September 03, 2022

Revolver Session Recordings

The recent announcement of the Revolver Deluxe Set due in October, will include bonus tracks not officially available before. The Anthology 2 set included some alternate takes from this period. But fans have had much of this period recordings available for some time. Below are four sets from this period.

Anthology 2- Disk 1
17.    "Tomorrow Never Knows" ("Mark 1" / Take 1), April 6,1966 in EMI Studios,3:14
18.    "Got to Get You into My Life" (Take 5; mono), April 7,1966 in EMI Studios,2:54
19.    "And Your Bird Can Sing" (Take 2), April 20,1966 in EMI Studios,2:13
20.    "Taxman" (Take 11) Harrison, April 21,1966 in EMI Studios,2:32
21.    "Eleanor Rigby (strings only)" (Take 14), April 28, 1966 in EMI Studios,2:06
22.    "I'm Only Sleeping (rehearsal)" (mono),    April 29, 1966 in EMI Studios,0:41
23.    "I'm Only Sleeping (Take 1)" (mono), April 29, 1966 in EMI Studios,2:59


Beatles Revolver Sessions-Granny Smith Label-4CD


DISC 1
Apr 6th 1966 - Studio 3, 8:15pm-1:00am
1. Tomorrow Never Knows - take 1 - backing loop
2. Tomorrow Never Knows - SI onto take 1 - drums & vocal
3. Tomorrow Never Knows - take 3 - bass & drums rhythm track

Apr 7th 1966 - Studio 3, 2:30-7:15pm
4. Tomorrow Never Knows - tape loops
5. Tomorrow Never Knows - SI onto take 3 - loop track

Apr 7th 1966 - Studio 3, 8:15pm-1:30am
6. Got To Get You Into My Life - take 5 - rhythm track
7. Got To Get You Into My Life - SI onto take 5 - vocals

Apr 8th 1966 - Studio 2, 2:30-9:00pm
8. Got To Get You Into My Life - take 8

Apr 11th 1966 - Studio 2, 8:00pm-12:45am
9. Love You To - take 6 - guitar & vocal
10. Love You To - SI onto take 6 - sitar & tabla
11. Love You To - SI onto take 6 - 2nd sitar & fuzz bass

Apr 13th 1966 - Studio 3, 2:30-6:30pm
12. Love You To - SI onto take 7
13. Love You To - mono mix

Apr 13th 1966 - Studio 3, 8:00pm-2:30am
14. Paperback Writer - take 1
15. Paperback Writer - take 2 - rhythm
16. Paperback Writer - SI onto take 2 - lead vocal
17. Paperback Writer - SI onto take 2 - 2nd lead vocal

Apr 14th 1966 - Studio 3, 2:30-7:30pm
18. Paperback Writer - SI onto take 2 - bass

Apr 14th 1966 - Studio 3, 7:30-8:00pm
19. Paperback Writer - mono mix

Apr 14th 1966 - Studio 3, 8:30pm-1:30am
20. Rain - take 5 - rhythm
21. Rain - SI onto take 5 - lead vocal

Apr 16th 1966 - Studio 2, 2:30pm-1:30am
22. Rain - SI onto take 5 - bass & tambourine
23. Rain - SI onto take 5 - 2nd vocal (chorus)
24. Rain - backward vocal reversed
25. Rain - SI onto take 7 - backing vocals
26. Rain - mono mix

Apr 17th 1966 - Studio 2, 2:30-10:30pm
27. Doctor Robert - take 7 - rhythm
28. Doctor Robert - SI onto take 7 - harmonium

Apr 19th 1966 - Studio 2, 2:30pm-12:00am
29. Doctor Robert - SI onto take 7 - lead guitar & vocals

DISC 2
Apr 20th 1966 - Studio 2, 2:30pm-2:30am
1. And Your Bird Can Sing - take 2
2. And Your Bird Can Sing - SI onto take 2 - lead vocals and guitar
3. And Your Bird Can Sing - SI onto take 2 - tambourine, bass, vocal, guitar
4. And Your Bird Can Sing - SI onto take 2 - laughing vocals

Apr 21st 1966 - Studio 2, 2:30pm-12:50am
5. Taxman - take 11
6. Taxman - SI onto take 11 - lead vocal excerpt
7. Taxman - SI onto take 11 - 2nd lead vocal excerpt
8. Taxman - SI onto take 11 - both lead vocals, complete track
9. Taxman - SI onto take 11 - tambourine, lead guitar, backing vocals

Apr 22nd 1966 - Studio 2, 2:30pm-11:30pm
10. Taxman - SI onto take 12 - cowbell & "Mr Heath" backing vocals
11. Tomorrow Never Knows - SI onto take 3 - tamboura & lead vocal
12. Tomorrow Never Knows - SI onto take 3 - vocal, organ, tambourine, piano
13. Tomorrow Never Knows - SI onto take 3 - guitar solo
14. Tomorrow Never Knows - take 3 - track 3 (complete)

Apr 26th 1966 - Studio 2, 2:30-2:45am
15. And Your Bird Can Sing - take 10 + take 6
16. And Your Bird Can Sing - SI onto take 10 - vocals & handclaps
17. And Your Bird Can Sing - SI onto take 10 - lead guitars

Apr 27th 1966 - Studio 3, 11:30pm-3:00am
18. Tomorrow Never Knows - RM8 mono mix

Apr 27th 1966 - Studio 3, 11:30pm-3:00am
19. I'm Only Sleeping - take 11

Apr 28th 1966 - Studio 2, 5:00-7:50pm
20. Eleanor Rigby (strings) - take 14

Apr 29th 1966 - Studio 3, 5:00pm-1:00am
21. Eleanor Rigby - SI onto take 15 - vocal
22. Eleanor Rigby - SI onto take 15 - vocals
23. I'm Only Sleeping - rehearsal
24. I'm Only Sleeping (remake) - take 5
25. I'm Only Sleeping - SI onto take 11 - vocal

May 5th 1966 - Studio 3, 9:30pm-3:00am
26. I'm Only Sleeping - SI onto take 11 - lead guitars, composite mix
27. I'm Only Sleeping - SI onto take 11 - lead guitars, forward

May 6th 1966 - Studio 2, 2:30pm-1:00am
28. I'm Only Sleeping - SI onto take 13 - backing vocals

May 9th 1966 - Studio 2, 7:00pm-11:00pm
29. For No One - take 1 monitor mix
30. For No One - take 2 monitor mix
31. For No One - take 5 monitor mix
32. For No One - take 6 monitor mix
33. For No One - take 7, 8 & 9 monitor mix
34. For No One - take 10 piano
35. For No One - SI onto take 10 - clavichord & percussion

DISC 3
May 12th 1966 - Studio 3, 1:45pm-3:30pm
1. Doctor Robert - US mono mix
2. I'm Only Sleeping - US mono mix
3. And Your Bird Can Sing - US mono mix

May 16th 1966 - Studio 2, 2:30pm-1:30am
4. For No One - SI onto take 10 - lead vocal
5. For No One - reduction mix take 13

May 18th 1966 - Studio 2, 2:30pm-2:30am
6. Got To Get You Into My Life - SI onto take 8 - stereo brass overdub (partial)
7. Got To Get You Into My Life - SI onto take 8 - brass overdub (complete)
8. Got To Get You Into My Life - vocals, organ, tambourine

May 19th 1966 - Studio 3, 7:00pm-11:00pm
9. For No One - SI onto take 14 - bass
10. For No One - SI onto take 14 - French horn

May 20th 1966 - Studio 1, 11:00am-12:30pm
11. And Your Bird Can Sing - US stereo mix
12. And Your Bird Can Sing - UK stereo mix
13. Doctor Robert - US stereo mix
14. Doctor Robert - UK stereo mix
15. I'm Only Sleeping - US stereo mix
16. I'm Only Sleeping - UK stereo mix

May 26th 1966 - Studio 3, 7:00pm-1:00am
17. Yellow Submarine - take 4 - rhythm
18. Yellow Submarine - SI onto take 4 - lead and backing vocals
19. Yellow Submarine - SI onto take 4 - second vocal

June 1st 1966- Studio 2, 2:30pm-2:30am
20. Yellow Submarine - SI onto take 5 - sound effects
21. Yellow Submarine - intro

June 2nd 1966 - Studio 2, 7:00pm-3:30am
22. I Want To Tell You - rhythm + vocals and piano

June 3rd 1966 - Studio 2, 7:00pm-2:30am
23. I Want To Tell You - bass + vocals
24. I Want To Tell You - RM4
25. Yellow Submarine - RM5

June 6th 1966 - Studio 3, 7:00pm-12:00am
26. And Your Bird Can Sing - UK mono mix
27. I'm Only Sleeping - UK mono mix
28. Tomorrow Never Knows - RM11

June 6th 1966 - Studio 3, 12:00-1:30am
29. Eleanor Rigby - SI onto take 15 - end vocal

June 8th 1966 - Studio 2, 2:30pm-2:30am
30. Good Day Sunshine - take 1 - rhythm
31. Good Day Sunshine - SI onto take 1 - vocals

June 9th 1966 - Studio 2, 2:30-8:00pm
32. Good Day Sunshine - SI onto take 1 - piano, percussion, handclaps, vocals
33. Good Day Sunshine - end vocal overlays

DISC 4
June 16th 1966 - Studio 2, 7:00pm-3:30am
1. Here There and Everywhere - take 7
2. Here There and Everywhere - SI onto take 13 - backing vocals I (partial)
3. Here There and Everywhere - SI onto take 13 - backing vocals II (partial)
4. Here There and Everywhere - SI onto take 14 - lead vocal

June 17th 1966 - Studio 2, 7:00pm-1:30am
5. Here There and Everywhere - SI onto take 14 - 2nd lead vocal & 2nd lead guitar
6. Got To Get You Into My Life - SI onto take 9 - guitars

June 20th 1966 - Studio 1, 6:00pm-8:30pm
7. Got To Get You Into My Life - RM8

June 21st 1966 - Studio 3, 10:00am-1:00pm
8. Love You To - stereo mix, edit of RS1-3
9. I Want To Tell You - RS2
10. Here There and Everywhere - RS2
11. Here There and Everywhere - RM3

June 21st 1966 - Studio 3, 2:30pm-6:30pm
12. For No One - RM8
13. Doctor Robert - RM6
14. Taxman - mono mix, edit of RM5-6
15. For No One - RS1
16. Taxman - stereo mix, edit of RS1-2

June 21st 1966 - Studio 3, 7:00pm-3:45am
17. She Said She Said - take 3 rhythm
18. She Said She Said - SI onto take 3 - lead and backing vocals
19. She Said She Said - SI onto take 3 - organ and lead guitar

June 22nd 1966 - Studio 3, 7:00pm-1:30am
20. Eleanor Rigby - RM5
21. She Said She Said - RM4
22. Good Day Sunshine - RM7
23. Eleanor Rigby - RS1
24. She Said She Said - RS1
25. Good Day Sunshine - RS1
26. Yellow Submarine - RS2
27. Tomorrow Never Knows - RS6
28. Got To Get You Into My Life - RS1













More info is available here:
https://superdiscografiathebeatles.blogspot.com/p/the-beatles-2009-revolver-sessions-box.html



The Alternate Revolver - Pear Label-1 CD




The Alternate Revolver is a collection of different takes and versions of songs recorded in 1966 for the album Revolver. Features many mono mixes and a few tracks lifted from Anthology.

    1-Taxman
    take 11, recorded on April 21, 1966 (taken from Anthology)
    2-Eleanor Rigby
    mono mix, recorded on April 29, 1966
    3-I’m Only Sleeping
    Capitol stereo version, with different backwards guitars
    4-Love You To
    mono mix, recorded on April 13, 1966
    5-Here, There, And Everywhere
    take 7, with an overdub of take 13, recorded on June 16, 1966 (taken from Real Love single)
    6-Yellow Submarine
    remix, with different sounds and a spoken intro by Ringo, recorded on May 26 and June 1, 1966 (taken from Real Love single)
    7-She Said She Said
    mono mix, recorded on June 21, 1966
    8-Good Day Sunshine
    mono mix, recorded on June 9, 1966
    9-And Your Bird Can Sing
    take 2, recorded on April 20, 1966 (taken from Anthology)
    10-For No One
    take 10, recorded on May 16, 1966 (taken from Monitor Mixes (bootleg))
    11-Doctor Robert
    mono mix, recorded on April 19, 1966
    12-I Want To Tell You
    mono mix, recorded on June 3, 1966
    13-Got To Get You Into My Life
    take 5, recorded on April 7, 1966 (taken from Anthology)
    14-Tomorrow Never Knows
    alternate mix (taken from Unsurpassed Masters Vol. 4 (bootleg))
    15-And Your Bird Can Sing
    mono mix of take 10, recorded on April 26, 1966
    16-I’m Only Sleeping
    take 1, recorded on April 29, 1966 (taken from Anthology)
    17-Eleanor Rigby
    take 14, strings only, recorded on April 28, 1966 (taken from Anthology)
    18-For No One
    take 14, recorded on May 19, 1966 (taken from Monitor Mixes (bootleg))
    19-She Said She Said
    demo, recorded in March, 1966 (taken from Revolution (bootleg))
    20-Taxman
    mono mix of take 12, with a louder lead guitar, recorded on April 21, 1966
    21-Tomorrow Never Knows
    take 1, recorded on April 6, 1966 (taken from Anthology)
    22-I’m Only Sleeping
    rehearsal, recorded on April 29, 1966 (taken from Anthology)
    23-Got To Get You Into My Life
    mono mix of take 9, recorded on May 18, 1966
    24-Here, There And Everywhere
    take 13 and 14, recorded on June 16, 1966 (taken from Monitor Mixes (bootleg))
    25-I’m Only Sleeping
    mono mix, with extra backwards guitar during the third verse, recorded on May 6, 1966
    26-Tomorrow Never Knows
    mono mix, fewer of the various tape loops are present and they fade completely in and out of the track, recorded on April 27, 1966

More info is available here:
https://superdiscografiathebeatles.blogspot.com/2020/01/2003-alternate-revolver.html




Revolving - Secret Trax-2CD





        "Revolver" Era Demos   

1-1        He Said, He Said Demo Tape
1-2        He Said, He Said Demo Tape
1-3        He Said, He Said Demo Tape
1-4        He Said, He Said Demo Tape
1-5        She Said, She Said Demo Tape
1-6        She Said, She Said Demo Tape
1-7        She Said, She Said Demo Tape

        "Revolver" Era Sessions   

1-8        Tomorrow Never Knows Take 1
1-9        Got To Get You Into My Life Take 5
1-10        Got To Get You Into My Life Partial Take 5
1-11        Paperback Writer Take 1
1-12        Paperback Writer Take 2
1-13        And Your Bird Can Sing Take 2
1-14        And Your Bird Can Sing S1 Onto Take 2
1-15        Taxman Take 11
1-16        Eleanor Rigby (Strings Only) Take 14
1-17        I'm Only Sleeping (Rehearsal)
1-18        I'm Only Sleeping Take 1
1-19        For No One Take 1
1-20        For No One Take 2
1-21        For No One Take 10
1-22        For No One Take 14
1-23        Yellow Submarine Take 5
1-24        Here, There And Everywhere Edit Of Takes 7 / 14
1-25        Here, There And Everywhere Take 14

        The Raw Monitor Mixes   

1-26        For No One Take 10
1-27        For No One Take 10
1-28        For No One Take 10
1-29        For No One Take 14
1-30        Here, There And Everywhere Take 14
1-31        Here, There And Everywhere Take 14
1-32        Here, There And Everywhere Take 14
1-33        Here, There And Everywhere Take 14

        The Mono "Revolver" Album
    
2-1        Taxman
2-2        Eleanor Rigby
2-3        I'm Only Sleeping
2-4        Love You To
2-5        Here, There And Everywhere
2-6        Yellow Submarine
2-7        She Said, She Said
2-8        Good Day Sunshine
2-9        And Your Bird Can Sing
2-10        For No One
2-11        Doctor Robert
2-12        I Want To Tell You
2-13        Got To Get You Into My Life
2-14        Tomorrow Never Knows

        Other "Revolver" Era Mono Mixes   

2-15        Paperback Writer Take 2
2-16        Rain Take 7
2-17        I'm Only Sleeping Take 13
2-18        And Your Bird Can Sing Edit Of Take 10 / 6
2-19        Doctor Robert Take 7
2-20        Tomorrow Never Knows Take 3
        Other "Revolver" Era Stereo Mixes   
2-21        Paperback Writer Take 2
2-22        I'm Only Sleeping Take 13
2-23        Doctor Robert Take 7

More info is available here:
https://www.guitars101.com/threads/the-beatles-revolving-revolver-sessions-outtakes-alternate-versions.483689/

Revolver-Deluxe-Purple Chic Label-2CD


       




 

 


 

 Stereo   

1-1        Paperback Writer (RS3 Take 2)
1-2        Rain (RS1 Take 7)
        Revolver   
1-3        Taxman (RS1 & RS2 Take 12) Written-By – Harrison*
1-4        Eleanor Rigby (RS1 Take 15)
1-5        I'm Only Sleeping (RS2 Take 13)
1-6        Love You To (RS1, RS2, RS3 & Edit Take 7)Written-By – Harrison*
1-7        Here, There And Everywhere (RS2 Take 14)
1-8        Yellow Submarine (RS2 Take 5)
1-9        She Said, She Said (RS1 Take 4)
1-10        Good Day Sunshine (RS1 Take 1)
1-11        And Your Bird Can Sing (RS1 & RS2 Takes 10 & 4)
1-12        For No One (RS1 Take 14)
1-13        Dr. Robert (Edit Of RS2 Take 7)
1-14        I Want To Tell You (RS2 Take 4)Written-By – Harrison*
1-15        Got To Get You Into My Life (RS1 Takes 9 & 8)
1-16        Tomorrow Never Knows (RS6 Take 3)

        Alternate Stereo Mixes   

1-17        I'm Only Sleeping (RS1)
1-18        And Your Bird Can Sing (RS7 & RS8)
1-19        Dr. Robert (Edit Of RS1)
1-20        Paperback Writer
1-21        Rain
1-22        Eleanor Rigby
1-23        Love You ToWritten-By – Harrison*
1-24        Yellow Submarine
1-25        For No One
1-26        Paperback Writer
1-27        Rain
        Anthology DVD Medley   
1-28.1        Yellow Submarine   
1-28.2        Got To Get You Into My Life   
1-28.3        TaxmanWritten-By – Harrison*
1-28.4        Eleanor Rigby   
1-28.5        I'm Only Sleeping   

        Mono   

        Single   
2-1        Paperback Writer (RM2 Take 2)
2-2        Rain (RM3 Take 7)
        Revolver   
2-3        Taxman (RM5 & RM6 Take 12)Written-By – Harrison*
2-4        Eleanor Rigby (RM5 Take 15)
2-5        I'm Only Sleeping (RM6 Take 13)
2-6        Love You To (RM1, RM2, RM3 & Edit Take 7)Written-By – Harrison*
2-7        Here, There And Everywhere (RM3 Take 14)
2-8        Yellow Submarine (RM5 Take 5)
2-9        She Said, She Said (RM4 Take 4)
2-10        Good Day Sunshine (RM7 (Labeled As RM2) Take 1)
2-11        And Your Bird Can Sing (RM9 & RM10 Takes 10 & 4)
2-12        For No One (RM8 Take 14)
2-13        Dr. Robert (Edit Of RM6 Take 7)
2-14        I Want To Tell You (RM1 Take 4)Written-By – Harrison*
2-15        Got To Get You Into My Life (RM8 Takes 9 & 8)
2-16        Tomorrow Never Knows (RM8 Take 3)
       
Alternate Mono Mixes   

2-17        I'm Only Sleeping (RM5)
2-18        Dr. Robert (Edit Of RM4)
2-19        Tomorrow Never Knows (RM11)
2-20        Yellow Submarine (RM??)
2-21        Yellow Submarine (RM5 (Including Announcement))


September 01, 2022

The Beatles’ Unheard ‘Revolver’: An Exclusive Preview of a Blockbuster Archival Release

A new Special Edition of their psychedelic 1966 classic is packed with revelations. Here's a first look at what's inside. September 7, 2022




The Beatles in Abbey Road Studios during filming of the “Paperback Writer” and “Rain” promotional films. May 19th, 1966 © Apple Corps Ltd.

In the summer of 1966, the Beatles dropped Revolver — an album so far ahead of its time that the world is still catching up with it. It’s the moptops mutating at warp speed, outgrowing all their former incarnations. Paul McCartney is exploring avant-garde art and music. John Lennon is reading The Tibetan Book of the Dead. George Harrison is studying sitar and Indian mysticism. Ringo Starr has installed a pub in his basement. They’re ready to shock the world — and themselves — with their masterpiece. The result: Revolver, routinely acclaimed as the greatest rock album ever made, by the Beatles or anyone else.

Except the world hasn’t heard it yet. Because in 2022 there’s more to Revolver than we ever knew. Over a few summer days in Abbey Road, the legendary London studio the Beatles called home, Rolling Stone gets a one-on-one exclusive tour of the brand-new Revolver, as good-day sunshine streams through the windows. Producer Giles Martin, son of the band’s wizardly producer George Martin, spins unheard outtakes from the sessions, along with the revealing new mix of the Beatles’ most wildly experimental album.

It’s the one where the lads set out to remake themselves from scratch, trying psychedelia, chamber music, Indian raga, Memphis soul. As Giles Martin says, “Revolver is an album where you could listen to each song and go, ‘Oh, this is the direction they’re going to go in next.’ And be wrong every single time. The Beatles are all in the same zone, coming of age. But it’s four individual members, with four eclectic styles, all willing to surf the same wave. And that’s what this album’s about. It’s about that ‘What have you got? How crazy is it? Well, I can out-crazy you.’”

This Revolver is full of fresh surprises. For one thing, you wouldn’t expect one of the deepest emotional revelations to be “Yellow Submarine.” The world thinks of this as the kiddie song they dashed off for Ringo. But John’s home demo shows how it began as a melancholy acoustic ballad, evoking Plastic Ono Band. The idea that John’s sad confession got reworked into Ringo belting the world’s favorite kiddie singalong — that’s the whole Revolver journey right there. Who else could take a simple song idea through so many evolutions, only for it to end up so perfectly right? Only the Beatles.


© Apple Corps Ltd.


The new Revolver drops on Oct. 28, from Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/Ume, following the previous deluxe editions that have redefined the Beatles’ lore in recent years — Sgt. Pepper in 2017, the White Album in 2018, Abbey Road in 2019, Let It Be and the Get Back film last year. The new stereo and Dolby Atmos mixes of “Taxman” drop today. As you can hear, the sound gets a boom from the audio “de-mixing” technology developed by Peter Jackson’s team for his historic Get Back documentary.


The Special Edition has 63 tracks in all, with the original album in stereo, mono, on Dolby Atmos, plus session outtakes, on five CDs, four vinyl LPs, and a seven-inch EP of the “Paperback Writer”/“Rain” EP, both sides of the standalone single cut during Revolver. There’s also a 100-page hardbound book of photos and essays by McCartney (“all in all, not a bad album”), Giles Martin, cover artist Klaus Voormann, hip-hop legend Questlove, and historian Kevin Howlett. The Standard Edition has the original 14-track album on CD, vinyl, and digital.

The Beatles’ confidence — never a problem for these four lads — was exploding on Revolver, as well as their competitive spirit. In June 1966, before anyone even heard their new “Tomorrow Never Knows,” Paul told the NME, “We did it because I, for one, am sick of doing sounds that people can claim to have heard before.” (You have to love the Paul-ness of that “I, for one.”) Their friendship had mysteriously gotten even closer — they were tapped into their own communal wavelength, and everyone around them could sense it. But their experimental spirit got contagious. Their 18-year-old engineer Geoff Emerick transformed their sound by stuffing a sweater in Ringo’s bass drum. Producer George Martin kept shattering the limits of studio recording on a day-to-day basis — a “Taxman” here, an “Eleanor Rigby” there, an occasional “Love You To.”

Everything about the music asserts the Fabs had grown up. As Martin says, “When Paul sat with me and listened to it, he said, ‘This is the record that is four individuals collaborating.’ It’s the decline of Beatlemania. ‘Phony Beatlemania has bitten the dust,’ as the Clash once said. They’re no longer a four-headed beast on Revolver. They have their different styles. But no matter what they try, they’re still the Beatles. There’s not even a thought of a world outside of the Beatles. There’s no women in their lives, as close as they are to each other. They’re in bed thoroughly, and they’re looking forward to being in bed together. They’ve come off tour, and they want to make great records.”

It was an abrupt mood change for Martin after Get Back. “When I listened to the Revolver outtakes, after having done Get Back, I listened to the outtakes, I thought, ‘Oh, this is actually the real fun.’ On Get Back, they’re trying to get this feeling, get the breath of fresh air, whereas in Revolver it’s just the air they breathe. This is just endless enthusiasm. There’s no post-apocalyptic vision. There hasn’t been a bust-up and they haven’t got back together, nor have they walked out yet.”






The Beatles in Abbey Road Studios during recording of the Revolver album, 1966 © Apple Corps Ltd.

The lads argue, as in the outtake where they tease Harrison over how long he takes to think of song titles. “But it’s funny that this is such a friendly argument, compared to how it would be a couple years later,” Martin says. “The apple hasn’t been bitten into yet.”

It’s also the Beatles closing the door on their road days. “You wonder how much of Revolver comes with the frustration of touring?” Martin asks. “They’re escaping to the studios from this crazy peak of Beatlemania, saying ‘Let’s just find a different world to go to, to get as far away as possible.’ That’s why John said he wants to sing ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ on a mountain top. He wanted to be as far away from being on a stage as possible.”

The Fabs were tired of racing to quickie live gigs, with no room to explore their new music onstage. Their summer U.S. tour was their last ever, plagued by turmoil and protests. (A Ku Klux Klan rally outside their Memphis show drew 8,000 people.) Martin thinks that’s part of what drew them to Abbey Road. “This was their safe space,” he says. “Probably because of the tension that was increasing with Beatlemania, and everything that was going on in ’66. They were a pop band in, if you like, a bottle of pop. They had been shaken up by the outside world. And it’s almost like the cap is being unscrewed and the effervescence is coming out. There was so much chaos in their outside world, they had to retreat back. That’s where I think that the outside of this building we’re in [Abbey Road] was probably becoming threatening to them. This was a sanctuary where they could spend time. For Sgt. Pepper, they spent twice as long as they did for Revolver.”

The new mix from Giles Martin and Sam Okell goes beyond what they did with previous deluxe editions, thanks to the “de-mixing” technology developed by the audio team led by Emile de la Rey at Peter Jackson’s WingNut Films Productions Ltd. It was devised for Get Back, to separate individual Beatle voices from the audio murk of the original film footage. Remember the scene where they cut through the cafeteria clatter to focus on John and Paul’s voices, getting emotional over George, with a microphone planted in a flowerpot? That’s what they do to Ringo’s drum kit. It sounds amazing.

As Martin explains, “There’s no one who’s getting audio even close as to what Peter Jackson’s guys can do. The funny thing, they won’t let anyone else use it — they may do eventually. But Peter’s such a big Beatles fan, he’s willing to help out. I quite like that in a way, that the Beatles are still using technologies that no one else is using. It’s really groundbreaking. The simplest way I can explain it: It’s like you giving me a cake, and then me going back to you about an hour later with flour, eggs, sugar, and all the ingredients to that cake, that all haven’t got any cake mix left on them.”

“Taxman,” for example, was famously recorded with the drums, bass, and rhythm guitar all on one track. The new tech allows separate tracks for Ringo’s kick drum, toms, hi-hats, etc. Nothing is being altered, obviously — but now we can hear more of what the lads played in the room that day. You can hear details buried way down in the mix, like the acoustic guitar in “For No One,” or the finger snaps in “Here, There, and Everywhere.”



The book has a typically brilliant essay from Questlove on discovering the band through their call-and-response with African American music: funk, rap, soul. When he first heard the Beatles’ albums, he recognized beats sampled on Special Ed or A Tribe Called Quest records. He goes deep on the fascinating Beatles/hip-hop connection, noting “The whole message of ‘Taxman’ might as well be ‘Fuck the Police.’”




The Beatles carried that creative spirit to every detail of Revolver, right down to the cover art from their old Hamburg friend Klaus Voormann. The book includes an excerpt from his graphic novel, birth of an icon REVOLVER. “They didn’t tell me anything I should do,” Voormann tells Rolling Stone, calling from Munich. “They said, ‘Klaus, come on down to the studio and listen to the music and let’s see what you come up with.’” Like everyone, he was stunned by what he heard. “Rubber Soul was already a really fantastic LP. And I like that photo on there, too. But now you suddenly had ‘Tomorrow Never Knows,’ with cymbals splashing and sped-up tracks and backwards guitar and birds fluttering. Really crazy. I was overwhelmed when I heard the tracks and I thought, ‘Oh, God, how can I do a cover for that? This is such a giant step into a completely new direction.’”




But his cover collage rose to the challenge. “I said, ‘Come on, boys, go home and look in your drawers and find any photos you have. Good quality, bad quality — just get me those.” He drew sketches of the band’s faces, full of details like John growing out of George’s hair, or John sitting on his own ear in a medieval knight’s costume. He’s especially proud of his work on John’s face. “John’s got those almond-shaped eyes. And he’s got those nostrils, which are very striking. His nose is just incredible!”

Here’s a breakdown of eight revelatory moments from the new Revolver Special Edition:




Original tape box: “Taxman” and “And Your Bird Can Sing” © Calderstone Productions Ltd


“Rain” (Take 5, Actual Speed)
The Beatles got that dreamy psychedelic buzz on the “Paperback Writer” B side by recording the instrumental track extra fast, then slowing it down. But there’s no real way to prepare for the shock of hearing them play it live at the original manic speed — Ringo turns into all four Ramones at once. Beatlemaniacs have always marveled at the drums on “Rain” — as Ringo once said, “I know me and my playing, and then there’s ‘Rain.’” Ringo Hive, rise.

“Yellow Submarine” (Songwriting Work Tapes 1 & 2)
Brace yourself: Everything we thought we knew about “Yellow Submarine” is wrong. The whole world agrees on the standard origin story — a Paul ditty whipped up fast as an Uncle Ringo kiddie chant, something John grimly tolerated. But don’t be shocked if you catch yourself shedding a tear hearing John sing it. The chorus was Paul, but the verses started out as John in his sad confessional mode, with folkie guitar picking. He sings, “In the place where I was born/No one cared, no one cared/And the name that I was born/No one cared, no one cared.” The demo, on his home tape recorder, is a heart-wrenching childhood memory ballad, halfway between “Julia” and “Strawberry Fields Forever.”

“I had no idea until I started going through the outtakes,” Martin says. “This was a Lennon-McCartney thing. I said to Paul, ‘I always thought this was a song that you wrote and gave to Ringo and that John was like, ‘Oh, bloody “Yellow Submarine.”‘ Not at all. That’s like a Woody Guthrie song. But it’s beautiful in a way, where you realize that there’s so much depth behind it.” But still, what a drag to imagine a world without the Ringo version. “When you listen to the outtakes, even knowing the beauty of that John version, you know why Ringo ended up singing it,” Martin says. “And it was acutely, let’s face it, the right decision to make.”

“Eleanor Rigby” (Speech Before Take 4)
George Martin rehearses the classical musicians for “Eleanor Rigby,” translating between them and Paul. They ask Paul whether to use vibrato on the strings, but Paul defers to Mr. Martin, who decides the vibrato would add the wrong touch of sweetness. “Let’s do it without, then,” he says. “So you only hear the vibrato when you’ve got something to say.” What a perfect proverb of his production philosophy, in one line. Martin always avoided adding anything pointless — which says a lot about how Revolver turned out as great as it did.

“Love You To” (Take 7)George’s sitar-and-tablas hymn takes on a new dimension, with Paul singing a delicate harmony. It adds a bit of lightness to the song, but somehow you can see how they knew lightness didn’t work for this austere song. Working so hard on a harmony part, but then discarding it when it doesn’t fit — the Beatles’ musical wisdom at work.

“For No One” (Take 10)
Ringo asks, “What, shall I just keep it straight then? Not do anything else?” Paul urges him, “No, do!” The whole Revolver creative mission in one moment. As you can imagine, hearing the last two surviving Beatle brothers in this piano-and-drums instrumental duet on “For No One” is a massive emotional gut-punch.

“I Want to Tell You” (Take 4)
George had a tendency to get stuck on song titles. After writing “Love You To,” he kept calling it “Granny Smith” (after the apple) because he couldn’t think of anything else. “I Want To Tell You” is one of his greatest songs, but since the hook he keeps repeating is “I want to tell you,” it’s pretty damn obvious that should be the title. (And this is the guy who mocked Paul for the title “I’ve Got a Feeling.”) When Mr. Martin asks, “What do you call it, George?” the others crack up. John sneers, “‘Granny Smith, Part Friggin’ Two!’” Ever the diplomat, Ringo can’t help dropping a hint: “’Tell You,’ that’s a nice one. ‘Tell You.’” Infinite patience, thy name is Ringo.

“Here, There and Everywhere” (Take 6)
Macca takes a solo guitar stroll through his love-never-dies valentine, without the others’ breathy harmonies. Somehow, hearing him wing it in this loose version simply confirms that “Here, There and Everywhere” is the king of all Paul ballads. There is none higher.

“And Your Bird Can Sing” (First Version with Giggling & Take 2)
John always dismissed this satirically soulful gem — a typical John move when he was scared of how nakedly he exposed himself in a song. Anthology 2 already had a version of the much-loved “giggling” take, but this has one version with an alternate duet vocal, and one that’s just hardcore giggles, 144 seconds of John and Paul face to face, the headphones on, howling with laughter into each other’s mouths. Imagine the joy of being half of that duet. It’s a key to how the whole Revolver Special Edition feels.

Source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/the-beatles-revolver-unheard-archives-sheffield-1234587264/

August 27, 2022

Beatles Revolver 2022 Remaster Coming


U.S. Showbiz magazine Variety’s website confirms our suspicions. In a news notification, they are saying that Apple Corps and Universal Music have confirmed that a deluxe celebration of “Revolver” — which, like the Beatle boxes that have preceded it, will include a Giles Martin remix — is in the pipeline for this autumn.


An official announcement of the project is not expected to come until some time in September, says Variety, at which point details about the deluxe package’s contents and a release date will be forthcoming.

“Revolver” was originally released on 5 August 1966, accompanied by the double A-side single “Eleanor Rigby” / “Yellow Submarine”. The album was the Beatles’ final recording project before their retirement as live performers and marked the group’s most overt use of studio technology to date, building on the advances of their late 1965 release Rubber Soul. It has since become regarded as one of the greatest and most innovative albums in the history of popular music, with recognition centred on its range of musical styles, diverse sounds, and lyrical content.


 Beatles recorded “Revolver” after taking a three-month break at the start of 1966, and during a period when London was feted as the era’s cultural capital. Regarded by some commentators as the start of the group’s psychedelic period, the songs reflect their interest in the drug LSD, Eastern philosophy and the avant-garde while addressing themes such as death and transcendence from material concerns. With no plans to reproduce their new material in concert, the band made liberal use of automatic double tracking, varispeed, reversed tapes, close audio miking, and instruments outside of their standard live set-up. Among its tracks are “Tomorrow Never Knows”, incorporating heavy Indian drone and a collage of tape loops; “Eleanor Rigby”, a song about loneliness featuring a string octet as its only musical backing; and “Love You To”, a foray into Hindustani classical music. The sessions also produced a non-album single, “Paperback Writer” backed with “Rain”, demos of which are rumoured to be included on the upcoming DeLuxe treatment.

In the United Kingdom, the album’s 14 tracks were gradually distributed to radio stations in the weeks before its release. In North America, Revolver was reduced to 11 songs by Capitol Records, with the omitted three appearing on the June 1966 LP “Yesterday and Today” in early mixes. “Revolver” topped the Record Retailer chart in the UK for seven weeks and the US Billboard Top LPs list for six weeks. Critical reaction was highly favourable in the UK but less so in the US amid the press’s unease at the band’s outspokenness on contemporary issues.

Klaus Voormann with the front cover he designed



“Revolver” expanded the boundaries of pop music, revolutionised standard practices in studio recording, advanced principles espoused by the 1960s counterculture, and inspired the development of psychedelic rock, electronica, progressive rock and world music. The album cover, designed by Klaus Voormann, combined Aubrey Beardsley-inspired line drawing with photo collage and won the 1967 Grammy Award for Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts. Aided by the 1987 international CD release, which standardised its content to the original Parlophone version, “Revolver” has surpassed Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in many critics’ estimation as the Beatles’ best album. It was ranked first in the 1998 and 2000 editions of Colin Larkin’s book All Time Top 1000 Albums and third in the 2003 and 2012 editions of Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. It has been certified double platinum by the BPI and 5× platinum by the RIAA.



 
George Martin was supervising the release of The Beatles’ albums on CD for the first time in 1987, he decided that the first four albums, “Please Please Me”, “With The Beatles”, “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Beatles For Sale” should only be released on this new medium in mono, likely both due to the fact that the early sixties stereo mixes were deemed quaint and because he had little time to prepare them. He did, however, take the time to remix the next two albums, “Help!” and “Rubber Soul” anew in stereo. It’s George Martin’s 1987 remixes that still are used on subsequent stereo releases of these two albums. From “Revolver” and onwards, George Martin had no problems with the original stereo mixes, so these weren’t remixed at the time. Now it seems his son Giles has found that the time has come, and the tools have been invented, to reevaluate and remix the “Revolver” album.


Rumoured track lists

CD1: 2022 Stereo Mix by Giles Martin & Sam Okell
01. Taxman
02. Eleanor Rigby
03. I’m Only Sleeping
04. Love You To
05. Here, There And Everywhere
06. Yellow Submarine
07. She Said She Said
08. Good Day Sunshine
09. And Your Bird Can Sing
10. For No One
11. Doctor Robert
12. I Want To Tell You
13. Got To Get You Into My Life
14. Tomorrow Never Knows

CD2: Sessions
01. Tomorrow Never Knows (Take 1)
02. Tomorrow Never Knows (Mono Mix RM 11)
03. Got To Get You Into My Life (First Version/ Take 5)
04. Got To Get You Into My Life (2nd Version/ Unnumbered Mix)
05. Got To Get You Into My Life (2nd Version)
06. Love You To (Take 1)
07. Love You To (Unnumbered Rehearsal)
08. Love You To (Take 7)
09. Paperback Writer (Takes 1 & 2/Backing Track)
10. Rain (Take 5)
11. Rain (Take 5/Slowed Down)
12. Doctor Robert (Take 7)
13. And Your Bird Can Sing (First Version/Take 2)
14. And Your Bird Can Sing (First Version/ Take 2/ Giggling)

CD3: Sessions
01. And Your Bird Can Sing (2nd Version/Take 5)
02. Taxman (Take 11)
03. I’m Only Sleeping (Rehearsal Fragment)
04. I’m Only Sleeping (Take 2)
05. I’m Only Sleeping (Take 5)
06. I’m Only Sleeping (Mono Mix RM11)
07. Eleanor Rigby (Speech Before Take 2)
08. Eleanor Rigby (Take 2)
09. For No One (Take 10/Backing Track)
10. Yellow Submarine (Songwriting Work Tape/ Part 1)
11. Yellow Submarine (Songwriting Work Tape/ Part 1)
12. Yellow Submarine (Take 4 Before Sound Effects)
13. Yellow Submarine (Highlighted Sound Effects)
14. I Want To Tell You (Speech & Take 4)
15. Here, There And Everywhere (Take 6)
16. She Said She Said (John’s Demo)
17. She Said She Said (Take 1/Backing Track)

CD4: 2022 Mono Transfer of original tape

CD5: Bonus EP
01. Paperback Writer (2022 Stereo)
02. Rain (2022 Stereo)
03. Paperback Writer (Mono)
04. Rain (Mono)

Source: Source: http://webgrafikk.com/blog/news/revolver-confirmation/

Here is the video promo:



 



















From Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolver_(Beatles_album)

Revolver is the seventh studio album by the English rock band the Beatles. It was released on 5 August 1966, accompanied by the double A-side single "Eleanor Rigby" / "Yellow Submarine". The album was the Beatles' final recording project before their retirement as live performers and marked the group's most overt use of studio technology to date, building on the advances of their late 1965 release Rubber Soul. It has since become regarded as one of the greatest and most innovative albums in the history of popular music, with recognition centred on its range of musical styles, diverse sounds, and lyrical content.

The Beatles recorded Revolver after taking a three-month break at the start of 1966, and during a period when London was feted as the era's cultural capital. Regarded by some commentators as the start of the group's psychedelic period, the songs reflect their interest in the drug LSD, Eastern philosophy and the avant-garde while addressing themes such as death and transcendence from material concerns. With no plans to reproduce their new material in concert, the band made liberal use of automatic double tracking, varispeed, reversed tapes, close audio miking, and instruments outside of their standard live set-up. Among its tracks are "Tomorrow Never Knows", incorporating heavy Indian drone and a collage of tape loops; "Eleanor Rigby", a song about loneliness featuring a string octet as its only musical backing; and "Love You To", a foray into Hindustani classical music. The sessions also produced a non-album single, "Paperback Writer" backed with "Rain".

In the United Kingdom, the album's 14 tracks were gradually distributed to radio stations in the weeks before its release. In North America, Revolver was reduced to 11 songs by Capitol Records, with the omitted three appearing on the June 1966 LP Yesterday and Today. The release there coincided with the Beatles' final concert tour and the controversy surrounding John Lennon's remark that the band had become "more popular than Jesus". The album topped the Record Retailer chart in the UK for seven weeks and the US Billboard Top LPs list for six weeks. Critical reaction was highly favourable in the UK but less so in the US amid the press's unease at the band's outspokenness on contemporary issues.

Revolver expanded the boundaries of pop music, revolutionised standard practices in studio recording, advanced principles espoused by the 1960s counterculture, and inspired the development of psychedelic rock, electronica, progressive rock and world music. The album cover, designed by Klaus Voormann, combined Aubrey Beardsley-inspired line drawing with photo collage and won the 1967 Grammy Award for Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts. Aided by the 1987 international CD release, which standardised its content to the original Parlophone version, Revolver has surpassed Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in many critics' estimation as the Beatles' best album. It was ranked first in the 1998 and 2000 editions of Colin Larkin's book All Time Top 1000 Albums and third in the 2003 and 2012 editions of Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time". It has been certified double platinum by the BPI and 5× platinum by the RIAA.


Background

In December 1965, the Beatles' Rubber Soul album was released to wide critical acclaim.[1] According to author David Howard, the limits of pop music "had been raised into the stratosphere" by the release, resulting in a shift in focus away from singles to creating albums of consistently high quality.[2] The following January, the Beatles carried out overdubs on live recordings taken from their 1965 US tour,[3] for inclusion in the concert film The Beatles at Shea Stadium.[4] The group's manager, Brian Epstein, had intended that 1966 would then follow the pattern of the previous two years,[5] in terms of the band making a feature film and an accompanying album,[6][7] followed by concert tours during the summer months.[8] After the Beatles vetoed the proposed film project, the time allocated for filming became a further three months free of professional engagements.[5][9] This was the longest period the band members had experienced outside the group collective since 1962,[10][11] and it defied convention that pop acts should be almost permanently working.[12] The group thereby had an unprecedented amount of time to prepare for a new album.[9]



Literally anything [could come out of the next recording sessions]. Electronic music, jokes ... one thing's for sure – the next LP is going to be very different.[13]

– John Lennon, March 1966

Beatles biographer Nicholas Schaffner cites 1966 as the start of the band's "psychedelic period",[14] as do musicologists Russell Reising and Jim LeBlanc.[15][nb 1] Schaffner adds: "That adjective [psychedelic] implies not only the influence of certain mind-altering chemicals, but also the freewheeling spectrum of wide-ranging colors that their new music seemed to evoke."[14] Music journalist Carol Clerk describes Revolver as having been "decisively informed by acid", following John Lennon and George Harrison's continued experimentation with the drug LSD since the spring of 1965.[19][nb 2] Through these experiences, the two musicians developed a fascination for Eastern philosophical concepts,[19][20] particularly regarding the illusory nature of human existence.[21][22] Despite his bandmates' urging, after Ringo Starr had also partaken of the drug, Paul McCartney refused to try LSD.[23][24] Intent on self-improvement, McCartney drew inspiration from the intellectual stimulation he experienced among London's arts scene, particularly its thriving avant-garde community.[25][26] With Barry Miles as his guide, he became immersed in the nascent British counterculture movement, which soon emerged as the underground.[27]

While arranging dates for the band's world tour,[28] Epstein agreed to a proposal by journalist Maureen Cleave for the Beatles to be interviewed separately for a series of articles that would explore each of the band members' personality and lifestyle beyond his identity as a Beatle.[29] The articles were published in weekly instalments in London's Evening Standard newspaper throughout March 1966, and reflected the transformation that was underway during the group's months of inactivity.[30][nb 3] Of the two principal songwriters, Cleave found Lennon to be intuitive, lazy and dissatisfied with fame and his surroundings in the Surrey countryside, while McCartney conveyed confidence and a hunger for knowledge and new creative possibilities.[32] In his book Revolver: How the Beatles Reimagined Rock 'n' Roll, Robert Rodriguez writes that, whereas Lennon had been the Beatles' dominant creative force before Revolver, McCartney now attained an approximately equal position with him.[33] In a further development, Harrison's interest in the music and culture of India, and his study of the Indian sitar, had inspired him as a composer.[34] According to author Ian Inglis, Revolver is widely viewed as "the album on which Harrison came of age as a songwriter".[35]
Recording history[edit]

Harrison, McCartney and Lennon with George Martin at EMI Studios in the mid-1960s

The Beatles had hoped to work in a more modern facility than EMI's London studios at Abbey Road[36] and were impressed with the sound on records created at Stax Studio in Memphis.[37] In March 1966, Epstein investigated the possibility of their recording the new album at Stax,[38] where, according to a letter written by Harrison two months later, the group intended to work with producer Jim Stewart.[39] The idea was abandoned after locals began descending on the Stax building, as were alternative plans to use either Atlantic Studios in New York or Motown's Hitsville USA facility in Detroit.[40][nb 4]

Recording for the album instead began at EMI Studio 3 in London on 6 April, with George Martin again serving as producer.[43] The first track attempted was Lennon's "Tomorrow Never Knows",[44] the arrangement for which changed considerably between the initial take that day and the subsequent remake.[45] This first version of "Tomorrow Never Knows", along with several other outtakes from the album sessions,[46] was included on the 1996 compilation Anthology 2.[47] Also recorded during the Revolver sessions were "Paperback Writer" and "Rain", which were issued as the A- and B-side of a non-album single in late May.[48]

Swinging London, Carnaby Street, c. 1966. The album's creation coincided with international recognition of London's role as a cultural capital. According to Philip Norman, Revolver captured the confidence of summer 1966: "It was hot pavements, open windows, King's Road bistros and England soccer stripes. It was the British accent, once again all-conquering."[49]

The band had worked on ten songs, including both sides of the upcoming single, by 1 May, when they interrupted the sessions to perform at the NME's annual Poll-Winners Concert.[50][nb 5] At a time when Time magazine dubbed London "the Swinging City", belatedly recognising its ascendance as the era's cultural capital,[52][53] the Beatles drew inspiration from attending concerts by visiting artists, as well as film premieres, plays and other cultural events.[54] From February through June, these musical acts included Stevie Wonder, Roy Orbison, the Lovin' Spoonful, the Mamas & the Papas,[55] Bob Dylan (with whom they socialised extensively), Luciano Berio and Ravi Shankar.[56][nb 6] During mid-May, Lennon and McCartney attended a private listening party for the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album,[60] and McCartney met Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni, who filmed Blowup in London, inspired by the contemporary fashion scene.[61]

On 16 May,[62] Epstein responded to a request from Capitol Records, EMI's North American counterpart, to supply three new songs for an upcoming US release, titled Yesterday and Today.[63] Issued on 20 June, this album combined tracks that Capitol had omitted from the Beatles' previous US releases with songs that the band had originally issued on non-album singles.[62] From the six completed recordings for Revolver, Martin selected three Lennon-written songs, since the sessions had favoured his compositions thus far.[63] Keen to limit the interruption to recording that multiple television appearances would create,[64][65] the Beatles spent two days making promotional films for the "Paperback Writer" single.[58][66] The first set of clips was filmed at EMI Studio 1 on 19 May[67] by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, director of the popular TV show Ready Steady Go![68] The following day, the group shot further clips for the two songs in the grounds of Chiswick House, in west London.[58] In the face of fans' complaints of an aloofness in their new work, however, the band conceded to making a live appearance on Top of the Pops on 16 June.[69]

The camaraderie among the four Beatles was at its highest throughout this period.[70][71] A disagreement between McCartney and his bandmates nevertheless resulted in McCartney walking out of the studio during the final session, for Lennon's "She Said She Said", on 21 June, two days before the band were due to fly to West Germany for the first leg of their world tour.[72][73] The Beatles spent over 220 hours recording Revolver – a figure that excludes mixing sessions, and compares with less than 80 hours for Rubber Soul.[74] Final mixing of the album took place on 22 June.[75] The Beatles celebrated the project's completion by attending the opening of Sibylla's,[76] a nightclub in which Harrison had a financial stake.[77]

Production techniques
Studio aesthetic



Revolver very rapidly became the album where the Beatles would say, "OK, that sounds great, now let's play [the recording] backwards or speeded up or slowed down." They tried everything backwards, just to see what things sounded like.[44][78]

– EMI recording engineer Geoff Emerick

The sessions for Revolver furthered the spirit of studio experimentation evident on Rubber Soul.[79][80] With the Beatles increasingly involved in the production of their music, Martin's role as producer had changed to one of a facilitator and collaborator, whereby the band now relied on him to make their ideas a reality.[71][81][nb 7] According to Rodriguez, Revolver marked the first time the Beatles integrated studio technology into the "conception of the recordings they made".[83] He views this approach as reflective of the group's waning interest in live performance before crowds of screaming fans, "in favor of creating soundscapes without limitation" in a studio environment.[84] For the first time at EMI Studios, the company's four-track tape machines were placed in the studio's control room, alongside the producer and balance engineer, rather than in a dedicated machine room.[85] The Beatles' new recording engineer on the project was nineteen-year-old Geoff Emerick,[86] whom author and critic Ian MacDonald describes as an "English audio experimentalist" in the tradition of Joe Meek.[87][nb 8] Emerick recalled that no preproduction or rehearsal process took place for Revolver; instead, the band used the studio to create each song from what was often just an outline of a composition.[90] Speaking shortly before the start of the sessions, Lennon said that they had considered making the album a continuous flow of tracks, without gaps to differentiate between each song.[13][nb 9]

EMI's Abbey Road Studios (pictured in 2005). Most of the sessions for Revolver took place in the complex's intimate Studio 3.

The group's willingness to experiment was also evident in their dedication to finding or inventing sounds that captured the heightened perception they experienced through hallucinogenic drugs.[93][94] The album made liberal use of compression and tonal equalisation.[95] Emerick said that the Beatles encouraged the studio staff to break from standard recording practices,[96] adding: "It was implanted when we started Revolver that every instrument should sound unlike itself: a piano shouldn't sound like a piano, a guitar shouldn't sound like a guitar."[97]

In their search for new sounds, the band incorporated musical instruments such as the Indian tambura and tabla, and clavichord, vibraphone and tack piano into their work for the first time.[98] The guitar sound on the album was more robust than before, through the use of new Fender amplifiers; the choice of guitars, which included Harrison using a Gibson SG as his preferred instrument; and the introduction of Fairchild 660 limiters for recording.[99] With no expectations of being able to re-create their new music within the confines of their live shows,[74][100] the Beatles increasingly used outside contributors while making the album.[101] This included the band's first use of a horn section,[71] on "Got to Get You into My Life",[101] and the first time they incorporated sound effects extensively,[102] during a party-style overdubbing session for "Yellow Submarine".[103]
Innovations[edit]



There are sounds [on Revolver] that nobody else has done yet – I mean nobody ... ever.[104]

– Paul McCartney, 1966

Author Mark Brend writes that, with Revolver, the Beatles advanced Meek's strategy of employing the recording studio as a musical instrument and "formalized this approach into what is now an accepted option for pop music making".[105] A key production technique they used was automatic double tracking (ADT), which EMI technical engineer Ken Townsend invented on 6 April. This technique employed two linked tape recorders to automatically create a doubled vocal track.[106] The standard method had been to double the vocal by singing the same piece twice onto a multitrack tape, a task Lennon particularly disliked.[107] The Beatles were delighted with the invention, and used it extensively on Revolver.[107][108] ADT soon became a standard pop production technique, and led to related developments such as the artificial chorus effect.[109]

The band's most experimental work during the sessions was channelled into the first song they attempted, "Tomorrow Never Knows".[95] Lennon sang his vocal for the song through the twin revolving speakers inside a Leslie cabinet, which was designed for use with a Hammond organ.[47][110] The effect was employed throughout the initial take of the song but only during the second half of the remake.[47][111] According to author Andy Babiuk, "Tomorrow Never Knows" marked the first time that a vocal was recorded using a microphone wired into the input of a Leslie speaker.[112] Much of the backing track for the song consists of a series of prepared tape loops,[106] an idea that originated from McCartney, who, influenced by the work of avant-garde artists such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, regularly experimented with magnetic tape and musique concrète techniques.[113][114] The Beatles each prepared loops at home,[115] and a selection of these sounds were then added to the musical backing of "Tomorrow Never Knows".[116][nb 10] The process was carried out live, with multiple tape recorders running simultaneously, and some of the longer loops extending out of the control room and down the corridor.[120]

The inclusion of reversed tape sounds on "Rain" (specifically, a portion of Lennon's vocal part) marked the first pop release to use this technique, although the Beatles had first used it, in some of the tape loops and the overdubbed guitar solo, on "Tomorrow Never Knows".[121] The backwards (or backmasked) guitar solo on "I'm Only Sleeping" was similarly unprecedented in pop music,[24][122] in that Harrison deliberately composed and recorded his guitar parts with a view to how the notes would sound when the tape direction was corrected.[123][124] Experimentation with backwards sounds was a key aspect of the Revolver sessions,[125] as was the use of the Leslie speaker effect.[126] The band's interest in the tones that resulted from varying tape speed (or varispeeding) extended to recording a basic track at a faster tempo than they intended the song to sound on disc.[127][128]

A Fairchild 670 stereo compressor. Fairchild's mono equivalent, the 660, was used extensively during the Revolver sessions and contributed to the robust sounds captured on the album.[99]

During the sessions, Emerick recorded McCartney's bass guitar amplifier via a loudspeaker, which Townsend had reconfigured to serve as a microphone, in order to give the bass more prominence than on previous Beatles releases.[129] Although this particular technique was used only on the two songs selected for the May 1966 single,[130] an enhanced bass sound was a feature of much of the album.[125][131] Emerick also ensured a greater presence for Starr's bass drum, by inserting an item of clothing inside the structure, to dampen the sound,[86] and then moving the microphone to just 3 inches from the drumhead and compressing the signal through a Fairchild limiter.[132] MacDonald writes that, despite EMI Studios being technically inferior to many recording facilities in the United States, Starr's drumming on the album soon led to studios there "being torn apart and put back together again", as engineers sought to replicate the innovative sounds achieved by the Beatles.[133] The preference for close-miking instruments extended to the orchestral strings used on "Eleanor Rigby", to achieve McCartney's request for a "really biting" sound,[134] and the horns on "Got to Get You into My Life".[135] This was another break from convention, and the cause for alarm among the classically trained string players.[136][137]

According to authors Kevin Ryan and Brian Kehew, ADT, backwards recording and close-miked drums were among the nine techniques that the Revolver sessions introduced into the recording world for the first time.[138] Ryan and Kehew quote Emerick as saying: "I know for a fact that, from the day it came out, Revolver changed the way that everyone else made records."[138][nb 11]


Songs


Overview

Author Steve Turner writes that Revolver encapsulates not only "the spirit of the times" but the network of progressive social and cultural thinkers in which the Beatles had recently become immersed in London.[140] According to Reising and LeBlanc, along with "Rain", it marks the start of the band's body of work embracing psychedelia, which continued through Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Magical Mystery Tour and the new songs recorded in 1967 for the animated film Yellow Submarine, together with their singles over those two years.[141] The authors view Lennon and Harrison's compositions as the most overtly psychedelic and find the genre's traits evident in the album's instrumentation and soundscapes, and in its lyrical imagery.[142][nb 12] Music critic Jim DeRogatis views the LP as an early work in the psychedelic rock genre, which accompanied the emergence of counterculture ideology in the 1960s.[143]

Through its individual tracks, Revolver covers a wide range of styles, including acid rock, chamber music, R&B,[144] raga rock,[145] musique concrète,[146] as well as standard contemporary rock and pop.[147] In Rodriguez's view, the influence of Indian music permeates the album.[148] Aside from the sounds and vocal styling used on much of the recording,[149] this influence is evident in the limited chord changes in some of the songs, suggesting an Indian-style drone.[150] According to cultural historian Simon Philo, Revolver contained "[the] most sustained deployment of Indian instruments, musical form and even religious philosophy" heard in popular music up to that time.[151]

In its lyrical themes, the album marks a radical departure from the Beatles' past work, as a large majority of the songs avoid the subject of love.[152] According to Reising and LeBlanc, the lyrics on this and the band's later psychedelic records capture the psychedelic culture's belief in the truth-revealing qualities of LSD over the illusions of bourgeois thinking; reject materialism in favour of Asian-inspired spirituality; and explore the overlap in meaning between a "trip" and travelling, resulting in narratives in which time and space become blurred.[153] Where the songs do present as love songs, the authors continue, love is often conveyed as a unifying force among many, rather than between two individuals, or as a "way of life".[154]

Author and critic Kenneth Womack writes of the Beatles exploring "phenomenologies of consciousness" on Revolver, and he cites as examples "I'm Only Sleeping"'s preoccupation with dreams and the references to death in the lyrics to "Tomorrow Never Knows". In Womack's estimation, the songs represent two important elements of the human life cycle that are "philosophical opposites".[155] Echoing this point, music critic Tim Riley writes that, just as "embracing life means accepting death", the fourteen tracks "link a disillusioned view of the modern world ... with a belief in metaphysical transcendence".[156] Philo finds the Beatles' "countercultural engagement" evident on even the songs that present as standard pop.[157] In Reising's view, all the songs on Revolver are linked, in that each line in "Tomorrow Never Knows", the closing track, is alluded to or explored in the lyrics to one or more of the tracks that precede it.[158]
Side one[edit]
"Taxman"[edit]

The guitar solo from "Taxman"
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Womack characterises the solo as "like nothing else in the Beatles' corpus to date; for that matter, it hardly bears any resemblance to anything in the history of recorded music." He credits the track with "announc[ing] a sweeping shift in the essential nature" of the Beatles' sound.[159]
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Harrison wrote "Taxman" as a protest against the high marginal tax rates paid by top earners like the Beatles, which, under Harold Wilson's Labour government,[160] amounted to 95 per cent of unearned income (i.e. interest on savings and investments) above the top threshold.[161][nb 13] The song's spoken count-in is out of tempo with the performance that follows,[164] a device that Riley credits with establishing the "new studio aesthetic of Revolver".[165] Harrison's vocals on the track were treated with heavy compression and ADT.[161] In addition to playing a glissandi-inflected bass part reminiscent of Motown's James Jamerson, McCartney performed the song's Indian-style guitar solo.[166] The latter section was also edited onto the end of the original recording, ensuring that the track closed with the solo reprised over a fadeout.[161][167] Rodriguez recognises "Taxman" as the first Beatles song written about "topical concerns"; he also cites its "abrasive sneer" as a precursor to the 1970s punk rock movement.[168] Completed with input from Lennon,[169] the lyrics refer by name to Wilson, who had just been re-elected as prime minister in the 1966 general election, and Edward Heath, the Conservative Leader of the Opposition.[170]
"Eleanor Rigby"[edit]

Womack describes McCartney's "Eleanor Rigby" as a "narrative about the perils of loneliness".[171] The story involves the title character, who is an ageing spinster, and a lonely priest named Father McKenzie who writes "sermon[s] that no one will hear".[171] He presides over Rigby's funeral and acknowledges that despite his efforts, "no one was saved".[172] The first McCartney composition to depart from the themes of a standard love song,[173] its lyrics were the product of a group effort, with Harrison, Starr, Lennon and the latter's friend Pete Shotton all contributing.[174][nb 14] While Lennon and Harrison supplied harmonies beside McCartney's lead vocal, no Beatle played on the recording;[176] instead, Martin arranged the track for a string octet,[177] drawing inspiration from Bernard Herrmann's 1960 film score for Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.[178] In Riley's opinion, "the corruption of 'Taxman' and the utter finality of Eleanor's fate makes the world of Revolver more ominous than any other pair of opening songs could."[179]
"I'm Only Sleeping"[edit]

The backwards guitar solo from "I'm Only Sleeping"
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"I'm Only Sleeping" features a backwards, Indian-style guitar solo that Harrison played in reverse order during the recording. Martin then reversed the tape and dubbed it into the track, achieving what MacDonald describes as "smeared crescendi" and "womblike sucking noises".[180]
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Author Peter Doggett describes "I'm Only Sleeping" as "Half acid dream, half latent Lennon laziness personified."[181] As with "Rain", the basic track was recorded at a faster tempo before being subjected to varispeeding.[182][183] The latter treatment, along with ADT, was also applied to Lennon's vocal as he sought to replicate, in MacDonald's description, a "papery old man's voice".[180] For the guitar solo, Harrison recorded two separate lines: the first with a clean sound, while on the second, he played his Gibson SG through a fuzzbox.[123] Beatles biographer Jonathan Gould views the solo as appearing to "suspend the laws of time and motion to simulate the half-coherence of the state between wakefulness and sleep".[184] Musicologist Walter Everett likens the song to a "particularly expressive text painting".[185]
"Love You To"[edit]

"Love You To" marked Harrison's first foray into Hindustani classical music as a composer, following his introduction of the sitar on "Norwegian Wood" in 1965.[186] He recorded the track with only minimal contributions from Starr and McCartney, and no input from Lennon; Indian musicians from the Asian Music Circle provided instrumentation such as tabla, tambura and sitar.[187] Author Peter Lavezzoli recognises the song as "the first conscious attempt in pop to emulate a non-Western form of music in structure and instrumentation".[188] Aside from playing sitar on the track,[189] Harrison's contributions included fuzztone-effected electric guitar.[187] Everett identifies the song's change of metre as unprecedented in the Beatles' work and a characteristic that would go on to feature prominently on Sgt. Pepper.[190] Partly influenced by Harrison's experimentation with LSD,[191][192] the lyrics address the singer's desire for "immediate sexual gratification", according to Womack, and serve as a "rallying call to accept our inner hedonism and release our worldly inhibitions".[193]
"Here, There and Everywhere"[edit]

"Here, There and Everywhere" is a ballad that McCartney wrote towards the end of the Revolver sessions.[194] His inspiration for the song was the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds track "God Only Knows",[193] which, in turn, Brian Wilson had been inspired to write after repeatedly listening to Rubber Soul.[195][196] McCartney's double-tracked vocal[197] was treated with varispeeding, resulting in a higher pitch at playback.[193] The song's opening lines are sung in free time before its 4/4 time signature is established;[193] according to Everett, "nowhere else does a Beatles introduction so well prepare a listener for the most striking and expressive tonal events that lie ahead."[198] Womack characterises the song as a romantic ballad "about living in the here and now" and "fully experiencing the conscious moment".[193] He notes that, with the preceding track, "Love You To", the album expresses "corresponding examinations of the human experience of physical and romantic love".[193][nb 15]
"Yellow Submarine"[edit]



The songs got more interesting, so with that the effects got more interesting. I think the drugs were kicking in a little more heavily on this album ... [Al]though we did take certain substances, we never did it to a great extent at the session. We were really hard workers.[199]

– Ringo Starr, 2000

McCartney and Lennon wrote "Yellow Submarine" as a children's song and for Starr's vocal spot on the album.[200][201] The lyrics were written with assistance from Scottish singer Donovan[202] and tell of life on a sea voyage accompanied by friends.[203] Gould considers the song's childlike qualities to be "deceptive" and that, once in the studio, it became "a sophisticated sonic pastiche".[204]

On 1 June, the Beatles and some of their friends enhanced the festive nautical atmosphere by adding sounds such as chains, bells, whistles, tubs of water and chinking glasses,[205] all sourced from Studio 2's trap room.[206][nb 16] To fill the portion after the lyrics refer to a brass band playing,[209] Martin and Emerick used a recording from EMI's library, splicing up the taped copy and rearranging the melody.[210] Lennon shouted part of the mid-song ship's orders in an echo chamber.[211] In the final verse, he repeats Starr's vocal lines in a manner that Gould likens to "an old vaudevillian with the crowd in the palm of his hand".[212] Riley recognises the song as mixing the comedy of The Goon Show with the satire of Spike Jones.[213] Donovan later said that "Yellow Submarine" represented the Beatles' predicament as prisoners of their international fame, to which they reacted by singing an uplifting, communal song.[214]
"She Said She Said"[edit]

The light atmosphere of "Yellow Submarine" is broken by what Riley terms "the outwardly harnessed, but inwardly raging guitar" that introduces Lennon's "She Said She Said".[213] The song marks the second time that a Beatles arrangement used a shifting metre, after "Love You To", as the foundation of 4/4 briefly switches to 3/4.[215] Harrison recalled that he helped Lennon finish the composition, which involved joining three separate fragments of song.[216] Having walked out of the session, McCartney did not contribute to the recording, leaving Harrison to perform the bass part in addition to lead guitar and harmony vocals.[217][nb 17] The lyric was inspired in part by a conversation that Lennon and Harrison had with actor Peter Fonda in Los Angeles in August 1965,[219] while all three, along with Starr and members of the Byrds, were under the influence of LSD.[220] During the conversation, Fonda commented, "I know what it's like to be dead", because as a child he had technically died during an operation.[221]
Side two[edit]
"Good Day Sunshine"[edit]

"Good Day Sunshine" was written by McCartney, whose piano playing dominates the recording.[222] The track was one of several contemporary songs that evoked the unusually hot and sunny English summer of 1966.[223] Music critic Richie Unterberger describes it as a song that conveys "one of the first fine days of spring, just after you've fallen in love or started a vacation".[224] The verses reflect aspects of vaudeville, while McCartney also acknowledged the influence of the Lovin' Spoonful on the composition.[224] Overdubbed by Martin,[225] the piano solo on the track recalls the ragtime style of Scott Joplin.[226] The song ends with group harmonies repeating the title phrase,[227] creating an effect that Riley likens to a "cascade" of voices "enter[ing] from different directions, like sun peeping through the trees".[226]
"And Your Bird Can Sing"[edit]

"And Your Bird Can Sing" was written primarily by Lennon, with McCartney saying he helped on the lyric and estimating the song as "80–20" to Lennon.[228] Harrison and McCartney played dual lead-guitar parts on the recording,[229] including an ascending riff that Riley terms "magnetic ... everything sticks to it".[230][nb 18] Riley describes the composition as a "shaded putdown" in the style of Dylan's "Positively 4th Street", whereby Lennon sings to someone who has seen "seven wonders" yet is unable to empathise with him and his feelings of isolation.[234] According to Gould, the song was directed at Frank Sinatra after Lennon had read a hagiographic article on the singer, in Esquire magazine, in which Sinatra was lauded as "the fully emancipated male ... the man who can have anything he wants".[235]
"For No One"[edit]

"For No One" was inspired by McCartney's relationship with English actress Jane Asher.[236][237] Along with "Good Day Sunshine", which similarly dispensed with guitar parts for Harrison and Lennon, Rodriguez cites the track as an example of McCartney eschewing the group dynamic when recording his songs, a trend that would prove unpopular with his bandmates in later years.[238] The recording features McCartney playing piano, bass and clavichord,[239] accompanied by Starr on drums and percussion.[240] The French horn solo was added by Alan Civil, the principal horn player for the Philharmonia Orchestra,[67] who recalled having to "busk" his part, with little guidance from McCartney or Martin at the overdubbing session.[229] While recognising McCartney's "customary logic" in the song's musical structure, MacDonald comments on the sense of detachment conveyed in the lyrics to this "curiously phlegmatic account of the end of an affair". MacDonald suggests that McCartney was attempting to employ the same "dry cinematic eye" that director John Schlesinger had adopted in his 1965 film Darling.[240]
"Doctor Robert"[edit]

"Doctor Robert" was written by Lennon,[241] although McCartney has since stated he co-authored it.[242] A guitar-based rock song in the style of "And Your Bird Can Sing",[243] its lyrics celebrate a New York physician known for dispensing amphetamine injections to his patients.[241][244][nb 19] On the recording, the hard-driving performance is interrupted by two bridge sections where, over harmonium and chiming guitar chords,[246] the group vocals suggest a choir praising the doctor for his services.[247][248]
"I Want to Tell You"[edit]

Harrison said he wrote "I Want to Tell You" about "the avalanche of thoughts" that he found hard to express in words.[249] Supporting the lyrics, his stammering guitar riff, combined with the dissonance employed in the song's melody, conveys the difficulties of achieving meaningful communication.[250][251] The prominent backing vocals from Lennon and McCartney include Indian-style gamak ornamentation in McCartney's high harmony,[206] similar to the melisma effect used in "Love You To".[252] Reising and LeBlanc cite the song as an early example of how from 1966 onwards the Beatles' lyrics "adopted an urgent tone, intent on channeling some essential knowledge, the psychological and/or philosophical epiphanies of LSD experience" to their increasingly aware audience.[253] According to author and academic Nick Bromell, "I Want to Tell You" and the next two tracks on Revolver are the first examples of pop music "giving voice to the complexities of the breakthrough experience" afforded by LSD and other psychedelic drugs.[254][nb 20]

"Got to Get You into My Life"[edit]

Described by Riley as the album's "most derivative cut",[255] "Got to Get You into My Life" was influenced by the Motown Sound[256][257] and written by McCartney after he had seen Stevie Wonder perform at the Scotch of St James nightclub in February.[258] The horn players on the track included members of Georgie Fame's group, the Blue Flames.[116][257] To capture the desired sound, microphones were placed in the bells of the brass instruments, and the signals were heavily limited.[116] A month later, a tape copy of these horn parts was superimposed with a slight delay, thereby doubling the presence of the brass contributions.[75] Rodriguez terms the completed track "an R&B-styled shouter".[259] Although cast in the form of a love song, McCartney described the lyric as "an ode to pot, like someone else might write an ode to chocolate or a good claret".[260] The initial version of the song, as issued on Anthology 2, featured acoustic backing and organ, and a harmonised refrain of "I need your love",[116] which was replaced by Harrison's guitar break on the more uptempo remake.[261]
"Tomorrow Never Knows"[edit]



This is easily the most amazing new thing we've ever come up with. Some people might say it sounds like a terrible mess of a sound ... But the song ought to be looked on as interesting – if people listen to it with open ears. It's like the Indian stuff. You mustn't listen to Eastern music with a Western ear.[262]

– George Harrison, October 1966

Rodriguez describes Lennon's "Tomorrow Never Knows" as "the greatest leap into the future" of the Beatles' recording career up to this point.[5] The recording includes reverse guitar, processed vocals, and looped tape effects, accompanying a strongly syncopated, repetitive drum-beat. Lennon adapted the lyrics from Timothy Leary's book The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on The Tibetan Book of the Dead, which equates the realisations brought about through LSD with the spiritually enlightened state achieved through meditation.[263] Originally known as "Mark I", and then briefly "The Void",[97][264] the eventual title came via one of Starr's malapropisms.[265][266][nb 21]

Sample from "Tomorrow Never Knows"
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According to author Colin Larkin, Lennon's drug-inspired song "has been described as the most effective evocation of a LSD experience ever recorded".[268]
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Lennon intended the track as an evocation of a Tibetan Buddhist ceremony.[269] The song's harmonic structure is derived from Indian music and is based on a high-volume C drone played by Harrison on a tambura.[188][270] Over the foundation of tambura, bass and drums, the five tape loops comprise various manipulated sounds:[271] two separate sitar passages, played backwards and sped up; an orchestra sounding a B♭ chord; McCartney's laughter, sped up to resemble a seagull's cry; and a Mellotron played on either its flute, string or brass setting.[119][nb 22] The Leslie speaker treatment applied to Lennon's vocal originated from his request that Martin make him sound like he was the Dalai Lama singing from the top of a high mountain.[120][273] Reising describes "Tomorrow Never Knows" as the inspiration for an album that "illuminates a path dedicated to personal freedom and mind expansion".[274] He views the song's message as a precursor to the more explicitly political statements the Beatles would make over the next two years, in "All You Need Is Love" and "Revolution".[275]
North American format[edit]

"I'm Only Sleeping", "And Your Bird Can Sing" and "Doctor Robert" were the tracks omitted from Capitol's version of Revolver.[276] In the case of "I'm Only Sleeping", the version issued on Yesterday and Today was a different mix from that included on EMI's Revolver.[277] Due to the exclusion of the three Lennon tracks, there were only two songs on the Capitol release for which he was the principal writer, compared with three by Harrison and six by McCartney.[278] In Riley's opinion, aside from underplaying Lennon's contribution, his voice is thereby confined to a "sudden swing to the surreal" at the end of each LP side, which distorts the intended mood across the album.[165]

The eleven-song North American LP was the band's tenth album on Capitol Records and twelfth US album in total.[279] The release of Revolver marked the last time that Capitol issued an altered UK Beatles album for the North American market. When the Beatles re-signed with EMI in January 1967, their contract stipulated that Capitol could no longer alter the track listings of their albums.[278]


Packaging

Artwork



For the cover of Revolver, Klaus Voormann drew inspiration from The Yellow Book illustrator Aubrey Beardsley.[280]

The cover for Revolver was created by German-born bassist and artist Klaus Voormann,[281] one of the Beatles' oldest friends from their time in Hamburg during the early 1960s.[282] Voormann's artwork was part line drawing and part collage,[283] using photographs mostly taken over 1964–65 by Robert Freeman.[282][284][nb 23] In his line drawings of the four Beatles, Voormann drew inspiration from the work of the nineteenth-century illustrator Aubrey Beardsley,[280] who was the subject of a long-running exhibition at London's Victoria and Albert Museum in 1966 and highly influential on fashion and design themes of the time.[286][287] Voormann placed the various photos within the tangle of hair that connects the four faces.[280] Turner writes that the drawings show each Beatle "in another state of consciousness", such that the older images appear to be tumbling out from them.[288]

Voormann's aim was to reflect the radical departure in sound represented particularly by "Tomorrow Never Knows",[289] and his choice of a black-and-white cover was in deliberate defiance of the preference for vivid colour.[290] When he submitted his work to the Beatles, Epstein wept, overjoyed that Voormann had managed to capture the experimental tone of the Beatles' new music.[290][291] Voormann also designed a series of four images, titled "Wood Face", "Wool Face", "Triangle Face" and "Sun Face", which appeared on the front of the Northern Songs sheet music for each of the album's songs.[292][293]

Colour outtake from Robert Whitaker's photo session that produced the back-cover image used on the LP. George Harrison (third from left) is seen holding a transparency of the controversial "butcher cover" for Yesterday and Today.

The LP's back cover included a photograph of the Beatles, in Riley's description, "shaded by the hip modesty of sunglasses and cigarette smoke".[165] The photo was part of a series taken by Robert Whitaker during the filming at Abbey Road on 19 May and demonstrated the Beatles' adoption of fashions from boutiques that had recently opened in Chelsea, rather than the Carnaby Street designers they had favoured previously.[294] From these Chelsea boutiques, Lennon wore a long-collared paisley[295] shirt from Granny Takes a Trip, while Harrison was dressed in a wide-lapelled velvet jacket designed by Hung on You.[296] Turner views the selection of attire as reflective of the Beatles "still dressing similarly yet with an individual stamp"; he identifies the choice of sunglasses as another example of a unified yet personalised look, whereby the styles ranged from oblong-shaped lenses, for Lennon, to an oval-shaped pair worn by Starr.[297] Gould, who describes Starr's glasses as "ludicrously bug-eyed", considers the cover design to be consistent with the "break with the past" ethos that had guided the album's creation.[298]

During the same photo shoot, Whitaker took pictures of the Beatles examining orange transparencies of his "butcher cover" design for Yesterday and Today.[299] The latter image proved instantly controversial in America due to its depiction of dismembered baby dolls and raw meat.[300][301]
Title[edit]

The album's title, like that of Rubber Soul, is a pun,[75] referring to both a kind of handgun and the "revolving" motion of a record as it plays on a turntable.[302] Gould views the title as a "McLuhanesque pun", since, more so than on their previous albums, the focus of Revolver appears to rotate from one Beatle to another with each song.[280][nb 24]

The group had originally wanted to call the album Abracadabra, until they discovered that another band had already used it.[304] When discussing possible alternatives, during their German tour, Lennon opted for Four Sides to the Circle in response to McCartney's Magic Circle, and Starr jokingly suggested After Geography, a play on the title of the Rolling Stones' recently released Aftermath LP.[305] Other suggestions included Bubble and Squeak, Beatles on Safari, Freewheelin' Beatles[306] and Pendulum before the band settled on Revolver.[304] They confirmed their choice in a telegram to EMI,[75] sent from the Tokyo Hilton on 2 July.[307]


Release


We'll lose some fans with [the new album], but we'll also gain some. The fans we'll probably lose will be the ones who like the things about us that we never liked anyway ... [308]

– Paul McCartney, June 1966

In mid May 1966, Tony Hall of Record Mirror wrote a preview of the Beatles' new recordings in which he opined that some of them were "the most revolutionary ever made by a pop group".[309] While avoiding mention of the official song titles, he highlighted Lennon's "The Void" for its electronic effects,[309] along with a "McCartney song about lonely people" set to string orchestration, and a "Harrison number on which he plays a long exotic solo on sitar".[310] In Britain, EMI gradually distributed the album's songs to radio stations throughout July[311] – a strategy that MacDonald describes as "building anticipation for what would clearly be a radical new phase in the group's recording career".[312] Revolver was released there on 5 August and on 8 August in the United States.[313][314] "Eleanor Rigby" was issued as a double A-side single with "Yellow Submarine".[240] The pairing of a ballad devoid of any instrumentation played by a Beatle and a novelty song marked a significant departure from the usual content of the band's singles.[315][316]

Schaffner likens the Beatles' 1966 recordings to the moment of transformation in the film The Wizard of Oz, "where, when Dorothy discovers herself transported from Kansas to Oz, the film dramatically changes from black-and-white to glorious technicolor".[317] The album appeared a year before psychedelic drugs became a phenomenon in youth culture,[254] and it was the source of confusion for the group's more conservative fans.[318] A female writer later complained in Beatles Monthly that 1966 represented the end of "The Beatles we used to know before they went stark, raving mad".[318] In this way, Revolver marked the start of a change in the Beatles' core audience, as their young, female-dominated fanbase gave way to a following that increasingly comprised more serious-minded, male listeners.[319][nb 25]

The release coincided with a period of public relations challenges for the band,[54][321] the combination of which led to their decision to retire from touring following the end of their North American tour, on 29 August.[322][nb 26] In the US, the album's release was a secondary event to the controversy surrounding the recent publication there of Cleave's interview with Lennon, in which he remarked that the Beatles had become "more popular than Jesus".[24][326] This episode followed the unfavourable reaction to the Yesterday and Today butcher sleeve, from the press,[327] radio stations and retail outlets.[328][nb 27] As a result, at press conferences during the tour, questions were typically focused on religious matters rather than the band's new music.[331] In addition, the group were vocal in their opposition to the Vietnam War, a stand that further redefined their public image in the US.[332] The Beatles did not attempt to perform any of the songs from Revolver during the tour.[333]

Reporting on "Swinging London" for The Village Voice, Richard Goldstein said that, as if in response to the antagonism being shown towards the band in the US, "British youth has flipped completely over the new Beatle album, Revolver."[334] Author Howard Sounes writes that, amid the fine weather of the 1966 summer and England's recent win in the World Cup, Revolver was the nation's "soundtrack album of the season".[335][nb 28]


Commercial performance

In the UK, where "Eleanor Rigby" was the favoured side, the single became the best-selling song of 1966,[212] after topping the national chart for four weeks during August and September.[240] On Record Retailer's LPs chart (later the UK Albums Chart), Revolver entered at number 1[336] and stayed there for seven weeks during its 34-week run in the top 40.[337] On the national chart compiled by Melody Maker, the album was number 1 for nine weeks.[338][339] By October, at least ten of the LP's songs had been covered by other artists and reviewed by Melody Maker.[340] Among these, Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers' version of "Got to Get You into My Life", which McCartney co-produced, was a top ten hit.[341] McCartney's ballads "Here, There and Everywhere" and "For No One" became highly popular among mainstream recording artists.[342] In the UK, Revolver was the second highest-selling album of 1966, behind The Sound of Music.[343] In the NME readers' poll for 1966, Revolver and Pet Sounds were jointly recognised as the magazine's "Album of the Year".[344]

Capitol's trade ad for the album's double A-side single, favouring "Yellow Submarine" over "Eleanor Rigby"

In America, Capitol were wary of the religious references in "Eleanor Rigby", given the ongoing controversy, and instead pushed "Yellow Submarine".[212] The latter peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100,[345] making it, in Gould's description, "the first 'designated' Beatles single since 1963" not to top that chart.[346] On the Billboard Top LPs chart, Revolver hit number 1 on 10 September, a week after the end of Yesterday and Today's five-week run at the top.[347] The Beatles were presented with gold discs from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), recognising the album as a "million seller",[348] during their 24 August press conference at the Capitol Tower in Hollywood.[349][350] Revolver was number 1 there for six weeks[351] and remained on the chart until mid February 1968.[347] In March 1967, Revolver was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.[352] Voormann's cover design won the Grammy for Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts.[353][nb 29]

Based on retail sales up to early October 1966, Revolver was the eighth highest-selling album of the year in the US.[355] Although commercially successful, it ranked only equal tenth (with Help!) on the list of the Beatles' biggest-selling albums in the US, as supplied by Allen Klein in 1970.[356] According to figures published in 2009 by former Capitol executive David Kronemyer, further to estimates he gave in MuseWire magazine,[357] the album had sold 1,187,869 copies in the US by 31 December 1966 and 1,725,276 copies by the end of the decade.[358]

The April 1987 CD release of Revolver standardised the track listing to the original UK version.[359] Revolver returned to the UK Albums Chart the following month, peaking at number 55,[360] while the 2009 remastered album reached number 9.[361] In 2013, after the British Phonographic Industry altered its sales award protocol, the album was certified Platinum based on UK sales since 1994.[362] In January 2014, the Capitol version of Revolver was issued on CD for the first time, both as part of the Beatles' U.S. Albums box set and as an individual release.[363] As of that year, Revolver had been certified 5× Platinum by the RIAA.[352]


Critical reception

Contemporary reviews

In Britain, the reception to Revolver was highly favourable.[364] Having found Rubber Soul "almost monotonous" at times, Melody Maker lauded the new release,[365] saying it was a work that would "change the direction of pop music".[364] The reviewer highlighted its "electronic effects", McCartney's "penchant for the classics" and Harrison's "stunning use of the sitar" as diverse elements that distinguished the LP as a group effort, such that the four band members' "individual personalities are now showing through loud and clear".[366] The writer concluded: "this is a brilliant album which underlines once and for all that the Beatles have definitely broken the bounds of what we used to call pop."[367] Peter Clayton, a jazz critic for Gramophone magazine, described it as "an astonishing collection" that defied easy categorisation since much of the LP had no precedent in the context of pop music. Clayton concluded: "if there's anything wrong with the record at all it is that such a diet of newness might give the ordinary pop-picker indigestion."[368][369]

Edward Greenfield of The Guardian titled his review "Thinking Pop" and wrote that the three Beatles songwriters "habitually go outside the realm of sloppy love-theme, and find inspiration instead (as serious artists always must) in specific feelings and specific experiences". Highlighting the importance of McCartney's classical aesthetic, he recognised the band's ongoing success as "fair vindication" for popular taste in terms of its alignment with artistic merit.[370] In their joint review for Record Mirror, Richard Green and Peter Jones found the album "full of musical ingenuity" yet "controversial", and added: "There are parts that will split the pop fraternity neatly down the middle."[371][nb 30] In her round-up of 1966 for the Evening Standard, Maureen Cleave named Revolver and the single as the year's best records, although she rued that, together with Mick Jagger, the Beatles had become aloof in that, "Unlike anybody else, they seemed to know what they wanted."[374][nb 31]

The group (with disc jockey Jim Stagg) during their final tour, in August 1966

Due to the controversies surrounding the Beatles during their tour, critical reaction in the US was muted relative to the band's previous releases.[376][377] According to Rodriguez, in redefining the limits of pop music, Revolver emphasised the need for genuine rock criticism, a form of journalism that only became commonplace from 1967.[378] KRLA Beat's reviewer described Revolver as "a musical creation of exceptional excellence" but lamented that, amid the continued acclaim for Rubber Soul, "it is receiving only a fraction of the attention and respect due", and some Americans were overly focusing on the band's "political views".[379] Writing in the recently launched Crawdaddy!, Paul Williams gave the US LP a mixed review, in which he admired "Love You To" and "Eleanor Rigby" but derided "Tomorrow Never Knows" and "Yellow Submarine". Williams lauded the album's musical range but found it lacked an integral quality, which he acknowledged was outside the group's control.[380]

According to Turner, the album's combination of novel sounds and unusual subject matter "challenged all the conventions of pop"[276] and it was the upcoming generation of writers who "got it immediately".[368] In his article for The Village Voice, Richard Goldstein described Revolver as "a revolutionary record" that was "as important to the expansion of pop as was Rubber Soul",[381] and one that demanded that the genre's "boundaries ... be re-negotiated".[334] He added: "it seems now that we will view this album in retrospect as a key work in the development of rock and roll into an artistic pursuit ..."[382][nb 32] Another writer identified by Turner, Jules Siegel, likened Revolver to works by John Donne, John Milton and William Shakespeare, saying that the band's lyrics would provide the basis for scholarly analysis well into the future.[385]

Recalling Revolver's release in his book Revolution in the Head, Ian MacDonald says that the Beatles "initiated a second pop revolution – one which while galvanising their existing rivals and inspiring many new ones, left all of them far behind".[312] In a February 1967 review, Hit Parader declared: "Revolver represents the pinnacle of pop music. No group has been as consistently creative as the Beatles, though the [Lovin'] Spoonful and Beach Boys are coming closer all the time ... Rather than analyze the music we just suggest that you listen to Revolver three or four times a day and marvel ..."[386] Later that year, in Esquire, Robert Christgau said the album was "twice as good and four times as startling as Rubber Soul, with sound effects, Oriental drones, jazz bands, transcendentalist lyrics, all kinds of rhythmic and harmonic surprises, and a filter that made John Lennon sound like God singing through a foghorn".[387]

Retrospective assessments


Professional ratingsReview scores
SourceRating
AllMusic [388]
The A.V. Club A+[389]
Blender [390]
The Daily Telegraph [122]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music [391]
MusicHound Rock 4.5/5[392]
Paste 100/100[393]
Pitchfork 10/10[11]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide [394]
Sputnikmusic 5/5[395]


In the 2004 edition of The Rolling Stone Album Guide, Rob Sheffield wrote that Revolver found the Beatles "at the peak of their powers, competing with one another because nobody else could touch them"; he described it as "the best album the Beatles ever made, which means the best album by anybody".[144] Writing for PopMatters that year, David Medsker said that Revolver showed the four band members "peaking at the exact same time", and he deemed it to be "the best of the bunch, the letter that went unanswered" among a series of reciprocally influential musical statements exchanged between the Beatles and the Beach Boys over 1965–67.[396] In a 2007 appraisal of the band's albums, Henry Yates of Classic Rock magazine paired it with Sgt. Pepper's as the two "essential classics" in the Beatles' canon and described it as "Always the rock fraternity's favourite (and the blueprint for Noel Gallagher's career)".[397] Writing in Paste, Mark Kemp says that the album "completed [the Beatles'] transformation from the mop tops of three years earlier into bold, groundbreaking experimental rockers",[393] while Paul Du Noyer, in a review for Blender, said that it marked the group's arrival as "psychedelic gurus" and was a work in which the Beatles "revolutionized their own style and rock music itself ... with the boldest innovations of the band's career".[390]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic describes Revolver as "the ultimate modern pop album". While noting the diverse musical directions adopted by Lennon, McCartney and Harrison in their respective contributions, he states: "The biggest miracle of Revolver may be that the Beatles covered so much new stylistic ground and executed it perfectly on one record, or it may be that all of it holds together perfectly."[388] In his review for The Daily Telegraph, Neil McCormick says that the album shows the band at their most unified and is a work in which "they introduce whole new vistas of sound yet still contain them within tightly structured and performed songs." He also attributes an acerbic quality to the album that psychedelia lacked once the genre succumbed to "the woolly politics of flower power".[122] Scott Plagenhoef of Pitchfork views Revolver as a "sonic landmark" that, in its lyrics, "matur[ed] pop from the stuff of teen dreams to a more serious pursuit that actively reflected and shaped the times in which its creators lived". He considers it to be McCartney's "maturation record" as a songwriter in the same way that Rubber Soul had been for Lennon.[11]

Chris Coplan of Consequence of Sound is less impressed with the album, rating it a "B" and "the black sheep of the Beatles' catalog". Although he admires the psychedelic tone, he considers that this experimentalism renders the more standard pop songs, such as "Got to Get You into My Life" and "Here, There and Everywhere", "seemingly out of place" within the collection.[398] Writing for Rough Guides, Chris Ingham describes it as "clearly brilliant" but adds: "There's an edge to the sound and a danger in the air ... that makes listening to it an uncomfortable trip. It's easy to admire, even to be awed by, but some listeners find Revolver a little harder to love."[399] In retrospect, Christgau says he prefers Sgt. Pepper, Rubber Soul and Abbey Road to Revolver, finding the latter "somewhat cluttered" but nevertheless worthy of a "high A minus".[400]
Influence and legacy[edit]


Development of popular music and 1960s counterculture



The unearthly sounds that Revolver released into the world were at once the antithesis of the human and a provocative indication of the mysterium tremendum ... As they took their audience through a radically defamiliarized acoustic universe, these sounds were essentially questioning sounds. They kept forcing their audience to ask: what is this I'm listening to?[401]

– Author and academic Nick Bromell, 2000

MacDonald deems Lennon's remark about the Beatles' "god-like status" in March 1966 to have been "fairly realistic", given the reaction to Revolver. He adds: "The album's aural invention was so masterful that it seemed to Western youth that The Beatles knew – that they had the key to current events and were somehow orchestrating them through their records."[402] MacDonald highlights "the radically subversive" message of "Tomorrow Never Knows" – exhorting listeners to empty their minds of all ego- and material-related thought – as the inauguration of a "till-then élite-preserved concept of mind-expansion into pop, simultaneously drawing attention to consciousness-enhancing drugs and the ancient religious philosophies of the Orient".[312] Author Shawn Levy writes that the album presented an alternative reality that contemporary listeners felt compelled to explore further; he describes it as "the first true drug album, not a pop record with some druggy insinuations, but an honest-to-heaven, steeped-in-the-out-there trip from the here and now into who knew where".[403][nb 33]

According to Simon Philo, Revolver announced the arrival of the "underground London" sound, supplanting that of Swinging London.[405] Barry Miles describes the album as an "advertisement for the underground", and recalls that it resounded on the level of experimental jazz among members of the movement, including those who soon founded the UFO Club.[406] He says it established rock 'n' roll as an art form and identifies its "trailblazing" quality as the impetus for Pink Floyd's The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and for Brian Wilson to complete the Beach Boys' "mini-symphony", "Good Vibrations".[407] Citing composer and producer Virgil Moorefield's book The Producer as Composer, author Jay Hodgson highlights Revolver as a "dramatic turning point" in recording history through its dedication to studio exploration over the "performability" of the songs, as this and subsequent Beatles albums reshaped listeners' preconceptions of a pop recording.[408] In his review for Pitchfork, Plagenhoef says that the album not only "redefin[ed] what was expected from popular music", but recast the Beatles as "avatars for a transformative cultural movement".[11] MacDonald cites Revolver as a musical statement that, further to the Rubber Soul track "The Word" and "Rain", helped guide the counterculture towards the 1967 Summer of Love due to the widespread popularity of the Beatles.[409]

Revolver has been recognised as having inspired new subgenres of music, anticipating electronica, punk rock, baroque rock and world music, among other styles.[410] According to Rolling Stone, the album "signaled that in popular music, anything – any theme, any musical idea – could now be realized".[411] Through the Beatles' example, psychedelia moved from its underground roots into the mainstream, thereby originating the longer-lasting psychedelic pop style.[412] Russell Reising and Jim LeBlanc credit the songs on Revolver with "set[ting] the stage for an important subgenre of psychedelic music, that of the messianic pronouncement".[413] As with Rubber Soul, Walter Everett views the album's "experimental timbres, rhythms, tonal structures, and poetic texts" as the inspiration for many of the bands that formed the progressive rock genre in the early 1970s.[414] He also considers Revolver to be "an innovative example of electronic music" as much as it broke new ground in pop by being "fundamentally unlike any rock album that had preceded it".[415][nb 34] Rolling Stone attributes the development of the Los Angeles and San Francisco music scenes, including subsequent releases by the Beach Boys, Love and the Grateful Dead, to the influence of Revolver, particularly "She Said She Said".[417]

Steve Turner likens the Beatles' creative approach in 1966 to that of modern jazz musicians, and recognises their channelling of Indian and Western classical, Southern soul, and electronic musical styles into their work as unprecedented in popular music.[418] He says that, through the band's efforts to faithfully translate their LSD-inspired vision into music, "Revolver opened the doors to psychedelic rock (or acid rock)", while the primitive means by which it was recorded (on four-track equipment) inspired the work that artists such as Pink Floyd, Genesis, Yes and the Electric Light Orchestra were able to achieve with advances in studio technology.[419] Turner also highlights the pioneering sampling and tape manipulation employed on "Tomorrow Never Knows" as having "a profound effect on everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Jay-Z".[138][nb 35]

Rodriguez praises Martin and Emerick's contribution to the album, saying that their talents were as essential to its success as the Beatles'.[421] While also highlighting the importance of the production, David Howard writes that Revolver was a "genre-transforming album", on which Martin and the Beatles had "obliterated recording studio conventions".[422] Combined with the similarly "visionary" work of American producer Phil Spector, Howard continues, through Revolver, the recording studio had become "its own instrument; record production had been elevated into art."[423]
Ascendancy over Sgt. Pepper[edit]



There's a case to be made that the Beatles went on to do Sgt. Pepper's because there was nowhere else to go but too far. With Revolver, they had mapped out the pop universe so perfectly that all they could do next was tear it up and start again.[424]

David Quantick, writing in Q magazine, 2000

Whereas Sgt. Pepper had long been identified as the Beatles' greatest album, since the 2000s Revolver has often surpassed it in lists of the group's best work.[425] Sheffield cites the album's 1987 CD release, with the full complement of Lennon compositions, as marking the start of a process whereby Revolver "steadily climbed in public estimation" to become recognised as the Beatles' finest work.[144] Everett also attributes the "problem" regarding the album's standing in the US to the "inferior track listing" available to Americans until the CD release.[426][nb 36] In Britain, its supremacy over Sgt. Pepper was one of the cultural revisions established by the Britpop phenomenon in the 1990s.[428] Writing on the BBC's website in August 2016, Greg Kot identified the "More popular than Christ" controversy and the attention subsequently afforded the release of Sgt. Pepper in 1967 as the two factors that had contributed to Revolver being relatively overlooked. Kot concluded that the ensuing decades had seen this impression reversed, since Revolver "does everything Sgt Pepper did, except it did it first and often better. It just wasn't as well-packaged and marketed."[429][nb 37]

Rodriguez writes that, whereas most contemporary acts shy away from attempting a concept album in the vein of Sgt. Pepper, the prototype established by Revolver, whereby an album serves as an "eclectic collection of diverse songs", continues to influence modern popular music.[84] He characterises Revolver as "the Beatles' artistic high-water mark"[430] and says that, unlike Sgt. Pepper, it was the product of a collaborative effort, with "the group as a whole being fully vested in creating Beatle music".[83]
Appearances on best-album lists and further recognition[edit]

Revolver has appeared high up in many lists of the best albums ever made,[399][431] often in the top position.[432][433] It was voted the third best album of all time in the 1998 "Music of the Millennium" poll[434] conducted by HMV and Channel 4,[435] and in the following year's expanded survey, which polled 600,000 people across the UK.[436][437] Also in 1998, it was ranked first in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums, directly ahead of Sgt. Pepper and The Beatles,[438] and it was first again in the 2000 edition of the book.[439][440] Q placed it at number 1 in its list of the "50 Greatest British Albums Ever" in 2000;[441][442] four years later, the album topped the same magazine's list "The Music That Changed the World".[443] In 2001, it topped VH1's "100 Greatest Albums",[443][444] compiled from a poll of more than 500 journalists, music executives and artists.[445] In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked Revolver third on its list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time",[446][447] a position it retained on the magazine's revised list nine years later.[411]

In 2004, Revolver appeared at number 2 in The Observer's list of "The 100 Greatest British Albums", compiled by a panel of 100 contributors.[444] In 2006, it was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 best albums[448] and topped a similar list compiled by Hot Press.[449] That same year, Guitar World readers chose it as the tenth best guitar album of all time.[450] In 2010, Revolver was named the best pop album by the official newspaper of the Holy See, L'Osservatore Romano.[451] In 2013, Entertainment Weekly placed the album at number 1 in its "All-Time Greatest" albums.[449][452] As of 2020, Acclaimed Music listed it as the number 3 album in the site's all-time ranking.[453] In September 2020, Rolling Stone ranked Revolver at number 11 on its new list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time".[454]

In 1999, Revolver was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame,[352] an award bestowed by the American Recording Academy "to honor recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old".[455] According to art and culture journalist Robin Stummer, writing in 2016, Voormann's cover is similarly recognised as "one of the finest pop artworks".[289] The album has been the subject of several tribute albums,[456] such as Revolver Reloaded, a multi-artist CD included with the July 2006 issue of Mojo.[443] Beatles tribute bands have named themselves after Revolver, and Reising lists Revolver Records, the heavy metal magazine Revolver and Revolver Films as other examples that appear to honour the 1966 album.[457] In his view, "Like few other rock and roll recordings, Revolver has assumed the status of cultural icon, approaching in its many avatars, its impact and its endurance the status of some of the definitive works of Anglo–American culture such as Herman Melville's Moby-Dick and James Joyce's Ulysses."[458]
Track listing[edit]

The following track listing is for the original release in all markets other than North America and was subsequently adopted as the standard version of the album for its international CD release in 1987. The original North American edition used this order except for omitting "I'm Only Sleeping", "And Your Bird Can Sing" and "Doctor Robert". All tracks written by Lennon–McCartney, except for songs with asterisks, which are by George Harrison.[459][nb 38]

Side oneNo.TitleLead vocalsLength
1. "Taxman" (*) Harrison 2:36
2. "Eleanor Rigby" McCartney 2:11
3. "I'm Only Sleeping" Lennon 2:58
4. "Love You To" (*) Harrison 3:00
5. "Here, There and Everywhere" McCartney 2:29
6. "Yellow Submarine" Starr 2:40
7. "She Said She Said" Lennon 2:39
Total length: 18:33


Side twoNo.TitleLead vocalsLength
1. "Good Day Sunshine" McCartney 2:08
2. "And Your Bird Can Sing" Lennon 2:02
3. "For No One" McCartney 2:03
4. "Doctor Robert" Lennon 2:14
5. "I Want to Tell You" (*) Harrison 2:30
6. "Got to Get You into My Life" McCartney 2:31
7. "Tomorrow Never Knows" Lennon 3:00
Total length: 16:28

Below are scans from the 2009 Remaster CD: