Compleat Beatles, The: Volume One - 1962-1966 - music arranged and edited by Milton Okun, art direction and cover design by Ed Caraeff, with various contributers - 510 pgs (September 1981 first printing - ISBN 0-553-01353-X)
Compleat Beatles, The: Volume Two - 1966-1970 - music arranged and edited by Milton Okun, art direction and cover design by Ed Caraeff, with various contributers - 508 pgs (September 1981 first printing - ISBN 0-553-01354-8)
This huge, ambitious work comprises such a large amount of material that it has been divided into two separate volumes, gathered in a slipcase. Two over-sized paperback books measuring 9" wide X nearly 12" long with 510 and 509 Pages.
These books are just loaded with black and white pictures of The Beatles, music and words to all their recorded songs, and much more.
The books are 1018 pages in length, and contains over 100 photographs and the complete sheet music and lyrics to 211 songs.
The Music was Arranged and Edited by Milton Okun with Art Direction and Cover Design by Ed Caraeff, distributed by Cherry Lane Music Co., Inc., Greenwich, CT.
VOLUME ONE: Contains "Dedication: John Lennon" by Vic Garbarinni and an introduction by John Rockwell. Then comes David Fricke's "Musical History: Vol. 1 (1962.1966)", followed by David Sheff's Playboy interview with John.
"Don't Pass This Boy By: Ringo & The Beatles" is a Martin Torgott offering, while "Reminiscence of Merseyside" is an interview to David M. Klein.
Milo Reice's "The Private Pleasures of a Beatles Collector" is followed by "Power and Intimacy" by Dave Marsh
Lenny Kaye contributes an article on "The Beatles' Instrumentality"; "Rubber Soul: Wood and Smoke" is by Ron Schaumburg, author of Growing Up With the Beatles.
"Say the Word I'm Thinkins Of" is a series of letters showing the difficulty the publishers had in gaining permission to gather so much copyright music together in a single work.
"The Long and Winding Road" is followed by "Lennon & McCartney: Who Wrote What", which originally appeared in Hit Parader magazine.
Jeannie Sakol's piece, "Richard Lester Remembers", is followed by a filmography and a discography. The discography contains details not only of record releases, chart placings, release dates, wheter they qualified for a gold disc and so on, but also of artists who made cover versions of a particular song.
Samuel S. Trust writes "A music Publisher's Perspective"; "The Arrangements", a lengthy feature in Volume One.
The next 392 pages contain arrangements to 106 songs.
VOLUME II: Covers the years 1966-1970 and begins with "Musical History: Volume Two (1966-1970)" by David Fricke.
Next is the Paul McCartney Interview with Vic Garbarini which took place at McCartney's Soho Square offices in London in May of 1980. This interview covers The Beatles early days in Hamburg, and their arrival in the USA. This interview gives a scaled perspective of The Beatles years.
Then there is a part about Something About George Harrison. In this part it is discussed how George Harrison was always in the shadow of John Lennon and John McCartney. Many of Harrison's own songs were never released. Very interesting discussion.
Next there is "George Martin Remembers" by Jeannie Sakol. George Martin produced every Beatles recording until they disbanded and was even the musical director for the soundtracks of all The Beatles movies.
This is followed by "Musical Innovations", an article by Lester Bangs, How The Beatles Broke The Rules And Made New Ones. This part of the book looks at each of The Beatles Albums and explains just how The Beatles were trying to contribute and influence music.
Next part is "Transformations" by Nicholas Schaffner. Let's face it, The Beatles were together and popular for a long time and even now they are still popular. This part of the book explains the many twists and turns The Beatles took during the time the group was together.
Another part is "Who's Who in Sgt. Pepper's Band". Actually tells who everyone is in that famous album picture on the "Sgt. Pepper" Album. Really great!
The next part is "Because: John Lennon". It is a series of poems by Joel, Lem and Nat Oppenheimer. Kind of sad!
The "Discography: Volume Two". Covers everything from 1966-1970. Contains details of all the songs contained in the book and Milton Okun's "Arrangements" also analyses the individual numbers in this volume, including music and words to every song that was recorded between 1966 and 1970. Just great!
The next 422 pages feature arrangements for the 105 songs.
To promote the book, the publishers commissioned a video of the Beatles' career. The film turned out to be a far more successfull enterprise than anyone had envisaged, and it became ne of the best-selling videotapes on both sides of the Atlantic.
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