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Mark Lewisohn: The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions
7 December 2010
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Thanks, Joe that must the book for instrumentation. But what I´m looking for is not just that but a documentation of: in which song plays Paul the lead guitar, in which is it John, info like that. Who plays the piano part in which part of which song etc., There is a lot of that information in the song descriptions on this web site, but I was wondering if there is a compilation

7 December 2010
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In book form, your best odds are the Walter Everett books and Revolution in The Head by Ian McDonald

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Thanks I will buy the 2 books by Walter Everett, sounds interesting

8 March 2013
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So, uh, has anyone noticed that (a possibly new edition of??) this legendary tome is due for publication on Amazon in October 2013, and available for pre-order now for a mere… £11.87?   :-D

9 March 2013
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Looks like it's being reprinted to coincide with the publication of All These Years. A good chance for any who haven't got it to get hold of this remarkably detailed, and essential, book. I wonder whether it will be a Revised Edition, at the least taking in the corrections he made in The Complete Beatles Chronicle, at best taking in details he learnt while working on All These Years. Anyone noticed that in Amazon's "Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed" bit, the impression is given that George Martin wrote The Complete Beatles Chronicle! LOL!

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Yes, even just a standard re-print I'd be really happy with. I swithered over paying a substantial amount of money for a second-hand copy recently, so a re-issue at this price is a gift.

I thought the same, with his extensive research on the new tome Lewishohn's bound to have uncovered many discrepancies that he'd take the opportunity to revise. Having said that, with the gargantuan task of producing these three behemoth new volumes it's hard to see how he'd have the time and energies left to attend to anything else! (Here's hoping, though).

9 March 2013
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A straight reprint is possible, but I don't see it would make sense, even to Lewisohn. He made several changes to the recording information in The Complete Beatles Chronicle, some of quite important (like for Can't Buy Me Love). I think it has to be a revised edition, just how revised has to be the question.

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9 March 2013
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I suspect it's a straight reissue, for a few reasons. Firstly, ML's probably been very busy with the massive biog, with not enough time to revise his earlier books (that's guesswork, of course). Secondly, I recall an interview where he expressed frustration that Chronicle was reissued with a crap cover pic of just John and Paul, which he hated as it was a book about all The Beatles (as a band). That suggests to me that he doesn't really have the rights to the books any more, and the publishers can do what they want with them. Finally, why would he put out another (old) book at the same time as his magnum opus? It would confuse potential purchasers, saturate the market with Lewisohn works, and take away the impact of his biography.

I may be wrong of course…

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10 March 2013
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Joe said
That suggests to me that he doesn't really have the rights to the books any more, and the publishers can do what they want with them.

My guess is he has the rights, but from what I've heard from other authors, publishers generally have the final say on the content of book covers.

Finally, why would he put out another (old) book at the same time as his magnum opus? It would confuse potential purchasers, saturate the market with Lewisohn works, and take away the impact of his biography.

Perhaps one of the reasons why his biog has taken so long is that he went back to revise this one? It would be odd to reissue a book that might be contradicted by the new one.

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11 March 2013
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From a 2005 interview:

BH: You have written several books about the Beatles and your 1988 landmark volume, The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, is still in high demand, today. Is there any plan for EMI to publish a slightly revised version (with the Anthology additions) of this popular book? It would certainly be a top seller.

ML: I think that is unlikely to happen, for the simple reason that EMI can no longer produce Beatles-related projects without asking Apple's approval, and this was an EMI-authorised book, not an Apple- authorised book. Had it been so, then I expect Apple would have taken exception to some of the things I wrote, or people said, possibly with sound reason. I'm actually much more interested in republishing The Complete Beatles Chronicle, improving its format and embracing all the new information that has come to light since it was first published in 1992. Again though, now that I'm fully engaged on the biographical trilogy, that will have to wait, even if the publishers were to break with tradition and ask me.

Incidentally, I'm not even sure if EMI are aware that Hamlyn recently licensed the reprint of Recording Sessions that brought it back into the stores for the first time in more than a dozen years. I certainly didn't know it had been done until people said they'd seen it on sale. And I hate the cover. Hamlyn's corporate nonsense has been dogging me for years, and they never bother to invite the involvement of the person who created the work.

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11 March 2013
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I've got the original pressings of both of those books and never bothered to update…glad I didn't as it seems they are unauthorized!

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8 October 2013
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Just got my freshly-minted, October 2013 edition of the Complete Recording Sessions. Gorgeous big floppy, glossy paperback with french flaps (fnar fnar). Were previous paperback editions the same? Pre-ordered it a few months back and comes in at a very reasonable price of £11.52 from Am*zon.

It doesn't mention anything about revisions so I suspect it's a straight re-issue, though this is the first I've owned this title so that's fine by me.

When is the McCartney interview from? It doesn't mention a date – not even on the publishing page - though I expect nineties or noughties by the jist of it. The interview is longer and more forthcoming than I had anticipated.

8 October 2013
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Definitely a straight re-issue – at one point Lewisohn says, "…today, in the late 80s, Revolver is considered…" I suspect the interview might be from '88, then.

Still a lovely thing, mind you.

8 October 2013
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I saw this advertised recently online down here as well for a decent price of around A$23 or so delivered – I was thinking of buying it to take my collection into double figures :)

8 October 2013
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This is one of those books I plan to get eventually… knowing that 'eventually' is probably a long way away from now. I go to buy it then I remember something else (and usually Beatles related) I want more… so I still don't have it.

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8 October 2013
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It's an essential book! I bought my copy back in ~1993 or so and I still read through it every few months, it's got a wealth of information.

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8 October 2013
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Yeah, I know. That has been playing on my mind recently :D

Can't afford it at the moment, though. It'll have to wait a bit longer.

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8 October 2013
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Its a great book but there are details which have since been corrected in other books. Still a must have however for any Beatle fan be it a young one to the fold or a being of longer fandom. If you can get any Mark Lewison Beatle books then snap them up, there is a reason why All Those Years is so heavily anticipated.

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8 October 2013
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Probably won't have much agreement here, but I wish the reprint wasn't done on that sort of glossy paper (which Father McCartney says it has.) I hate that stuff – it makes the book too heavy and reflects light too easily, rendering it unreadable from certain angles. What's wrong with plain old pulpy paper? Who cares if it oxidizes in forty years? OH NOES THE EDGES OF THE PAGES HAVE TURNED BROWN!

Of course, none of this stuff is an issue for you users of Kindles and whatnot, all of you technologically ahead of me…

Anyways, I was lucky enough to find my copy of "Chronicle" (1992 edition) in the remaindered section of the bookstore for a mere $10 back around 2005 or so, and wish I didn't feel the need to buy this new updated one when it shows up. But I do, of course. So much new information/new recordings have come to light since the original publication.

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Give me a book on paper, none of this swishing screens and zooming in and out. I tried to read Sherlock Holmes on an ipod, horrible experience.blue-meanie

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