Kit O’Toole is the definitive "go to girl" when it comes to all things Beatles. And that’s why her Songs We Were Singing is such a fab and erudite addition to the Fab Four folklore. Read. Enjoy and be enlightened. Yeah. Yeah. And definitely Yeah.
- Ivor Davis, The Beatles and Me on Tour
Kit O’Toole’s Songs We Were Singing is a delightful guide to under- appreciated gems in the Beatles’ treasure trove. Offering a reader- friendly combination of geek thoroughness and fan passion, the essays are loaded with interesting observations about the music, the lyrics, and the Lennon-McCartney process. Readers will be inspired to go back, listen again, and be amazed, again.
- Candy Leonard, Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade the World
With Songs We Were Singing, Kit O’Toole takes readers on a journey down the roads less traveled in Beatledom, offering up examinations of an array of overlooked gems. To infuse possibly well-worn subjects with freshness would be a challenge for any Beatleologist, but so skilled is her research and writing, Kit manages to transcend any potential pitfalls, presenting pleasing, insightful prose that is as illuminating as it is entertaining.
- Robert Rodriguez, Solo in the 70s; Revolver: How the Beatles Reimagined Rock ’N’ Roll; Fab Four FAQ; Fab Four FAQ 2.0
Kit O’Toole brings deep knowledge and deep passion to a topic that is clearly very close to her heart: some of the more obscure recordings by John, Paul, George, and Ringo (as well as Pete), both collectively and as solo artists. In each case, detailing the inspirations and motivations behind the songs, O’Toole blends a fan’s love with a musicologist’s analysis of the subject, and the result is an informative, entertaining, sometimes thought-provoking guide to the back roads of The Beatles’ career that will prompt you to reevaluate many of their lesser known tracks.
- —Richard Buskin, New York Times bestselling author and cohost of Something about the Beatles
Now, many of those insightful, carefully researched pieces have been collected into a handy volume that can serve as a wonderful introduction to those Beatle songs beyond the hit singles, allowing a third and, yes, even a fourth generation of fans to discover the remarkable breadth and depth of the band’s music. And Kit knows her Beatles music, as she shows in championing tracks like the oft- overlooked B-side ‘I’ll Get You.’ All in all, Songs We Were Singing provides a valuable overview of those deep Beatles tracks that too often get overlooked.
- Bill King, Publisher, Beatlefan