Still the Greatest: The Essential Songs of the Beatles' Solo Careers

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Scarecrow Press, 2012 - Music - 327 pages
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As recommended by USA Today and excerpted on Rolling Stone.com! More than forty years after breaking up, The Beatles remain the biggest-selling and most influential group in the history of popular music. Fans endlessly replay their songs, craving more, while thousands of cover versions of their songs have been recorded and performed. Band biographies, pop music histories, song books, and academic titles on the Fab Four clutter shelves. But never has there been a definitive guide to the finest songs of The Beatles after they called it quits. Still the Greatest is a love song to the songwriting and recording achievements of Paul, John, George, and Ringo after each struck out on his own. In this creative history, Jackson selects the best songs in each solo career and organizes them into fantasy albums they might have formed had the legendary group stayed together. This romp through the post Beatles history of each artist delves into the circumstances behind the composition, recording, and reception of each work, offering a refreshing take on how spectacular much of The Beatles second act truly is. Jackson assesses the more than seventy albums and nine hundred songs the four collectively released, selecting the creme de la creme of their output. Still the Greatest brims with facts (release dates, writing and performing credits, and information about production techniques) and insightful analyses of the music and lyrics. In telling the stories behind the songs, Jackson recounts the remarkable influence the Post Fab Four continued to have long after the big split. Both a handy reference and an engrossing cover-to-cover read, Still the Greatest is an invaluable companion for those who thought it all ended with the 1970 album Let It Be."
  

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Review: Still the Greatest: The Essential Songs of the Beatles' Solo Careers

User Review  - Du - Goodreads

I'd probably add half a star. I had high expectations for this book. The idea of how would Beatles albums post 1971 be created from the solo albums crafted is a very interesting book idea. The writing ... Read full review

Review: Still the Greatest: The Essential Songs of the Beatles' Solo Careers

User Review  - Brian - Goodreads

Great fun, building on the Beatles party game question, "What solo songs would have made Beatles albums if the group had stayed together?" Adhering to an internal (but well-reasoned) set of rules ... Read full review

Contents

Year One
1
It Dont Come Easy
25
Gimme Some Truth
53
Everest
89
Lost Weekends
111
Pizza and Fairy Tales
133
Other Plans
153
Borrowed Time
171
Ever Present Past
257
Further Listening
273
Solo Beatles No 1 Singles
281
19702011 Anthology The Yellow Green and Indigo Albums
283
Album Discography
287
Singles Discography
293
Bibliography
303
Index
309

When We Was Fab
195
The Song We Were Singing
215
Never without You
235
About the Author
327
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About the author (2012)

Andrew Grant Jackson has written for The New York Times' Studio System, Yahoo! Movies, music magazines Burn Lounge, Mean Streets, and Dispatch and copy edited the Hollywood monthly magazine Ingenue. He directed and co-wrote the feature film The Discontents (2004) starring Perry King and Amy Madigan and served as actor Jeff Bridges' Development Associate at AsIs Productions. He lives in Glendale, California.

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