DescriptionBeatles - A Group Of Handwritten Letters From Norman "Hurricane" Smith Recounting The Beatles' First Abbey Road Recording Sessions (2005). Here is an intimate account of the very first visits by the Beatles to the recording studio they made famous, London's EMI/Abbey Road, handwritten by the man who was their first recording engineer, Norman "Hurricane" Smith (1923-2008). The 19 pages were written in longhand by Smith in 2005, and mailed to the ghostwriter of his autobiography, John Lennon Called Me Normal, published in 2007. Much of the account is devoted to the Beatles' first two trips to Abbey Road, for their artist test with Pete Best still the drummer, and then the "Love Me Do" session, with Ringo now on board.
Smith's remembrances are presented in five sections, which were mailed in separate envelopes to his writing collaborator in mid-2005. Each is signed "Norman Smith" with references to the working title "The Sound of The Beatles". The pages measure 7" x 9" each, 10 sheets total with writing on both sides, all tri-folded and with paper clips affixed to three, a fourth bound a staple and including a personal note from Smith to the writer. The five envelopes measure 8.5" x 4.5" and are hand-addressed by Smith. In overall Excellent condition.
These were the first working communications between the collaborators, and the project was subsequently informed by in-person interviews with Smith. The finished book also touches on Smith's work producing Pink Floyd and other acts. In recounting the Beatles' artist test, Smith notes that the producer would not generally be present, but..."I was most surprised to see him (George Martin) and not his assistant Ron Richards and I remember thinking this must be some kind [of] special artist test. Anyway, a little later, the studio door opened and in walked these 4 lads looking completely different to any other guitar groups I had seen, with their hair styles all the same etc. and I thought - well - I think this is going to be something special, what with George Martin being here - and now this lot!" Smith recounts the equipment the Beatles used and how it was set up, and details the techniques he used in recording them. When the Beatles return to record "Please Please Me" in late 1962 they have new, better equipment, and Smith tells the story of how he went against EMI studio protocol to capture a more "live" sound when setting up the instruments for that song, as well as many other interesting anecdotes. COA from Heritage Auctions.
Norman Smith was responsible for the engineering of all Beatles' EMI recordings through Rubber Soul, when he was promoted to producer. His post-Beatle output included the first Pink Floyd albums, as well as working with the Pretty Things, and having a moderately successful career as a solo performer.
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