One of his teachers there heard about a job at EMI and suggested he apply. At age 16, he was employed as an assistant engineer. From early in , his involvement with the band was limited due to his training program at EMI, as he progressed to lacquer cutter, mastering engineer and then balance or recording engineer. Lennon told Martin he wanted to re-create the "carnival atmosphere" of the Pablo Fanque circus poster that inspired the song. For the middle eight bars, Emerick spliced together multiple recordings of fairground organs and calliope in an attempt to create the effect; after a great deal of unsuccessful experimentation, Martin instructed Emerick to chop the tape into pieces with scissors, throw them up in the air, and re-assemble them at random. He also recorded some of the backing tracks for the debut album by Stealers Wheel , but resigned early on in the process, handing over to Apple recording engineer John Mills to continue working with producers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
|Published (Last):||13 April 2008|
|PDF File Size:||5.72 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||9.88 Mb|
|Price:||Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]|
Emerick was like 15 years old when he started working for EMI and participating on Beatle recordings. He was there in fact for the first ever Beatle recording and eventually became the sound engineer for all of their later work. All while still a teenager. His love for music and the Beatles comes through in his narative and he conveys a number of fascinating insights and anecdotes.
Also I could have done without some of his judgements and tooting of his own horn, but for the most part this was a very enjoyable read and I give it a strong recommendation. Also a great window into the Abbey Road recording culture of the 60s and recording history in general.
He comes off as an amiable guy with excellent ears, good will, and a great memory. Here, especially interesting because the author worked with the Beatles on several of their albums. The reader learns a little about the tricks of the trade of an engineer, how an engineer can shape music and its presentation to the tastes of the artists, and the pressures that go with the job.
Interesting is how the band members changed--from uncertain young musicians who were still growing to professionals with real skills. Also, the social part--from a pretty well integrated group which could work together to, in later years, each person recording his own music alone--with the engineer blending the results into a record.
All in all, a really fine book, giving an insight into the process of creating a record as well as the evolution of artists over time as individuals and as a group.
He never really spoke to George or Ringo, and he seems to have Definitely not a book for the casual Beatles fan. He does realize he was extremely lucky to be there, and he was clearly a talented engineer. The book is quick read: fast-paced and more or less chronological.
A unique perspective on a familiar story.
El sonido de los Beatles