- Paperback: 482 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Press; Reprint edition (30 May 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0306811200
- ISBN-13: 978-0306811203
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.2 x 21.6 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,84,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tell Me Why Paperback – Import, 30 May 2002
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On the bright side, he follows the order of the British releases - was he, as he claims, one of the first authors to do so? - and he clearly articulates his emotional response to many of the songs. And he does a pretty good job summarizing the solo careers. McCartney’s disappointing efforts come in for particular criticism: he has, says Riley, come to see songs as “product” rather than art and grinds them out mechanically, with one good one for every 30 released. Seems about right to me.
There are many weaknesses in Riley’s approach. But the job of the book, for me, was to provide something to read as I listened to all the albums and tracks in order. It did that job quite well. It gave me a perspective other than my own, which is all I wanted. I don’t see it as anything more than a beginning, though: other books with a similar track-by-track commentary are beckoning.
in his revised edition, promised to be fully updated in light of the new releases, Mr. riley adds little if anything. the additional hours of material do not seem to have any significant influence on his original evaluations. however, he does spend tremendous amounts of time, basically putting down the beatles (or EMI (?)) for the anthology books, the series, and the music.
this edition seems to have a mean streak about it, refusing to acknowledge paul solo career was anything other than forgettable fluff, ringo is simply a has-been, and george is a meandering groundless flake. john he is willing to give some credit to for his solo work.
the book is interesting and insightful, but mr. rilely, for the most part, writes off everything done by the beatles except for the early albums up to revolver, and couple later singles.
everything else he seems to criticize or write off altogether.