I know, I know – does the world really need another Beatles book? Well, I suppose there’s always room for one more to add to the existing collection!
Unlike other books in the On Track series, this one eschews the album by album format, opting instead for an alphabetical listing. So what? Well it covers not only all the songs The Beatles recorded, but also those performed live, going right back to their earliest days in The Cavern and Hamburg. Throw into that solo tracks recorded prior to the band’s dissolution, together with songs they donated to other artists and those they simply guested on or produced and you have a very comprehensive work indeed. Each song has a brief preamble about its origins and musical content, but a formidable listing of details of each take and where it can be heard then follows. Details of any live performances are then added too. As you can gather, this is not a book that you would read cover to cover in one sitting as the content is often really quite dry. It’s far better used as a reference work to dip in and out of to research details of a specific song. It’s obvious a lot of time and work has been put into collating this information, and I’m sure hardcore fans and collectors who this book is primarily aimed at will find it fascinating, casual followers maybe not so much.
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Immersing themselves in the depths and minutiae of The Beatles career and catalogue.
One thing you’ve learned
I’m not sure there’s much left for the average listener to learn other than they were, and surely will always remain, the most influential band ever