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All You Need Is Ears by George  Martin
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Oct 21, 07

bookshelves: biography
Recommended for: Beatles fans
Read in January, 2002

The "fifth Beatle" proves that he was just that: an indespensible part of the most important band in history. It was his brilliant use of instrumentation and arrangements that took the mop-tops from three-chords into the world of musical theater. Witness this anecdote: Paul, returning from a Bach concert, asked Martin what the amazing small horn he'd heard in a particular composition was. Martin said it was the piccolo trumpet. "Perhaps we could use it in a song sometime," said McCartney. And they did: "Penny Lane." And if you still doubt Martin's prodigious musical gifts, give a listen to "Yellow Submarine," where much of the album is the score to the animated film, and it's all Martin and all incredible.
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