Friday, February 13, 2015

Hand-written notes by George Martin on Help! LP going on display

The Beatles Story in Liverpool will display producer George Martin's hand-written note regarding songs on the Beatles' Help! LP.
Beatles expert David Bedford explains: “These notes are important because we get a look into what George Martin was doing with production. We often talk about him being the fifth Beatle, and here you can see what he contributed to the songs.

“The notes are also significant because of the change in the recording process. Until then, they’d only had two tracks which was quite limiting. Their first album, Please Please Me, was recorded in one 14 hour day.

“Now they were looking at recording over four months at different times, and they could start to experiment using four track machines for the first time.

“The genius of George Martin was how to make use of those four tracks. It was the start of their experimenting – four tracks for them were like having 1,000, and it wasn’t far from there to Sgt Pepper.”

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