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Revolver [Remastered]
     

Revolver [Remastered]

4.5 22
by The Beatles
 
An almost unbearably gorgeous album, crafted in the white heat of creativity at a time when the pressure of simply being the Beatles had almost destroyed the group, Revolver represents the first mature flowering of the Beatles' songwriting and instrumental prowess. Nearly every track here amazes: the austere, lovely ballads "Here There and Everywhere" and "For

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An almost unbearably gorgeous album, crafted in the white heat of creativity at a time when the pressure of simply being the Beatles had almost destroyed the group, Revolver represents the first mature flowering of the Beatles' songwriting and instrumental prowess. Nearly every track here amazes: the austere, lovely ballads "Here There and Everywhere" and "For No One"; the proto-psychedelia of "I'm Only Sleeping" and "Tomorrow Never Knows," by turns poignant and frightening; the R&B groove of "Got to Get You into My Life" and its wonderfully concise guitar solo; and even hints of the metal to come in the otherwise sad and despairing "She Said, She Said." Next stop was the greatest two-sided single of all time ("Penny Lane"/"Strawberry Fields") and Sgt. Pepper, the album that would change the world for several highly interesting minutes.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
All the rules fell by the wayside with Revolver, as the Beatles began exploring new sonic territory, lyrical subjects, and styles of composition. It wasn't just Lennon and McCartney, either -- Harrison staked out his own dark territory with the tightly wound, cynical rocker "Taxman"; the jaunty yet dissonant "I Want to Tell You"; and "Love You To," George's first and best foray into Indian music. Such explorations were bold, yet they were eclipsed by Lennon's trippy kaleidoscopes of sound. His most straightforward number was "Doctor Robert," an ode to his dealer, and things just got stranger from there as he buried "And Your Bird Can Sing" in a maze of multi-tracked guitars, gave Ringo a charmingly hallucinogenic slice of childhood whimsy in "Yellow Submarine," and then capped it off with a triptych of bad trips: the spiraling "She Said She Said"; the crawling, druggy "I'm Only Sleeping"; and "Tomorrow Never Knows," a pure nightmare where John sang portions of the Tibetan Book of the Dead into a suspended microphone over Ringo's thundering, menacing drumbeats and layers of overdubbed, phased guitars and tape loops. McCartney's experiments were formal, as he tried on every pop style from chamber pop to soul, and when placed alongside Lennon's and Harrison's outright experimentations, McCartney's songcraft becomes all the more impressive. 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. Either way, its daring sonic adventures and consistently stunning songcraft set the standard for what pop/rock could achieve. Even after Sgt. Pepper, Revolver stands as the ultimate modern pop album and it's still as emulated as it was upon its original release.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2009
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0094638241720
catalogNumber:
82417
Rank:
8512

Related Subjects

Tracks

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

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Performance Credits

Beatles   Primary Artist

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Revolver [Remastered] 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Annoyingguy More than 1 year ago
Revolver is just another Beatles album. But that is a very good thing. It is personally my favorite Beatles album or maybe even my favorite album period. Why is this album fantastic? *It is very innovative *It is among the first of all music albums/records to use several obscure yet awesome special effects *Every song on this album is extremely well written and every member of The Beatles does a great job playing their part. A few years ago I didn't like the Beatles at all, in fact said I hated them. What a twerp I was back then. But I eventually started to appreciate them and became interested in their music and started to really like them. This was the first Beatles album that I, "Liked." (BTW, That was the period that I wrote my review of the YS songtrack. My reviews were awful and unintelligent. Also I realized in these past reviews I recommended a video game. Who the hell recommends a game in a music review?) Now, back on topic. I'll describe some of my favorite songs on the album *Track 01: Taxman: One of George's best songs, in my opinion. It was a cool Idea for a song because not only was it good and catchy, it also related somewhat to something that the Beatles were currently experiencing at the time. It was about how the Beatles were being charged enormous amounts of money in taxes, and how they sometimes were as high as 95%. Paul McCartney's solo on this was absolutely fantastic and really well played. *Track 03: I'm only sleeping: Just a great song. It is good because it bears a huge contrast to the two tracks that come before it. It is peaceful, has a nice and steady flow, and is very relaxing. *Track 14: Tomorrow Never Knows: My fave on the album. it is just a song with no meaning, and the lyrics don't even make sense. But that really isn't a bad thing at all. The song is very cool and has a very nice mixture of, "Techno", and, "Old school." Its just......awesome and uses many cool studio tricks. Overall, a great album that you HAVE to check out if you are in to music. You will probably like it, at least.
Batchain More than 1 year ago
Some segues from earlier releases are slightly out-of-pace, possibly not the best choices but they're not enough to detract seriously from the album.
esddmd More than 1 year ago
IMHO, the best Beatles album released by the band...much better than the overhyped Sgt. Pepper's..
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wbillings3 More than 1 year ago
The Beatles are gone, but their music lives on and in a glorious, digitally re-mastered CD format. These lyrics and melodies are as popular now as they were 40 years ago. The only thing better would be the boxed set that would make a perfect Christmas gift..., if any of my family is reading this review.
Amah More than 1 year ago
I play it constantly. It's just like hearing it for the first time in the 60's. So WOW!!!
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AstroCat More than 1 year ago
Popular music is entirely downhill from here.
2pop More than 1 year ago
In a very good way. I was pleased with the content