Abbey Road/Let It Be : The Beatles (Classic Rock Albums Series)

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Classic Rock Albums is a series of 6 books on famous albums that changed the way rock and roll was heardand played. Each book opens with a brief history of the group, their previous recordings, and their importance in rock. The main section of the text focuses on the album itselfhow it was recorded, the songs, the trivia and interesting information about the process of making and packaging the record. Finally, critical reactionthen and nowis summarized along with a brief essay on the album's place in musical history and the group's remaining work.Let It Be and Abbey Road were the products of a series of sessions that turned out to be the last the Beatles made. The Beatles undertook to return to their "rootsto make a simple live album and to document the process on film. Unfortunately, the sessions turned cantankerous, and a mountain of materialoriginal songs, oldies, fragmentswas recorded but never completed. The film crew only made matters worse, requiring sessions to take place early in the morning, as well as capturing much of the dissension and arguing among the ranks. In the end, the sessions were shelved, and the Beatles returned to the studio to make their "last" album: Abbey Road.Here, the entire story of the sessions is told, revealing the Beatles's unique working methods and documenting the dissolution of one of rock's most important bands. The book reveals in detail the acrimonious recording sessions for the Beatles last two albums. What brought them together for the sessions? What drove them apart? How did they manage to write and record many of their best-loved songs in the midst of their disintegration?Peter Doggett is the editor of Record Collector and well-known British writer on rock musicespecially the Beatles.

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These two titles fall in a new series on some of rock's most important albums. Doggett (Lou Reed: Growing Up in Public, Omnibus, 1992) bypasses the more obvious "Sgt. Pepper" and instead chronicles the agonizing death rattle that was the Beatles' 1969 "Get Back" project. The idea was to record and film the Beatles, stripped of any studio trickery, rehearsing for their first live performance in three years. Instead, apathy, dreadful working conditions, and inter-Beatle bickering turned the sessions into a public viewing of the group's self-destruction. Miraculously, a few months later the four Beatles became fab again, creating what may be their crowning achievement, "Abbey Road." Sixteen months after the original sessions Phil "Wall of Sound" Spector salvaged (some say ruined) the "Get Back" tapes in the form of the rechristened Let It Be album. Unfortunately, Doggett's unflinching examination is made somewhat redundant by Doug Sulpy and Ray Schweighardt's more detailed Get Back: The Unauthorized Chronicle of the Beatles "Let It Be" Disaster (LJ 7/97). The story of the Sex Pistols' one and only album is the story of the band itself. For all their rejection of 1970s rock excesses, it is to their chagrin that the enormously influential Never Mind the Bollocks took nearly the entire life span of the group to complete. Refreshingly, Heylin (Bootleg: The Secret History of the Other Recording Industry, LJ 5/1/95) and Antonia waste little print on the Pistols' notorious exploits and focus instead on the band's recording history. The authors leave the reader with a surprising appreciation for the Sex Pistols' musical ability and pop craftsmanship, distancing the band from the breakneck style of contemporaries like the Ramones. Both books are bolstered by annotated track listings and reprints of selected period reviews. Other albums treated in this series are Cream's Disraeli Gears and David Bowie's The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars. Recommended for most pop music collections.?Lloyd Jansen, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., Stockton, CA
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