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Most Beatles fans have probably spent most of their time listening to the iconic group's music over a stereo system with external speakers. While the music sounds wonderful this way, this method of listening does not deliver the full sonic picture of what the Beatles created. To have a complete appreciation of their artistry and innovation, one must listen carefully to the Most Beatles fans have probably spent most of their time listening to the iconic group's music over a stereo system with external speakers. While the music sounds wonderful this way, this method of listening does not deliver the full sonic picture of what the Beatles created. To have a complete appreciation of their artistry and innovation, one must listen carefully to the Beatles recordings over high-quality headphones. Based on hundreds of listening hours, this volume chronicles--album by album and in great detail--the nuances and quirks to be found in a close listening, including mistakes, studio corrections, mumbled phrases and other aural delights and peccadilloes. With brief but incisive reviews of every song the Beatles committed to tape, this pioneering work offers a new and enlightening perspective on the greatest popular music ever written, performed or recorded.


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Most Beatles fans have probably spent most of their time listening to the iconic group's music over a stereo system with external speakers. While the music sounds wonderful this way, this method of listening does not deliver the full sonic picture of what the Beatles created. To have a complete appreciation of their artistry and innovation, one must listen carefully to the Most Beatles fans have probably spent most of their time listening to the iconic group's music over a stereo system with external speakers. While the music sounds wonderful this way, this method of listening does not deliver the full sonic picture of what the Beatles created. To have a complete appreciation of their artistry and innovation, one must listen carefully to the Beatles recordings over high-quality headphones. Based on hundreds of listening hours, this volume chronicles--album by album and in great detail--the nuances and quirks to be found in a close listening, including mistakes, studio corrections, mumbled phrases and other aural delights and peccadilloes. With brief but incisive reviews of every song the Beatles committed to tape, this pioneering work offers a new and enlightening perspective on the greatest popular music ever written, performed or recorded.

41 review for The Beatles Through Headphones: The Quirks, Peccadilloes, Nuances and Sonic Delights of the Greatest Popular Music Ever Recorded

  1. 4 out of 5

    James M.

    I spent most of my time while reading this book thinking to myself, "What a nitwit," and "Shut the hell up!" What else can you expect from a guy who believes that "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" is "terribly overrated" and believes that "Happiness is a Warm Gun" is the best song on the White Album when it's obviously "Wild Honey Pie"? (I'm just kidding - it's "Don't Pass Me By" - snark alert.) It would be fine to point out interesting tidbits about the so-called treasures that can be found in list I spent most of my time while reading this book thinking to myself, "What a nitwit," and "Shut the hell up!" What else can you expect from a guy who believes that "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" is "terribly overrated" and believes that "Happiness is a Warm Gun" is the best song on the White Album when it's obviously "Wild Honey Pie"? (I'm just kidding - it's "Don't Pass Me By" - snark alert.) It would be fine to point out interesting tidbits about the so-called treasures that can be found in listening to the Beatles' songs through headphones (although "listen for McCarney's voice to crack at 1:27" isn't exactly what I would call a sonic delight) but, in every one of these types of books, the author feels an obligation to render their opinion about which song in the catalog is wonderful and which one stinks on ice. Moreover, I'm very happy that he feels the need to tell the arguably greatest pop group of all time how to play their music such as when he criticizes Ringo for "incessantly riding his cymbals." And nothing builds up your credibility as an author and expert on Beatles songs when you can't even get the lyrics right (John sings "Knew I wouldn't" instead of "NO I wouldn't" on "You Won't See Me"??!?) Nothing to see here, folks. Move along.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Drew

    My full and detailed review is on my website at http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com/2014/1... This book has a great premise but the execution is pretty poor. Too many errors and not enough insight or knowledge of music and recording by the author make for a very frustrating and downright irritating (at times) reading experience. My full and detailed review is on my website at http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com/2014/1... This book has a great premise but the execution is pretty poor. Too many errors and not enough insight or knowledge of music and recording by the author make for a very frustrating and downright irritating (at times) reading experience.

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