Produced by George Martin

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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
The phrase "produced by George Martin" isn't one to be taken lightly: As the elegant and erudite man who twisted the knobs and wrote the arrangements for the Beatles, he ranks as the most influential studio wizard in recording history. This plush, six-CD career overview samples his work over the past half century, and it is a daunting and dazzling summation. Rather than take a strict chronological approach, the set groups Martin's work thematically, a decision that makes sense given the producer's careening interests. Disc one tackles the varied sounds of Martin's early work from 1951-1963 as a junior producer for Parlophone, where he sculpted hits for vocal pop ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
The phrase "produced by George Martin" isn't one to be taken lightly: As the elegant and erudite man who twisted the knobs and wrote the arrangements for the Beatles, he ranks as the most influential studio wizard in recording history. This plush, six-CD career overview samples his work over the past half century, and it is a daunting and dazzling summation. Rather than take a strict chronological approach, the set groups Martin's work thematically, a decision that makes sense given the producer's careening interests. Disc one tackles the varied sounds of Martin's early work from 1951-1963 as a junior producer for Parlophone, where he sculpted hits for vocal pop artists like South African singer Eve Boswell, as well as producing jazz bands, skiffle groups, orchestras, and traditional Scottish musicians. It quickly became apparent that Martin wasn't just musical -- he had a wicked funnybone, and disc two samples the imaginative records made with Peter Sellers, Peter Ustinov, Bernard Cribbins, and others. These effects-filled recordings allowed him to experiment with the multi-tracking techniques he would later draw on with the Beatles.

Things really heat up on disc three, which kicks off with "Please Please Me," the Fab Four's first No. 1 hit in the U.K. The CD includes three more Martin-selected Beatles tunes -- "I Want to Hold Your Hand," "Yesterday," and "In My Life" -- but fans will revel in hearing them surrounded by hits from like-minded groups Gerry & the Pacemakers and Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas, as well as female pop singers Cilla Black and Shirley Bassey. Beatlemaniacas will also be stunned by Ella Fitzgerald's glitzy cover of "Can't Buy Me Love," as well as other artists' renditions of "Michelle," "She's Leaving Home," and "When I'm Sixty-Four." Disc four chronicles some of Martin's classical productions -- both light Sidney Torch & His Orchestra and serious London Baroque Ensemble -- plus various orchestral pieces written for film and TV including Bassey's belting "Goldfinger". Martin experimented with electronic sounds on Jack Parnell & His Rhythm's film theme "The White Suit Samba" and formed the George Martin Orchestra, which first recorded incidental music for the Beatles film A Hard Day's Night along with jazzy and light classical themes for both little- and big-screen projects.

In the post-Beatles '70s, Martin continued to expand his resume with impressive results. Disc five documents his work with Paul McCartney's Wings, saxophonist Stan Getz, classical guitarist John Williams, fusion guitarist John McLaughlin, and American stars such as Neil Sedaka and Cheap Trick. Notable among Martin's '80s projects disc six, are McCartney's lush, chart-topping collaborations with Stevie Wonder "Ebony and Ivory" and Michael Jackson "Say Say Say" and his solo hit "No More Lonely Nights." Martin worked with new wavers Ultravox and country star Kenny Rogers, and recorded Broadway's production of the Who's Tommy and a tribute to George Gershwin featuring Peter Gabriel, Sinéad O'Connor, and Sting, among other projects. Martin capped off his career with the 1998 album In My Life, for which an assortment of musicians and actors -- from Phil Collins to Robin Williams -- interpreted Beatles songs; included here are Celine Dion's power-ballad take on Beatles' "Here, There and Everywhere" and two of Martin's own orchestral pieces. The beautifully packaged Produced by George Martin includes a 35-page, full-color booklet featuring photos, a detailed track listing, an insightful biography, and an essay on each disc's highlights and significance. Many fans may think of him as the fifth Beatle, but ultimately this box demonstrates Sir George Martin's astute ability to transform sound into timeless works of art -- no matter who his collaborators.

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
While generally presented in a chronological fashion, each disc is likewise aptly subtitled. Disc one -- "Crazy Rhythms" -- features pre-rock & roll big band "High Society", skiffle "Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O", and dance music "Scottish Polka" and "Saturday Jump". In addition, there are tracks from other well-known yet rarely heard artists such as Jimmy Shand "Bluebell Polka" and Rolf Harris "Sun Arise". The "Transports of Delight" on disc two highlight spoken-word and comedy sides produced by Martin in the '50s and '60s. Well-known artists and recordings from Peter Sellers "All the Things You Are" and Spike Milligan "The Wormwood Scrubs Tango" are spotlighted along with two apocalyptic pieces from the Beyond the Fringe ensemble -- "Aftermath of War" and "The End of the World." Disc three, "That Was the Decade That Was," celebrates the '60s rock & roll renaissance. Of course, "the Fab Four" are represented. Likewise, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas "Do You Want to Know a Secret?", Gerry & the Pacemakers "How Do You Do It?", and Cilla Black "It's for You" are also continuity connections to the Beatles. George Martin produced and scored classical as well as pop recordings. Healthy samplings of his classical productions are featured on disc four, "Gold Fingers." Among these are performances of "Coronation Scot" by Sidney Torch and his orchestra from the BBC Radio series "Paul Temple," as well as "Barwick Green," the theme from another Auntie Beeb program, "The Archers." Discs five and six chart Martin's most endearing work from the '70s and beyond. As with every selection on Produced by George Martin, "Smiles of the Beyond" -- which highlights jazz, pop, and fusion -- and "Nice Work" -- highlighting an eclectic mix of Martin's later productions -- are his personal favorites. These include his work with Stan Getz "Marrakech Express", Jeff Beck "Diamond Dust", and Paul McCartney "Live and Let Die."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2001
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724353263126
  • Catalog Number: 32631

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pickin' A Chicken - Glenn Somers & His Orchestra (2:14)
  2. 2 I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) - Johnny Dankworth (2:39)
  3. 3 Hayfoot, Strawfoot - The Baker Kenny Quartet (2:46)
  4. 4 High Society - Graeme Bell (2:56)
  5. 5 Princess Elizabeth Of England - Luton Girls' Choir (2:54)
  6. 6 Romanza-Choro - Roberto Inglez & His Orchestra (2:45)
  7. 7 Melody On The Move - Vic Hamett Quartet (2:50)
  8. 8 Ae Fond Kiss - Kenneth McKellar (3:01)
  9. 9 Bluebell Polka - Jimmy Shand & His Band (2:51)
  10. 10 Scottish Polka - Mickie Ainsworth (2:54)
  11. 11 Dashing White Sergeant - Glasgow Phoenix Choir (1:43)
  12. 12 Arriverderci Darling - Edna Savage (2:15)
  13. 13 Away In A Manger - Kirkintilloch Junior Choir (2:29)
  14. 14 Robin Hood - Stephen James and His Chums (2:33)
  15. 15 Portrait Of My Love - Matt Monro (2:47)
  16. 16 Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey - Freddy Randall (3:01)
  17. 17 Experiments With Mice - Johnny Dankworth (3:20)
  18. 18 Oi! Oi! Oi! - Joe Daniels & His Band (2:39)
  19. 19 Saturday Jump - Humphrey Lyttelton (2:17)
  20. 20 Crazy Rhythm - Max Gelbray (1:33)
  21. 21 My Kind Of Girl - Matt Monro (2:58)
  22. 22 Hi-Flutin' Boogie - John Scott (2:14)
  23. 23 Earthg Angel (Will You Be Mines?) - The Southlanders (2:26)
  24. 24 Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O - The Vipers Skiffle Group (2:17)
  25. 25 Skiffling Strings - Ron Goodwin (2:22)
  26. 26 By My Girl - Jim Dale (2:03)
  27. 27 No Other Baby - The Vipers Skiffle Group (2:35)
  28. 28 Sun Arise - Rolf Harris (2:27)
  29. 29 You're Driving Me Crazy - The Temperance Seven (3:55)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Q2 Piano Tune - Spike Milligan (2:22)
  2. 2 Unchained Melody - Peter Sellers (2:51)
  3. 3 Mock Mozart - Peter Ustinov (2:44)
  4. 4 A Transport Of Delight - Flanders & Swann (2:23)
  5. 5 Nellie The Elephant - Mandy Miller (2:31)
  6. 6 Little Red Monkey - Dick Bentley (2:31)
  7. 7 Goodness Gracious Me - Peter Sellers (2:59)
  8. 8 The Wormwood Scrubs Tango - Spike Milligan (2:33)
  9. 9 The Hippopotamus Song - Ian Wallace (3:04)
  10. 10 Any old Iron - Peter Sellers (2:53)
  11. 11 The Hole In The Ground - Bernard Cribbins (1:51)
  12. 12 Aftermyth of War - Beyond the Fringe (1:27)
  13. 13 All The Things You Are - Peter Sellers (2:09)
  14. 14 The Horse Show - Michael Bentine (2:58)
  15. 15 The End Of The World - Beyond the Fringe (4:12)
  16. 16 Mr. Boomerang Won't Come Back - Charlie Drake (3:39)
  17. 17 A Drop Of The Hard Stuff - Peter Sellers (3:14)
  18. 18 You Gotta Go Oww! - Spike Milligan (2:45)
  19. 19 Morse Code Melody - The Alberts (2:26)
  20. 20 I've Lost My Mummy - Rolf Harris (2:54)
  21. 21 My Brother - Terry Scott (2:37)
  22. 22 Judge Not (3:35)
  23. 23 The Gas-Man Cometh - Donald Swann (2:04)
  24. 24 Right Said Fred - Bernard Cribbins (2:20)
  25. 25 Football Results - Michael Bentine (1:32)
  26. 26 Jake the Peg - Rolf Harris (3:48)
  27. 27 The Highway Code - Master Singers (3:31)
  28. 28 A Hard Day's Night - Peter Sellers (1:49)
  29. 29 She Loves You - Peter Sellers (2:19)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Please Please Me - The Beatles (2:03)
  2. 2 How Do You Do It? - Gerry & the Pacemakers (1:55)
  3. 3 Do You Want To Know A Secret - Billy J. Kramer (2:03)
  4. 4 Hello Little Girl - The Fourmost (1:51)
  5. 5 I Want To Hold Your Hand - The Beatles (2:26)
  6. 6 The Cruel Sea - The Dakotas (2:15)
  7. 7 That Was The Week That Was - Millicent Martin (2:51)
  8. 8 Bad To Me - Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas (2:20)
  9. 9 Anyone Who Had A Heart - Cilla Black (2:51)
  10. 10 Don't Let the Dun Catch You Crying - Gerry & the Pacemakers (2:36)
  11. 11 I'll Keep You Satisfied - The Dakotas (2:06)
  12. 12 A Little Loving - The Fourmost (2:07)
  13. 13 Little Children - The Dakotas (2:48)
  14. 14 You're My World - Cilla Black (2:59)
  15. 15 Yesterday - The Beatles (2:05)
  16. 16 You'll Never Walk Alone - Gerry & the Pacemakers (2:42)
  17. 17 I (Who Have Nothing) (Uno Dei Tani) - Shirley Bassey (2:40)
  18. 18 In The Summer Of His Years - Millicent Martin (2:33)
  19. 19 It's For You - Cilla Black (2:21)
  20. 20 It's You - Alma Cogan (2:33)
  21. 21 Ferry Corss the Mersey - Gerry & the Pacemakers (2:24)
  22. 22 Can't Buy Me Love - Ella Fitzgerald (2:38)
  23. 23 I've Been Wrong Before - Cilla Black (2:11)
  24. 24 In My Life - The Beatles (2:26)
  25. 25 Land Of 1000 Dances - The Action (2:51)
  26. 26 Alfie - Cilla Black (2:39)
  27. 27 Michelle - David & Jonathan (2:52)
  28. 28 Step Inside Love - Cilla Black (2:23)
  29. 29 She's Leaving Home - David & Jonathan (3:14)
  30. 30 When I'm Sixty-Four - Bernard Cribbins (2:32)
  31. 31 Time - Cilla Black (2:24)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Coronation Scot - Sidney Torch (2:55)
  2. 2 Chopin: Prelude In C Minor, Op. 28 No. 20 - Sidney Harrison (1:49)
  3. 3 Serenade in E Flate Major, K. 375. Fourth Movement, Minuet and Trio - London Baroque Ensemble (2:50)
  4. 4 Serenade in E Flate Major, K. 375. Fith Movement, Allegro - London Baroque Ensemble (3:05)
  5. 5 The Lark Ascending - London Philharmonic Orchestra (5:06)
  6. 6 Barwick Green - Sidney Torch (2:49)
  7. 7 The White Suit Samba - Jack Parnell & His Rhythm (2:54)
  8. 8 Time Beat - Ray Cathode (2:14)
  9. 9 Theme from 'Limelight' - Ron Goodwin (3:18)
  10. 10 Elizabeth Serenade (Where the Gentle Avon Flows) - Ron Goodwin (2:52)
  11. 11 Murder She Says - Ron Goodwin (2:07)
  12. 12 I Like Money - Nadia Gray (1:46)
  13. 13 Double Scotch - Ron Goodwin (2:42)
  14. 14 No One Will Ever Know - Matt Monro (3:31)
  15. 15 The Dr. Kildare Theme - Johnny Spence (2:26)
  16. 16 Ringo's Theme (This Boy) (3:11)
  17. 17 633 Squadron Theme - Ron Goodwin (2:56)
  18. 18 From Russia With Love - Matt Monro (2:35)
  19. 19 All Quiet On The Mersey Front (2:08)
  20. 20 Goldfinger - Shirley Bassey (2:48)
  21. 21 By George! It's The David Frost Theme (2:24)
  22. 22 Love In The Open Air (3:14)
  23. 23 Thingumybob (2:03)
  24. 24 Theme One (2:30)
  25. 25 Snakes Alive (2:29)
  26. 26 The Ticlaw Anthem (2:18)
  27. 27 Where Eagles Dare - Ron Goodwin (3:06)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Marrakesh Express - Stan Getz (3:30)
  2. 2 Icarus - Paul Winter (3:02)
  3. 3 Marblehead Messenger - Seatrain (2:33)
  4. 4 Sans Souci (Without a Care) - John Williams [composer] (3:03)
  5. 5 Live And Let Die - Wings (3:13)
  6. 6 Juniper Bear - Paul Winter (3:08)
  7. 7 The Smile of the Beyond - Mahavishnu Orchestra (8:01)
  8. 8 Tin Man - America (3:29)
  9. 9 Pinafore Days - Stackridge (2:38)
  10. 10 Sunday - Cleo Laine (3:00)
  11. 11 Diamond Dust - Jeff Beck (8:22)
  12. 12 Sister Golden Hair - America (3:20)
  13. 13 The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress - Jimmy Webb (3:05)
  14. 14 Amarillo - Neil Sedaka (3:17)
  15. 15 Get Back - Billy Preston (3:00)
  16. 16 Highwayman - Jimmy Webb (3:50)
  17. 17 (No More) Fear of Flying - Gary Brooker (4:43)
  18. 18 World's Greatest Lover - Cheap Trick (4:51)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Ebony And Ivory - Stevie Wonder (3:43)
  2. 2 Hymn - Ultravox (5:48)
  3. 3 Say Say Say - Paul McCartney (3:56)
  4. 4 Our Perfect Song - Kenny Rogers (4:02)
  5. 5 No More Lonely Nights - Paul McCartney (4:42)
  6. 6 I Love You, Samantha - King's Singers (3:22)
  7. 7 Love Duet - Mary Hopin (3:37)
  8. 8 Come And Sweep My Chimbley - Tom Jones (3:00)
  9. 9 Memory - José Carreras (4:06)
  10. 10 Pinball Wizard (3:50)
  11. 11 Nice Work If You Can Get It - Larry Adler (3:03)
  12. 12 My Man's Gone Now - Sinéad O'Connor (3:37)
  13. 13 Rhapsody In Blue (8:29)
  14. 14 Summertime - Larry Adler & Peter Gabriel (3:50)
  15. 15 The Pepperland Suite (6:19)
  16. 16 Here, There and Everywhere - Celine Dion (3:18)
  17. 17 Friends And Lovers (2:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Martin Primary Artist, Conductor
Paul Winter Track Performer
Shirley Bassey Track Performer
Neil Sedaka Track Performer
America Track Performer
The Beatles Track Performer
Jeff Beck Track Performer
Cheap Trick Track Performer
Celine Dion Track Performer
Peter Gabriel Track Performer
Gerry & the Pacemakers Track Performer
Michael Jackson Track Performer
Billy J. Kramer Track Performer
Paul McCartney Track Performer
Billy Preston Track Performer
Seatrain Track Performer
Ultravox Track Performer
Ella Fitzgerald Track Performer
Stan Getz Track Performer
Cleo Laine Track Performer
Mahavishnu Orchestra Track Performer
Larry Adler Track Performer
Graeme Bell Track Performer
Freddy Randall Track Performer
John Williams [composer] Track Performer
Sidney Torch Track Performer
Tom Jones Track Performer
José Carreras Track Performer
The Action Track Performer
Cilla Black Track Performer
Gary Brooker Track Performer
The Dakotas Track Performer
David & Jonathan Track Performer
The Fourmost Track Performer
Stackridge Track Performer
Jimmy Webb Track Performer
King's Singers Track Performer
Frank Chacksfield Conductor
Bernard Cribbins Track Performer
Rolf Harris Track Performer
Matt Monro Track Performer
Peter Ustinov Track Performer
Tommy Reilly Track Performer
Humphrey Lyttelton Track Performer
Johnny Dankworth Track Performer
Jimmy Edwards Track Performer
Kenny Rogers Track Performer
London Philharmonic Orchestra Track Performer
Sophia Loren Track Performer
Terry Scott Track Performer
Peter Sellers Track Performer
Ian Wallace Track Performer
Wings Track Performer
Stevie Wonder Track Performer
Adrian Boult Conductor
Stan Foster Track Performer
Alma Cogan Track Performer
Jimmy Shand Track Performer
Charlie Drake Track Performer
Millicent Martin Track Performer
George Martin & His Orchestra Track Performer
The Vipers Skiffle Group Track Performer
Karl Haas Conductor
Philip Green Conductor
Wally Stott Track Performer
Phil Cardew Conductor
Jean Pougnet Violin
Roberto Inglez Track Performer
The Temperance Seven Track Performer
The Alberts Track Performer
Michael Flanders Track Performer
Jimmy Blue Track Performer
Flanders & Swann Track Performer
Donald Swann Piano
The Southlanders Track Performer
Kenneth McKellar Track Performer
Joy Nichols Track Performer
Freddie Jones Track Performer
Spike Milligan Track Performer
Luton Girls' Choir Track Performer
Michael Bentine Track Performer
Mickie Ainsworth Track Performer
The Baker Kenny Quartet Track Performer
Max Gelbray Track Performer
Ron Goodwin's Orchestra Track Performer
Nadia Gray Track Performer
Vic Hamett Quartet Track Performer
Sidney Harrison Track Performer
Mary Hopin Track Performer
Stephen James and His Chums Track Performer
Kirkintilloch Junior Choir Track Performer
London Baroque Ensemble Track Performer
Master Singers Track Performer
Mandy Miller Track Performer
Jack Parnell & His Rhythm Track Performer
Edna Savage Track Performer
John Scott Track Performer
Glenn Somers & His Orchestra Track Performer
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
A. L. Webber Composer
Peter Knight Director
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Mort Shuman Composer
Burt Bacharach Director
Laurie Holloway Director
Jerry Leiber Composer
Mike Vickers Director
Ron Goodwin Director
William James Kirkpatrick Composer
John Barry Composer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Ervin Drake Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Ken Jones Director
Linda McCartney Composer
Anthony Newley Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Johnny Pearson Director
Philip Green Arranger
Mark Lewisohn Annotation
Johnny Spence Director
DuBose Heyward Composer
Herbert Kretzmer Composer
Paul McGrane Composer
Trevor Nunn Composer
H.J. Lengsfelder Composer
T.S. Eliot Composer
J. Leslie McFarland Composer
Linda Thompson-Jenner Composer
Carlo Donida Composer
Traditional Composer
Mogol Audio 2 Composer
David Lee Composer
Cyril Ornadel Composer
David Briggs Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Forget about the sixth disc

    Everything you want to hear from the man behind Abbey Road and all the other great Beatles albums is here. And what an assortment it is! Ranging from comedy to classical to pop to even jazz, the first five discs will certainly have collectors raving. The sixth disc is...meh! It's got some rather dreadful projects on there, such as Ebony And Ivory and Celine Dion (just the though of her covering the Beatles makes my skin crawl!), but for what it's worth, that one disc hardly bogs down this collector's delight. Every Beatles fan should own it.

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