All These Years – Tune In – Extended Special Edition Unboxing

We’ve finally secured a copy of Mark Lewisohn’s Extended Special Edition of The Beatles: All These Years Vol.1: Tune In. The box-set book has been out of stock in Australia for a few weeks, but new supplies have arrived.

Here, for your viewing pleasure, is an unboxing of this treasure of packaging and the fine art of book-binding. The set comes in shrink-wrap. Here’s the front and side of the main outer box:Tune In Extended side1

And the rear:Tune In Extended front

The base of the box (still in its shrink-wrap) carries some interesting information:Tune In baseTune In Base detail

Sean Garrehy designed the box set. He’s Art Director at LBBG (Little Brown Book Group) – the UK publishers. Mike Wykes is the owner of Handmade Press, an art and design studio based in Leicester in the UK. As you’ll see later the hand-written design elements of the box set are in Lewisohn’s own writing.

Using a razor blade to carefully remove the shrink-wrap from the base of the box you can slide it up and off:Tune In Extended opening

This reveals the two hardback volumes (together totalling 1728 pages) making up the extended text of All These Years Vol.1: Tune In. These sit inside an inner, three-sided cardboard holder:

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So far, so good. This is an impressively packaged and presented item. Here are the three sides of the inner holder. First the right-hand side:Tune In Inner 3

The left side:Tune In Inner 2

And the rear panel:Tune In Rear

When you remove the two books there’s more detail on the inside of the holder. On the right-hand side is a map of Liverpool:Tune In Inner 4

On the rear panel just the word “Why?”:Tune In Inner 5

And on the left a pic and short bio of Mark Lewisohn:Tune In Inner 6

The books themselves are great. Very understated, but oozing quality and all the hallmarks of the bookmakers art. Lewisohn’s website says that they’re printed on New Langely Antique Wove woodfree paper, with red-and-white head and tail bands and red ribbon marker. The covers are very textured, deeply embossed and look good. One comes in dark grey, the other in red:Tune In Book 1Tune In Book 2

Inside there are more photo sections than in the standard editions (and hence more photos) – and many of the photos are laid out in a different way. Here are a couple of examples:Tune In Pics 4 Tune In Pics 3 Tune In Pics 2 Tune In Pics 1

For a comparison between this special edition and the standard UK release here they are standing side-by-side:Tune In Books Comparison

Now that we have it we can’t wait for the holiday season to begin so that we can start ploughing through this baby! All the reviews so far agree: this is the definitive Beatles biography, bar none. And it’s beautiful to boot.

See also the UK and US standard editions compared.

All These Years – Tune In – Deluxe (Frustration….)

We want to get a copy of the Mark Lewisohn extended special deluxe edition of The Beatles: All These Years Vol.1: Tune In.

Only thing is there seem to be none available anywhere in Australia at the moment. The local importers site says they are available, but no bookshops have them in stock. It looks like they only brought in limited numbers and they have sold out straight away.

In frustration we went searching the web to find out what we were missing out on. Here’s a special edition visual hit:All These Years 4All These Years Deluxe 3All These Years Deluxe 7All These Years Deluxe 6All These Years Deluxe 1

Gotta say, it looks nice.

P.S. Check out Lewisohn’s Twitter feed as well. And this.

Mark Lewisohn “Tune In” Book Competition – We Have a Winner

Thanks to everyone who entered our Mark Lewisohn The Beatles: All These Years Volume One: Tune In competition.

We asked the question: “How old was Paul McCartney when John Lennon invited him to join his group The Quarry Men?” The correct answer was that Paul was fifteen years old.

Our winner is John from Roebling, New Jersey in the United States.

Congratulations John. The US publishers Crown Archetype will be sending a copy of the book your way very soon. Enjoy!

The next date to watch out for is November 14 and the release of the extended special edition of the book.

More soon…..

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The Beatles: Tune In – US and UK Edition Comparison…and a Competition!

Part One of Mark Lewisohn’s new biography of the Beatles is now out in two separate hard cover editions – one for the United States market, and one for the UK.

So, how are they similar – and how do they differ?

Here are some photos to show you in a direct side-by-side comparison. The UK edition is 946 pages. It appears on the left. The US edition is 932 pages and it appears on the right:

Tune In Cover FrontTune In cover rearThe book spines with their dust jackets on:Tune In cover spine

And without:Tune In Cover Spine no dust cover

There’s an interesting and as-yet unexplained design element about the spines. On both dust-jackets you can see the word “All”. My guess is that Volume 2 will have the the word “These”, and Volume 3 will have the word “Years”. When they are eventually lined up on our bookshelves they will collectively read “All These Years”.

The UK edition gets fancy end papers, front and rear. The front ones show pictures of a youthful John and Paul:Tune In end papers front

The rear has George and Ringo. It is a nice additional design touch:Tune In end papers rear

The US edition has plain end papers. Here are the title pages. First, the UK edition:Tune In Title Pages UK

And the US:

Tune In Title pages US

You’ll be pleased to know that despite the design and layout differences the contents are exactly the same. Both have the same text and chapters, and both have three sections with pages of historic photographs – some of which have never been previously published.

In the UK The Beatles: All These Years Volume One: Tune In is published by Little Brown. In the Unites States the book is published by Crown Archetype.

Now, the people at Crown Archetype have kindly given Beatles Blog a US edition of the book to give away to a lucky reader. All you need to do is answer this simple question:

How old was Paul McCartney when John Lennon invited him to join his group The Quarry Men?

The first correct answer to reach beatlesblogger @ gmail . com will win a US copy of Mark Lewisohn’s book – kindly provided by publishers Crown Archetype.

Lewisohn’s US Edition – Out 10/29

Mark Lewisohn will soon be promoting the impending United States version of his book Tune In: The Beatles – All These Years Volume 1. (It’s officially due on 29 October)

In the USA the title gets a different cover art treatment to the British edition:

TUNE IN US edition

Mark Lewisohn will be attending two special signings in New York City, one on 10/25 and the other on 10/26. He’ll be at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street store. On 10/25 he’ll be in-store at 12:30pm, and on 10/26 at 2pm.

We’re sure NYC fans would love to get along to this event.

Beatles Blog has a copy of the US edition to give away to one of our lucky readers. Stay tuned for more details soon.

The Beatles Tune In – Lewisohn’s New Book Out Today

Volume One of Mark Lewisohn’s new biography of the Beatles is out in the UK today.

The book is called The Beatles: All These Years – Volume One: Tune In. The marketing people have come up with a catch-phrase: Throw away what you think you know and start afresh.

It may well be true.

We’ll know more when we see the book for ourselves – but early reports and reviews are good. They’re saying that there is “….a surprise on every page, a revelation in every second chapter.”

At the moment on the book’s official homepage they are running seven read extracts from the audio edition. Here they are collected on SoundCloud for you:

  1. All These Years – Introduction (Read by Mark Lewisohn)
  2. All These Years – Extract Two (Jim McCartney warns his son Paul that John Lennon will get him into trouble. Read by Mark Lewisohn)
  3. All These Years – Extract Three (The decisive moment in John’s separation from both his father and mother. Read by Clive Mantle)
  4. All These Years – Extract Four (John and Paul meet for the first time. Read by Clive Mantle)
  5. All These Years – Extract Five  (John and Paul welcome young George Harrison’s talents into the mix. Read by Clive Mantle)
  6. All These Years – Extract Six (Paul is growing up fast, and 1958 draws to a colourful close. Read by Clive Mantle)
  7. All These Years  – Extract Seven (Pete Best is unwell so the Beatles grab Ringo Starr as temporary deputy – and enjoy the difference. Read by Clive Mantle)

Beatles - Tune in LogoSee also Mark Lewisohn on YouTube (three short videos) talking about the background to the book, and the different versions which will be available.

The Beatles: The BBC Archives: 1962-1970 – Coming Soon

October is shaping up to be an important month for Beatle book releases.

Two of the most respected and well-connected Beatle authors both have books due. We’ve already mentioned Mark Lewisohn’s first instalment of his Beatle history The Beatles All These Years: Tune In (UK – October 10, USA – October 29), but another Beatle insider also has an impressive book ready for release next month.

Kevin Howlett (you might remember his name as the co-author of all the new booklets in the re-issued and remastered Beatle CDs from 2009, and the glossy 252 page book included with the vinyl box set of remasters in 2012) has now compiled the definitive book about the Beatles interviews and performances at the BBC called The Beatles: The BBC Archives 1962-1970:Beatles BBC cover-tiff

This stylishly produced hardcover book collects the surviving transcripts of the Beatles appearances on BBC Radio and Television from 1962 to 1970. It features commentary from Howlett, alongside some fantastic photographs and memorabilia from the BBC.

We’ve been given a sneak look at the book and will provide a full review soon.

Having had the opportunity to look through it we can confirm it is beautifully packaged and extensively researched. The Beatles: The BBC Archives 1962-1970 will become the definitive guide to a unique relationship between two cultural icons. It’s published next month by BBC Books in the UK, and by Harper Design in the US.

Lewisohn’s New Beatles Book – One Month to UK Release

It is one month today until the official UK release of respected Beatle historian, Mark Lewisohn’s first volume in his three-part complete history of the band.

Volume One is called The Beatles All These Years: Tune In.

Beatles Tune In

Hmmm. Still not sure about that cover.

There are three videos about All These Years: Tune In on YouTube – the first a short introduction to the book:

The second a longer interview with Lewisohn about why he wrote the book and why it is important:

The third explains where the book begins:

There will be two versions in the UK. The “trade” or standard, single book edition of 960 pages, and a deluxe, extended edition across two books totalling 1728 pages and featuring many extra words and photographs. The special edition consists of “….two individual hardbacks printed on New Langely Antique Wove wood free paper, with red-and-white head and tail bands and red ribbon marker. The two books will sit within a specially designed box and lid featuring soft touch and varnish finishes.” Both are published by Little Brown.

Then there will be the US edition – just a single volume of 944 pages has been announced so far and with a different cover:Lewisohn Beatles USA

The book comes out in the USA on October 29 and is published by Crown Archetype, a subsidiary of Random House.

It looks like it’ll be a landmark publication – one I’ll be keen to read and have in the collection.

Beatles Books – Hardcover….and Electronic

The general consensus from Beatle fans so far is unanimous: the cover art for Mark Lewisohn’s first volume in his series of three books is really quite amateur-looking, and I agree:lewisohn Beatles book

This is a very disappointing cover, one that doesn’t do justice to the high expectations surrounding the release of this long-awaited Beatles book. Someone of Lewisohn’s standing should get better than this. It comes out later this year.

Meanwhile, the Linda McCartney book Linda McCartney: Life in Photographs has been released in electronic/digital form on iTunes.

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Linda McCartney – Life in Photographs features:

  • over 170 photographs selected from Linda’s archive of over 200,000 images—most of which users can pinch to zoom
  • forewords by Paul, Stella, and Mary McCartney, texts by Annie Leibovitz and Martin Harrison, and excerpts from interviews with Linda from BBC’s highly acclaimed 1994 “Behind the Lens” profile
  • a bonus video interview with Paul McCartney and his daughters, Stella and Mary

The collection was produced in close collaboration with Paul McCartney and his children. When it first came out in hard copy the McCartney family released a YouTube video talking about the book.

John Lennon “Lennon” 4 CD Box Set

It never ceases to amaze me how many variations there are out there of particular Beatles or Beatles-related items. I guess that’s part of what makes collecting interesting….

Some are big differences, and include completely revised or unique artwork or track running orders, others are small and subtle. This one, sent to me by Beatlesblog reader Ned in the United States, is a case in point. Ned writes: “One favorite Beatles-related item of mine is a still-sealed, 4 CD “Lennon” box from 1990 with a blank space on the back cover art where the song “Imagine” should be listed (the song is on the disc, however) that I bought from a woman going through a bad divorce. She only wanted US$15 for it. Even though I was very much interested I IMPLORED her to ask for more because I knew she could get it.  However, she insisted because, to her, it represented her former husband.  (Years earlier, I had regretfully sold my copy due to being laid off and needed to pay my bills. I was desperate to get a copy back in my possession after my work life returned to normal).”

Ned sent me a photo of this unusual John Lennon collectors item. Check out the space in the listing on Disc 2:

Its a strange little mistake or variation….who knows why “Imagine” was left off that particular print run? And Ned having a still-sealed copy makes it pretty collectable too. (By the way, it was Ned who sent the additional photos of the Japanese Beatles “Love” rarity from a previous post).

To compare, here’s my copy of the Lennon set:

“Imagine” is definitely still there. This 4 CD “Lennon” box set was released by Parlophone/EMI in 1990. It was compiled by Mark Lewisohn, one of the band’s insiders and a long-time writer and commentator on official Beatles releases and their history. Wikipedia has a song list for each CD. As you can see, most songs were previously released, but there are a couple of hard-to-find tracks, like the three live from Madison Square Garden with Elton John (“Whatever Gets You Through the Night”, “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds”) recorded 24 November, 1974.  I believe these three songs had only ever been previously released on a vinyl single in 1975.

The box set comes with a nice (if plain) 70-page booklet:

Booklet - Front

The booklet has the words to each song, a song index, small images from the album each track comes from, plus some nice photos – both black and white, and some in colour:

Booklet - inside

Each of the jewel cases has an individual image of Lennon. Here’s the one used for Disc 1:

The printing on each CD follows a similar theme, but each jewel case spine, rear artwork and the actual CD disc is a slightly different colour. For example here are discs 1 and 2:

The 4 CD set came out in 1990 and followed the 1989 single CD release “The John Lennon Collection”. In Australia at least EMI released this 4-track EP CD in a gate-fold Digipak to promote both:

As you can see, they used the rear of the cover to promote both the single disc “John Lennon Collection”, and the 4 CD box set:

So, thanks to Ned for another unusual and collectable Beatles-related item.

There is a new set of John Lennon box sets and anniversary releases on the way. Called the Gimme Some Truth  project, these remasters will mark what would have been Lennon’s 70th birthday and will be released in October, 2010.