Behind the Boards II
Jake Brown
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Behind the Boards II: The Making of Rock 'n' Roll's Greatest Records Revealed
Jake Brown
Hal Leonard Books
Paperback
292 pages
May 2014
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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This is Jake Brown's terrific follow-up to his Behind the Boards book reviewed here previously. In this second edition, he once again dives inside some of rock's most iconic songs by talking to and about the gifted producers who worked on those hits. Included in this volume are chapters on Mike Flicker [Heart], Ken Scott [The Beatles, David Bowie], Bill Szymczyk [The Eagles], Nick Raskulinecz [Foo Fighters, Alice in Chains], Howard Benson [Creed, My Chemical Romance] and many others.

Behind the Boards II is a fascinating glimpse behind the control room glass. If you ever wondered what a producer does--and how he does it--then ponder no more. Everything you ever wanted to know about some of the greatest songs ever recorded is revealed here. Here, Ken Scott talks about working with The Beatles:

'Birthday' was just started off in the afternoon, almost literally written in the studio by Paul, and we started it, got the basic track, went around to Paul's to watch an old rock 'n' roll move that happened to be showing on BBC, and that infused everyone and we came back and finished that song that evening. It was similar with the recording of 'Julia.' John came in at the last minute at that song, and I think it was the last one we recorded for the album. John did 'Julia' live, recording both the vocal and acoustic guitar at the same time. He tended to do that more than anyone.
Scott talks about the session with such utter sincerity and honesty that it's hard to believe he's actually talking about working with The Beatles. He provides another glimpse into this very isolated world of the recording artist in the studio; in fact, each producer assembled here provides his own unique look inside an environment very few outsiders ever enter.

This is a wonderfully written book. You can open it to any page and be both engaged and enlightened by what you'll read. If you've read the first book in this installment, you'll absolutely want to check out this one. And if you haven't gotten your hands on the first one, what are you waiting for?



Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Steven Rosen, 2014

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