Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles by Geoff EmerickDiscussion in ' Music Corner ' started by Chemically altered , Sep 19, Log in or Sign up. Steve Hoffman Music Forums. Location: In your mind. Here, There and Everywhere is one of my favorite books on the music of the Beatles.
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Geoff Emerick became an assistant engineer at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in at age fifteen, and was present as a new band called the Beatles recorded their first songs. Emerick would also engineer the monumental Sgt. Pepper and Abbey Road albums, considered by many the greatest rock recordings of all time. In Here, There and Everywhere he reveals the creative process of the band in the studio, and describes how he achieved the sounds on their most famous songs. Emerick also brings to light the personal dynamics of the band, from the relentless and increasingly mean-spirited competition between Lennon and McCartney to the infighting and frustration that eventually brought a bitter end to the greatest rock band the world has ever known.
Lauding the book as a dream come true for Fab music scholars, he reminds readers that its author in the recording studio at least was that rarest of things" a true Beatles insider. Indeed, the "cat" in question, recording engineer Geoff Emerick, was that and much more. A fixture behind the recording console for a large part of The Beatles's career, Emerick did much to shape the ground-breaking sounds of The Beatles's post-touring studio years Revolver , Sgt. Golden Ears" by his EMI colleagues though reading the book one can suspect the nickname was served up with generous helpings of English taking the you-know-what. Even today Emerick's contributions aren't always common knowledge.
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Emerick was a fresh-faced young engineer in April when producer George Martin offered him the chance to work with the Beatles on what would become Revolver. He lasted until , when tensions within the group, along with the band members' eccentricities and the demands of the job, forced him to quit after The White Album , exhausted and burned out. In this entertaining if uneven memoir, Emerick offers some priceless bits of firsthand knowledge. Amid the strict, sterile confines of EMI's Abbey Road studio, where technicians wore lab coats, the Beatles' success allowed them to challenge every rule. From their use of tape loops and their labor-intensive fascination with rolling tape backwards, the Beatles—and Emerick—reveled in shaking things up. Less remarkable are Emerick's personal recollections of the band members. He concedes the group never really fraternized with him—and he seems to have taken it personally.