Meaty, Beaty, Big & Bouncy: The Who (The Companion Series) (英語) ペーパーバック – 1997/11/1
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This text, from a series of books highlighting the albums that changed rock history, includes behind the scenes interviews, documentation and information.
This 210 page book is all about the album "Meaty, Beaty, Big and Bouncy" that was first released in 1971.
The album is a collection of the band's singles and a non-single (Jimi Hendrix's favorite Who song) "Boris The Spider."
And this would by the last-word on 1960's Who music. Author John Perry sets up the story and then devotes a chapter of reading about each song found on the record. After that Pete Townshend offers up a review of the album and then the effect of MBB&B on the world is discussed to some detailed in fine form.
This is a bit much for the casual fan that only wants to hear "Who's Next" as this documents a younger Who before that classic record was released.
A big Who fan would really enjoy all the details about the songs and the players found here in this book.
This is a good addition to your rock library.
As a substantially annotated discography, the book provides fun details about the songs, from their basis in larger British society, to fun trivia, to subtle differences to be found in various mixes. Each song gets full treatment -- a full chapter, with most ranging between 8-10 pages in length.
Perry provides many fascinating nuggets in a lively style that brings the music right out of the page and into your ear. For example, as a concrete example of Townshend's trademark drone-like chord construction (his habit of dropping the "third"), Perry describes the opening D chord to "The Kids Are Alright," noting its "starker, tougher" sound.
This is very interesting reading, peppered throughout with lesser-known b/w photos. Nicely indexed and footnoted, it includes additionally a UK discography and bibliography as well as full reprints of original reviews of the album. Many original quotes on the music by Townshend himself add to the interest.
This is the real Who; the Rock'n Roll years when they wrote disposable hits that lasted all the way to the next one, a few weeks later. They just happened to be some of the greatest tunes ever written and MBBB is the account of how they came to be.
Author John Perry was one of the most elegant Rock'n Roll guitarists, and it shows. He knows his stuff; how the group set about producing its sounds, the history of the Who's management (surely one of the more colourful in the business) and he has viewed unique early material in the BBC's archives.
This is a great story, a cracking read and you earn a lot on the way.
Dave Marsh's 'Before I Get Old' is very thorough, but it's a bit dry. You can tell Meaty, Beaty, Big & Bouncy is written by a musician by the way the author conveys the feel of the music.
Tells you more about Townshend's best song than any other book I've come across.
Great pictures too.