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Geoff Emerick became an assistant engineer at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in 1962 at age fifteen, and was present as a new band called the Beatles recorded their first songs. He later worked with the Beatles as they recorded their singles “She Loves You” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” the songs that would propel them to international superstardom. In 1964 he would witness the transformation of this young and playful group from Liverpool into professional, polished musicians as they put to tape classic songs such as “Eight Days A Week” and “I Feel Fine.”

Then, in 1966, at age nineteen, Geoff Emerick became the Beatles’ chief engineer, the man responsible for their distinctive sound as they recorded the classic album Revolver, in which they pioneered innovative recording techniques that changed the course of rock history. Emerick would also engineer the monumental Sgt. Pepper and Abbey Road albums, considered by many the greatest rock recordings of all time. In Here, There and Everywhere he reveals the creative process of the band in the studio, and describes how he achieved the sounds on their most famous songs. Emerick also brings to light the personal dynamics of the band, from the relentless (and increasingly mean-spirited) competition between Lennon and McCartney to the infighting and frustration that eventually brought a bitter end to the greatest rock band the world has ever known.

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Here, There and Everywhere
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February 28th, 2014
Detailed, if painfully brief Fly-on-the-wall account of recording engineer Geoff Emerick's first-hand experiences as part of the birthing process in nearly every Beatle song in the canon. The fickle hand of fate gently places Emerick in the cat-bird seat at the tender age of twenty, working as a lackey at Abbey Road, and, incredibly, at the boards from the very beginning, in 1962, through to their dissolution in 1970. Which makes him an appreciable, if invaluable resource to the Beatles as he runs the boards under the tutelage of their producer and mentor George Martin through all their crucial phases of development. Of course, this left Emerick as a unique individual whose singularly rare and valuable perspective only grows more important as time progresses, making his book a welcome and essential addition to any serious Beatle book library. This could have been a thousand page tome and I'm sure I, like many Beatle enthusiasts, would have wanted more. Reading chapter after chapter, I got chills, not felt since sitting in the striped chair of my parent's living room, earphones shutting out the world as Rubber Soul seared through my skull for the umpteenth time. ~tweetjeffmiller
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