All You Need Is Ears: The Inside Personal Story of the Genius who Created The Beatles

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"George," he said, "I don't know if you'd be interested, but there's a chap who's come in with a tape of a group he runs. They haven't got a recording contract, and I wonder if you'd like to see him and listen to what he's got?"

"Certainly," I said, "I'm willing to listen to anything. Ask him to come and see me."

"O.K., I will. His name's Brian Epstein..."

All You Need Is Ears is the story of George Martin, the man who spotted the Beatles' talent, who recorded and produced them from the start, and who brought their musical ideas to life. In this witty and charming autobiography, he describes exactly what it was like to work in the studio with the Beatles--from the first audition (and his decision to scrap Pete Best on drums) to the wild experimentation of Sgt. Pepper (complete with sound effects, animal noises and full orchestras in evening dress at the direct request of Paul McCartney).

This is a singular look at the most important musical group of all time, and how they made the music that changed the world: No other book can provide George Martin's inside look at their creative process, at the play of genius and practical improvisation that gave them their sound; it is an indispensable read for Beatle lovers and anyone interested in the music world.


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The great Sir George Martin! An absolute must read for the Beatle fan, the songwriter, the recording musician, the sound engineer, the astronaut, or the building superintendent. Or the horse whisperer. Read full review

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If you’re looking for a gossip book about Sir George Martin and The Beatles, this isn’t your book. But if you’re looking for a book that explains what Sir George has done in the studio and the inner ... Read full review


List of Illustrations
Classical Primer
Palates and Palettes
Abbey Road
All You Need Is Ears
Comic Cuts
Two Heads Are Better Than One
America Falls
Calling My Own Tune
A Dash of Pepper
Write in the Picture
The Recording Angel
Building on AIR
Tomorrow Never Knows

Hard Days and Nights
Layering the Cake

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Sir George Martin (1926-2016) was a legendary record producer, arranger and audio engineer. He is best known for working with the Beatles, among many other famous recording artists of the 20th Century. He was made a Commander of the British Empire in 1988 and was awarded a knighthood in 1996.

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