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Beatles Gear: All the Fab Four's Instruments from Stage to Studio - The Ultimate Edition
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I just got a copy of this book to review last week...it's in my queue and I'm so happy to add it to my Beatles library...it's a book I've lusted after for a while and just flipping through it, it looks soooooooo good! 🙂

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I got it for Christmas. You're right, it looks amazing. I've thumbed through it briefly and can't wait to give it a proper read. Right now, I'm still slogging through Lewisohn's ...Chronicle.

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I got it for Christmas. You're right, it looks amazing. I've thumbed through it briefly and can't wait to give it a proper read. Right now, I'm still slogging through Lewisohn's ...Chronicle.

I haven't read the Chronicle in AGES...that or the Recording Sessions, I got them both 20+ years ago but probably haven't read either of them since ~2000...seems like I should soon.

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Zig said
I got it for Christmas. You're right, it looks amazing. I've thumbed through it briefly and can't wait to give it a proper read. Right now, I'm still slogging through Lewisohn's ...Chronicle.

I haven't read the Chronicle in AGES...that or the Recording Sessions, I got them both 20+ years ago but probably haven't read either of them since ~2000...seems like I should soon.

they have a lot of copies of this at my local Barnes & Noble. I glanced through, looks like a very nice book but I've got a lot of other reading to do first

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they have a lot of copies of this at my local Barnes & Noble. I glanced through, looks like a very nice book but I've got a lot of other reading to do first

Same. Mrs Claus brought me Lewisohn's ...Chronicles...Recording Sessions and this book. My plan is to get through the first two before reading this one. I'm chuffed over having so much great stuff to devour.

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Zig said

Don.W said

they have a lot of copies of this at my local Barnes & Noble. I glanced through, looks like a very nice book but I've got a lot of other reading to do first

Same. Mrs Claus brought me Lewisohn's ...Chronicles...Recording Sessions and this book. My plan is to get through the first two before reading this one. I'm chuffed over having so much great stuff to devour.

 

Same, my reading pile is about 2 feet high, no joke, and every time I finish a book, two more replace it. But I love reading so it's all good...there are far worse vices to have 🙂

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I finally got around to starting this book. It is so much better than I anticipated. I expected it to be just a detailed itemization and description of the instruments they played. More than that, it tells the story of The Beatles (even from before they knew each other) and provides the detailed description of the instruments they owned at that particular time. They even go into detail about the banjo, guitars and drums of the members of The Quarry Men. Very cool.

I just left off at the part where George purchased his Futurama.

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The next chapter will be about the boys preparing to go off to Hamburg. Still being in the very early chapters of the book, I can highly recommend it to anyone who loves The Beatles whether or not you know anything about musical instruments.

One very interesting thing about the book I almost forgot to include is how different everyone's (The Quarry Men members) recollection is of certain events. Just when you thought you knew what happened, someone contradicts it. To me, that's part of the fun and mystery of being a Beatles fan!

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And the pictures in it are great. I like those where they are rehearsing at their dressing room, tuning their guitars and stuff... And the one with all their equipment at the airport. A very tiny equipment compared to any band nowadays

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I haven't reached those pages yet, but I know what you mean about the sparse equipment they toured with. I laugh every time I read about how in the infancy of the band, Neil Aspinall needed help lugging and setting up their equipment, so they hired a second roadie.

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These days, a small army is required. From Wiki regarding one of Paul's recent tours.

The tour required 31 trucks to transport all its equipment and employed a full-time crew of over 150 people to make it all work. The total weight of all the tour's equipment was 125,000 pounds (57,000 kg). The indoor concerts on the tour used 90 speakers, and the outdoor stadium shows used 130. Backstage at each show there were 14 touring offices and dressing rooms. The catering department served approximately 480 vegetarian meals a day to the crew.

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Zig said
I haven't reached those pages yet, but I know what you mean about the sparse equipment they toured with. I laugh every time I read about how in the infancy of the band, Neil Aspinall needed help lugging and setting up their equipment, so they hired a second roadie.

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These days, a small army is required. From Wiki regarding one of Paul's recent tours.

The tour required 31 trucks to transport all its equipment and employed a full-time crew of over 150 people to make it all work. The total weight of all the tour's equipment was 125,000 pounds (57,000 kg). The indoor concerts on the tour used 90 speakers, and the outdoor stadium shows used 130. Backstage at each show there were 14 touring offices and dressing rooms. The catering department served approximately 480 vegetarian meals a day to the crew.

  

1. Has Paul been bringing a 40 piece orchestra and a choir with him because I don't know why you'd ever need more than 2 or 3 trucks, forget 31.

2. I know that Paul's a vegetarian, but since when did he decide to refuse to serve meat to his crew. Also, what is he serving his crew, Hershey Chocolate Bars and Lay's Potato Chips, that's the only vegan things that I can think of that I would eat because if he fed the crew something like broccoli, I bet no one would be eating it and they'd just go to McDonalds instead.

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1. Has Paul been bringing a 40 piece orchestra and a choir with him because I don't know why you'd ever need more than 2 or 3 trucks, forget 31.

31 trucks are needed because they are generally carrying two complete stage set-ups with them, and two crews working on overlap when he has dates close together. Let's say Paul has a gig on a Monday, his second crew is setting up the stage for Tuesday night's gig, and once Monday night's gig is over, the stage is taken apart and trucked to be assembled for Wednesday's gig, etc.

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@HMBeatlesfan said
1. Has Paul been bringing a 40 piece orchestra and a choir with him because I don't know why you'd ever need more than 2 or 3 trucks, forget 31.

31 trucks are needed because they are generally carrying two complete stage set-ups with them, and two crews working on overlap when he has dates close together. Let's say Paul has a gig on a Monday, his second crew is setting up the stage for Tuesday night's gig, and once Monday night's gig is over, the stage is taken apart and trucked to be assembled for Wednesday's gig, etc.  

What happened to just bringing your crew and their instruments, why is it that nowadays you have to bring a lot of stuff with you.

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I wonder if Andy Babuik considers himself a 1st gen or 2nd gen fan.

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I love The Beatles Gear, it's a great book and a must have for any fan of The Beatles instruments. Say, is there a difference between the ultimate edition and the version that Andy Babiuk originally released in 2001, i've only read the original version so i don't know if there's any notable differences.

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I love The Beatles Gear, it's a great book and a must have for any fan of The Beatles instruments. Say, is there a difference between the ultimate edition and the version that Andy Babiuk originally released in 2001, i've only read the original version so i don't know if there's any notable differences.  

I was going to ask the same thing. Is the text all different and extended or is it just being padded out with more images?

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I don't own the original, only the latest. This Amazon link has additional info/reviews, etc... that may help answer your question.

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