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By Bob Wilson
Brooke Halpin has given a ‘fab’ new title to the Beatle faithful for their perusal. Experiencing the Beatles: A Listener’s Companion (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2017), isn’t a run of the mill edition. Brooke offers insights to the tricks behind the recording process that only an expert musician can explain in a way that everyone can understand. If you thought you had seen and heard it all, this work will add to your experience.
Brooke took the time to answer some of our queries, and fill us in regarding his new work, as well as his hit radio show, Come Together With the Beatles.
“I write about every song that the Beatles recorded and released while they were together, their influences, how songs were inspired, and focus on the way their songwriting evolved.” Brooke continued that his work “focuses on the U.S. releases because it was here in America where and when they were initially released. That includes their singles and albums released from early 1964 to 1970”. The author points to this short window of time which produced such a heady number of elite compositions that it is hard to fathom.
“Their chemistry and healthy and healthy competitiveness accelerated their creative output”, The Beatles knew they had an insatiable buying audience and they eagerly met their fans desire for new recordings”, remarked the author on the band’s prodigious output.
On George Martin’s influence, Brooke had this to say. He “was a classically trained musician who played the oboe and keyboards. Before working with the Beatles, he produced comedy records for Peter Sellers, among others. His input and contribution to the Beatles recordings is hugely significant. In the book, I write about what Martin did to the Beatles songs and how he enhanced, orchestrated and produced their songs”.
As to why the band started to do it in the studio and no longer on the road, Brooke opined the following. They “stopped touring for a number of reasons. Because John had said in 1966 that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus that caused a negative, destructive ‘Ban the Beatles’ and ‘Burn the Beatles Records’ backlash. As a result, ticket sales were down from their record breaking 1965 U.S. tour. When they were in the Philippines, they were roughed up because they didn’t attend a breakfast at the Royal Palace. Sound systems were inadequate at the time, so it was difficult for them to hear what they were playing. Some of their new songs had instruments and electronics that could not be duplicated live on stage. Put all that together, and they decided to stop touring and retreat into the recording studio with more time to focus on recording. They became more experimental in the recording studio which resulted with more complex recording techniques and production, such as the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album”.
The author’s insights on George’s development as a songwriter were equally intriguing. “George was a fine songwriter, but he knew that John and Paul were more prolific songwriters. George also knew that John and Paul’s personalities were more dominant, and at times overbearing, so he did feel hindered. During the January 1969 Twickenham rehearsal/recording sessions, John and Paul took little interest in George’s new songs, and he temporarily quit the band.
As for the keeper of the backbeat, “Ringo’s principal contribution to the Beatles was his natural ability to play drums in a way that enhanced the songs without getting in the way of the vocals.
Brooke recalled that he “had the great fortune to meet John at his 31st birthday party in Syracuse, New York, and met Yoko a number of times when I lived in New York City”. In his novel based on this story, A Magical Mystery Time, you can read on all of this in greater detail.
Come Together With the Beatles can be heard 6 times a week on www.radiomalibu.net, and wwwrockradio.com collectively. Brooke informs us that his guests have included “Ringo Starr, Julia Baird, Ivor Davis, Laurence Juber, and Spencer Davis. Experiencing the Beatles can be found online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or at Barnes and Noble stores.
37 years ago today, #JohnLennon was murdered by a person who we aren’t going to name. John,songwriter, musician and activist who founded #theBeatles, the most successful and musically influential band in the history of popular music.His influence was huge in the world,and has been immortalized in so many ways, John’s death hit hard.All these years later, his death at 40 still feels shocking, and we continue to mourn the loss,and miss the music he would have continued to make. We’re remembering John today and forever with a look at the legacy he left, the unforgettable music he made, both with The Beatles and as a solo artist. We love you John.
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Geoff Emerick became an assistant engineer at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in 1962 at age fifteen, and was present as a new band called the Beatles recorded their first songs. He later worked with the Beatles as they recorded their singles “She Loves You” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” the songs that would propel them to international superstardom. In 1964 he would witness the transformation of this young and playful group from Liverpool into professional, polished musicians as they put to tape classic songs such as “Eight Days A Week” and “I Feel Fine.”
Then, in 1966, at age nineteen, Geoff Emerick became the Beatles’ chief engineer, the man responsible for their distinctive sound as they recorded the classic album Revolver, in which they pioneered innovative recording techniques that changed the course of rock history. Emerick would also engineer the monumental Sgt. Pepper and Abbey Road albums, considered by many the greatest rock recordings of all time.
Geoff Emerick was very kind. He talked with ‘BEATLES MAGAZINE’ about The Beatles of course, and he said:
Geoff Emerick: “I had the pleasure and responsibility of working with The Beatles on so many of their recordings. In fact I was present in the recording studio for their very first session ever.
So you can trust I know good Beatles content when I come across it. If you google The Beatles you’ll bring up such a myriad of websites, you could spend a lot of time trying to find one that’s truly worthy of your attention.
I can direct you to a very good one indeed. Beatles Magazine has content that I enjoy myself and can recommend to every Beatles fan and aficionado.”
BM: Thank you so much Geoff.
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