A profile of legendary music producer Sir George Martin with the help of his son Giles and wife Judy with contributions from Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Michael Palin, Howard Goodall, Cilla Black, Bernard Cribbins and Rolf Harris.

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A profile of legendary music producer Sir George Martin with the help of his son Giles and wife Judy with contributions from Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Michael Palin, Howard Goodall, Cilla Black, Bernard Cribbins and Rolf Harris.

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The 2015 repeat on BBC Four removed all references to Rolf Harris in an act of revisionism due to his conviction for child sex offences. Especially embarrassing in retrospect was Martin calling Harris "an extraordinary man" and saying he "loved him from the very moment he saw him". See more »

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The Fab fifth
1 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

The importance of George Martin in the field of producing is incalculable and is equaled only by Phil Spector's.Martin ironically points out that " let it be" was produced by himself ,then re- produced by the wall of sound master.

This is a documentary which possesses considerable appeal for fans ,for the Beatles'recorded work in the shaping of rock-as-we-know-it influenced virtually everyone.And Martin's role was vital ,as he translated his protégés' ideas into music.

The first third is given over to the producer's childhood,in a poor part of town,where his mom could not even buy him an ice cream;his promise to her that he would come back from war ;his debut as EMI staff producer for Parlophone label,and his comedy albums by Peter Sellers and others.

The coming of Cliff Richard was important for the producer because it urged him to surpass his extraordinary popularity in the Pre - Beatles era.Richard's career is still buoyant in the UK though he never made it in America.

Several Beatles' records are talked about."Yesterday" ,the score of which is framed on the wall of his mansion,"was naive but it worked"."Rain" ,probably Ringo's best drumming of all time shows Martin's technical expertise."Eleanor Rigby " is highly praised and depicted as half McCartney half Hermann ("psycho").Oddly " a day in the life " is passed over in silence,whereas it's arguably the Beatles/Martin's most impressive achievement.

The last part proves ,all the same ,that ,unlike some anti-Beatles such as Piero Scaruffi claims, even without Martin,the Fab four would not have been playing stuff like "love me do " all along their career.Proof positive is given by the records the producer made with America which were anything but innovative.But Martin produced Jeff Beck and Wings' "live and let die" has remained memorable .

George Martin is an endearing personality ;considering the career he made ,he seems a very modest man.He never made that much money in the Beatles years,which we already knew ,and he tells us how unfair it was ,and indeed it really was.Paul,Ringo ,his son Giles and Cilla Black are featured .The new arrangement father and son wrote for "while my guitar gently weeps" is mind-boggling and makes up for the absence of the sadly missed George.

Everybody interested in the Beatles (that is to say : interested in rock music) should see this absorbing biography.


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