Summary

Maximum Volume offers a glimpse into the mind, the music, and the man behind the sound of the Beatles. George Martin's working-class childhood and musical influences profoundly shaped his early career in the BBC's Classical Music department and as head of the EMI Group's Parlophone Records. Out of them flowed the genius behind his seven years producing the Beatles' incredible body of work, including such albums as Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Abbey Road.
The first book of two, Maximum Volume traces Martin's early years as a scratch pianist, his life in the Fleet Air Arm during the Second World War, and his groundbreaking work as the head of Parlophone Records, when Martin saved the company from ruin after making his name as a producer of comedy recordings. In its most dramatic moments, Maximum Volume narrates the story of Martin's unlikely discovery of the Beatles and his painstaking efforts to prepare their newfangled sound for the British music marketplace. As the story unfolds, Martin and the band craft numerous number one hits, progressing toward the landmark album Rubber Soul - all of which bear Martin's unmistakable musical signature.
©2017 Kenneth Womack (P)2017 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By keith on 03-09-17

A legend

What made the experience of listening to Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin the most enjoyable?

His early life story but love his time at parlophone as I know a lot of his productions

What was one of the most memorable moments of Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin?

His time at parlophone as he saved the label

What does Paul Woodson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Great

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4 out of 5 stars
By John R. Blackburn Jr. on 12-10-17

Extremely informative but tiresome accents

I've been waiting for this book/audiobook for a long time, for an informed and detailed telling of George Martin's work in the EMI studios with the Beatles during the 1960s. In that regard, this one excels, covering each recording session (and the songwriting work leading up to it) in compelling detail.

As for the narration, I realize there are a lot of quotes from George Martin, the Beatles, etc. in the written book and that they must be incorporated into the audiobook. But, as with Volume 1 of Lewinson's Tune In, substandard or lazy Liverpudlian accents quickly detract from the excellent story. Paul Woodson, the narrator for this audiobook, is American born but spent a few childhood years in the UK. Still, neither his uppercrust George Martin accent or the foursome's heavy Scouse accents are done very well. Everything else is excellent.

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4 out of 5 stars
By DTNYY on 06-08-18

Something for George

Overall I was happy to finally have a biography that deals with George Martin, famed Beatles producer, musician, and arranger (along with many other titles). I found the material to be good, but I finished wanting more, even out of the abbreviated period Womack discussed (next volume comes out very soon, I believe). Having read Tune In by Mark Lewisohn, I felt like nerly everything that was discussed in Womack's book was pulled from Lewisohn's book, which was disappointing with exception of the period after 1962. The bits after 1962 felt like they will be even more fleshed out when Lewisohn's next volume comes out, so I felt like I was not getting anything substantive. Perhaps the next volume will give me more information to better understand how he evolved (or continued to evolve).

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