||Kit O´Toole is a lifelong music enthusiast who maintains a stand-alone music blog called "Listen to the Band". In addition, she is the internet columnist and a contributing editor for Beatlefan magazine. She also holds an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology. Contact Something Else! at email@example.com. We thank Kit for providing this article / feature on Geoff Emerick, who passed away Tuesday Oct 2nd.
“I want to sound as though I’m the Dalai Lama singing from the highest mountaintop. And yet I still want to hear the words I’m singing.”
Imagine working as a recording engineer for The Beatles, arguably the biggest act on the planet, when John Lennon approaches you with that request. How can one possibly understand what Lennon intended for his composition “Tomorrow Never Knows,” much less translate his wishes into a workable solution? Yet Geoff Emerick , The Beatles ’ recording engineer on Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Magical Mystery Tour, part of the White Album, and Abbey Road, could creatively translate their ideas into recordings that still sound inventive today.
And the pioneering recording of “Tomorrow Never Knows”? That was Emerick’s first day as engineer for the Beatles.
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