Apparently George H took a million takes to get his guitar solos right, and Paul was the only friendly one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 1/27/2010

    " If you keep the subtitle in mind (My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles), it's easy to appreciate Emerick's point of view. If you're a huge Ringo or George fan, you might want to steer clear of this one, but he paints Paul like a guy you'd really want to be friends with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mariana | 1/26/2010

    " extremely interesting. and i am not a sound engineer and i am still able to understand his descriptions of recording procedures.
    I really enjoyed it but it is not a book for everyone. You need to have a minimum knowledge of studio recording and the beatles. "

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