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All Together Now: The ABC of The Beatles Songs and Albums

by David Rowley - £9.99  Troubador Publishing (Matador) (2013)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781780884400 | ISBN 10: 1780884400

All Together Now is the culmination of a 20 year quest by David Rowley to find out just what made the Beatles tick. It contains many dazzling revelations about the Beatles’ music.
 
David Rowley has unearthed new evidence on songs such as ‘Yesterday’, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, ‘Eleanor Rigby’, ‘Here Comes The Sun’ and many other tracks that will change our perceptions of the Fab Four forever.
 
Listed alphabetically each song is explained from the perspective of how the lyrics were shaped – from external events, to the weather, the studio arguments during its creation, the borrowed chord progressions and how every bolder and more brilliant single release was inspired by John and Paul’s anxiety at being outshone by each other.
 
Also revealed are the tracks where Lennon/McCartney should be credited as McCartney/Lennon and where George Harrison and even Ringo Starr were denied a credit. All Together Now also looks at how the Beatles changed the lyrics to cover versions to suit their style and answers numerous other questions, such as which track had more studio time spent on it than the first two Beatles’ albums combined? What song has the longest chord progression and which two Beatles never recorded a note of music on their birthdays?
 
All Together Now is an essential and entertaining read for all music fans.

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