Heaven knows we don’t talk about The Beatles enough around here. Sure, we dedicated way too many posts to the dopey conversations Jake and I had around the remastered box set and we post any previously unseen photos we can find on the Internet, but that’s not enough, is it?
What I really want to talk about most of the time is HOW they got some of their sounds. There are moments in some of their music that blow me away after hundreds of listens and I want to understand that magic if I can. Why is it Ringo’s drums sound so good on Abbey Road? How did they get that killer bass tone? What pedals did George use to get that signature tone? As someone who has spent way too many hours in studios trying to get the right sound, I can tell you that it is indeed magic and mysterious.
Luckily, we’re been hit over the head with new Beatles material and now the History Channel is chiming in with a new program that looks at The Beatles and their recording techniques and experimentation. According to the press release, “The Beatles On Record, a new documentary premiering on HISTORY on Wednesday, November 25 at 10pm, charts The Beatles’ extraordinary recording journey from Please Please Me to the epic Abbey Road LP and reveals how they developed as musicians, matured as songwriters and created an enduring body of work that pushed the boundaries of studio recording, changing the course of musical history and popular culture.”
Sounds right up my alley.
Full press release after the jump…
THE BEATLES ON RECORD
Premieres Wednesday, November 25 at 10pm ET/PT on HISTORY(TM)
NEW YORK, NOV. 10, 2009 – In 1962, an unknown group from Liverpool walked into Abbey Road Studios in London to record their debut single. Over the next eight years, they would create what many consider to be the greatest collection of studio recordings of the 20th century.
THE BEATLES ON RECORD, a new documentary premiering on HISTORY on Wednesday, November 25 at 10pm, charts The Beatles’ extraordinary recording journey from Please Please Me to the epic Abbey Road LP and reveals how they developed as musicians, matured as songwriters and created an enduring body of work that pushed the boundaries of studio recording, changing the course of musical history and popular culture. There will be additional airings of the special at later dates across A&E Television Networks (AETN).
Narrated entirely by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and Sir George Martin, THE BEATLES ON RECORD features over 60 songs, rarely seen footage and images from The Beatles’ archives along with never-before-heard outtakes of conversation from the original recording sessions. The result is an intimate look at the creative process behind each of the band’s Abbey Road Studios masterpieces. The documentary is directed by Bob Smeaton, who directed the landmark Beatles Anthology series and created mini-documentaries for The Beatles’ recently released re-mastered albums on CD.
THE BEATLES ON RECORD: Producer is Jonathan Clyde. Executive Producer is Jeff Jones. Director is Bob Smeaton. © Apple Corps Ltd. 2009.