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Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin Audiobook

Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin: The Early Years, 1926-1966

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Maximum Volume offers a glimpse into the mind, the music, and the man behind the sound of the Beatles. George Martin's working-class childhood and musical influences profoundly shaped his early career in the BBC's Classical Music department and as head of the EMI Group's Parlophone Records. Out of them flowed the genius behind his seven years producing the Beatles' incredible body of work, including such albums as Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Abbey Road.

The first book of two, Maximum Volume traces Martin's early years as a scratch pianist, his life in the Fleet Air Arm during the Second World War, and his groundbreaking work as the head of Parlophone Records, when Martin saved the company from ruin after making his name as a producer of comedy recordings. In its most dramatic moments, Maximum Volume narrates the story of Martin's unlikely discovery of the Beatles and his painstaking efforts to prepare their newfangled sound for the British music marketplace. As the story unfolds, Martin and the band craft numerous number one hits, progressing toward the landmark album Rubber Soul - all of which bear Martin's unmistakable musical signature.

©2017 Kenneth Womack (P)2017 Tantor

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    keith st helens uk 03/09/2017
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    What made the experience of listening to Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin the most enjoyable?

    His early life story but love his time at parlophone as I know a lot of his productions


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin?

    His time at parlophone as he saved the label


    What does Paul Woodson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Great


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  • John R. Blackburn Jr.
    Santa Clara, CA USA
    12/10/17
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    "Extremely informative but tiresome accents"

    I've been waiting for this book/audiobook for a long time, for an informed and detailed telling of George Martin's work in the EMI studios with the Beatles during the 1960s. In that regard, this one excels, covering each recording session (and the songwriting work leading up to it) in compelling detail.

    As for the narration, I realize there are a lot of quotes from George Martin, the Beatles, etc. in the written book and that they must be incorporated into the audiobook. But, as with Volume 1 of Lewinson's Tune In, substandard or lazy Liverpudlian accents quickly detract from the excellent story. Paul Woodson, the narrator for this audiobook, is American born but spent a few childhood years in the UK. Still, neither his uppercrust George Martin accent or the foursome's heavy Scouse accents are done very well. Everything else is excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    West Grove, PA, United States
    30/01/18
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    "Beatle Books Need British Narrators!"

    I would love to tell you how much I loved this book, because the info was interesting and pretty well-written. But I'm too annoyed at the choice of narrator.

    Womack speaks clearly and can do some British accents, but not the correct British accents for the particular people who are the main characters of this book. George Martin and the Beatles have accents which are distinctive, recognizable, and well-loved by serious Beatles fans. It just about ruined the book for me to hear the Beatles and, especially George Martin sporting the wrong accents!

    For instance, George does not pronounce "good" as "gewd,' as Womack has him do. Ugh! I love George Martin's voice and this is simply not it. If the next book is read by Womack, I'll get it out of the library rather than buying it.

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