Revolver

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Released in 1966, 15 tracks, 36 min

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Revolver, the best of all?

Summer of 1966, I think few were waiting to hear something like "Eleanor Rigby", "Taxman", "For No One", "I'm Only Sleeping", "I Want To Tell You" and the huge "Got To Get You Into My Life”, The Beatles left everyone amazed, there were those in the world who still had the idea that it was those innocent guys playing "She Loves You" and "Twist and Shout.” In fact, there were many who felt uncomfortable with the change. After definitively canceling their tours to concentrate on what any musician wants to concentrate on and make a way of life: to compose and be in the recording studio, the group's metamorphosis was great, serious and determined to demonstrate everything they were capable of. Yes, a worm that finally becomes a butterfly. Two brilliant minds (Lennon-McCartney) composing together to make impressive songs, and a solo mind (George Harrison) that made his way between those two giants to claim his place in history and be taken into account as a composer with the most great skills and capable of creating hits that would become part of the referents of the band. Even though the 3 previous albums ("Rubber Soul", "Help!" And "Beatles For Sale") are the bridge that somehow connects their evolution and prepares fans for something like Revolver, the differences surprise and highlight the love of the four from Liverpool for personal, spiritual and professional growth. Although the pop that characterized them in previous albums is present in Revolver, the band becomes once and for all a rock band. Everything in this album reflects maturity and a lot of attention to detail, you can see that they are dedicated and very concerned about shaking off the image of the past and delivering smart and well-finished songs. By then, the recording studios had improved their techniques and the benefit that the Fab Four and the other genius, George Martin, derived from that, put them at the head of the composers around the world. One of the things that most amaze many is the fact that for the sake of doing the artistically correct, they sacrificed guitars and drums in several themes. In Revolver, what matters is the artistic concept that was in the mind and inspiration of the band and as of that moment, it would not matter anymore. The discussion always causes annoyance, but I think it's worth it: is it the best The Beatles' album? Then comes Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band that is mentioned as their masterpiece. Which one do you prefer? What do you think? I recommend listening to both albums, close your eyes, feel everything that they transmit, not concentrate on a single theme, assimilate each album as a whole and then ... draw conclusions.

Written by @JorgeDiaz from Electro Arpegio
Jun 14, 2019

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"Revolver"

Released

  • Aug 05, 1966

Genres

  • Pop

Label

  • Parlophone

Producer

  • George Martin

Studio

  • EMI Studios, London

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Revolver is the seventh studio album by the English rock band the Beatles. Released on 5 August 1966, it was the Beatles' final recording project before their retirement as live performers and marked the group's most overt use of studio technology up to that time, building on the advances of their late 1965 release Rubber Soul. The album's diverse sounds include tape loops and backwards recordings on the psychedelic "Tomorrow Never Knows", a classical string octet on "Eleanor Rigby", and Indian-music backing on "Love You To". The album was reduced to eleven songs by Capitol Records in North America, where three of its tracks instead appeared on the June 1966 release Yesterday and Today.
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