Thursday, February 08, 2007
Geoff Emerick speaks!
Netscape: Is there one Beatles track that stands out in particular for you?Again, click here to read the entire interview.
Emerick: Well, there's a couple. "Tomorrow Never Knows," of course, because it was the first track I ever engineered for them. But I'd have to say "A Day in the Life." The shivers ran down our backs the first time we heard John singing it, with that echo in his cans [headphones]. He used to like recording that way. He didn't like the sound of his voice straight. I don't know why.
Netscape: I've read that before, and always found it incredibly ironic.
Emerick: That was John. Anyway, the night we dubbed in the orchestra on "A Day in the Life," there was a kind of party in the studio. I set up a rough monitor mix to play for everybody, and Ron Richards, who was the producer for the Hollies, was in the control room. When I played back the rough mix, Ron just put his head in his hands. And he was serious. There was silence after we finished playing it back.
Netscape: Because the impact was so overwhelming?
Emerick: Right. It was like you were watching a black-and-white film, and suddenly there was color and Cinemascope. The feeling in that control room was just amazing. Nobody had ever heard anything like it in their lives.
He so obviously has a man-crush on Paul and is trying to hog the limelight for his work with the Beatles like so many other bottom feeders out there.
Most of his comments fly in the face of George Martin's commentary and we know that Martin was the real genius. Also, Emerick is presumptious about the Beatles' friendship and personality, making comments about how they were feeling during significant songs, etc. Don't like him, think he's an idiot. Don't buy his book, its crap. Again, apologies but its true.
Many thanks for stopping by, and for leaving that comment. My impression of Emerick and his book is quite different from yours. Clearly he felt more of a bond with Macca, and worked with him more consistently during the post-Beatles era. But he's not pretending to be the definitive Boswell of the Fabs--just giving his own impressions. If he remembers George Harrison as sulky and withdrawn, why shouldn't he say so? Nor does Emerick pretend to any intimate friendship with the Beatles. He's writing about a professional relationship. Whether his recollections dovetail perfectly with George Martin's is also beside the point.
you "know" that martin was the real genius?? jesus, talk about presumption. how much did george m do outside of the beatles that is/was 'genius'? nothing i've heard about.. and i've been paying attention.
mr emerick is writing his version of the time and makes no pretention about it being just that...
seriously my bet is for Geoff's version - so much of it matches in the main with other versions of the time - and in fact if you look at what else Geoff has done since you'll see the mark of this man. even George, and John - both of whom get some less that flattering description in the book used him long after the beatles were over.
as for steven augustines 'review' i think it displays it's 'genius' louder than anything i could say. treat it with all that it's due
the book is one of the best about the beatles and music recording i've ever read.
Give the guy a break.
Not to mention his account is sometimes sloppy. His story of the recording of Love Me Do could not have happened as he describes it can clearly contradicts the official records of those events. Okay, no ones memory is perfect but that's what research is for.
Overall, even with the bias for Paul, it is still a worthwhile and enjoyable read but its beyond me that anyone couldread it and not find Emerick just a little pathetic.