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Solid State

The Story of Abbey Road and the End of the Beatles
Lu par : William Hughes
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In Solid State, Kenneth Womack offers the most definitive account of the conception, recording, mixing, and reception of Abbey Road

In February 1969, the Beatles began working on what became their final album together. Abbey Road introduced a number of new techniques and technologies to the Beatles' sound and included "Come Together", "Something", and "Here Comes the Sun", which all emerged as classics. 

Womack's colorful retelling of how this landmark album was written and recorded is a treat for fans of the Beatles. Solid State takes listeners back to 1969 and into EMI's Abbey Road Studios, which boasted an advanced solid state transistor mixing desk. Womack focuses on the dynamics between John, Paul, George, and Ringo and producer George Martin and his team of engineers, who for the most part set aside the tensions and conflicts that had arisen on previous albums to create a work with an innovative (and among some fans and critics, controversial) studio-bound sound that prominently included the new Moog synthesizer, among other novelties. 

As Womack shows, Abbey Road was the culmination of the instrumental skills, recording equipment, and artistic vision that the band and George Martin had developed since their early days in the same studio seven years before. A testament to the group's creativity and their producer's ingenuity, Solid State is required listening for all fans of the Beatles and the rock 'n' roll.

©2019 Kenneth Womack (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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  • Cargod63
  • 11/12/2019

For real Beatle fans

This book is for the fanatic Beatle fan not your everyday Beatle fan. A lot of technical info. A lot of insight I haven’t heard before. If you’re not a study of the Beatles may be a bit boring. I loved it became I am a fanatic. Just make it through the first chapter and it’s all good after that.

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  • Gregg Anderson
  • 12/06/2020

A detailed look at an AMAZING album!!!

For some reason most books and documentaries about the Beatles tend to gloss over the recording of Abbey Road. Probably because it was recorded last, but released before the horribly Phil Spector produced "Let It Be" album and it doesn't flow into the narrative the way they want. Well this book bucks the trend and goes into great detail about the band and great technical detail about the actual recording process. It shows us how the Beatles really were at the time for better or worse John: Paul you are too bossy and use all the time in the studio to do your songs! Paul: We had to record my stuff because you didn't write anything due to you and Yoko spending your time doing heroin!!! I'm paraphrasing and being cheeky of course. You need to read and learn from the actual book and not my overly simplistic recreation. You will also enjoy hearing about a solid state mixing board, and that is no small feat. Bravo Kenneth Womack for a great book! Also William Hughes provides solid narration. A must buy for Beatle fans!!!!

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  • Tina
  • 18/02/2020

It's all about the recording studios

This book is not about The Beatles relationship, music or songs. Focuses 8n unneccessary details about the recording studios and other small details about the recordings. Nothing really about the group.

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  • Yaakov Gorensteyn
  • 10/07/2020

Good book, nice and detailed.

A fascinating look at the Beatles' last great work. Especially great for sound engineers like myself as it also touches on the technical side of the sessions. Also it's something to hold us Beatle fanatics over until the rest of Lewnson's opus comes :)

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  • A, Stevens
  • 25/10/2020

Rehash of Sirius XM Radio

Peter Asher hosts a Sirius XM Radio show and plays Beatles songs titles by alphabetic letters. If you've heard the radio show(s) this "book" is a cut and paste compilations which pales in comparison to the radio show, on which at least, one gets to HEAR the songs... not so in the "book".

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  • Paul R. Kronst
  • 24/10/2020

Interesting Book on the Beatles & Their Last Days

I enjoyed this book, although I knew lot of the information in it already. This book was interesting in how it put the information together, going into details and tying things together. I enjoyed the story about how John, Paul, and George made a final voice tape for Ringo about making sure the Beatles would record 4 songs each for the three of them [and two songs for Ringo, if he wanted them]. Also, John said that the Beatles shouldn't record songs that could be hits (such as Maxwell's Silver Hammer [which I agree] and Ob La Di, Ob La Da [which I disagree with John]) but to record songs that were "Beatles" songs. John said it better. Nice book. Great reading performance.

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  • MAM
  • 14/10/2020

And in the end ... Solid State rocks!

Kenneth Womack‘s treatment of the Abbey Road Album story by the Beatles is just fascinating. It takes you through how these four absolute amazing composers, musicians, singers and long-term friends were able to produce an album that will last forever. You find yourself riding the high end of the joy of what they’re recording and pulling together and then the heartbreaking and heart wrenching end when their story moves from a group to four individuals. What a great job by Kenneth!!

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  • S. Gray
  • 06/10/2020

The Disintegration Of The Beatles

Wow. What a great book with the saddest ending ever: the break-up of the most influential band ever. The narration by Mr Hughes is perfect. I just loved this selection and I can't say enough.

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  • KellysHero718
  • 30/09/2020

Familiar Story, New Perspective

A close up view of a story we thought we knew, well told. Lots of new and useful information from many key players in the late stages of the band’s personal and recording histories. Highly entertaining.

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  • jasjan3
  • 29/09/2020

Great connections between tech and art

Full of details of interest to hard-core fans of the band, but worth it. So interesting to hear about the evolution of recording technology along side Beatles evolution. A great look at process.