George Martin

A Conversation with George Martin

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This 74-minute interview disc was promotional-only, distributed as part of PR for Martin's 1998 In My Life album. Conducted in July 1998, Martin Lewis asks George Martin questions covering his entire life, from his childhood and 1950s production work through the making of In My Life. Of course, his work with the Beatles is covered too, in about 25 minutes of conversation, although his stories will be familiar to many Beatles fans who have already read extensively about the group, or seen him interviewed on documentaries. Other than the Beatles, less-traveled topics include his pre-Beatles work with Peter Sellers, the early days of Parlophone records, a pre-Beatles trip to Capitol records in Los Angeles that led him to ask for technology upgrades back home, and his 1970s associations with America and Jeff Beck. Martin, as anyone who's seen him on documentaries like the Beatles' Anthology knows, is extremely well-spoken, so it's interesting to hear him speak even if you're already familiar with some or many of the stories. What's disappointing, perhaps, is that 22 minutes are devoted to talking about the In My Life album, which hardly ranks among the more distinguished of Sir George's projects. Disappointing, yes, but understandable, since that album's really the only reason this collectable disc was produced. It would have been nice, though, to have more stories about some of artists he produced who are merely mentioned, or not mentioned at all: Gerry & the Pacemakers, Cilla Black, the Action, American Flyer, Shane Fenton, the Vipers, and so forth.