The Beatles Through Headphones

The Quirks, Peccadilloes, Nuances and Sonic Delights of the Greatest Popular Music Ever Recorded

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About the Book

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.

About the Author(s)

Ted Montgomery’s writing has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines and websites. He lives in Brighton, Michigan.

Bibliographic Details

Ted Montgomery
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 196
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7863-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1701-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments ix

Preface 1

Part One: The Band

Terms and Equipment 7

The CD Catalogue 8

A Short History 9

Lennon-McCartney 13

The Recording Process 16

Sir George Martin 20

The Beatles as Musicians 23

The Beatles as Singers 25

1:27 28

Part Two: The Albums

Introduction to the Albums 31

The Stereo Albums    34

Please Please Me 34

With the Beatles 40

A Hard Day’s Night 46

Beatles for Sale 52

Help! 57

Rubber Soul 62

Revolver 69

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 76

Magical Mystery Tour 82

The Beatles (The White Album) 88

Yellow Submarine 99

Yellow Submarine Soundtrack (2009 remix) 102

Abbey Road 106

Let It Be 113

Let It Be … Naked 118

Past Masters Volumes One and Two 121

The Beatles Anthology 129

Love 133

The Mono Albums    142

Please Please Me 143

With the Beatles 144

A Hard Day’s Night 146

Beatles for Sale 148

Help! 150

Rubber Soul 153

Revolver 155

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 158

Magical Mystery Tour 161

The Beatles (The White Album) 163

Past Masters Volumes One and Two 168

Afterword: “And in the end” 173

Notes to Part Two 179

Bibliography 181

Index 183

Book Reviews & Awards

“Montgomery’s book gets downright microscopic…Montgomery’s swift, no-frills writing keeps the book moving”—Pyschobabble; “Montgomery offers a complete and comprehensive review of all of the Beatles songs ever recorded, as heard through headphones”—ProtoView.