Steve Lambley

Biography

I was born in 1960, and have been a Beatles fan all my life. One of my earliest memories is of being encouraged to sing a precocious ‘She Loves You’ into my Dad’s reel-to-reel tape recorder.

I'm now a freelance designer/writer/translator based in London and The Hague. As such, I've written extensively on a range of subjects for clients from airlines and law firms to the United Nations in New York. But my passion is music, in particular the music of the greatest band of all time.

However, I'm interested in most forms of music, and am also fascinated by musical theory and what makes music “work”. Analysing the work of (according to Tony Palmer) “the greatest song writers since Schubert”, who wrote instinctively with no formal musical training – or indeed ability to actually read music, was irresistible, and I hope my fascination shines through in my writing.

'And the Band Begins To Play' has involved around twenty years of painstaking research – the publication of Mark Lewisohn’s 'The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions' first got me thinking it would be interesting to pull together information about individual Beatles songs in the form of a definitive reference book.

'And the Band Begins to Play' has been a true labour of love and my passion for it has never diminished.

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Books

The Beatles' Recordings. A Compendium
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,890. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Reference
The Beatles’ Recordings gives the facts behind all the Beatles' studio, television, radio and film recordings – dates; locations; take and mix numbers; overdubbing, editing and release details; and UK and US chart data. From ‘Across The Universe’ to ‘Your Feet’s Too Big’, it details the 314 songs that the Beatles recorded and released between 1958 and 2013.
And the Band Begins to Play. Part Twelve: The Definitive Guide to the Beatles’ Abbey Road
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 32,010. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Pop Vocal
And the Band Begins to Play is an in-depth, 12-volume guide to every song recorded by the Beatles. Part Twelve examines the LP Abbey Road. It provides full musical analysis, with a detailed description of the recording process, instrumentation, overdubs, production innovations and recording techniques. And the Band Begins to Play tells the story of the Beatles' unique musical legacy.
And the Band Begins to Play. Part Eleven: The Definitive Guide to the Beatles’ Let It Be
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 29,830. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Pop Vocal
And the Band Begins to Play is an in-depth, 12-volume guide to every song recorded by the Beatles. Part Eleven examines the LP Let It Be. It provides full musical analysis, with a detailed description of the recording process, instrumentation, overdubs, production innovations and recording techniques. And the Band Begins to Play tells the story of the Beatles' unique musical legacy.
And the Band Begins to Play. Part Ten: The Definitive Guide to the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine
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Price: Free! Words: 17,320. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Pop Vocal
And the Band Begins to Play is an in-depth, 12-volume guide to every song recorded by the Beatles. Part Ten examines the LP Yellow Submarine. It provides full musical analysis, with a detailed description of the recording process, instrumentation, overdubs, production innovations and recording techniques. And the Band Begins to Play tells the story of the Beatles' unique musical legacy.
And the Band Begins to Play. Part Nine: The Definitive Guide to the Beatles’ White Album
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,760. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Pop Vocal
And the Band Begins to Play is an in-depth, 12-volume guide to every song recorded by the Beatles. Part Nine examines the White Album. It provides full musical analysis, with a detailed description of the recording process, instrumentation, overdubs, production innovations and recording techniques. And the Band Begins to Play tells the story of the Beatles' unique musical legacy.
And the Band Begins to Play. Part Eight: The Definitive Guide to the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,680. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Pop Vocal
And the Band Begins to Play is an in-depth, 12-volume guide to every song recorded by the Beatles. Part Eight examines Sgt Pepper and the Magical Mystery Tour EP, with full musical analysis, a detailed description of the recording process, instrumentation, overdubs, production innovations and recording techniques. And the Band Begins to Play tells the story of the Beatles' unique musical legacy.
And the Band Begins to Play. Part Seven: The Definitive Guide to the Beatles’ Revolver
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 37,220. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Pop Vocal
And the Band Begins to Play is an in-depth, 12-volume guide to every song recorded by the Beatles. Part Seven examines the LP Revolver. It provides full musical analysis, with a detailed description of the recording process, instrumentation, overdubs, production innovations and recording techniques. And the Band Begins to Play tells the story of the Beatles' unique musical legacy.
And the Band Begins to Play. Part Six: The Definitive Guide to the Beatles’ Rubber Soul
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 41,080. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Pop Vocal
And the Band Begins to Play is an in-depth, 12-volume guide to every song recorded by the Beatles. Part Six examines the LP Rubber Soul. It provides full musical analysis, with a detailed description of the recording process, instrumentation, overdubs, production innovations and recording techniques. And the Band Begins to Play tells the story of the Beatles' unique musical legacy.
And the Band Begins to Play. Part Five: The Definitive Guide to the Beatles’ Help!
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 30,750. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Pop Vocal
And the Band Begins to Play is an in-depth, 12-volume guide to every song recorded by the Beatles. Part Five examines the Help! LP. It provides full musical analysis, with a detailed description of the recording process, instrumentation, overdubs, production innovations and recording techniques. And the Band Begins to Play tells the story of the Beatles' unique musical legacy.
And the Band Begins to Play. Part Four: The Definitive Guide to the Beatles’ Beatles For Sale
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 27,760. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Pop Vocal
And the Band Begins to Play is an in-depth, 12-volume guide to every song recorded by the Beatles. Part Four examines the LP Beatles For Sale. It provides full musical analysis, with a detailed description of the recording process, instrumentation, overdubs, production innovations and recording techniques. And the Band Begins to Play tells the story of the Beatles' unique musical legacy.
And the Band Begins to Play. Part Three: The Definitive Guide to the Beatles’ A Hard Day's Night
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 31,880. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Pop Vocal
And the Band Begins to Play is an in-depth, 12-volume guide to every song recorded by the Beatles. Part Three examines the LP A Hard Day's Night. It provides full musical analysis, with a detailed description of the recording process, instrumentation, overdubs, production innovations and recording techniques. And the Band Begins to Play tells the story of the Beatles' unique musical legacy.
And the Band Begins to Play. Part Two: The Definitive Guide to the Beatles’ With The Beatles
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 36,720. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Pop Vocal
And the Band Begins to Play is an in-depth, 12-volume guide to every song recorded by the Beatles. Part Two examines the LP With The Beatles. It provides full musical analysis, with a detailed description of the recording process, instrumentation, overdubs, production innovations and recording techniques. And the Band Begins to Play tells the story of the Beatles' unique musical legacy.
And the Band Begins to Play. Part One: The Definitive Guide to the Beatles’ Please Please Me
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 35,050. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Pop Vocal
And the Band Begins to Play is an in-depth, 12-volume guide to every song recorded by the Beatles. Part One examines the LP Please Please Me. It provides full musical analysis, with a detailed description of the recording process, instrumentation, overdubs, production innovations and recording techniques.

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Smashwords book reviews by Steve Lambley

  • Anne Billson on Film 2009 on Jan. 17, 2012

    Perfect to be able to carry Anne's words around with me - she's sharp and irreverent ... challenging my own preconceptions has never be so much fun! Roll on collections from 2010 and 2011 ... and on and on in pastures new. Buy, buy, buy!
  • Anne Billson on Film 2010 on March 18, 2012

    Another volume of thought and snorts-of-laughter (not one of my most attractive qulaities) provoking writing from Ms Billson. A 5-minute dip invariably lasts half an hour. More more more (how do I like it, how do I like it ...)