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Revolver wouldn't remain the Beatles' most ambitious LP for long, but many fans--including this one--remember it as their best. An object lesson in fitting great songwriting into experimental production and genre play, this is also a record whose influence extends far beyond mere they-was-the-greatest cheerleading. Putting McCartney's more traditionally melodic "Here, There and Everywhere" and "For No One" alongside Lennon's direct-hit sneering ("Dr. Robert") and dreamscapes ("I'm Only Sleeping," "Tomorrow Never Knows") and Harrison's peaking wit ("Taxman") was as conceptually brilliant as anything Sgt. Pepper attempted, and more subtly fulfilling. A must. --Rickey Wright
It is nearly impossible to overestimate this record. Revolver straddles with steady legs the divide between the exuberant pop of the '60s beat boom and the experimental outlands that followed. And then pisses over it all. Revolver stands at the summit of western pop music, partly by virtue of its centrality to the musical revolution of the '60s, and partly because its songs have endured as well as any ever written. On cuts like "Taxman" (featuring a fantastically ferocious guitar solo from, of all people, Paul McCartney) and "Doctor Robert," The Beatles' harmony-rich R&B is on such masterful form, the only question remaining is what they would do for act two. The answer: Change Everything. EMI. 2005.
Another classic by the Beatles! Only got it for "Taxman" and then loved all the other cuts! Definitely a collectors item and must have....more info
- Top 10 Greatest Albums
Indisputably one of the top 10 albums ever recorded. Every song is brilliant. Sweetest guitar harmony part ever on the monster "And Your Bird Can Sing." Like most Beatles albums, this album is a vital part of any music fan's collection....more info
- Never gets old
This is one of the greatest albums ever recorded...along with all the other Beatles later albums....Just Wanted to add another 5 star review to this masterpiece....more info
- Classic Beatles!
What more can I say about Revolver but Classic Beatles! I remember recording this album from my oldest brothers collection on to my little portable 3 1/2 reel-to-reel recorder. There was so much wow and flutter on my recorder but I still remember how much I enjoyed that album...and now I have this classic on compact disc! Truly one of my all time favorite cd's!...more info
- a personal review: The Beatles - "Revolver" (Capital: 1966)
I came out of the womb listening to The Beatles. Seriously...
I enjoyed the band as a kid, which is a direct influence my Dad impressed upon me. However, my appreciation for the group was uninformed and quite misguided. I just lumped John, Paul, George, and Ringo into an "oldies" category and I did it for twenty years. This is an outlandish and horribly erroneous error. These guys did more for music than anyone in history (with the exception of perhaps Mozart and Bach). Little things in recording, packaging, engineering, and production that the boys from Liverpool accomplished is what culminated into a fitting and universally recognized tag line: 'the greatest band ever!' "Revolver" wasn't the first Beatles album I heard in completion, but it was the first that made me believe that these guys deserve more credit than I gave them. Their previous release in 1965 ("Rubber Soul") was a venture from more of a pop sound to the rock side. Yet, this album is where it all started. The experimentation, changing stylistically and the ideas flowing rampant, The Beatles pushed the envelop forward. Then they would do it again and again and again. From the simplicity, to the complicated. From over-dubbing backwards guitar sounds, to singing amazing harmonies, "Revolver" is a portrait of a flawless musical album. This is what changed rock. VH1 thinks this is the greatest rock record of all time. It's probably close. If it wasn't for this band, their innovations, and their craft, we might not have ever thought music could be art....more info
Paul McCartney and John Lennon were the best song writing duo ever and that is without a doubt, thus this album is one of the best ever. Not one filler to be found here. George Harrison starts it out with my personal favorite Taxman and it just goes from there. Outstanding lyrics with Paul and John never sounding better....more info
- Like a bullitt---Revolver Album gets it on
What can I say---It's one of their many GREAT alums! It shows a snowball effect of their creation of careers.
- The Beatles conjure another winner and arguably best album 40 years later
The Beatles' Revolver was released in August of 1966.
The album was the last in their mop-top period and still a classic today (over 40 years after its first release). I was already familiar with these songs as heard on the radio.
Guitarist George Harrison shines with three numbers including the opening rocker "Taxman", the Indian sounding "Love You To" and the rocker "I Want to Tell You" which would be covered by Ted Nugent on Ted's 1979 album State of Shock. Singer/rhythm guitarist John Lennon has five great songs here like the atmospheric "I'm Only Sleeping" (deleted from original US issue). Plus the rockers "She Said She Said", "And Your Bird Can Sing" (deleted from original US issue) and "Doctor Robert" (deleted from original US issue) and finally, the psychedelic closer "Tomorrow Never Knows" is Lennon's masterwork.
Bass player/singer Paul McCartney has five numbers with the eerie "Eleanor Rigby". Plus the ballad "Here There and Everywhere" and pop numbers like "Good Day Sunshine", "For No One" and "Got To Get You Into My Life" (Earth Wind and Fire covered this in 1978 for the debacle movie Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with The Bee Gees and Peter Frampton).
Lastly, drummer Ringo Starr sings the John Lennon penned "Yellow Submarine" showing us that The Beatles could tackle any genre of music well, even kid's songs (the track would inspire the animated movie of the same name a few years later).
I first got this album in December of 1995 on CD and loved it immediately (although I had heard the sterile US version years earlier but felt short changed, the UK version is the real Revolver).
Revolver was YET another #1 album (even if it was the cheap cut edition here in the US), no surprise and is my third favorite Beatles disc after Sgt Pepper and Abbey Road respectively. ...more info
- Beatlemania Lives On with this Revolver
Revolver has some of the Fab 4's bets works on it. I cannot stop playing "I'm Only Sleeping" on my guitar....more info
- Revolver still blasts
Immortal music of my generation, now my grandsons are also enyoying as "their music". Could be a better revue?...more info
- Psychedelic and romantic
When I asked my mom which songs on this album were her favorites, she mentioned songs like "Here, There, and Everywhere," or "For No One," when at the same time, the guys from the Grateful Dead were impressed by tracks like "Tomorrow Never Knows" while "Love You To" was very innovative for what became the flavor of the month (a great month).
This album shows the Beatles at their most psychedelic on "Tomorrow Never Knows," their most romantic on "Here, There, and Everywhere" ("Something" could be more romantic, but I would say it's a toss-up), their most glamorous on "Got to Get You Into My Life," and their most poetic and classical on Eleanor Rigby."...more info
- Trust Your Instincts
Currently, I am studying this album in my Modern Music: Production and Analysis class. This album has a mixture of very good songs and mediocre ones. Personally, I think songs like Love You To just sound like a hodgepodge of musical instruments thrown together. However, their experimental nature did break new grounds in rock, like in Got To Get You Into My Life. They also do very subtle things such as not playing the last chord in For No One. Eleanor Rigby's stinging strings were perfect for the song, and emphasized the song well. The overall shortness of the songs makes the listener begging for more, as the songs are only about an average of 2:10 mins long. The shortness also allows the CD for some short pleasure listening, as not one song goes on forever and ever - as some songs tend to do. Do I think the songs would be as good if they were longer? Probably not. The very fact that they leave the song at its height is a good way of raising the stock of the songs. It's almost like a great sports player retiring at his prime - he is forever immortalized. Other than a few songs such as the ones I mentioned, this is overall a good album, and I cannot refute the fact that this is indeed an important album in The Beatles' career....more info
ESSENTIAL ALBUM!!! The Beatles so-called transitional album (going from a touring group to a studio only group) is one of their most creative. This album marks where they began experimenting in the studio, expanding their sound that would culminate with Sgt. Pepper's. Revolver was a #1 album & had two singles released from it, "Eleanor Rigby" that peaked at #11 & "Yellow Submarine" that peaked at #2. (I realize I'm reviewing the U.K. version of the album & that the U.S. version was different.) Esomewhat later.) The album cover also is one of the most unique ever done, it's artist is Klaus Voorman who would later play bass for Lennon on his early solo releases.
The album begins one of George Harrison's best songs "Taxman", it has a great riff with guitar & bass playing in unison. Most people don't realize it but it's McCartney that plays the lead guitar in this song. This was a song that could have been released as a single, it still receives a lot of airplay. "Eleanor Rigby" is next, it's a McCartney song & was unusual in their catalog because it only features McCartney on lead vocal, & Lennon & Harrison on background harmonies. None of the Beatles played any instruments on this song which was the second time this had happened; the first being another McCartney composition "Yesterday". "I'm Only Sleeping" follows & isn't a standout song. "Here, There and Everywhere" is a great ballad & actually has lyrics by Paul that make sense. "Yellow Submarine" is next, a novelty song written mostly by Paul & given to Ringo to sing. It's a catchy singalong with a lot of things going on in the background. "She Said She Said" is another song that doesn't standout in this collection. Then comes "Good Day Sunshine", a n upbeat song that still gets a lot of airplay. "And Your Bird Can Sing" is next, once again a song that doesn't live up to many of the other songs that are here. Same thing for "For No One" & Doctor Robert". Then comes another Harrison composition "I Want to Tell You". G\The next song features a horn combo, "Got to Get You Into My Life", a song that has a slight jazz quality to it & another song that could have been released as a single. The album ends with the frightening & very experimental "Tomorrow Never Knows". This is Lennon's best composition on the album. Lennon would later disown this recording but I find it to be one of the best things he ever did. There's a lot of experimentation on this album,in fact, in every song though some experiments are more obvious than some. The Beatles were doing many things at this time that hadn't been done in a studio before. One of the most amazing things about this album was the number of song styles that's covered here; all the way from baroque to pure psychedelic & they did each one equally well.
There is some filler here, mostly by Lennon, but it's great that we have the U.K. version instead of the illegitimate children that Capitol passed off onto the domestic market. I agree with some that this is NOT one of the best albums that they ever did, I reserve that for The White Album & Abbey Road. The one thing about the Beatles, though, was you never knew exactly what you were getting until you played it, which always made it entertaining!...more info
- Don't believe the hype
I bought this album believing the hype it's surrounded. I wasn't impress by it. They are a few good songs in it, but I feel that most of them are fillers.I still don't understand why or how this album manages to make it to the top five of every greatest-album-of- all-time list.Most of the time it is chosen # 1. That's why I bought it. I thought it was that good.I'm beginning to think that this album is overrated.I still think Rubber Soul is better and more cohesive than this album. I gave it three stars only because it's The Beatles. ...more info
- The only revolver you'll ever need
Revolver has one of the nicest Album covers and that's not all. It also carries two of John and Paul's greatest songs. I'm Only Sleeping and Eleanor Rigby.
It still sounds vibrant and vital more then 40 years after production....more info
- Great Album
This is my favorite Beatles album. If your going to get one Beatles album, get this or Rubber Soul, but Revolver is better....more info
- I'm a believer
I had never listened to a Beatle's album. I never chose to buy any and I never heard any songs (hits) that grabbed my attention enough to warrant my buying an album. I grew up to '70s music listening to Beatles' hits covered by artist after artist. As a result, they were almost cartoon-like, bubblegum in my mind. But I had a music theory teacher in college who extolled their virtues. I never paid attention. I was too busy listening and digging Bach, Schumann, Mozart, Stravinksy, Hindemith to care. I also had my small selection of '70s and '80s groups to adore. I am a major Elton John, Rickie Lee Jones, Dixie Dregs fan, so I never needed the Beatles music, nor understood their impact.
Since my brother got his iPod, he dispensed with a great deal of his CD collection which I inherited. And that is how I became aquainted with "Revolver."
I knew that this was rated by some as the all-time greatest album. Since I am convinced that Beach Boys'"Pet Sounds" is the all-time greatest "rock" album, I wanted to prove myself right.
I began listening to "Revolver" these past few days. All I can say that after listening to the album 3 times, my eyes (ears) are opened.
This is nothing new to you Beatles fans. But now I do get what all the fuss is about. Absolutely brilliant songwriting, rhythms, playing, arrangements. It's amazing but when you actually listen to each song in the context of the entire album, it changes the listening experience entirely.
I can't say that it is better than "Pet Sounds" but I can now understand how it absolutely competes. I can't say enough and can't wait to listen to all the other albums now. "Tomorrow never knows" is an experience in itself and definitely scores with serious songwriting at any time any genre....more info
- A pivotal album in their careers
The Fab Four continued experimenting in the Abbey Road studio which they prefered to do and this became their finest work to date. In fact, during what turned out to be their last tour in the US, they didn't perform any songs from this album because the songs were now more complex. If you're a Beatles fan and/or a rock fan, this album is truly essential.
TAXMAN-One of George's stronger compositions talking about one of life's inescapable realities.
ELEANOR RIGBY-Paul's tale about a lonely spinster.
I'M ONLY SLEEPING-Featuring backwards guitars, it's John "dreaming his life away"
LOVE YOU TO-A song by George featuring all Indian music as the rhythm track.
HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE-A ballad by Paul.
YELLOW SUBMARINE-Written by Paul and sung by Ringo, this became one of their most popular chart toppers.
SHE SAID SHE SAID-John said this came from an encounter with an actor who told him he knew what it's like to be dead.
GOOD DAY SUNSHINE-A feel good song written by Paul.
AND YOUR BIRD CAN SING-A composition of John's that he didn't think much of.
FOR NO ONE-A song by Paul featuring a clavichord and french horn solo.
DOCTOR ROBERT-John's song about drugs and pills.
I WANT TO TELL YOU-The piano and Ringo's hard drum playing highlight this George song.
GOT TO GET YOU INTO MY LIFE-Is this Paul song about a girl or about drugs? Either way it's one of the best cuts here. Capitol released this as a single in '76.
TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS-This still sounds amazing four decades later. Even though it's the album's last track, it was the first song recorded. In 1980, John said he took a phrase that Ringo said as the title "to take the edge off the heavy, philosophical lyrics."
- One Of The Best Of Beatles Albums Of All Time
Revolver is one of the Beatles most best albums i will write my opinion on each song,
1. Taxman, a good song nice cool blues beat to it the songs about britans rising taxes cool song, 5/5 stars
2. Elanor Rigby, okay song but i dunno what all the fuss is about this song oh its so good to me its an okay song i mean it could get better, 3.5/5 stars
3. I'm Only Sleeping, good i've always liked this song its a good beat plus its nice and short clocking at only 2:30 great upbeat feel to it, 5/5 stars
4. Love You To, the most indian influenced song on the whole album the sitar is really cool in this song, by the era of revolver geroge harrison the 'quiet' beatles was getting into indian influences and this songs all about it such a cool beat dosent seem like the beatles would put it on an album, 5/5 stars
5. Here There And Everywhere, pretty good song but the beat is just kinda of slow plus its only 2 minutes long its still a pretty good song though, 5/5 stars
6. Yellow Sumbarine, a song that has been over dubbed way too much its still a good song though but EVERBODY has heard of this song and the beatles easily/way, 5/5 Stars
7. She Said She Said, another one of my favirotes such a cool song the beat is an inspiration of psychedellic music which soon would take over the airwaves ANWAYS this is a cool song the beats really cool, 5/5 stars
8. Good Day Sunshine, this is nice upbeat song it maybe a very short song but it mannages to be one of the best songs on the whole album nice feel to the song, 5/5 Stars
9. And Your Bird Can Sing, easily the coolest rocker on the whole album not the best song though but it still has a cool beat to it great song, 5/5 stars
10. For no One, pretty good song another one of those slow songs on Revolver okay, 3/5 stars
11. Docter Robert, another cool song on it i like the cool beat it has and th e lyric, doctor robert he'll make you feel better, its a great/cool song, 5/5 Stars
12. I Want To Tell You, this i think has some kinda indian feel to it i dunno but anyways its cool song i like the nice slow beat to it on this song, 5/5 stars
13. Got To Get You Into My Life, cool song i like the horn on it but still it has a nice/cool upbeat feel/beat to it, 5/5 stars
14 Tommorow Never Knows, probaly one of my favs on the whole album the song that started Psychedelic music as we know it a cool song it was inspired by John Lennons acid expirences and his reading of the book The Psychedellic Expirence the first song recorded for revolver man i love this song its also the longest song its 3 minutes SUCH A COOL PSYCHEDELIC SONG PSYCHEDELIC MUSIC ROCK!!!, 5/5 Stars
all in all this a great album of the beatles buy this one now if you still dont have the songs to it or the album...more info
- A Very Creative Album
Right from the start, the album rocks with Taxman. I'm a big fan of their guitar solos, and this song just has one of the best riffs you can hear. Eleanor Rigby is really something special just for the fact of it having such a orchestra sound and a great chorus, and Yellow Submarine is another great example of the same. Starting off slow, Love You To just all of a sudden bursts into a great sound that you can help but move to. I'm a fan of George, and this song is just really great and unique with his playing of the Sitar. She Said She Said is another great song worth mentioning, and so is Doctor Robert and the classic Good Day Sunshine. There is just a lot of rich music in this album and if you like Rubber Soul, then you will also love Revolver.
- At the Threshold of a new Era.
One of the most important albums by The Beatles was 'Revolver', released in Europe in 1966. It marked the end of their Rock and Roll period and at the same time had already some songs of what would become the psychedelic period of the "Fabulous Four." 'I'm Only Sleeping' and 'Tomorrow never knows' are a good example of that whole new style. We Beatles fans had to wait two very long years for the release of 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band', the psychedelic album.
'Revolver' has some songs as beautiful as a rare gem. 'Eleonor Rigby', a melancholic song about old and lonely people.
My favorite song is 'Good Day Sunshine'. They use no guitars but two pianos and play them in a jazzy way. The two songs I just mentioned are in the old style - ballads and rock....more info
- Writing a Sermon ..
I envy people who have not heard Revolver before - that rush, that indescribable experience of listening for the first time - if there is anything I miss about the Beatles, it is that - it is not the first time anymore.
Revolver is a work of art; from the cover design (and please do me a favour - get the LP; the CDs have not been mastered and does not hold a chance against the stereophonic noise of the record - the way it was intended - raw, biting yet melodic & lush).
The first six tracks stand like African trees on a stormy night; or a summer day - providing shelter & comfort - in their own way of course - it will take decades for the first lime listeners to fully understand the structures of songs like Taxman & Love You To, much like Miles Davis & Brubeck's Take Five. Same goes for Eleanor Rigby, with its breathtaking grandeur & expanse, with words like burning coal, only eternal.
From the seventh track, Revolver takes off like a jet plane and does not stop. My friend, you have to listen to believe what God's creatures can do, when they put their minds together.
The CD is a joke of sorts. Flimsy, lightweight and a sound that just disappears .. does not make the air heavy - perhaps, one day my prayers will be answered & we will get remastered compact discs of the entire Beatles catalogue. Like Stones & Dylan.
Is this the best album ever made? Is it better than Dylan's Highway 61, or Stones' Beggar's Banquet? Or better than perhaps Sgt Pepper? I do not know - you have to decide for yourself, come up with your own thoughts and put them in your own words -
Perhaps in a sermon that no one will hear.
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- The Sixties About to Peak . . .
Located at one of the most pivotal stress points in the history of rock music, this extraordinary masterpiece by its most important band, the Beatles, comes nearly a year before the unprecedented breakthrough of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Revolver is often seen as a transitional album, but it is also a record of culmination. This was the last time we would hear or think of the Beatles as the Beatles, in the traditional sense of the term. Revolver exists as a key moment at which all cultural categories were on the verge of exploding into a fully blown "big bang" of completely new and seemingly inexhaustible dimensions.
"Progress" was a key term in counter-cultural thinking, and the Beatles, though arriving fully formed, spent three remarkable years refining and enlarging their musical and conceptual techniques in a continuous march that baffled and amazed the world. In December 1965, the group released Rubber Soul, their absolute development of musical/emotional maturity. Revolver is the sound of the scratching at the surface of a wall that nobody except the group seemed to realize existed.
With Sgt. Pepper, the Beatles would simply jump over the wall and re-define the parameters of reality itself. Revolver is their last appearance in the youthful and innocent garb of predefined categories of thought and expression.
This is not to suggest that Revolver was not revolutionary. Revolution and innovation is the defining process of the album. No one - not even Dylan - had pushed the boundaries of popular music to such a straining point this - it was pop music at the most extreme degree imaginable. (Next year would come the unimaginable.)
"Taxman" pushes the hard rock envelope further than ever before, with its harsh shards of chords, its cynicism and the dumfounding electric guitar explosion of its center. "Eleanor Rigby," shocks in its empathy and insight into banal human suffering while reinvinting the classical string quartet as a most potent new example of instrumental modernity. "I'm Only Sleeping" wraps the listener in gently-rocking layers and discovers the key to the psyche through backward-tracked guitars.
"Love You To" continues with the then-unknown drones and modalities of Indian classical music. "Here, There And Everywhere" charms quietly with its unexpected modulations and its already determinedly retro style. "Yellow Submarine" discovers the children's song can be a modern adult art form. And the climactic whiplash of "She Said She Said" with its surreal paranoia, shifting meters and impossibly swriling drums set a rock song as far as it could possibly go without completely coming apart.
Side two is just as stunning, beginning with the celebratory benefaction of "Good Day Sunshine," the savage double-tracked guitars of "And Your Bird Can Sing," and the melancholy perfection of "For No One." The steely-eyed chomp and mock of "Doctor Robert" winks hard at those in the know. "I Want to Tell You," with its disjointed rhythms places the listener in a decidedly uncertain position to reality, while "Got to Get You Into My Life" charges the spirit with some of the toughest, happiest white soul music ever. The entire affair ends with "Tomorrow Never Knows," - a new kind of rocking applied to a new purpose - chanting to the Tibetan Book of the Dead.
Today, many people regard it as the Beatles' finest record. I won't argue with that. I will simply affirm that it is both their ultimate culmination as a rock group while staking out virtually all new territory for the unimaginable future. More than essential, it is absolutely necessary - and it its turning never even begins to get tired.
This is my favorite Beattles CD and in my opinion is just great!!! You will not get bored. My favorite song from this CD is "Here, There and Everywhere".
magnificent. maybe not the beatles' most cohesive work, but for me the most intriguing and most beguiling.
i love harrison's contributions, i love the beginnings of their era-defining musical experimentation on my personal favorite track (tomorrow never knows), i love the complexity of the work as a whole.
maybe the most interesting beatles album, as it came during their transition from pop icons to bona fide artists. it doesn't get any better than this....more info
- "The Beatles' at the peak of experimentation"
During the early months of 1966, the Beatles decided to abandon touring after their August U.S. Dates.
The next stage of their studio evolution was to begin writing songs that would be more than two guitars-bass & drums pop singles.
To achieve some of the sounds on what became their 7th album "Revolver", the Beatles' production team would create several recording techniques that are still in use today, including auto-double-tracking, processing voices, guitars and other instrumentation through a Leslie speaker, and arguably, the first use of "sampling" with multiple tape loops.
John,Paul & George wrote more challenging pieces to match the creative atmosphere.
George Harrison contributed an incredible 3 songs to the album.
"Taxman" opens the album, a rocking track that laments the British taxpayer's plight.
In an interesting role reversal, George lays out the bass line, and Paul the guitar solo.
George's 2nd offering, "Love You To" is a meeting of east and west.
George provide double-tracked sitar and vocal, as well as stabs of fuzzed electric guitar.
Indian musician Anil Baghwat provides the tabla accompaniment.
George's 3rd song, "I Want To Tell You", is his most straight-forward featuring a recurring guitar hook and a honky-tonk piano.
The unusual 'E add F' chord in the verses, and the augmented chord in the bridge spices the song up nicely.
Paul's songs cross over several styles:
"Eleanor Rigby" an anthem about isolation, has no Beatles instrumentation at all - just 2 Paul vocals, George & John backing,and a string section impeccably scored by George Martin.
The effect is haunting.
"Here, There & Everywhere" is Paul's quintessential love ballad.
A sweet lead vocal, glorious 'oohs' behind it, and no nonsense.
"Good Day Sunshine" is the Beatles version of what is called "bubble gum". Simple as that.
"For No One" is Paul McCartney meets Johann S. Bach.
The clavichord has almost a chamber or baroque sound, and when combined with horn player Alan Civil's solo breaks, the song has a very"English" feel.
Paul's last song "Got To Get You Into My Life", has all the brassiness of any 1960's Motown tune, but the guitars at the end remind you whose rocking the house.
Imagine the surprise of many when Paul admitted the lyrics were "an ode to pot".
John's contributions were also influenced by an illicit substance: LSD.
"I'm Only Sleeping" moves along at a medium groove, as John sounds half asleep singing, and Paul yawns for good measure.
The gem here is George's backwards guitar solos-a first. Psychedelia has begun.
"She Said She Said" is a 3-Beatle performance, with Paul not involved.
George cranks his Gibson SG into high gear for this and lays down a neat bass line as well, while John relates a story that Peter Fonda told him about knowing death.
If I had to make a short list of underrated Beatles songs,"And Your Bird Can Sing" would top that list.
Paul & Ringo lay a solid foundation upon which George & John lay down perfectly synchronized dual lead guitars. A rock & roll masterpiece.
"Dr. Robert" about a pill-pushing doctor is another straight forward rocker, except for the "dreamlike well-well-well section"
John's final song "Tomorrow Never Knows" utilizes every recording trick I mentioned at the top of this review.
The stories are legend of how everybody all around Abbey Road studios held a spool of looped tape threaded onto every tape machine in the building and were fed back into the recording desk, where engineer Geoff Emerick lifted and lowered faders at random in a one-time only live mix. Astounding.
Finally, after all that heavy technological wizardry, the album's biggest hit is a Ringo vocal; the infectuous sing-along "Yellow Submarine", which went to # 1 in the fall of 1966.
There you have it: Aside from "Abbey Road", this would be the Beatles' finest work.
One of the top- 10 best albums ever....more info
- This is Revolver to Evolve
This was the Album when the Beatles stepped through the door into a totally new era of music history. This was when they peaked at Rock and Roll and graduated into a totally new band rediscovering who they were and what they were about to become. This is the one album that every Beatles fan should own because it distinctively displays their musical talents at this new level ever so smoothly woven into chords and count as songs bounce through your head.
The songs on the album are all classic and will live in Beatles history forever. This is Revolver....more info
- BEATLES BRINGS REMASTERED VERSION OUT 9-9-2009
IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING BUYING THIS CD TODAY, PLEASE WAIT!! ON SEPTEMBER 9th, 2009 (number 9, number 9, number 9...) THE BEATLES ARE RELEASING ALL THEIR ALBUMS REMASTERED WITH THE MOST RECENT TECHNOLOGY! THAT"S NOT ALL!! Each remastered CD, will have a QUICK TIME film included, that has film clips from the sessions, of the Beatles talking, sound bites, and other goodies. AND THERE"S MORE!! THE BEATLES will be releasing ALL THEIR ALBUMS THAT HAD MONO EDITIONS ONTO CD!! THIS MEANS, finally, we can buy (legally) MONO CDS OF REVOLVER, SGT PEPPER, MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR, AND WHITE ALBUM! Since the Beatles waited for awhile before they mastering their LPS onto CD, the technology was still little better than 4 bit mastering. That was the real reason why the early CDs didnt have the "Warmth" of vinyl. While other 60s classics have been rereleased many times, as CD mastering improved, APPLE RECORDS DID NOT. We who have waited impatiently for YEARS, will get their wishes granted this fall. The remastered EDITIONS will be gatefold, with a hefty booklet explaining each album, but the Quick Time movies will only be on the early pressings of the CDs. (So, pre-order on AMAZON, as soon as the new editions are listed.) SO NOW THAT YOU KNOW TO WAIT, here's why you should DEFINATELY HAVE REVOLVER as a first purchase, along with Sgt Pepper and the White album.
Its been a BIG debate among fans, critics, and even the Beatles for a LONG time, when did the Beatle's "PEAK"? For many people, its on REVOLVER. For one thing, for 1966 their sound is so far ahead of its time, it surpases MY GRANDPARENTS MUSIC, or my parents music, or my kids music. This is music for EVERYBODY, EVERYWHERE, ALWAYS. It could drop now, and still sound incredible. Even John's "ACID" songs sound like something ANIMAL COLLECTIVE might release. It was the beginning of ELECTRONICA, and AMBIENT SOUNDSCAPES on rock songs. The producer GEORGE MARTIN used overdubs, backtracking, Variable Speed Osilators (VSO), and even playing the vocals thru Leslie rotating organ speakers, to achieve an extraterrestrial sound. TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS, is the most far out psychedelic song that ANYONE recorded. The Lyrics are lifted right out of THE TIBETIAN BOOK OF THE DEAD, as deciphered by Mr. 60s Acid Guru, TIMOPHY LEARY....TURN OFF YOUR MIND, RELAX AND FLOAT DOWNSTREAM. One of the MOST famous lyrics from the rock era, it set the tone for the incipient hippie-psychedelic culture. The tatoo beat that Ringo placed on this song, was minimalist genius. Its a drum machine, without the drum machine. Simple, hypnotic, its the center pole around which the YIN and YANG ambient sounds revolve faster and faster, as the song blows your mind. When Moe Tucker cites RINGO as her influence for the Velvet Underground hypno-beat, she's talking about this song. The sound effects predate ENO, and ambient soundscapes, by years. In interviews, John Lennon always said that Tommorow Never knows his "ONE TRUE" acid song. It was certainly his first. By REVOLVER the Beatles had found their encylcopedic style that followed them thru to the band's end. No matter WHO you are, or WHAT your taste is, they wrote a song for you on REVOLVER. The album starts out with Harrison's biting social commentary, TAXMAN, with the most famous 1,2,3,4 count in rock. The song is hard, the pulse driving, the guitar sound raw. Next comes ELEANOR RIGBY, one of Paul's best songs ever. It's simply a string quartet matched to a tragic, poetic lyric about the futile isolation of modern life, that ends in death. Tho on a rock album, its pure classical music, no guitars, no drums. After that, John hits us with a minor psychedelic classic, about "DREAMING" in bed, I'M ONLY SLEEPING. John viewed the DREAM STATE, as the flip side to the SUPERCONSCOUSNESS of the psychedelic experience, so he wanted to merge the two states, within the thick smoke of hash. From John's first psychedelic folk rock song, George Harrison's LOVE YOU TO is completely orchestrated by Indian sitars, tablas, tambouras, and George's vision of DIVINE LOVE a metaphor for PHYSICAL LOVE. Again, like ELEANOR RIGBY, its not a rock song at all. Its George's first completely INDIAN composistion, haunting, learning, and simple. After that comes PAUL upbeat ditty, HERE THERE AND EVERYWHERE. John considered this one of Paul's best lyrics, and it is. And the melody...golden. Then, RINGO gets a "KIDS SONG" to sing, YELLOW SUBMARINE. Its' psychedelia is of the SID BARRETT variety, where the innocence and purity of vision of children, become a metaphor for the NEW WAY OF SEEING THE WORLD. The original LP ended SIDE ONE with JOHN's other early PSYCHEDELIC vision, this time about his LSD trip with The BYRDS and PETER FONDA, who kept telling Lennon about how LSD showed him what its LIKE TO BE DEAD. It flipped Lennon out, who always had a errie feeling he was going to be shot.
We flip the album over, and the Beatle's album flips from LSD bummer, right into GOOD DAY SUNSHINE. Leave it to PAUL. Its a cheery, peppy, good vibe SKA song, the happy warmth of a sunny day. John checks back in with AND YOUR BIRD CAN SING, another of his cynical anti-love songs, with one of the earliest HARMONY GUITAR LEADS on record. JOHN sang an anti-love song, and so did Paul, with FOR NO ONE. Here, PAUL is alone again, playing a piano ballad, with the solo given to a French Horn. An isolated musical setting, for the isolated lyrics of a lost love. Again, this is Classical music, not rock. Just when things get TOO serious, JOHN writes a ROCK song about scoring drugs from DR ROBERT, a famous doctor in NYC, where everybody in the Warhol crowd would go to get a shot of meth and vitamins. Then, HARRISON's "I WANT TO TELL YOU", came back to the acid theme, and the inability to get your point across when the Lysergic is spinning your brain around at 33 REVOLUTIONS A SECOND. But Paul (who still had not turned on) shouted out another scourcher, this time with a FULL HORN SECTION, total R&B sweat and heat (later copied, but never bettered by bands like CHICAGO). The song....GOT TO GET YOU INTO MY LIFE. Again, one of Paul's best songs he EVER wrote. Its a LUST song, not a love song, where the desire is screamed, and the yearning for the lady in question UNquesionable. Finally the ALBUM ends with TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS. Or does it start there? After all, the album is a REVOLVER, just going around and around, the beginning is the ending. TNK's PSYCHEDELIC EGO DEATH, leaves us right back to the world we started out in. Its the world of TAXES and OLD AGE that begin the album. Life goes round and round, everyone at a different stop on the merry go round, but still its the SAME RIDE for us all.
Its still amazing, that this album came out in 1966. The only negative comment comes from the panning of the instruments, which is odd to our modern ears. The bass is not always centered, the drums only coming out of one speaker at times, or panning between speakers for the special effects, tho new here, soon were so copied, that they sound trite now. Abbey Roads studio technology had the limitations of 4 track. Stereo was STILL new in '66, and modern stereo pictures could not be obtained. The new remastering is NOT going to "FIX" the stereo imaging problems that occur in a few places, because the sacrosanct nature of the BEATLES music, for so many billions of people around the world. For neophytes to the Beatles, this is a great place to start to discover their music. The excesses of lifestyle and experimentation that drove the FAB FOUR apart, were still in check here. For those who love the early Beatles, this is the last TRULY GREAT BEATLES album. For others who love their experimental phrase, this is the first TRULY GREAT album. REVOLVER shows their composistional technics, and poetic flair, and musical craftsmanship, coming together with producer George Martin's first attempts to reproduce the PSYCHEDELIC EXPERIENCE on album. One this is for sure....I have NEVER seen a TOP TEN ALBUMS OF ALL TIME list by publication, which didnt have this album right on top. Sgt Pepper has better cohesion for the overarching theme, and the WHITE ALBUM has a more consistant set of songs, harder, but REVOLVER was when the BEATLES first created music for the ages, and for all ages. It is unique, and uniquely BEATLES....more info
- The Seeds of Greatness Starting to Grow And Blossom
THIS IS A TRULY REMARKABLE ALBUM, FOR IT IS THE FOLLOW-UP TO RUBBER SOUL. IN RUBBER SOUL YOU STARTED TO HEAR THE NEW SOUNDS THE BEATLES WERE CREATING, LEAVING A THIRST FOR MORE. WITH REVOLVER, THE GROWTH OF NEW SOUNDS AND INSTRUMENTS IS BREATHTAKING. THIS ALBUM COMPLETELY LET'S THE LISTENER KNOW THAT 1, THE FABS WERE ADVANCING MUSICALLY, MENTALLY, AND ARTISTICALLY. THE START OF THE ALBUM, TAXMAN, SHOWS GEORGE COMING UP TO PAR WITH JOHN AND PAUL. THIS IS A FANTASTIC ROCK TUNE. AND AS USUAL, PAUL ALWAYS PLAYS AN INCREDIBLE BASS PART TO RIVAL GEORGE'S SONGWRITING ENDEAVORS! ELEANOR RIGBY, SUPERB! AS GEORGE HARRISON'S START TO SIMULATE US WITH HIS INDIAN LACED SONGS, SUCH AS, LOVE YOU TO. JOHN FOCUSES ON HIS MENTAL STATE, YELLOW SUBMARINE COMES AS A KID'S TUNE TO BE SUNG IN GRADE SCHOOL, A SONG FOR RINGO THAT'S NOT BAD. DOCTOR ROBERT ROCKS OUT!PAUL CONTINUES HIS SONGWRITING WITH ADDING DIFFERENT INSTRUMENTS, MAINLY BRASS, AND THAT COMES OFF VERY WELL DONE. ALL IN ALL REVOLVER IS A MUST FOR ANYBODY WHO WANTS TO FURTHER THEIR MUSICAL TASTE. WITH REVOLVER YOU REALIZE THAT SOMETHING OF THE MAGNITUDE OF SGT. PEPPER WOULD BE NEXT....more info
- The Beatles' high point
Say what you will about Sgt. Pepper and all that, I still say this is their best...without this album, there is no Sgt. Pepper to speak of, so here we go with this one. In comparison to Sgt. Pepper (and even the album preceding it, Rubber Soul) this is a lot harder-edged....the songs seem to rock more (except for Paul's stuff, of course) with all sorts of guitar stuff going on here - some of George Harrison's finest moments as a Beatle come on this album. This must have been one jarring listen back in 1966 - as a whole, it's way beyond anything else that had been done at that time.
If there was any doubt as to whether the Beatles were done with their all love song formula by this point, it's all erased with George's scathing opener "Taxman," the Beatles' earliest direct socially-motivated number (Who'd have thunk? Quiet, content George, not angry, scathing John Lennon, would be the first Beatle to make a social statement in a Beatles song!) Paul gives us "Eleanor Rigby," which you probably now, so I'm not gonna dwell much on it, but the string arrangement and lyrics are killer. John's drugged-up "I'm Only Sleeping" - an anthem for the lazy everywhere (Go John!) - is up next, with George's psychedelic guitar solo and Lennon's voice drowned out a bit by the intruments...quite the sonic experience. George's Indian fascinations manifest themselves fully for the first time on "Love You To" (sure, his sitar playing on Norweigan Wood predates this, but it was nowhere near as Indian-influenced as this.) Paul's "Here, There and Everywhere" proves the Beatles CAN still do love songs (well, Paulie can, at least) and do them very well - it's one of the best in the Beatles' canon, with a bit of Beach-Boy-like harmony thrown in (think "God Only Knows" had anything to do with this one? I do!). Ringo gets his normal vocal performance with the world-famous "Yellow Submarine," a song perfectly suited for good old Ringo, another of the Beatles' most famous numbers. More drugs from John, as "She Said She Said" allegedly recalls a bad acid trip with Peter Fonda, who apparently DID know what it was like to be dead. Lots of swirling guitars, the melody changes at the end, all stuff unheard of in popular music at this time. "Good Day Sunshine" is more Paul pop, one I've heard a few too many times, but it's a nice little sunny day song. I have no idea what "And Your Bird Can Sing" is about, other than the fact that it's a really cool song, featuring dueling guitar riffs from George and Paul....more classic stuff. Another dose of Paul with "For No One," complete with a horn solo and more strings. "Doctor Robert" is more John, and another one I honestly have no idea what it's about, but I always did enjoy this song, although by this album's standards, it really is quite pedestrian. "I Want To Tell You" is George's third entry here (rare for him, he usually only got 2) and probably the worst of the three, but it still would have been a massive hit single for just about any other band at the time (these guys were REAL good...). "Got to Get You Into My Life" is another Paul song with more horns, which was quite stunning at the time, but to be honest I'm downright sick of hearing this song and I don't know why. "Tomorrow Never Knows" is undoubtedly the weirdest thing here, with John singing phrases straight out of the Tibetan Book of the Dead, with all sorts of psychedelic swirling reverse guitars and tape loops and Lennon's processed vocal. Easily the most groundbreaking here, as it's probably the first psychedelic song by an act of that stature, bursting open the genre that would define 1967. It's easily the most revolutionary thing here, as great as the rest of this album is, and even if you aren't a fan of the track, you can't deny its importance.
So there we have it. Revolver is just plain fabulous. I don't know what else to say, except....yeah. Totally worth the price of admission....more info