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And the Band Begins to Play
The Definitive Guide to the Songs of the Beatles
by Steve Lambley
Spacer In the space of just seven years, the Beatles released twelve landmark albums and 22 groundbreaking singles – a total of 208 songs that would influence artists and musicians for decades to come.

And the Band Begins to Play is the definitive guide to the complete catalogue of songs recorded and released by the Beatles between their first EMI session in 1962 and their break-up in 1970. Each track is fully analysed, giving:
  • the story behind, and background to the composition
  • a musical analysis, with scored examples
  • a description of the recording process
  • details of the studio techniques used
  • the track's instrumentation and details of any overdubs
  • any production innovations
  • recording anomalies of the released track
The appendices include detailed listings concerning all the Beatles' recordings, including:
  • a complete UK and US discography
  • a chronology of all recordings, including the nominal key signature, period over which the recording took place and key facts about each song
  • the dates and take numbers of all recordings
  • the UK and US chart achievements of all releases
  • calendars of recording sessions and concert appearances
Unquestionably, the Beatles remain the key band of the rock era. And the Band Begins to Play tells the story of their unique musical legacy.

And the Band Begins to Play
is available via
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Now available -
The Songs the Beatles Played:
An Expanded Compendium


612 pages, including scores
large format: 8.5 x 11 in (21.6 x 28 cm)
ISBN 978-94-91868-00-9 (softback)
ISBN 978-94-91868-01-6 (hardback)

Download a sample pdf of the songs, and the appendices.

The book is also available as a 12-volume series of e-books. Find out more from Smashwords.

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