SIR GEORGE MARTIN - BBC 2009

September 15, 2009 – 4:06 am

GEORGE MARTIN R.I.P. 1926 - 2016

George Martin, the producer and arranger for The Beatles was reported to have died on March 9, 2016 aged 90. Martin, who was the man behind 23 No. 1 singles in the US and 30 in the UK, was a British treasure who signed The Beatles to a label contract when no one else would, produced virtually all their songs and introduced arrangements into Yesterday and A Day in the Life. Beatles drummer Ringo Starr shared the news on Twitter. He said: ‘God bless George Martin peace and love to Judy and his family love Ringo and Barbara George will be missed.’ According to The Daily Mail, details of his death are unclear.

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SIR GEORGE MARTIN
“The Record Producers” [no label, 2CD]

BBC Radio 6, Broadcast on September 5, 2009.

If the re-release of the Beatles catalogue, known among fans as Beatles Remastered Stereo and Mono 2009, rekindled interest in the Fab Four, then listeners might also like to cast their minds back to another prominent “member” of the group - producer Sir George Martin. (Of course, they’d like to include manager Brian Epstein in the group as well.)

In this BBC programme, Richard Allinson and Steve Levine examine Sir George’s work as a producer, arranger and, through his experiments with sound, technical innovator. Highlights include excerpts from the newly restored versions of the original master tapes for Please Please Me, along with analysis of the original multi-track of Come Together.

This programme also gives listeners the opportunity to hear some of the Beatles most famous songs in a new way. Because of the limitations of tape machines during the 1960s, it was necessary to either record or mix various instruments and voices onto the same track. Once they’d been committed to tape there was no way of separating them. But now, through the use of revolutionary software, listeners can hear some of these parts in isolation for the very first time.

In his exclusive interview, Sir George talks about various aspects of the studio and recording process, the albums Sgt Pepper and Abbey Road, along with a number of songs, including Strawberry Fields Forever, Tomorrow Never Knows and Rain.

Thanks to JTT who captured and transferred the show and to eddiethecat for sharing the tracks on the internet.

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Untitled (3.5MB)
Track 102. Untitled (8.0MB)
Track 103. Untitled (5.7MB)
Track 104. Untitled (7.7MB)
Track 105. Untitled (6.9MB)
Track 106. Untitled (6.5MB)
Track 107. Untitled (11.6MB)
Track 108. Untitled (6.7MB)
Track 109. Untitled (5.4MB)
Track 110. Untitled (9.8MB)
Track 111. Untitled (11.3MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Untitled (5.7MB)
Track 202. Untitled (5.5MB)
Track 203. Untitled (4.1MB)
Track 204. Untitled (9.6MB)
Track 205. Untitled (6.1MB)
Track 206. Untitled (5.6MB)
Track 207. Untitled (4.3MB)

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  1. 14 Responses to “SIR GEORGE MARTIN - BBC 2009”

  2. Thanks a lot for this one!

    By Bruce M on Sep 15, 2009

  3. Very interesting. Mr. Martin does sound very aged & his voice is a tad bit weary, but he completely emphasizes his thoughts & thoroughly explains every aspect of the historic proscesses of Beatle recordingdom.

    By Timmy on Sep 15, 2009

  4. Nice bit of Beatle History! Thanks for sharing!!

    By Hulkzilla on Sep 15, 2009

  5. Nice interview!!! Great addition!!! Very recommended! Many thanks Big O!!!!!

    By Jeff on Sep 16, 2009

  6. Incredible! Thanks BigO, also thanks the original ripper!

    By MIhai on Sep 18, 2009

  7. And Beatlemania is upon us again.

    By datdemdarguy on Sep 19, 2009

  8. After listening to George Martin, those of us who do not have the new Beatle remasters can listen to the old CDs with new ears.

    By Malcolm on Sep 20, 2009

  9. Can’t wait to listen. Thanks

    By Matt on Sep 20, 2009

  10. No one will ever prevent Sir George Martin to tell Beatles stories:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFMK4Lt8dsI

    By Renaud on Sep 21, 2009

  11. Sorry, the previous link led to an incomplete video. the full version of Sir George Martin on Big Train can be found here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIA_NVFnXZ8

    By Renaud on Sep 21, 2009

  12. Thank you BigO for this truly amazing post which give real and proper insight to the work of Sir george.
    Erik

    By Erik Dias on Sep 21, 2009

  13. I listened to this last week and I was delighted not only with Sir George’s commentary, but with the demonstrations of how the audio tracks were tweaked during the most recent remastering, and how some of the songs were “built”. The song clips sounded fresh and new - the restoration process has worked wonders. A fabulous addition to my Fab Four recording collection. Thank you.

    By Dan on Oct 3, 2009

  14. Thanks BigO for this.
    What I love about this program is the info they give about the history behind the making of the songs. It gets a little technical at times, but it also includes plenty of snippets of songs (and entire songs at times) on the process of recording them and how they accomplished a lot of the sounds within the limitations of 4 track and 8 track recorders. Plus Martin supplies a wealth of insiders information about dealing with The Beatles and other musicians. In depth analysis of the recording of Come Together, Rain, Tomorrow Never Knows, Strawberry Fields Forever, Paperback Writer, A Day In The Life, Penny Lane, Cry Baby Cry, and an acetate recording of Love Me Do with Pete Best on drums are all included in this broadcast.

    Great little broadcast, especially for any Beatle fans out there.

    By Rick D on Aug 26, 2010

  15. Thanx again Big O for this priceless programme!

    BTW, the organ music that opens up the first track is the “Radio One Theme” that Sir George wrote for the BBC back in the late 60s when the BBC reorganized their stations largely as a response to Radio Caroline and other pirates.

    Incidentally, Van Der Graff Generator covered “Theme One” as a single and it can be found as a bonus track on the CD of their 1971 LP “Pawn Hearts”

    Any chance of posting some of them here?

    Again thanks!

    keep coming back!

    By dober on Apr 7, 2011

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