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

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