Before Here, There, and Everywhere

herethereeverywhereThis post is a raving, all thumbs up review of Here, There, and Everywhere by Geoff Emerick with Howard Massey. This is the story of a 19-year-old EMI employee being assigned by George Martin to record the Beatles. Incredible insight into the old world of studio engineering as it breaks through its own stuffiness and yields to new technology, new sounds, and new ways of looking at sounds. They learned how to produce and use sounds artistically – while having to fight white lab coats and suits to be able to do it!

Geoff tells cool, problem-solving stories.  One early story describes how he tries to satisfy each band member’s dream of their sound. He explains that Paul would ask for specific things, like more timpani, where John would want to sound like “the Dali Lama on top of a mountain,” and Geoff’s job was to fulfill these dreams. (John’s dream was realized with a Hammond and a Leslie.)

The descriptions of how recording used to work at what would become Abbey Road Studios, and how trying to serve the artist forced changes in the conservative company and its recording methods is fascinating, and the author has a calm, technical viewpoint that made the book easily devour-able and I was sad that it ended. If you love recording, companies in transition, the Beatles – you will love this book.




2 Responsesto “Before Here, There, and Everywhere”

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  2. boB says:

    I read “Here There and Everywhere” when it was first released.
    It’s a great read ! Lots of neat information not seen anywhere else.

    I bought the book from Geoff himself at a local Grammy/AES meeting.

    It was a great meeting and he talked a bunch about the 60’s and his work
    with the Beatles, etc.


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