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“The ‘Help!’ single sold much better than the two before it: ‘I Feel Fine’ and ‘Ticket To Ride’. But there were still a lot of fans who didn’t like ‘Help!’ They said, ‘Ah, The Beatles are dropping us. This isn’t as good as ‘A Hard Day’s Night’.’ So you can’t win. Trying to please everybody is impossible – if you did that, you’d end up in the middle with nobody liking you.” 



“In the forty minutes we were up there, on that cold winter’s day, they rocked and rolled and connected as they had in years gone by, friends again. It was beautiful to see.” 


Michael Lindsay-Hogg

“The next day was very windy and early in the morning Glyn sent me out to buy ladies stockings to put over the mikes, to prevent the wind from getting into them. I felt a right prat going into Marks and Spencer’s and asking for a pair of stockings.” Alan Parsons, the second engineer on ‘Get Back’

Alan Parsons (second engineer on Get Back)

“John did a couple of classic Elvis moves. We just thought of anything we could do to film a music video, shot anything that came into our heads. And at the end we decided oh, well, it sounds very Hawaiian, “hela heba helloa”, so let’s get some hip shaking girls in and put them in grass skirts.” 



"How in the world could I make something funny, bizarre, clever, crazy, sophisticated enough to satisfy The Beatles? It was in the plane that I came up with the idea of he horses."

Peter Goldmann

"I remember one night meeting this Swedish director in a nightclub and he started saying, "Well, we could really be far out, you know? Yeah, wow, really heavy, psychedelic, up a tree." That turned out to be the "Strawberry Fields" promo, which was pretty far out for its time."


"Paperback Writer was the first time the bass sound had been heard in all its excitement. For a start, Paul played a different bass, a Rickenbacker. Then we boosted it further by using a loudspeaker as a microphone."

Geoff Emerick

"If you listen to my playing, I try to become an instrument; play the mood of the song. For example, 'Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire,' - boom ba bom. I try to show that; the disenchanting mood. The drum fills are part of it."


"I did the slow version and I wanted it out as a single: as a statement of The Beatles' position on Vietnam and The Beatles' position on revolution. For years, on The Beatles' tours, Brian Epstein had stopped us from saying anything about Vietnam or the war."


"After I timed it I said, 'You can't make a single that long.' I was shouted down by the boys - not for the first time in my life - John asked, 'Why not?' I couldn't think of an answer, except the rather pathetic one that disc jockeys wouldn't play it. He said, 'They will if it's us' And, of course, he was absolutely right." 

George Martin.


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