Save the Beatles!
The Rescued Albums: 1970-1982
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By Rick Prescott, June 14, 2020
Completing the book required some hard choices about what to keep and what to remove. In the end, I have about 100 pages of material which was removed, plus a whole host of topics that were on my "to do" list but simply turned out to be unnecessary for one reason or another.

Some of these are amplifications of edits or crossfades, while others cut more to the motivation for the project. I wrote a long section about how the Beatles were considerably more playful – and less disciplined – when George Martin was not present for recording sessions. I also wrote much more about the early albums between Please Please Me and Revolver. I even considered several other compelling possibilities for proof-of-concept projects.

A couple of big ideas would have required another six months or so of research and writing, but I didn't want to hold the project that long, determined to get it out by the 50th anniversary of Paul's announcement of the breakup.

This blog will serve as an outlet for some of these ideas, and I'll continue writing (casually) until I get them all out of my system.

Welcome, and thanks for coming along for the ride.
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By Timothy Harvey, July 1, 2020
Hi Rick

I've decided to try to make my own albums as you suggest, starting with Dream.

I'm a little daunted by the technicalities as I'm unfamiliar with downloading, ripping and burning, albeit I have been doing some reading.

Do you have any recommendations on downloads to use (I'm assuming FLAC quality) and best download sites?

Best, Tim
 
By Rick Prescott, July 1, 2020
Tim,

Great question! Unfortunately, the answer may be a little too big for a comment... This would probably make a good blog post all its own. Stay tuned for that.

The short answer is to get the audio by whatever means works, in whatever quality you can live with. Ripping your CDs to WAV or MP3 is a good option (I still use CDex), but you can also just download videos from YouTube (lots of free downloaders available). The resulting tracks (audio and/or video) can be assembled into a simple playlist using a media player like VLC. That'll get you at least an approximation, though it doesn't allow you to control things like crossfades and time between tracks. For that, you need an audio editor of some sort, like Audacity.

I'll try to post something more detailed in the blog. Hope this helps get you started!
 
 
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