DiscoverSomething About the Beatles283: Giles on Trial - The Reissues Critiqued with John Leckie and Jerry Hammack
283: Giles on Trial - The Reissues Critiqued with John Leckie and Jerry Hammack

283: Giles on Trial - The Reissues Critiqued with John Leckie and Jerry Hammack

Update: 2024-06-05
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Beginning with the 2017 Sgt. Pepper 50th anniversary release, a series of deluxe reissues (The Beatles, Abbey Road, Let It Be, Revolver, 1962-1966, 1967-1970) featuring remixing and the application of MAL (“machine-assisted learning”) to deconstruct and re-assemble the master recordings have hit the streets. Supervised by engineer Sam Okell and Giles Martin, these issues have met with mixed reactions from fans, especially those who hold the original recordings sacrosanct. For some they are revelatory; for others, an abomination.

I convened a 2-man panel of returning guests with expert ears to assess them. John Leckie (Abbey Road engineer for John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pink Floyd and producer for Radiohead, XTC, The Stone Roses, The Verve, New Order) has one of the finest sets of ears in the business, as does producer/engineer/author Jerry Hammack (https://www.beatlesrecordingreferencemanuals.com/), whose newest work, The Beatles’ Recording Techniques: Recreating The Classic EMI Studios Sound In Your Home Studio, has just been published.

This conversation is front-loaded with techie-talk, but soon finds its level with an analysis of the work done for these new sets and whether or not they achieved a clear-cut goal.

For Jerry’s newest: https://www.beatlesrecordingtechniques.com/

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283: Giles on Trial - The Reissues Critiqued with John Leckie and Jerry Hammack

283: Giles on Trial - The Reissues Critiqued with John Leckie and Jerry Hammack

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